and this is why shrug when people use Shazier to prove the Steelers honor their commitments. Itís a business.

Gilbert remembers the Steelers assuring him that he'd be their right tackle in 2019, but his age coupled with $4 million in cap savings from the trade made him expendable.

It wasn't supposed to happen this way, he says. One of the best offensive lines in football wanted to remain intact. Maurkice Pouncey and Ramon Foster reupped in March. Alejandro Villanueva and David DeCastro are under contract for multiple years.

Gilbert isn't bitter, he says. He has become better at acceptance.

"You can never be surprised with NFL business," he said. "They respect me, but you have to understand itís a business. I didnít take it personally."