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Cardinal OT Marcus Gilbert retires

The ten year vet missed the last two seasons due to injury, opt-out.

NFL: Arizona Cardinals-Training Camp Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Longtime NFL offensive tackle, Marcus Gilbert, is retiring.

The former Pittsburgh Steeler and current Arizona Cardinal released the following statement via his personal Twitter account:

Gilbert was acquired by the Cardinals in March of 2019 for a compensatory sixth round pick. He would eventually miss the entire 2019 season with a knee injury.

Gilbert opted out of the 2020 season due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Prior to his retirement announcement, Gilbert was set to cost the Cardinals roughly $1.1 million against the cap. It was long speculated that Arizona would likely release Gilbert to save just under one million dollars.

With his retirement, the Cardinals will have just over $14 million dollars in cap space, via OverTheCap.com.

Earlier this offseason the Cardinals resigned their 2020 right tackle, Kelvin Beachum, to a two-year extension. Beachum excelled for Arizona and proved to be one of the better signings for the team in recent memory.

The Cardinals also have 2020 third round pick Josh Jones as a future option at the position. And of course the team could add a tackle during this week’s NFL Draft.

Best of luck to Marcus Gilbert in retirement.