Don’t Read Too Much Into The Steelers Decision To Bring Back Guy Whimper

While I am a little bit surprised the Pittsburgh Steelers re-signed veteran offensive lineman Guy Whimper on Monday, I do understand the reasoning behind the move. In the grand scheme of things, however, I don’t think much should be read into him being re-signed.

Whimper, to his credit, played better than I expected he would last year when called upon. Hs best game in 2013 was against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 7 when he replaced a banged up Marcus Gilbert at right tackle just eight plays into the game.

Whimper played at least a handful of snaps at four different positions on the Steelers offensive line last season and it was obvious that while he can play guard, he wasn’t overly good at it.

In short, Whimper is a right tackle only and the one-year deal he signed for the veteran minimum on Monday will barely make a dent in the Steelers salary cap after displacement. In addition, he should once again be considered a camp body right now with long odds to make the final 53 man roster.

So why sign him?

One would think the Steelers hope second-year guard Nik Embernate can pick up where he left off last year in training camp prior to suffering a season-ending knee injury. In addition, second-year guard Chris Hubbard also figures to fight Embernate for a spot on the 53 man roster as well. Bringing back Whimper will not only push those two players, but also provide some summer depth at the tackle positions.

As one reader pointed out, Whimper’s status this offseason now resembles that of Trai Essex a few years ago. Essex made it through training camp with the Steelers in 2012 before finally being released during the final round of cuts. I expect Whimper will meet that same fate this year. Of course that’s what I thought last year when he was signed.

  • steeltown

    You never know… Embernate, Hubbard, Browning and Snow are all basically interior guys, so I could see Whimper making the roster #8 spot based purely off his versatility. Of course if that happens one would hope they carry 9OL this season with one of the aforementioned also making the 53man, Embernate and Hubbard have to be the odds on favorites barring a late draft pick

  • JohnB

    true, unless we pick up some good UFA guys or some guys after cut days. I mean hes versatile, but not THAT good.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Eighth or ninth linemen aren’t generally that good.

  • steeltown

    No he’s not THAT good, but he has experience and as mentioned some versatility


    I was also (happily) surprised when Whimper played as well as he did last year. I had heard he was a human turnstile at tackle, but as the author said, give him credit.
    I’m thinking that we may take a versatile OLman on the 3rd day of the draft, but I understand that Embernate was very impressive in camp before getting hurt.
    We’ll see……

  • steeler4life

    So we sign Whimper, how bout a good young receiver–Miles Austin anyone–He’s young 28yrs old, He’s big- 6’3″-and He’s got great hands and toughness, but Most of all we could get him for little of nothing. Lets get Ben some real decent targets.

  • Steve

    Miles missed a few games last year with the Cryboys.

  • Jason

    Austin can’t stay on the field. He missed 5 games last year and came out of a few more. 2 bad hamstrings.