Cleveland Browns trade Justin Gilbert to Pittsburgh Steelers

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns have traded cornerback Justin Gilbert to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team announced Saturday afternoon.

In exchange for Gilbert, the No. 8 overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Browns acquired a sixth-round pick from the Steelers in 2018.

During his two seasons with the Browns, Gilbert played in just 23 games with three starts. He registered 33 tackles, nine passes defended and one interception, which he returned for a touchdown in a 25-24 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on December 7, 2014.

The trade of Gilbert to the Steelers is the third deal made by the front office in the last eight days.

The Browns traded three-time Pro Bowl punter Andy Lee to the Carolina Panthers on Monday afternoon. In exchange for Lee, the Panthers sent punter Kasey Redfern and a fourth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft to the Browns.

Last week, the Browns traded linebacker Barkevious Mingo to the New England Patriots in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

The No. 6 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Mingo registered just 99 total tackles and seven sacks over three years with the Browns.

Over his 46 games with the Browns, including just 16 starts, Mingo made 68 solo tackles and 31 assists, and had one interception, which he returned for seven yards in an overtime loss to the Denver Broncos last October.

With the dealings of Gilbert and Mingo, the Browns have traded a pair of top 10 selections from 2013 and 2014 for fifth and sixth-round choices in future drafts.

Factoring in other trades, the Browns now hold picks from the Philadelphia Eagles (first round), Tennessee Titans (second round), New England Patriots (fifth round) and Indianapolis Colts (seventh round) for the 2017 NFL Draft. By trading Mingo to the Patriots last week, the Browns surrendered their fourth-round pick to the Eagles and a sixth or seventh-round selection to the San Francisco 49ers.

Additionally, the Browns hold Philadelphia’s second-round pick, Carolina’s fourth-round selection and Pittsburgh’s sixth-round choice in the 2018 NFL Draft.


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