Steelers Hunt For Help Outside The Organization Likely To Come Up Empty

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now trimmed their roster down to 53 active players and thus begins the watch to see whether or not they will add any recently released players to the roster between now and the season opener.

While there certainly have been a few notable players released by other teams in the last 4 hours, I really think the Steelers might just stand pat with what they currently have. Sure, they might wind up having an open roster spot next week should they place tight end Matt Spaeth on the injured reserve list with the designated to return tag, but unless there is a serious upgrade to be found that can play on the offensive line or at tight end, they might be better suited adding inside linebacker Marshall McFadden back to the roster.

The only way the Steelers will claim a player off waivers is if that player doesn’t have a big contract attached to him. If you are a fan of former Philadelphia Eagles guard Danny Watkins, you can rule him out as a potential waiver wire target because the Steelers won’t be able to afford the remaining years on his deal. In addition, should they claim a waived player, they would have to release one to make room for him.

Now, should Watkins wind up clearing waivers, which will probably happen; the Steelers can negotiate with him just like they would with any other free agent. However, I suspect that there will be several other teams that will be doing the same. Being as the Steelers would only need Watkins to be a backup that is willing to take the minimum, I think the former first-round draft pick will ultimately land somewhere else.

Last year, the Steelers got what they thought was a gift when they signed cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke after he surprisingly cleared waivers following his release from the Oakland Raiders, and they made room for him on the roster by placing guard David DeCastro on the injured reserve list with the designated to return tag. Looking back now, that gift wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.

I’m not going to guarantee that we won’t see a player added from outside the organization over the course of the next week, but I don’t want you to get your hopes up just the same. Being as there are several teams right now around the league that are looking for offensive line and tight end depth just like the Steelers are, one would think that quality prospects will be gone quick.

So what about Max Starks, who was released recently by the San Diego Chargers? If you watched any of the Chargers preseason games, you would probably understand why he was released.

Like I said, don’t get your hopes up.

  • Kolie Oak

    Agree with the exception of Whimper and Wilson….
    Exchange for Moye and Tebow.
    Now, Here We Go!!!

  • Eric

    Keep Moye (size, hands and effort), Cut Dyer ($1.3 million contract), Cut Kion Wilson (not needed), CUT WHIMPER (no explanation needed)

  • Lamarr56

    One think I would change is I would cut Felix Jones, and keep Moye.

  • Jeff

    Anyone else get any ideas after hearing that the Chargers let Max Starks loose? Just a thought. He was serviceable last year, and could provide some depth, a guy who knows the playbook, and a healthy body. I’d much rather him play backup T than Guy Whimper.

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  • Kolie Oak

    Would make an excellent backup RT, if here from the beginning would beat out Gilbert

  • Matt

    I like this with the exception of Wilson

  • dgh57

    I don’t know if Brian Arnfelt or J. Brown make it to the PS without some team picking them up. More so Arnfelt! I disagree with Carter making the team.

  • OIF3gunner

    I say cut Whimper and sign Jamarcus Webb. I probably spelled his name wrong but the dude from Chicago

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I am glad you see what I saw in Garvin…he played the run nice and the pass.

  • WilliamSekinger

    Max Starks is a definite liability in a zone blocking scheme. No thanks.

  • T R

    pick up tebow put him on our OL as back up..LOL

  • steeltown

    Even if they bring in someone else to help the depth along the OLine, they better sign Joe Long to the PS as well..we’ve seen how quickly things can change throughout a entire season, he showed some promise and should only get better especially if he stays in the same system

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    I agree on the timing of the transactions, but not necessarily the implication that there are not players coming from outside the organization. Any player of name value they may sign will pass through waivers and will probably be signed after the Titans game.

  • Dom

    Watch the chargers games he got demolished v 2nd and 3rd team players

  • Thomas Rancy

    I’d give Moyake or DJ williams a go.

  • Jason White

    I know a lot of people feel that some of our draft picks will make it to the practice squad easily but I look at what happened with Clemons last year. He was a 7th round pick that didn’t show anything but got claimed anyways. So it makes me a little uneasy seeing players like Hawthorne and Brown get cut. I really hope they do make it to the practice squad without any issues especially Hawthorne. I thought he’d make it onto the 53 on potential alone even as a gameday inactive.

  • SteelerFanInMD

    Maybe Max Starks’s played poorly in S.D because his heart just wasn’t into playing for a team other than the Black and Gold. I think he would play much better if he was back with the Steelers protecting the blind side of his good friend, Big Ben.

  • Eric

    I like Max as much as the next guy, but not having his heart in it is pretty lame. Football is just a young man’s game. I am sure his effort in SD was to the best of his ability.