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Browns trade CB Justin Gilbert to Steelers for 6th-round pick in 2018

Cornerback Justin Gilbert is gone after two seasons.

Cornerback Justin Gilbert is gone after two seasons.
The Browns traded the No. 8 pick in 2014 to the AFC North rival Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday, the team announced. The Browns received a sixth-round draft pick in 2018.
The Browns were in the process of trimming the roster to the regular-season limit of 53 and had been considering cutting Gilbert, coach Hue Jackson said Friday.
Gilbert didn’t play in the preseason finale Thursday after suffering a concussion the previous week.
Gilbert joins a long list of disastrous first-round picks by the Browns.
He was a favorite of then-coach Mike Pettine before the draft and was taken out of Oklahoma State with the eighth pick.
But Gilbert never showed the commitment and desire required to succeed in the NFL and frustrated coaches and teammates with his attitude. He admitted after last season to missing a “ton of meetings” because he’s a “hard sleeper.”
He started only three games in two years.
The Browns don’t trade with the Steelers often. Then-CEO Joe Banner traded a fourth-round pick in 2013 for a third-rounder in 2014 in the first deal between the bitter rivals since 1968, when the Browns fleeced the Steelers – Cleveland got quarterback Bill Nelsen for quarterback Dick Shiner.
The 2014 first round will go down as one of the worst in Browns history. Quarterback Johnny Manziel was the No. 22 pick and was cut in March after two unproductive and self-destructive seasons.
The other recent drafts weren’t much better.
Linebacker Barkevious Mingo, the No. 6 pick in 2013, was traded to the New England Patriots on Aug. 25.
Running back Trent Richardson was the No. 3 pick in 2012 and quarterback Brandon Weeden No. 22. Richardson was traded early in his second season, and Weeden was cut after it.
On cutdown day, the Browns added a key piece.
Punter Britton Colquitt agreed to a deal Saturday, a league source confirmed to The Chronicle-Telegram. Mike Klis of 9News in Denver was first to report the one-year deal.
Colquitt, 31, was released by the Denver Broncos on Tuesday after six seasons. Denver kept rookie seventh-round pick Riley Dixon.
The Browns were searching for a punter after trading three-time Pro Bowler Andy Lee to the Carolina Panthers on Monday. The Browns received a fourth-round draft choice in 2018.
The Browns also got Kasey Redfern from Carolina, but he struggled Thursday night in the preseason finale against the Chicago Bears. He alternated with Mike Palardy, and coach Hue Jackson wasn’t satisfied with either.
Colquitt (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) comes from a family of NFL punters. His dad, Craig, punted for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1978-84, and brother Dustin is Kansas City’s longtime punter.
Britton is Denver’s franchise leader in gross average (45.2 yards) and net (39.1). His career-best 47.4-yard gross came in 2011 and his franchise-best net of 42.1 the following year.
After trade partners Philadelphia and Minnesota, the Browns were probably the team most affected by the blockbuster deal Saturday morning that sent starting quarterback Sam Bradford from the Eagles to the Vikings in exchange for a first-round draft pick in 2017 and a conditional fourth-rounder in 2018.
The Browns open the regular season next Sunday in Philadelphia and won’t face Bradford. Instead, they’ll face rookie Carson Wentz or journeyman Chase Daniel.
ESPN’s Adam Caplan reported Wentz will start if he’s recovered from a hairline fracture to his ribs suffered in the preseason opener. The Browns could’ve had the North Dakota State product but dealt the No. 2 pick to Philadelphia before the draft.
They could get an early look at what they let get away.
Daniel has started two games in six seasons and signed with the Eagles in the offseason.
If the Eagles struggle this season without Bradford, the Browns would benefit. They have Philadelphia’s first-round pick in 2017 following the trade that allowed the Eagles to move up to No. 2 to take Wentz.
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Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.


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