Earlier on Friday, it was noted that the Pittsburgh Steelers were shopping longtime starting right tackle Marcus Gilbert. That came after the former second-round pick pretty much said his goodbyes to Pittsburgh earlier in the day.
Now, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Pittsburgh has traded Gilbert to the Arizona Cardinals.
Steelers OT Marcus Gilbert traded to the Cardinals, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 8, 2019
This is actually a pretty big move for a Cardinals team that struggled in pass protection in front of then-rookie quarterback Josh Rosen last year. Rosen was sacked 45 times in 14 games (13 starts).
They reportedly get Gilbert for a late sixth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Gilbert, 31, started 87 of the 88 games in which he appeared for Pittsburgh since entering the league from Florida back in 2011. He figures to take over for impending free agent Joe Barksdale as the Cardinals’ starting right tackle.