Checking In On The Players The Steelers Parted Ways With This Past Offseason

The Pittsburgh Steelers decided to let several of their unrestricted free agents walk this past offseason and they parted ways with a few other veterans under contract in addition. Here is a quick look at how their former players have done so far this season as week five comes to a close Monday night.

Rashard Mendenhall – In five games with the Arizona Cardinals, Mendenhall has 69 carries for 219 yards to go along with two touchdowns and two fumbles. Following the win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, head coach Bruce Arians openly suggested that his running back needs to prepare better during the week to be ready for games.

Mike Wallace – Wallace has 22 catches for 281 yards and one touchdown with the Miami Dolphins so far this season, but he has to have at least five drops right now through five games. He does, however, have two 100-yard games to his credit.

Keenan Lewis – Lewis, as expected, has started all five games so far this season for the undefeated New Orleans Saints. He has recorded one interception and one pass defensed in the 21 times he has been targeted so far this season and has allowed just one touchdown. He effectively won the battle over the aforementioned Wallace, his childhood friend and former teammate, a few weeks ago.

James Harrison – Harrison has started the games for the Cincinnati Bengals but has yet to record a sack. He played all of 13 snaps Sunday in the win over the New England Patriots and has recorded six total tackles this season.

Willie Colon – Colon has already racked up five penalties in his first four games with the New York Jets at right guard and has straggled in the run blocking department. He has yet to allow a sack, however, as the Jets prepare to play their fifth game Monday night.

Ryan Mundy – Mundy has started the first five games for the winless New York Giants this season. While he currently leads the team in total tackles, he has also allowed three touchdowns while in coverage.

Will Allen – Allen started the first two games of the season for the Dallas Cowboys, but has since played only 38 plays on defense. As of right now, he appears to be nothing more than a special teams contributor.

Doug Legursky – Legursky has fought back from a knee injury suffered during the preseason but has played all of one snap on offense for the Buffalo Bills and that came Thursday night against the Cleveland Browns.

Max Starks – Starks is currently unemployed after spending a short time with the St. Louis Rams following his release from the San Diego Chargers prior to the start of the regular season. He played all of eight snaps with the Rams in the two games he was on their roster.

  • Tom Savastano

    Wonder if the QB had anything to do with Wallace’s past success.. AB seems to be stepping right into the No1 receiver spot with out any problem..

  • Luke Shabro

    Mike is what he has always been, a one trick pony with a pretty good trick. He can take the top off the coverage but he’s not good with contestable balls or route running and he’s a body catcher. The Dolphins paid a boat load of money for a guy whose speed is going to fade within 2 years. Would we better with him in the lineup? I believe so, but not for that price. Dolphins benefit from the fact that they have Gibson and Hartline as well. Wallace on a team without complementing receivers could not carry the load. He’s in the same tier as DeSean Jackson not the tier of Andre Johnson, Megatron and Julio Jones

  • Tom Savastano

    I agree with you but think Ben has been key to his past success. With exception of Plax (and thats questionable), other WRs that have left the Steelers while Ben has been qb have not played as well.. Holmes, Washinton.. Time will tell on Wallace but cant see him living up to that contract.

  • Mike Carroll

    Nice recap article.

  • bonairsfavoriteson

    I GUESS based on this and the guys we kept, maybe the talent pool in camp was pretty bad, overall.

  • dgh57

    I see nothing has changed with Mendy: 2 fumbles already and still needs to better prepare for games.

    I watched part of the Saints/Dolphins game and Wallace dropped a pass that required him to catch it with his hands so nothing new there.

    I see Willie Colon still has problems with the penalties so again nothing new! He should be about due for the injury bug to hit him.

  • Virdin Barzey

    I personally don’t think we would be better with Mike Wallet. He is in deed a one trick pony and we need more than a one trick especially with an ooh-line that can’t pass block. Ben needs to get the ball out quicker and not wait for Wallet to run past defenders. Never considered Wallet a number one because real number ones do much more than just run past a defender with speed. They jump for catches, run great routes, go across the middle, dive for balls, stop int for poorly thrown passes, toe tap to make the tough catches, use their hands to catch, etc. All things Mr. Wallet never did and still doesn’t do. As you stated, once his speed is gone, he’s done. I think we made one right decision in keeping AB and letting the one trick pony take his show elsewhere. We don’t need him. Should have kept Lewis (I understand why we did not) and Harrison.

  • SteelerFanInMD

    Wallace’s play has been inconsistent and he still complains about not getting the ball enough.
    As Coach Tomlin said, Mendenhall needs to pay attention to his details.
    It is looking like Harrison will be back in Pittsburgh next year to retire as a Steeler.

  • Zack

    Wallace’s problems are what they’ve always been and I don’t think it really has anything to do with Tannehill. Philbin doesn’t have the same “run deep and bomb it” mentality the Steelers had. Wallace is still valuable, which a lot of people seem to want to ignore because he’s no longer a Steeler. He’s never going to be worth what he is getting paid so the Steelers easily made the right decision, but this isn’t really indicative of Roethlisberger’s superiority or anything like that. He’s in a different system that values him more as a decoy or a YAC guy than a guy you go really deep to multiple times a game.

