If reports are to be believed, the next player to have their contract extended by the Steelers will be Marcus Gilbert. According to Ed Bouchette of the Post Gazette, the Steelers are trying to extend Gilbert, and the deal could get done this week.
There have been reports throughout the summer that Gilbert was seeking an extension, and the team had been negotiating with his agent. As recently as a couple weeks ago, Gilbert said that the Steelers were working on a new deal with his agent Drew Rosenhaus.
Tackle Marcus Gilbert, who is in the final year of his rookie deal, said his agent Drew Rosenhaus has been talking to the Steelers about a contract extension. “We will know in a few weeks,” Gilbert said. “I am either going to get it now or wait it out. For me, it is all about getting better with my guys.”
Gilbert has shown improvement and looked solid in the preseason opener. A few weeks ago, Craig Wolfey and Tunch Ilkin both agreed that Gilbert looks better, and that his base and stance have improved thanks to Mike Munchak.
When looking at contract values, you should avoid focusing on APY (average per year), but I’d expect his extension to be in the $5 Mil APY range.