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Justin Gilbert traded to Steelers

The Browns have traded former 8th pick overall of the 2014 NFL Draft, Justin Gilbert to the AFC North rival Steelers

BEREA, Ohio--The great debate of whether Justin Gilbert will make the team or not has been settled.

The Browns have traded Gilbert to the Steelers for a 2018 sixth-round draft pick.

Gilbert, a first-round pick in 2014, appeared in 23 games with three starts. He totaled 33 tackles, nine passes defensed, one interception and one defensive touchdown.

ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the trade.

"Browns trading former first-round CB Justin Gilbert to the Pittsburgh Steelers, per league source. Rare in-division trade."

The Browns have traded their first round picks from successive seasons. 2013 top pick, Barkevious Mingo was traded to the Patriots for a fifth-round pick last week and Gilbert was the Browns first pick in 2014. Johnny Manziel (currently out of football) was released in March.

Gilbert has been a huge disappointment for the Browns after being selected eighth overall from Oklahoma State. He's started just three games of 23 he's played and had one interception and nine passes broken up.

Gilbert has been out with a concussion suffered against Tampa Bay, but questions surrounded whether Gilbert would be placed on injured reserve, make the final roster or be among the roster cuts due Saturday.

The Browns continue to acquire picks and now own Philadelphia’s 2017 first-round pick, Tennessee’s 2017 second-round pick, New England’s 2017 fifth-round pick, Philadelphia’s 2018 second-round pick, Carolina’s 2018 fourth-round pick and Pittsburgh’s 2018 sixth-round pick. Cleveland has conditionally surrendered a 2017 fourth- or fifth-round pick to Philadelphia and a 2017 sixth- or seventh-round pick to San Francisco.


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