Steelers Sign Veteran T Guy Whimper & Undrafted LB Terence Garvin On Monday

The Pittsburgh Steelers made a move to bolster their depth at the tackle position on Monday as it was announced that the team has come to terms with veteran free agent tackle Guy Whimper. In addition to Whimper, undrafted rookie free agent linebacker/safety Terence Garvin was also signed to the roster.

To make room for both Whimper and Garvin on the roster, the team released undrafted rookie center Ivory Wade and rookie defensive tackle Anthony Rashad White.

Whimper was originally drafted by the New York Giants in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft out of East Carolina. He played for the Giants from 2006-09 and with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2010-12. Whimper has started 22 regular season games and played in 67 career games.

Last season with the Jaguars, Whimper played just less than 400 snaps mostly at right tackle. He gave up five sacks last season with three of those coming in the first three weeks. Following his rough start in 2012, Whimper lost the starting right tackle job to Cameron Bradfield, but eventually regained the spot in Week 16 after Bradfield was benched.

The signing of Whimper will at least give the Steelers an experienced body at tackle as the offseason progresses, but there are no guarantees that he will make the final 53 man roster. The signing of Whimper might also be a sign that Marcus Gilbert, who had surgery on his ankle back in December, might not yet be ready to participate in the team\’s first OTA session later this month.

Garvin, an outside linebacker and safety prospect, went undrafted out of West Virginia this year, but was brought in by the Steelers for a tryout this past weekend during the rookie camp. He played in 47 career games at West Virginia, registering 235 tackles, 10.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. He also intercepted three passes, returning one for a touchdown, to go along with 11 passes defensed.

  • hergieburbur

    Is there a worse football name than Guy Whimper?

  • steeltown

    Hmmm… I figured Gilbert might not be 100%, but Whimper? He’s bottom of the barrel

    Was hoping I.Wade would stick, but he must have not shown much in the rookie camp, maybe out of shape or something. Now, im truly pulling for Embernate and Golic Jr.

  • Mike.H

    Proper grammer… Guy whimpers. (add “sulks” if needed). 🙂

  • Mike.H

    Just saw Nik Embernasty’s photo for the umpteenth time, He should be renamed… “SHREK”.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    why even bother with whimper unless they want Ben injured Garvin might have some good potential

  • hergieburbur

    Yeah, like J. Scott bottom.

  • Whimper makes me want to cry…I kind of like the Garvin kid though.

  • $19122620

    I like the Garvin signing. Pretty intriging prospect. Always intrigued with the undersized LB prospects (though if I am not mistaken he played more safety prior to his senior season) who were put in positions to make plays in coverage in college. They have strong saftey potential at the next level if their coverage skills are solid (Kam Chancellor mold). I personally hope that is where they try working him mostly. It is crazy how close Garvin and Chancellors measurables are, even down to their college stats.

  • hergieburbur

    Could be either way: “After being knocked on his ass, again, he let out a Guy Whimper.” 🙂

  • SteelerDave

    I too am pulling for Embernate to make it and think he has the talent potential to do just that.

  • CW

    Probably a short term offseason move or purely as a backup.

  • SteelersDepot

    Whimper more than likely signed a one-year qualifying contract with base of $840K. Will have to see if got $65K SB. Cap hit $555K plus bonus

  • SteelSpine

    I hear ya. I remember Harry Colon was a bad name (a NFL DB in 1990’s).

  • jr

    Looks kinda like you. Minus the eye black

  • SteelSpine

    Besides our only having enough money to shop at the bargain basement for the Jonathan Scotts, it’s a consequence of not developed depth at OT a few years ago. Annually we brought in a couple nondrafted rookie OLinemen but they get cut or get signed off our PS by other teams. We needed 1 or 2 Legursky types who were taller than Legursky to pan out to only be a backup OT, Ramon Foster is a good example of one but that’s only 1.

  • steeltown

    Agreed. Its why Ramon was a must sign this offseason.. we don’t have enough bodies who can play Tackle.. A lot of fans don’t appreciate Foster enough, the guy plays BOTH OG spots and RT if needed, he’s not a probowler but he’s consistent

    Would be great if Malecki or Embernate or Golic Jr. can become the next Legursky/Foster