Report: Bills Free Agent DE Alex Carrington Leaving Pittsburgh Unsigned

After spending the day visiting with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is now reporting that Buffalo Bills unrestricted free agent defensive end Alex Carrington is leaving town unsigned. Bouchette did add that there’s a possibilty that Carrington didn’t pass his physical as he did tear his quad last season.

Like many of you, I was hoping a deal would get done with the Arkansas State product. Perhaps Carrington wants to make a few more visits before deciding where to play in 2014. It was reported a few days ago that the Cleveland Browns might have interest in him and there’s always the possibility that the Bills might still want him back as well.

All was not lost on Friday, however, as the Steelers did manage to sign former San Diego Chargers nose tackle Cam Thomas to a two-year contract. Thomas will help ease the loss of unrestricted free agent defensive lineman Al Woods, who signed a two-year contract with the Tennessee Titans on Wednesday.

  • Crap.

    (Honestly, that’s all I can muster right now. I feel deflated.)

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  • shawn

    still early but our FA period so far has been utter crap … i think a lot of us were hoping that FA this year would patch up a few things and slightly improve … not actually head in the other direction … hoping to not have to double down on the draft !

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Well that sucks

  • Iron Cadet

    Dang, we need depth and a starter

  • Bill Sechrengost

    That is disappointing. It can only be one of two things, health or money. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Hey hey guys this is not the end of world. Odds are if Carrington failed the physical, he failed with any other teams too. Wait until he heals and might come in for other visit and physical. Yes it will be nice to have that kind of security entering the draft but mum’s word, maybe Kevin Colbert said to Alex “we want you, badly but listen you got to pass the physical. So when you get better, come back and we will talk about the contract”.

  • Brian Miller

    I really hope we trade down in the first round and get MULTIPLE extra picks…Lord knows we need it…


    Alexander, thanks for that. Everyone who left a post on this story is behaving like we lost DeMarcus Ware or something! We have plenty of time to find other DEs (and the draft as well), and we picked up an important piece in getting a TRUE NT today, whether as a backup or spot starter. Lotsa time before offseason is done.

  • JohnB

    Just looked out the window and the sky isn’t falling. Chill out, guys.

  • Steeler Wheeler

    I’m just loving the depth this team has at DE, RB, LB. Guy Whimper types, line-up, Steelers will be coming with handouts soon enough.

  • Paddy

    Matt Williamson just said that he is at most a 40 snap player

  • Michael Pearce

    That really is deflating. We needed him.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    On the bright side. We may be “forced” to draft a really good young DE. We also may be “forced” to give Arnfelt and Williams some reps and find a diamond in the rough.

    And it doesn’t have to be an early rounder. This draft is deep at DE.

    As many have pointed out, a 1st round trade down would be ideal.

    Coincidentally… The 49ers 1st round pick + their higher 2nd rounder + their regular 3rd rounder = our 1.15 pick almost exactly (based on the trade value chart).

  • Nolrog

    I’m not unhappy that they are making changes. This defense was old and declining for a few years. It’s time to reshape it and bring it back to its former glory.

  • steelster

    exactly, bring them in young so they can grow together.

  • shawn

    we must have different windows !

  • shawn

    I would LOVE that !

  • shawn

    Yesss !

  • hchristi15

    I completely agree with you. The more I look into it, the more and more I like a trade back with the 49ers. For our needs, I believe there is better value at the end of the first – mid second. Truitt, Fuller, Robinson, just to name a few.

    On the other hand, does anyone know about some of these remaining d line free agents that may be a good fit four us?

  • steelster

    That is what we would all love but as far as I know the steelers haven’t done it and teams won’t be willing to give up picks in a talented draft class. although the browns have a lot of pics and would be a great trading partner.

  • steelster

    old line come on be more creative and a lot of steeler fans are very demanding and I don’t see anything wrong with that.

  • steelster

    No reason to panic here. Robert Ayers and Correy Wottonn(not sure of spelling) are both available and are good run stoppers.

  • I preferred Carrington to Thomas, but neither do much for me.

  • If I remember right from last year, they have only done it once or twice in the first in their entire history.

  • We don’t even have Guy whimper type depth at DE or RB. We only have one DE and one RB with ANY game experience at all under contract. Two DEs is they kick McClendon outside where he belongs, but then we are weak at NT as Thomas is not the answer there.

  • Stevan Williams

    Yeah it does suck,but by the way the front office was not showing interest in signing our own free agents makes you think it’s apart of their plans.they have allowed some key players to walk on both sides of the ball,although they have replaced two in free agency there’s still a lot more that needs to be addressed,especially weapons on the offense

  • Stevan Williams

    No need to trade down in the draft,we’re supposed to be getting a 3rd round pick for Wallace and not sure if we’ll receive one for Lewis,plus if we need a player to start from day one,they would most likely come from the top of the draft.

  • JohnB

    hmmm… “checked the tether and Sandra Bullock is still on the line?” …nope I got nothing. its Friday and I checked out 3 hours ago haha.

  • JohnB

    yeah mine is that windows 9 pre-upgrade. I can see the future. Gotta put some money on the Cubbies.

  • Stevan Williams

    Well it’s not because of the player we didn’t sign,it’s more about the ones that left which left a lot of positions open.I think it’s more of the fear of not knowing what or where the Gm is heading with the decisions that’s been made.

  • Stevan Williams

    Well it’s one thing all Steelers fans know,our owner and Gm are some of the tightest people in the nfl,if they’re not elite players they’re not getting paid big money,that’s why the ratio of rookie players are gone once their contracts ends is so high,& that’s one of the reasons why we had so many older players,they’re cheaper.

  • Stevan Williams

    Guess we’ll be bringing in a lot of guys from the practice squad

  • Brian Miller

    In my opinion there is a need for as many draft picks as possible, because everyone we draft should make the team…

  • Brian Miller

    There is a first time for everything…and this is the perfect year to do it…I don’t think we have ever gone into a draft with this many question marks and starter/depth question marks especially…at least not in the last 15 years or so.

  • shawn


  • We definitely have a ton of needs this year. Especially on defense.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Its everybody’s court right now. It could be anything that played factors in different decisions. Nothing is certain; Steelers FO might like their youngsters in Brian (Mr. Technican) Arnfelt and Nick (raw like medium rare) Williams more that we do. Maybe they thought of either: Ziggy Hood just wasn’t that good, anybody would have been an upgrade OR they have a bigger plan with the draft. Trade up or trade down is very likely. Now I’m not blind- I know what the issues are and they should be addressed immediately but…

    At what expense? Maybe they looked at Alex Carrington’s injury status and had a flashback with Manny Sanders’ foot and Lamarr Woodley’s hamstring and said no. Hardest thing in the free agency era is being a bystander and doesn’t know what’s going on within the process and plans. during NFL combine, you see scouts talk to players and there’s nothing beyond that. During Draft, they got the player, gave out explanation for each picks. Free Agency? Players come and go, you have no idea what really happened and it sucks.