Free Agent Linebacker Matt Roth Also Visiting Steelers On Wednesday

Not only are linebacker Brandon Johnson and kicker Dave Rayner making free agent visits to the Pittsburgh Steelers today, but former Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Matt Roth is also in Pittsburgh today for a visit per Adam Schefter on Twitter. Roth was originally drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft after playing his college football at Iowa.

Roth measures in at 6 foot, 4 inches and played defensive end and outside linebacker mostly in a reserve role for the Dolphins initially before being waived by Miami in November of 2009. The Cleveland Browns claimed Roth off of waivers from the Dolphins and he started 22 straight games for them at left outside linebacker. He signed with the Jaguars prior to the start of the 2011 season as an unrestricted free agent and started 9 games for them at left defensive end. Roth missed 5 straight games for the Jaguars at the end of the last season because of a concussion and he was ultimately placed on injured reserve the final week of the regular season as a result.

Over the course of his career Roth has started 54 games and registered 295 tackles, 216 of which were solo. He also has registered 23.5 sacks and forced 6 fumbles thus far in the NFL.

  • reg38

    At 6’4″ 275 lbs. would he be more of a five technique DE or OLB?

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  • SteelersDepot

    OLB type only

  • Murryb

    I remember when he was being drafted, we were high on him playing both as a hybrid. He could add bulk and play DE.

  • stan

    He would be a very interesting addition. I could easily see him bumping Jason Worilds off the roster. The only downside is that with his experience the veteran minimum will be rather high.

  • Guest5

    Worilds is NOT going anywhere…get it out of your head. They like him and what he brings…if any OLB could get the boot it would be Carter instead.

  • Dave L

    Harrison’s back may concern them a bit. Roth is a good player when healthy and he does a good job vs. the run.

  • Paul

    Worilds will be gone if he doesn’t do well in preseason and camp

  • tricitysteel

    I believe Worilds had 3 or 31/2 sacks over the last five games. Given his youth and their lack of depth at OLB I doubt he is in danger of being cut this season.

  • SteelerDave

    Worlids will not go anywhere, he has the potential and the youth. If anything Roth would be a special teams ace and cause the relase of Carter.

  • Clintmartin

    They haven’t even signed him and you guy’s already have players being cut and carter is gone not worilds.
    Pretty funny stuff.