The Steelers waived a former 2008 draft pick today in Limas Sweed and tried to get another former draft pick back in the fold today in the form of linebacker Thaddeus Gibson. Gibson was drafted by the Steelers in the fourth round of the 2010 draft. The Steelers put in a waiver claim for Gibson following his release from the 49ers earlier this week, but he was awarded to the Redskins who also had a waiver claim in on the Ohio State product. The Bears also reportedly put in a claim as well.
Gibson made the Steelers roster out of training camp last year, but he was released in late October last season when the Steelers had to promote Steve McLendon from the practice squad. The McLendon promotion was needed because of injuries at the time to defensive ends Aaron Smith and Brett Keisel. The Steelers had hoped that Gibson would clear waivers so that they could sneak him to the practice squad, but he was claimed by the 49ers instead.
Gibson played in just three games for the 49ers and registered three tackles and one forced fumble during that span. He did not see any defensive snaps during the 49ers first preseason game this past week and reportedly wasn\’t present for the 49ers Sunday practice. The 49ers released him one day later.
The Steelers interest in getting back Gibson is not surprising and it also could signal that they are not pleased with the progression of second-year linebacker Jason Worilds as well. Had they won the waiver claim for Gibson he might have had a shot at making the 53 man roster as it would not been out of the question that the Steelers carry 9 linebackers on the 53 man roster. Thanks to the Redskins waiver claim, we may never know.