Marcus Gilbert: ‘I disappointed a lot of people in Steeler Nation’ |

Marcus Gilbert: ‘I disappointed a lot of people in Steeler Nation’

Chris Adamski
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Steelers tackle Marcus Gilbert fends off Ravens linebacker Za’Darius Smith during the second quarter Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
Steelers offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert is announced during the AFC wild card game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017 at Heinz Field.

Marcus Gilbert’s tenure with the Pittsburgh Steelers is over. But the Former longtime right tackle told ESPN he didn’t take it personally when the team traded him to the Arizona Cardinals in March.

“You can never be surprised with NFL business,” said Gilbert, who started games for the Steelers from 2011-2018. “They respect me, but you have to understand it’s a business.”

Gilbert was traded for a sixth-round pick, paltry return for an established respected veteran. But he had played in only 12 games the past two seasons, missing time because of hamstring and quad injuries – as well as for a 2017 suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing substances policy.

“I felt like I disappointed a lot of people in Steeler Nation,” Gilbert told ESPN. “It hasn’t been easy.”

As good as Gilbert was for the Steelers, his replacements the past two seasons (mostly, Chris Hubbard and Matt Feiler) were more than adequate in his stead.

The Steelers are expected to enter training camp with a competition for the starting right tackle spot. Feiler and 2018 third-round pick Chuks Okorafor are the favorites to win the job, but Jerald Hawkins, Zach Banner and perhaps rookie Derwin Gray are possibilities.

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Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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