Trades between teams in the same division are rare in today’s NFL, but on Saturday morning the Cleveland Browns agreed to trade cornerback Justin Gilbert to the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Browns trading former first-round CB Justin Gilbert to the Pittsburgh Steelers, per league source. Rare in-division trade.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 3, 2016
The Browns have apparently received a 2018 sixth-round pick in return for Gilbert.
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) September 3, 2016
Gilbert, who played collegiately at Oklahoma State, has struggled in his first two seasons in the NFL after the Browns spent the No. 8 overall pick on him in the 2014 NFL Draft. He was just one of several failed first-round picks during former general manager Ray Farmer’s tenure in Cleveland.
However, he’ll get a chance to reboot his career on a team expected to contend for an AFC North title and then some. Meanwhile, the Steelers have been in pursuit of secondary help and will hope the athletic Gilbert can provide depth for a young unit.