Former Steelers TE Weslye Saunders Signs With Indianapolis Colts

The Pittsburgh Steelers released tight end Weslye Saunders on Friday and on Tuesday he signed with the Indianapolis Colts.

Saunders is now reunited with former Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, who is serving as the Colts interim head coach.

Saunders posted the below picture of him signing his contract on his Twitter account.

Saunders was forced to miss the Steelers first four games of the season after he was suspended back in February for testing positive for a banned substance.

Head coach Mike Tomlin was asked about the release of Saunders on Tuesday and he would only say the decision to release the former undrafted tight end was a personnel based one.

  • Albeto Flores

    really……………………………….. why did we let him go what a joke

  • Matt Lipner

    I don’t understand the decision to let him go either… I know everyone will cite his lack of impressive stats from last year, but this was his first offseason and the physical talent is certainly there. I would take Saunders over Paulson from a purely skills and potential standpoint without a doubt. I think the Steelers will regret this move.

  • Guest

    Even though it appears BA will sign any former Steelers offensive player, this particular signing bothers me.

    The team seriously kept Pope instead? My skull is bleeding due to all the head scratching here.

  • JT

    You need to think about why an athlete would use Adderall: They can’t focus at a level to remain competitive. You need to be physically gifted as well as mentally strong to play in the NFL. Saunders might have all the physical stats, but if nobody is home upstairs those talents mean nothing. Nobody sitting at home pretending to be a NFL expert has seen how Saunders practices, how he handles the game the mentally. The Steelers did. Then they thought long and hard and decided to release him.

    if he was really such a good player, why did he end up with BA? There are teams out there that need a TE a LOT more than the Colts. Is BA the only eye for offensive talent in the NFL?

  • Guest

    I just want to point out that Paulson has passed Pope on the dept chart (if you look at the games at least and not their website). He has more speed and quickness than he his given credit for and. JT good point on the smarts as Paulson spent 5 years at Oregon and got his Bachelors and MBA if I remember. Did anyone look at his film in college. Lets remember as well that he is only 10 pounds lighter and only one inch shorter than Health Miller. Not sure he is there yet but the potential is.

  • awlcohen

    The NFL is not an efficient market for players. If it was, Harrison wouldn’t have been cut 5 times and Marques Colston would have been drafted before the seventh round (just to name a few).
    Coaches and GMs get caught up playing and acquiring players that they know, many times regardless if there are better players available.
    What’s the point of having a message board if you’re just going to say “The steelers know better than anyone sitting at home” Would I rather have Colbert/Tomlin making decisions than armchair QB X or Y? Of course, but that doesn’t mean they will always be correct or make an intelligent/logical decision.

  • JT

    But it’s not like Saunders wasn’t allowed to be around all offseason. He knows the offense. He knows Ben.

    They do know better right now, because there’s no reason to say this was a joke or sit here and moan about somebody who’s going somewhere to be buried on the depth chart.

    Just because people feel like being negative right now doesn’t mean there weren’t reasons to go their separate ways.