Report: Alex Carrington, Steelers Had Good Visit, Will Continue To Talk

There seems to be much consternation among fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers after free agent defensive end candidate Alex Carrington left the team facility today without a contract, but the simple fact of the matter is that such things happen all the time, and doesn’t prevent a deal from developing in the future.

To that end, Ian Rapoport has Tweeted that Carrington did in fact have a good visit with the Steelers today, and that he passed the team’s physical examination. More to the point, he says that both sides will continue to talk.


It’s unclear as of right now whether or not Carrington has any other visits already scheduled, but it’s certainly not unlikely that more will come in the near future. The Steelers could put an end to that by working out a contract before he meets with another team, as appears to be a theme this year.

Defensive end quickly became a critical need after two of the Steelers’ three free agents at the position—Ziggy Hood and Al Woods—signed elsewhere for more money than the team was willing to pay them.

The only players at defensive end behind Cameron Heyward are two second-year low-pedigreed players in the form of Brian Arnfelt, who showed well last preseason, and Nick Williams, who was drafted with the understanding that he would be a project even before spending the year on injured reserve.

Woods, who was also interior-capable and started two games at nose tackle last season, appears to have been replaced by former San Diego Chargers defensive lineman Cam Thomas, or “Baby Zilla”.

Thomas, a former fifth-round pick, signed a two-year, $4 million contract with the team today. While Woods leans more toward defensive end but is interior-capable, Thomas tends to lean the other way, closer to a nose tackle by default at 330 pounds.

Working out a contract with Carrington would go a long way toward solidifying the defensive line after early losses. Should that fail, it can probably be expected that Brett Keisel will be brought back for one more season.

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  • Jollyrob68

    Maybe The Steelers need to restructure someone before they can sin him?

  • RW

    That’s what I was thinking.

  • grw1960

    According to NFL .com FA listing. Cleveland and Saint Louis also has shown interest in Carrington

  • Matthew Marczi

    I’m not sure that would be necessary. They have about $4 million in cap space.

  • Surely they’re well enough under the cap to offer him a reasonable deal. Maybe he just wants to do his due diligence by fielding other offers before committing. Who could blame him?

  • gene mann

    lets hope they continue to talk the steelers need to add a good DE and it still be a possibility that keisel comes back

  • CW

    They might be trying to land Cotchery before getting a contract together for Carrington. Just a thought. At this point they sort of need to keep Cotchery with Sanders leaving and almost no experience at wide receivers behind Antonio Brown for Big Ben to work with if Cotchery is also gone.

  • afrazier9

    We can’t be desperate will sign someone who might not be worth the money.

  • Matthew Marczi

    You’re right, but I’m not aware of any officially scheduled meetings yet.

    With displacement factored in, the Thomas signing should leave them with about $4 million in cap space. That’s of course pending an extension with Worilds, and of course eventually Woodley’s money.

  • 20Stoney

    Translation: “I like it here, but I’m gonna see if there’s more money someplace else.”

  • steelster

    yes, could be and nothing wrong with that.

  • Tom

    …and maybe an extension for Big Ben?

  • mlc43 speak Rapoport!!! I wouldn’t let too many people know that! lol

  • The Great Mr Slippery

    His name is not “cam”. Don’t want him. Moving on…

  • 804Stiller

    Agreed about Cotchery. I’m wondering why his deal is taking so long to finalize. Man, the way things change, kinda makes you nervous.

  • gene mann

    Maybe he looking to hang with his old DC.But not putting anything that this guy reports

  • pat

    I heard Keisel is on the same ship as Jared Allen wont play for the vet min wants a nice size contract and will retire if he dont get one so as much as id like him to come back dont think it will happen hell it might just end up being a good thing. No need to wry Steeler Nation as there is plenty of time to sort this out

  • Matthew Marczi

    Very possible, but they may want to wait if they can afford to.

  • Steve

    Now Allen would be a nice pickup for the Steelers. Baby Zilla – now that funny, what a nick name. Wonder where Rapshit gets his stuff?

  • Steeler Fanatic

    I can’t stress this enough… The Steelers are rebuilding…and I am okay with it. They will transition at safety, linebacker and on the d’line. Bell and the o ‘line will need to develop… They will add another wideout to go with a young wideout in Wheaton. Outside of corner, where is our experience in a particular offensive or defensive grouping. Is it a coincidence that Ben not being extended has a purpose? That maybe he will be looked at on how the offense develops this year. What happens if the Steelers are 20th in the league in scoring? And we go 8-8, then what?

  • Shannon Stephenson

    This off season is stressful.

  • alex

    if Carington and Thomas is what we get outa FA, then our #1 pick is a DE…

    go get Ealy, Missouri wont let us down twice will it?

  • steelster

    It’s nice to hear someone saying they are rebuilding because they are. I think if the steelers go 8-8 or 6-10 it won’t be because of the offense, however the defense could be ranked in the bottom 10.

  • steelster

    really, I find the close games be stressful but I love following the offseason isn’t that what this site is for.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    I felt so good about this, then i saw it was reported by Rapoport….

  • grw1960

    You bet ya, but it is the most entertaining one we’ve had in quite sometime.

  • shawn

    ya it is … but tell me the last time when you went WOW …Really … way to go Steelers FO !

  • Brian K

    I thought the same thing lol

  • grw1960

    Over the cap has been close so far and with the signing of Thomas. they have the Steelers at about $ 2.9 mil under the cap.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Well, I can guarantee that they’re not 100% accurate, given that they have David Johnson on the roster. I believe the number is closer to $4.2.

  • Matthew Marczi

    The figure is not adjusted for 2013 carryover space, which is approximately $1.3. In addition, I see that they have David Johnson counting against the cap, so it’s clearly not 100% accurate. The NFLPA had the Steelers’ cap at about $5.25, and Thomas’ contract with displacement moved the needle $1,080,000.

  • steelster

    the steelers aren’t a wow FA team never have been and have been in 3 superbowls the past decade. FA is completely blown out of proportion and overhyped by the media. Teams have been overpaying for years and maybe a team like the redskins has learned it’s lesson those fans are happy they aren’t caught up in the hype. Good teams stay patient and calm and so should their fans.

  • shawn

    i think u know what i mean ..

  • steelster

    He is 32 and therefore offers no long term value for the steelers. The steelers are going very young on defense.

  • grw1960

    good to know ,thanks

  • 20Stoney

    I thought we were rebuilding last year. Then we matched New Englands offer to Sanders……Wouldn’t that pick be nice to have now?

  • Matthew Marczi

    As of today, with the new figures for Wallace, Allen, and Warren finally properly adjusted, the available cap space is somwhere in the middle at about $3.5.