Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 Free Agents Analysis – LB Jamaal Westerman – Unrestricted

By Matthew Marczi

Player: Jamaal Westerman

Position: Outside Linebacker

Experience: 5 Years

Free Agent Status: Unrestricted

2013 Salary Cap Hit: $65,294

2013 Season Breakdown: What is there to say about the 2013 season of Jamaal Westerman?

Truly, not much. He spent the last few games of the season with the Pittsburgh Steelers, having been signed after the team put starting outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley on the injured reserve list following a calf injury—his second of the year, on the opposite leg. Westerman got a helmet in the season finale, but did not participate.

Thus, as far as discussing his impact on the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2013 season, there’s literally next to nothing to say, because he had no impact.

That is, other than mild surprise that the team chose to sign him after being released by the Buffalo Bills instead of promoting Kion Wilson from the practice squad, or even bringing back Alan Baxter, who played well in the preseason and began the year on the practice squad.

Westerman played at least a snap in 11 games for the Bills in 2013, according to Pro Football Focus, but for a grand total of just 63 snaps. He recorded nine tackles overall, and managed a half of a sack against the Cleveland Browns.

The former undrafted player out of Rutgers had a few-year stint with Rex Ryan and the New York Jets, where he was a mild fan favorite and made a bit of a reputation as a special teams player.

In 2011, he started three games for the Jets and played 411 snaps overall at right outside linebacker, accumulating three and a half sacks in the process and forcing a fumble in addition to his 32 tackles.

He has hardly had any playing time over the course of the last two seasons, but he is by accounts a smart player and a hard worker. It was likely his playing experience in addition to his work on special teams that led the Steelers to sign him over other internal options to provide depth late in the season.

Free Agency Outlook: The situation at outside linebacker is a bit muddled right now for the Steelers with the impending free agency of Jason Worilds and the uncertain future of Woodley. Both could be back, which would hinder the chances of the Steelers being interested in retaining Westerman for depth. The Steelers have Chris Carter under contract for another year, and they could very easily be looking toward the draft for another mid-late-round pass rusher as well to shore up depth.

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  • mem359

    Since the Steelers signed someone who never saw the field, its too bad they couldn’t snag some promising developing player from the Ravens or Bengals practice squad. Instead of a Bills cast-off, they could have weakened (a tiny bit) the depth of a division rival.

  • steeltown

    Who knows, maybe sign him to a vet qualifying deal and let him compete is camp, maybe he beats out C.Carter

  • Chad H

    My Grandma could beat out Carter.

  • steeltown

    Sign her up!

  • Matt Manzo

    I can’t stand thinking about Carter taking up a roster spot this year!

  • Ken

    who?

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Only thing about signing grandmas they like taking sundays off for church and if they hurt a player they tackle they wanna kiss the boo boo

  • dgh57

    I thought Baxter(or the overall depth we had at LB)was enough to push Carter off the roster last preseason but it didn’t happen. Seems they see something in him just none of us can figure what that is!

  • steeltown

    I think Baxter was primarily a ROLB and at the time we had Worilds and Jones on the right side, also from what I remember Baxter wasn’t contributing on special teams

    Also, I think they were hoping Woodley would have a stellar and healthy year, but (again) that wasn’t the case. They have to be concerned and thinking differently this year. Even if we keep Woodley and re-sign Worilds we still need better depth

  • mem359

    Now I’m thinking about that scene from Captain America, where agent Carter says, “My grandmother has more life in her, god rest her soul !”

  • Chad H

    She is Catholic so she goes to Saturday evening mass.