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Gilbert’s Suspension Further Proof That Colbert Isn’t Perfect

The National Football League announced today that current free agent cornerback Justin Gilbert has been suspended for a full year. It wasn’t that long ago that the Pittsburgh Steelers acquired Gilbert in a trade with the Cleveland Browns. This is a player who was a former first round draft pick just three years ago and now finds himself completely out of football.

For the Steelers and General Manager Kevin Colbert, it’s further proof that he, like all GMs, isn’t perfect. In recent years, Colbert has traded a late round pick for kicker Josh Scobee, cornerback Brandon Boykin and then of course Gilbert. We could argue that these trades were made out of need or out of sheer ‘hope’ but they have not worked out at all.

Because Gilbert has been given a year-long ban then this means he has had numerous violations. What the Steelers knew when they traded for him will never be made aware but it certainly makes the fact they traded for him look even worse.

When Colbert originally traded for Gilbert I held out some hope that perhaps he would be utilized as a kick returner. The Steelers’ return game was brutal and could have used any upgrade available. Gilbert would go on to return just three kicks in Pittsburgh.

The suspension due to substance abuse is another troubling trend now isn’t it? Martavis Bryant, Le’Veon Bell, LaGarrette Blount, Karlos Williams… have all been guys brought in only to have one issue or another. Is this just a ‘sign of the times’ for all teams or have the Steelers been hit especially hard by bad luck?

I don’t think it was a coincidence that the Steelers made a concerted effort to draft players back in April who were of ‘high, moral character.’ Colbert can’t be perfect; no GM can be but if we are going to praise him for signing a guy like DeAngelo Williams then we have to take him to task for guys like Gilbert.

In a nutshell, Gilbert was a long-shot who didn’t work out but I guess the question is, “should he have been given the chance in the first place?”

SCB Steelers’ Quick Hitters: The “Deebo No-Show No Worries” Edition

SCB Steelers Quick Hitters

Good Thursday to you fine Steelers’ Fans out there! Pittsburgh Steelers’ linebacker James Harrison is not at the team’s “mandatory” mini-camp this week and this is 100% nothing to worry about. The 39-year old Harrison knows everything he needs to … read more

Steel City Blitz Podcast Episode 22 Presented by 26shirts.com/Pittsburgh 

Episode 22 of the Steel City Blitz Podcast presented by 26shirts.com/Pittsburgh aired this evening. I was joined by Chris and Ben as usual on the spreaker.com airwaves. Our topics tonight included: -Contract situations for Le’Veon Bell, Alejandro Villanueva and Stephon … read more

SCB Steelers’ Quick Hitters: The “Mandatory” Edition

SCB Steelers Quick Hitters

Welcome to Tuesday Steelers’ Fans! The Pittsburgh Steelers begin their mandatory mini-camp today at the practice facility. There are three significant contract issues that will be topics of conversation as the team meets for the final time before Training Camp … read more