Steelers Sign P Brad Wing, LS Bryce Davis To Future Contracts

With the 2013 season now over, the Pittsburgh Steelers are starting to expand their offseason roster by signing several players to futures contracts. After re-signing seven of their eight practice squad players earlier in the week to futures deals , the team added a punter and long snapper on Friday as Brad Wing and Bryce Davis were signed.

Wing, who was originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of LSU by the Philadelphia Eagles in April, is easily the most recognizable name on the list. In his two years at LSU, Wing, a former Australian Rules football player, averaged 44.6 yards on 118 punts, a mark that ranks first in school history. 48 of his punts were downed inside the 20-yard line and 39 traveled 50 yards or more.

After spending training camp and the preseason with the Eagles, Wing was released just prior to the start of the 2013 season. The Steelers don’t currently have any other punters under contract for 2014 at this time as veteran Mat McBriar, who was signed midway through the 2013 season, is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in March.

Davis was originally signed by the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent out of Central Oklahoma in 2012.  He played all four preseason games that year before being waived. Like McBriar, veteran Steelers long snapper Greg Warren will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, so for now, Davis is the only long snapper currently under contract for 2014.

  • Brendan

    Isn’t Wing like a maniac?

  • steeltown

    Oh yea.. let the offseason 90 man roster banter begin, I like both of these signings particularly the Brad Wing signing. This kid had an exceptional college career and holds some school records. Whether or not he makes it, he should still be fun to watch

  • David Edward

    Nice move! I was a bit surprised they didn’t bring Wing in for a tryout during the season. If nothing else, it gives them some leverage heading into FA and the draft. Same goes for Davis. I still think they probably will end up giving Warren a qualifying offer (like always), but competition is good. I know Wing is a bit of a headcase, but he can hang out in Pittsburgh with Josh Miller and calm down.

  • chris ward

    Good move by the Steelers to pick up Brad Wing.

  • steeltown

    Warren was involved in a couple mishaps over the course of the last few seasons. I was thinking they would re-sign him like always but after further thought I could actually finally see them going in a different direction in ’14

  • John Hinton

    I liked Wing in college. Good move FO.

  • cp72

    Yeah don’t remember the specfics but he had some issues at LSU. I do remember watching him and the kid had a huge leg.

  • SumnerYoung

    So was Jeff Reed, and he worked out well.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Sheetz convenience stores are condemning to Wing deal citing higher maintenance costs.

  • Bradys_Dad

    Both of these guys are considerably more $ friendly. Hate to see Warren go but money is tight …………….

  • J. Hernandez

    Wing so far is the only meaningful signing so far. No excitement in the others…blah

  • Rubem Dornas

    Thank God nobody is talkin’ about Butler here.

  • JohnB

    yes, but can he throw?

  • SteelerDave

    I seldom post anymore but Brad Wing? Seriously? He has a reputation of being all about himself, a terrible locker room guy, multiple failed drug tests, arrested for assault – yet he truly is one of the most talented punters period. LSU even told him to not bother to return despite his record breaking season. He darn well better have grown up a lot because I am not a fan of players with a history of issues detrimental to their teams.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    sometimes a year off brings you down a peg…hopefully he gets it now.

  • Cody Younkin

    Awesome that we got Wing, I wanted us to draft him when he came out of college but drug issues kept most teams away from him. He has a dynamite leg and will at least be interesting to see what happens with him in camp. Huge Pick up if he pans out.