It’s not a secret that the Pittsburgh Steelers could definitely use some depth on their offensive line. Pat Kirwan, the NFL Insider for CBS Sports and host of “Movin’ the Chains” on SiriusXM NFL Radio knows this and suggested Tuesday on Twitter that the Steelers should consider signing Jeremy Trueblood and Stephen Peterman, both of whom were released recently.
The Steelers should sign OT Jeremy Trueblood and Stephen Peterman..good backups for this team
— Pat Kirwan (@PatKirwanCBS) August 27, 2013
Peterman, who Kirwan talked about several times on his Tuesday radio show, played seven seasons for the Detroit Lions at right guard prior to him being released by them back in February. He has started 68 games over the course of his career and was even attempting to work some at center with the New York Jets prior to them cutting him.
While he is still considered a pretty good run blocker, Peterman allowed more combined sacks, hits and hurries (45) than any NFL guard last season, according to Pro Football Focus.
Trueblood, who was released by the Washington Redskins, was a second-round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2006. The right tackle has made 84 starts during his seven seasons with the Buccaneers and is also a product of Boston College, which just so happens to be the school where Steelers offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. played his college football and where he coached for two seasons.
While the Steelers could very well have some interest in both Peterman and Trueblood, I am sure that other teams will be looking at them as well. If it comes down to money, you can go ahead and cross the Steelers as being a potential landing spot off the list as they just will not be willing to pay more than the veteran minimum for a lineman who is unlikely to dress for games unless an injury occurs.