Rams Gave Former Bills DL Alex Carrington A One-Year, $1.5 Million Contract

We will likely never know if the Pittsburgh Steelers ever made an offer to former Buffalo Bills free agent defensive lineman Alex Carrington, but we do know how much the St. Louis Rams will pay the Arkansas State product in 2014.

According to Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com, the one-year contract that Carrington signed this week with the Rams totals out at $1.5 million.

Carrington, who played in all of three games last season due to a quad injury, will earn a $1 million base salary in 2014 of which half of that is fully guaranteed. In addition, he also will earn a $500,000 roster bonus.

Carrington visited with the Steelers several weeks ago, but of course left town unsigned. Being as we now know the details of the contract he signed with the Rams, I’m willing to speculate that if the Steelers did offer him a deal, it was only for one or two years and likely close to the minimum. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that they only offered him a one-year qualifying contract.

When Carrington was in Pittsburgh for his visit, former San Diego Chargers free agent defensive lineman Cam Thomas was also in town and the team signed him to a two-year contract worth $4 million that Friday.

  • T R

    Doesnt look like we really wanted him..after we kick his tires. Cause that contract from Rams was pretty small and we could surely offered that.

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  • Jay Jaber

    Do think it was cause of his injury they were worried about?

  • steeltown

    Yea its very likely they offered him a 1yr qualifying contract to prove he’s healthy and can stay healthy

  • 20Stoney

    That is surprisingly little to me.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Must be. That’s the only way it makes sense.

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  • StarSpangledSteeler

    A torn quad is no joke. And it’s very difficult to diagnose whether it is all healed and will stay healed.

    Last year Levi Brown was supposedly all healed from his triceps injury. I don’t blame the Steelers for being gun shy.

  • 20Stoney

    Good point

  • CW

    Not really. It’s a overly high price for a player who suffered a potentially severe muscle tear even early in the year last year. Many players don’t come back from IR muscle tears and never really recover to where they once were.

  • Smashmouth

    I’m in total agreement the steelers have had enough injuries over the last few seasons and don’t need to add any player who is not shall we say of sound mind and body ! lol

  • I was fine with it either way.

  • Tom

    I don’t view 1.5 for a guy who would likely be starting at DE to be too expensive.
    Too expensive for the Steelers? Apparently so.

    I think it’;s simply more of a statement about the teams current ability to pay, rather than the players market value.

    For the same reasons, I don’t expect MJD or Blount to land in the Burgh either.

  • Virdin Barzey

    Agreed. Makes life a bit more interesting going forward.

  • Arthur Branch

    I think it more of an endorsement of Williams and Arnfelt. The guy signed to be a back for 1.5 Mil. He was obviously looking for a starting position by the number of teams he visited. When that did not pan out he takes the biggest paycheck offered.

  • Madi

    I think it has more to do with the man’s injury. A number of teams looked at Carrington, and this is the best contract he could get? Looks to me like the Steelers weren’t alone in their concerns.

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    My guess is Carrington wanted a 1 year contract to have a year to improve his value. Given the Steelers tightenss to the cap, 1 year deals above the minimum are hard to do, even at diminished rates.

  • joed32

    If they thought he was going to be a starter they would have signed him.

  • John C

    we obviously weren’t that excited about him to not land him for that contract….I was excited about getting him on our team but I believe in the Steelers and they know what they are doing….either we didn’t want him or he didn’t want us….maybe we wanted more than one year and he didn’t?

  • Steeler Wheeler

    Thought the Steelers were missing out on a potential starter, but the FO obviously didn’t cute him as starting caliber. Really hoping for big NT early in Draft who can help out Cam Thomas….seems like McLendon is starting on the edge?