The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Tuesday that they have signed OT Marcus Gilbert to a five-year contract extension.
- Pro Football Talk reports that Gilbert’s received a five-year extension worth $30 million.
- Brian McIntyre points out that Gilbert’s contract will pay him annual salary of $6 million, which is in line with the deals signed by Anthony Collins (Buccaneers), and Austin Howard (Raiders).
“It means I am locked in hopefully as a Steeler for the rest of my career,” said Gilbert. “It’s a blessing to work for a great organization, the Rooney family, Kevin Colbert and Coach (Mike) Tomlin. Just to be around in Pittsburgh, where they show you so much love, I couldn’t be happier and in a better place.”
Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported a little over a week ago that the Steelers could have an agreement in place with Gilbert at some point in the near future, so this shouldn’t come as a huge surprise.
Gilbert, 26, was entering the final year of his rookie contract and is set to make a base salary of $815,103 for the 2014 season. He’s now under team control through the 2019 season.
The Steelers used a second-round draft pick on Gilbert back in 2011. Since then, he has appeared in 35 total games for Pittsburgh and played a total of 965 snaps last season.
Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 50 offensive tackle out of 76 qualifying players last season. He had negative ratings in both run and pass-blocking, according to PFF.