Steelers Claim QB John Parker Wilson Off Waivers From Jaguars

The Pittsburgh Steelers claimed former Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson off waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday.

Wilson originally signed with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He spent three seasons in Atlanta and was waived prior to the start of the 2012 season.

Wilson was signed to the Jaguars practice squad in early September of last season. He bounced between their 53 man roster and practice squad in Jacksonville and ended the 2012 season on their 53 man roster. He was waived by the Jaguars on Wednesday.

The Steelers currently only have Ben Roethlisberger as the only quarterback under contract for 2013 as both Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch are currently unrestricted free agents.

Wilson will give the Steelers an extra arm in mini camps and he figures to compete for a roster spot in training camp.

  • zyzak

    Training camp fodder, salary cap up to 123.9 million per Mortensen ESPN

  • Jollyrob68

    Good don’t bring Leftwich back and findHoyer & Jerrod Johnson

  • To me this is one of the more interesting positions to watch the Steelers deal with this Spring…Backup QBs…WR and RB would be the other 2. I know nothing about Wilson but I can’t see them bringing him in if they don’t think he can compete for at least the 3rd spot.

  • RW

    No thanks for Hoyer. I’d take a flyer on Johnson.

  • rob.pghsteelersfan

    I do not want to see batch or leftwich brought back. The steelers need a back up qb who can help win games. Batch and leftwich contribute nothing to the offense being on the field. Like i have heard a lot of people say, i wouldn’t mind seeing batch come in as a coach. He and the team should both realize his playing days are over. Leftwich is just injured too often. I have seen the idea of signing matt moore come up on here and that seems like a good idea. Moore and a rookie to back up ben would be good.

  • Tim Barca

    I like the idea of getting younger at the QB position. I wasn’t a huge fan of Johnson last pre season, but he did show some promise. He knows the offense so not sure why they don’t try and bring him back in, unless he is on another roster of course

  • steeltown

    Wilson lacks elite arm strength, but is said to be very intelligent and pretty accurate with his throws. I think he could definitely compete for the #3 spot… pending what happens with Charlie Batch and the upcoming draft

  • steeltown

    Nothing really elite about this guy.. as is expected being a backup and being shuffled around from practice squad to practice squad. He had a good college career and played some tough competition. Holds some significant passing records at Alabama

    Pretty accurate passer, think he could definitely compete for the #3 spot pending what we do in the upcoming draft

  • Kenneth Wilt

    I have to admit, this one confuses me. What did they see in him that some of the other young guys didn’t bring to the table?

  • charles

    Johnson with Dwyer, Mendenhall, or Redman on the read option. I wasn’t impressed with Johnson’s passing accuracy but in a read/run option most of the throws are only 10-15 yards. I was very impressed with what seemed to be a field awareness by Johnson which is the vital element to operate the read/run. The Steelers would never ever run this type of offense though…?

  • CW

    Camp arm to have throw to the other camp bodies.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    That doesn’t really explain this signing to me. If we are going to bring someone in who affects our cap, then it should be someone we believe can actually help us.

  • CW

    Look at the numbers closely. Wilson will get paid next to nothing in comparison to resigning Leftwich and he counts towards the roster numbers for March 12th. And studying the other options in free agency, seriously it’s pretty ugly this year, Wilson might be the cheapest, youngest backup option with the most hope of actually turning into a true backup quarterback without using a draft pick.

    Wilson was pretty accurate in college, so there is an outside chance they might want to see if he can make it as a backup quarterback with a better receiving corps.