Steelers Sign LB Brian Rolle To Reserve/Future Contract On Wednesday

The Pittsburgh Steelers have added yet another player to their offseason roster on Wednesday as linebacker Brian Rolle has been signed on to a reserve/future contact.

Rolle was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, where he was a two-year starter at middle linebacker.

During his rookie season Rolle started 13 games for the Eagles and recorded 63 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 forced fumble. In 2012 Rolle played in the first four games with the Eagles before being released on Oct. 2 after recording only 4 tackles.

Rolle had starting training camp with the Eagles this past season as the starter but lost the job to Akeem Jordan after the third preseason game.

Rolle is related to Antrel Rolle, Samari Rolle, and Myron Rolle, who was with the Steelers last offseason.

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  • steeltown

    This guy has a legitimate shot at making the PS and maybe even a backup in the middle. Led the Buckeyes in tackles his senior year. He’s pretty fast and has some playing experience. When your depth chart includes Sylvestor, Johnson and Mcfadden.. anything is possible

  • chitownsteel

    this guy is a beast.

  • He’s listed at 5ft. 9-5/8in. I read an article that said the Eagles cut him because he was no longer a starter and he was the weak link in the Eagles special teams unit.

  • steeltown

    He was beat out after being a starter in 2011 and was moved to special teams. The Eagles drafted LB’s Michael Kendricks and Casey Mathews the last two years and brought in DeMeco Ryans as well, plus they had a nice undrafted player in Akeem Jordan.. I think Rolle lost the numbers game. I’m not in any way saying he’s a starter on OUR Defense, but he ‘might’ become a backup should B.Johnson not return and Sly fail to improve. I think outside of Sean Spence, the ILB depth chart is up in the air

  • SteelersDepot

    Will not be eligible for the practice squad.

  • steeltown

    Ahh.. you’re right, well, I guess his best shot is if B.Johnson is not re-signed and Sly continues to not impress or injures himself (again)

  • His college play/size reminds me of Sean Spence when he was in Miami..we will have to see his special teams play but he has as good a chance as anyone else. Cheap too!

  • JT

    I don’t think it’s fair to judge any defensive player’s experience on the Eagles. Terribly coached unit. If he has the talent to make it, Butler will find it.

  • Kysteeler

    I think this could be a good pick up. He does remind me of Spence some. He has starting time in the NFL, is young, and cheap..

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  • Jollyrob68

    Hope he makes it as a buck and the put Spence at Backup Safety.

  • lh

    eagles are idiots..