The Arizona Cardinals have re-signed offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Gilbert spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers before making his way to Arizona, though his Cardinals tenure began rather inauspiciously. Gilbert suffered a torn ACL in Week 1 against the Detroit Lions, ending his year before it even began.

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However, Gilbert was insistent he still wanted to play throughout the offseason, and he also suggested he preferred a return to Arizona (via Kyle Odegard of

“I knew that wasn’t the way I wanted to go out, especially coming off a disappointing year before,” Gilbert said. “I had every thought to come back and reclaim that top right tackle spot (in 2019.) That did a lot of damage to me, but I still know I have a lot ahead of me. I don’t want to hang it up too soon. I know what type of player I am.”

Gilbert is an impending free agent in March. His fill-in, Justin Murray, is tied to the Cardinals in 2020, and General Manager Steve Keim also has cap space at his disposable, so it’s unknown how the right tackle situation will be addressed.

Gilbert is clear on his desire to return, as his goal in 2020 is to help a team become a contender, “and hopefully it’s here in Arizona, where I’d love to be.”

The one-year deal gives Gilbert a chance to prove he is healthy while also providing added depth on the offensive line.

Although the Cardinals might draft an offensive lineman with their first-round pick, they need to stockpile assets in order to protect second-year quarterback Kyler Murray.

Gilbert was a cheap signing and, more importantly, he is hungry.