  • Bob Graff

    There is a second trick to the Wallace pony that is invaluable every time he lines up the corner is back and there’s always a safety over the top. Any time you can move a defense just by lining someone up you got a pretty cool trick there. It’s taken some time but everyone is starting to see the talent pool is thin because these players are actually on the field now. I have said in other posts, that our drafting has been very poor for quite some time now. Actually i think they did ok and only ok this year. The players mentioned above prove that the only 2 which we should have signed [Wallace, Lewis] we let slip away. Because we mismanaged our payroll hanging on to players too long something we never did in the past.

  • JohnnyV1

    I was most disappointed with the loss of CB Lewis, and still am. Legursky to a lesser extent. Now I root for all of them (who were free agents that left) to start and excel, as the committee that determines draft pick compensation reviews starts & stats, in additional to size of contract, when the hand out draft picks.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I think you hit the nail on the head

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I believe the mismanagement had to happen because our drafts were poor and had to keep and overpay for guys we normally let go.

  • 20Stoney

    I was really trying to focus on Harrison during the Bengals game yesterday. I thought he looked very ordinary at best. He may have done the Steelers a huge favor by declining whatever they offered him. I think he’s done.

  • Steeler Wheeler

    I was going to mention that in several other posts…quick, look at all the Steelers drafted in the last ? years…where are they now? Poor drafting, poor coaching, some combination. The time for change at the top may be upon us at the end of this season?

  • Steeler Wheeler

    Just about dead on…however, Wallace’s speed could help but he had to go.

  • GunsDontKillWoodleyKills

    Mendenhall cares more about philosophy and art than he does football. And it shows. Good riddance.

  • Bilgewater D

    Losing Keenan Lewis is the one that hurts. Allen, Lewis, Taylor is a great CB combo.

  • willie colon

    Did you really type that Willie Colon has not been an effective run blocker???? what a crock of doo doo.He is the reason Bilal Powell is averaging 4.4 yards. The Jets interior lineman are playing great.Yes Colon may hold once a game but he is a nasty big guy and that counts for a lot.

  • Bell Cow

    They made the right decisions letting those guys walk, except for Keenan Lewis. K thought they should have found a way to keep him.

  • willie colon

    Harrison wont have anything in the tank next year he plays very physical and that takes a toll on you

  • r4kolb

    Until he breaks down AGAIN!!!

  • Impact3697

    Anybody who thought Harrison was gonna tear it up with the bengals, was obviously way off. It took him five years to become a starter in our system. He’s not just going to jump into a 4-3 and dominate. They’re asking him to stuff the run and blitz here and there, but he isn’t going to get to many pass rush opportunities with Dunlap and Johnson at defensive end

  • dgh57

    Of all people, Bruce Arians should’ve known what he was getting into with Mendy.

  • RyanW

    Youre an idiot if you think theres even a chance the Steelers will make a change at the top.

  • CrazyTerry

    Are you kidding? Sign Wallace? For that cap money, there are better values to be had. You could sign an impact player at another position and draft a WR earlier . Wallace is not being double teamed as much as you think. He has dropped some crucial passes. He is not worth 12M . Sure he could have helped open up space for the Steelers, but you cant ignore his salary value.

  • CrazyTerry

    Arians is showing the Indy year was more of luck(pun intended) combined with hissingleminded mission to prove the Steelers wrong. The real Arians is back. AZ’s offense hasn’t improved (those points and wins are because of their defense). Meanwhile, Indy’;s offense has not suffered one bit .

  • CrazyTerry

    Wallace has been on a decline since the second half of Arians final year. Not just this year. No way he is worth that contract even if he rebounds a tad.

  • Bob Graff

    I think we should have locked up Wallace early. We would have got him and Brown for 7.5 each if we were smart. But like i have said in earlier post i don’t think we have handle our roster very well. Between Ben,Troy,Ike,Woodely,Kiesel andClark we are putting out 51 million dollars. That’s 6 players

  • srdan

    Chris Rainey?

  • Bradys_Dad

    Letting Lego and Lewis go were killers.

  • Dr. Doom

    Legursky has not played all season? Will Allen was just released. If as some people have commented these players would be a huge difference. Weren’t they here when they went 8-8?

  • Dr. Doom

    once? he is among the league leaders in penalties, again.

  • Dr. Doom

    What exactly has Wallace done? He had his first 100 yd game of the season, week 5!

  • Bob Graff

    Hi Doc, What he does is keep a safety out of the box It’s like having an extra blocker. And if you run someone under his patterns there would be another gap. The Steelers nor Dolphins have yet to use him correctly. If he were with a top flight QB it would be very easy to see.

  • Dr. Doom

    Really, maybe he just sucks as an overall receiver. Every route can’t be a go route.