Former Browns CB Justin Gilbert suspended for a year for substance abuse

Gilbert was a bust after being taken No. 8 overall by the Browns in 2014.

The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport was the first to report the news.

Justin Gilbert's road back to the National Football League just got much tougher. They had their opportunities to draft franchise cornerstones like Khalil Mack, Mike Evans, Odell Beckham Jr., Aaron Donald, Zack Martin, Jason Verrett and Derek Carr. There's no word on which policy Gilbert violated to draw that suspension, but the answer probably won't do much to change anything but a line on Gilbert's Wikipedia page.

The first rookie in 25 years to be named the Browns' Offensive Player of the Year in 1978, Ozzie earned all-pro honors in his second season in 1979, and again in 1984.




He was released on February 6th and it stands to reason the team knew some sort of suspension was coming down the pike.

If that's the case, Gilbert's NFL career will amount to 35 games over three seasons and a place among the many missteps the Browns have made since returning to the league in 1999.

Cleveland would trade out of the No. 4 pick in 2014 to fall back to No. 9 so that the Buffalo Bills could select wide receiver Sammy Watkins.

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