Veteran offensive lineman Marcus Gilbert is entering the final two years of his 5-year $30.81 million dollar contract, and according to reports from Senior ESPN Writer Jeremy Fowler, Gilbert’s agent Drew Rosenhaus is looking to solidify a new contract that will make him Pittsburgh Steeler for the remainder of his career.
Considered among the very best at his position, Rosenhaus is seeking a new deal that is appropriate for the calibre of player Gilbert has become. As it stands, Gilbert is the 11th highest paid tackle in the NFL.
As reported by Fowler, Rosenhaus was unavailable for comment regarding the status of his negotiations with Colbert at this point. When asked by ESPN, Gilbert had plenty to say when asked about the potential of a new contract.
“Of course, as a player you like to say you don’t look at the numbers -- saying that is complete BS,” Gilbert said. “But at the same time, you have to go play like you’re worth it. Until they reward you, you have to continue to show that. My thing is, as long as I want to continue to be here, I have to do whatever it is on the field to get better and better every year. That’s my whole focus, just being here, being the best right tackle in the game.”
At the moment, Gilbert is more focused on the goal of bringing back a seventh Lombardi trophy to Pittsburgh, and is more than comfortable letting Rosenhaus deal with contract negotiations.
“Hopefully that’s what talks are going on between my agent and upstairs with Kevin Colbert, but it’s not in my hands,” Gilbert said. “I need to worry about one thing. That’s why I pay Drew.”
So far, the talks are in their preliminary stages, but Gilbert noted he would like nothing more than to “leave behind a big legacy” with the Steelers when all is said and done.