There is no denying Justin Gilbert is a talented football player. You don’t become a first round draft pick for nothing, and when the Cleveland Browns took Gilbert it looked as if they had found a corner who would be there for years to come.
However, several public reports of Gilbert’s lack of desire to play football eventually led to him being traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers, in return for a late round draft pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Gilbert spent the 2016 season with the Steelers, playing minimally, and was released at the beginning of the 2017 offseason. Many fans wondered just what was the reasoning behind releasing a player with so much potential, and when his 4-game suspension was announced, it suddenly became clear just why he was released by Pittsburgh.
However, on Monday afternoon, it was reported Gilbert’s 4-game suspension was increased to a year-long suspension.
Source: Free agent CB Justin Gilbert has been suspended for a year by commissioner Roger Goodell.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 20, 2017
While some may view this suspension as one similar to Martavis Bryant, the strong majority, for obvious reasons, agree more with the following sentiment:
Justin Gilbert suspended by NFL for a year? That is one suspension that will never be served. Career over— Dale Lolley (@dlolleyor) June 20, 2017
It sure does make it crystal clear why the Steelers released Gilbert in February, and now they will have to watch the Browns take a draft pick for a player who is likely out of the league.