- Instead the Steelers opted to entrust Ben Roethlisberger’s strong side protection to rookie second round pick Marcus Gilbert.
- Today the Steelers reaffirmed that commitment, whey the resigned Gilbert to a 6 year 30 million dollar contract with 7.65 million signing bonus.
However, the Steelers have seen enough of Gilbert to offer him a long term contract, and one must assume that new offensive line coach Mike Munchak had input on the decision.
- Mike Adams status remains an issue of doubt.
Third Offensive Lineman Resigned
Following the 2009 season the Steelers began a commitment to rebuilding their offensive line by picking Maurkice Pouncey in the 1st round of the 2010 draft. Earlier this spring the Steelers resigned Pouncey to a 48 million dollar, six year deal. Gilbert is the third lineman resigned during this rebuilding phase, with the second being Ramon Foster, who signed a 3 year deal in 2013.
All of this good cheer round Gilbert's deal must come with a caveat.
- While the Steelers intentions at right tackle are clear, recent history suggests reality often fails to match intentions.
Defense to Get Some Love?
In addition to Pouncey and Gilbert, the Shaun Suisham is the only other Steelers summer contract negotiation. It’s been widely suggested the Cortez Allen would get a new deal, but that has yet to materialize.