ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Tuesday that Gilbert cleared waivers and became a free agent.
Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas reacted to Gilbert's release:
Joe Thomas @joethomas73
If you don't like football, it doesn't matter how talented you are, your star will burn out quick. https://t.co/r7PfDSTljL2017-2-6 21:09:04
Gilbert appeared in 12 games for Pittsburgh but played a total of 12 snaps, according to Pro Football Focus, which gave him a 55 overall grade for his limited action on the field.
Despite his struggles, it's somewhat surprising Pittsburgh released Gilbert a year after sending a 2018 sixth-round draft pick to the Browns in order to acquire him. This isn't a cost-saving maneuver for the Steelers, either. According to Over the Cap, his departure doesn't carry any salary-cap savings, and his full $2.17 million salary becomes dead money.
It's too early to write off Gilbert's chances of getting another shot in the NFL. He turned 25 years old in November, and only one team needs to take a flier on a young cornerback who ran a 4.37-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.
The fact the Steelers would rather pay more than $2.1 million in dead money than keep Gilbert on the roster is a damning indictment, though. Gilbert should take his time in considering his next move, because it may be his last opportunity to revive his NFL career.