Cardinals Claim Former Steelers NT Alameda Ta’amu Off Waivers Sunday

The Pittsburgh Steelers waived second-year nose tackle Alameda Ta’amu on Saturday and on Sunday he was claimed off waivers by the Arizona Cardinals.

Ta’amu , who the Steelers drafted in the fourth-round of the 2012 NFL Draft, was beaten out by Hebron Fangupo for the backup nose tackle spot on the 53 man roster during the preseason.

In my opinion, Ta’amu outplayed Fangupo during the preseason, but a few media reports during training camp suggested that the Washington product was still clearly behind the 28 year-old Fangupo.

It probably shouldn’t be surprising that Ta’amu landed in Arizona as it seems as though that’s where all of the Steelers castoffs wind up.

Ta’amu was waived last year following his October drunken escapade on the Southside, but found himself back on the 53 man roster at the end of the season after spending a few weeks on the Steelers practice squad.

The Steelers decision to claim Fangupo off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks late last season was probably a sign that shouldn’t have been ignored.

For now, the Steelers will continue to groom Fangupo to be the backup to Steve McLendon, but they might have to address the position once again in the draft next year.

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  • CW

    Not surprising in any way.

    Who knows, McLendon looks like he’s got a few years worth of starter time and there should be some interesting Nose Tackle prospects coming up over the next couple of drafts.

  • TJimmy

    Maybe they saw signs of his drinking habit returning? I would think that Ta’amu would have been better long term, but they know things that we don’t.

  • T R

    can he even leave pittsburgh city.. isnt he on probation in pittsburgh.. he can;t leave the city. LOL Arians just sit and wait for pittsburgh release list to grab folks

  • Mike.H

    350lb guy playing in 120+ degree AZ heat… He’s really earning his paychecks.

    Also, what’s the legal ramifications about Ta’amu run-in with the traffic accident?

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Not shocked he was picked up and wouldnt be surprised he would be a starter in a year or so.

  • Jeff Johnson

    Him being released sucks

  • Tom

    if you get one DUI, i am willing to overlook that as a youthful mistake. Get another one a few years later…..I have serious questions about your core intelligence. I do subscribe to the Jimmy Johnson/Belichick saying that dumb players make dumb plays. “Hit me in the head with a hammer, the next time I draft a dumb player” Same thing goes for previously released Van Dyke. Just how many holds can you get called for in limited special teams play, before you qualify as a dumb player? No tears from me when players of minimal/marginal intelligence are released.

  • thatninjab

    Arizona always picks up Steeler castaways. Pittsburgh West still rings true even though ol ball coach is no longer in town

  • Kolie Oak

    Fangupo is not McClendons backup.
    Al Woods is his backup.
    I personally think Al is the quickest NT we’ve had, he just needs to get stronger and he’ll compete for a starting position.

  • Busforever

    Really surprised by this move. I thought too Ta’amu was better than Fangupo. His play, his desire and his agressiveness was night and day comparing to last year, so I thought it was promising enough to keep him on the roster. I mean, if the problem was just the DUI, the Steelers could have cut him last year. They didn’t, we supposed because they saw a potential in Ta’amu. And now, when he shows flashes of brillance, they cut him. There’s something we don’t know.

  • Christopher Wilkes

    NFL. NotForLong. Sometimes you can’t wait for the long term.

  • Ryan Barton

    The Steelers should spend quite a few draft picks on OL and DL next year. And/or some FA’s.

  • steeltown

    Surprise surprise

  • steeltown

    AZ plays in a Dome

  • dgh57

    He looked good in the Giants game then his playing time went down from there so, I guess, we should’ve seen his release coming.

  • SteelerFanInMD

    It is a shame that the Steelers spent a #4 and #6 pick to get him and the Cardinals get him off of waivers for free.

  • JohnnyV1

    Tough when you don’t hit on 4th Rd picks. I suppose offset somewhat when you hit in undrafted FA’s. An inexact science to say the least.

  • Busforever

    Yeah but we didn’t spent a 1st round pick on Felix Jones like the Cowboys ;)

  • JohnnyV1

    We might have, but Dallas picked a few spots ahead of us, so we ended up w/ Mendenhall instead. I think that one is a toss up!
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