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Marcus Gilbert announces his retirement from the NFL

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Former Steelers offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert announced on Twitter today that he's retiring from the NFL. "Thank you for all of the support over the years. I can’t wait to share my next chapter of life with you all," Gilbert tweeted along with a statement thanking the Steelers and Cardinals organization.

Gilbert was a second-round pick out of Florida by the Steelers in the 2011 NFL Draft and played eight seasons in Pittsburgh, starting 87 of 88 games. Gilbert was a solid right tackle, but injuries hindered him in the latter portion of his career.

In March of 2019, the Steelers agreed to trade Gilbert to the Cardinals in exchange for a compensatory sixth-round pick. Gilbert was placed on injured reserve on September 10, 2019, with a knee injury and was out for the entire season. Gilbert didn't play at all in his second year with Arizona either, as he opted out of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gilbert is now the third offensive linemen from the Steelers core group of the early 2010s to retire, joining Ramon Foster, who retired last year and Maurkice Pouncey who retired this offseason. David DeCastro is still with the Steelers and Alejandro Villanueva is reportedly on his way to Baltimore.

Along with releasing his retirement statement, Gilbert tweeted a shout-out to his fellow Steelers' offensive linemen that he played with during his career.

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