Steelers Added Cam Thomas For Depth Purposes

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now officially announced the signing of former San Diego Chargers nose tackle Cam Thomas and Bob Labriola of Steelers Digest reports that the 330 pound North Carolina product was added for depth purposes.


When it was announced that Thomas would be visiting Pittsburgh, I posted that it was in my opinion the former fifth-round draft pick would not be an upgrade over Steve McLendon and it appears as though the Steelers feel the same way.

Labriola wrote on Friday that Thomas’ versatility is that of Al Woods, who signed with the Tennessee Titans on Wednesday. In addition, he believes the former Chargers defensive lineman will add experienced depth on the Steelers defensive line.

The Steelers gave Thomas a two-year, $4 million contract and that is about right in line with what a backup should earn. In fact, Thomas received $2 million guaranteed, while Woods received $1.9 guaranteed as part of his three-year deal that he signed with the Titans.

As of right now, any of you that were on the Louis Nix III bandwagon might want to jump off of it.

  • Luke Shabro

    I understand the versatility and all that but I don’t understand giving 2 million guaranteed to Thomas rather than Woods. Why not re-sign Woods? I’m guessing the staff felt like he hit his ceiling? I don’t know. Not the worst move ever but I don’t like it that much either. Here’s to keeping our fingers crossed for Carrington

  • MC

    I agree, I would much prefer Woods back over Thomas. Didn’t understand why they let him go.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Agreed on Woods. It makes no sense.

    Unless he refused to sign here because he wanted to try and win a starting job somewhere else?

  • falconsaftey43

    Ed Bouchette is reporting they wanted Woods back, but he never told them he was going to visit the Titans and he just signed on there.

  • shawn

    I really think they got caught with their pants down and were blindsided by the interest in Woods … otherwise you keep a guy that u were high on … especially considering his late play …. which was pretty good !

  • shawn

    Dave u said 2 mil is about right in line with a back up NT … yet u were surprised at how much Al Woods was offered … I believe u expected that Woods was going to be rather easily locked up by us at around to 1-1.5 mil/ yr .

    care to elaborate that seems to be a nice chunk of change of difference … do u not think this is a tad high … especially since Woods arrow was pointing up and Cams is pointing down ?

  • george

    And Woods could play two positions!

  • Smashmouth

    Anyone still think Ben will get his tall receiver early in the draft with all of the losses on the D ?

  • costanza2k1

    Remember when we said that about Beachum, McClendon and ton of other players. Point is. FO knows more as always

  • I hope not.

  • That fits with what we’ve seen.

  • “Oops”

    I think best sums up what happened.

  • costanza2k1

    We expect our dline coach to work magic with Nick Williams and Armfelt but this guy doesn’t have a chance lol

  • Steve

    This is the 3rd signing on D in the past week (Worlds, Thomas and Mitchell). Yes, It is still possible to get that WR in the draft for Ben.

  • steelster

    free agency isn’t over no need to panic and yes I think they go after a big wr

  • Sven_Hunkstrom

    More than we do, yeah. More than the rest of the league, no longer. This is one of the least-talented rosters in the NFL, a fact obscured by a first-ballot Hall of Famer quarterback. And because of the cap situation and draft mistakes, that roster is getting worse, not better.

  • gene mann

    The steelers must have felt a reason why they did not resign Woods but this depth signing helps but still need a de starter

  • 20Stoney

    If that’s accurate, it’s kind of bizarre. Unless he just wanted out of here for some reason.

  • 20Stoney

    Reading Chargers message boards, a lot of the posts say this guy is better suited to play DT in a 4 man front than NT or DE. Also he plays better in limited snaps. Take it for whatever it’s worth.

  • costanza2k1

    Agree that the roster is sorry. What three teams have drafted well in the last 10 years? Odds are everyone screws up and hasn’t been contending as often as us

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Im with you Luke, I am just baffled at all of this. Thomas still has to learn our system that Woods already knows and was proficient at it.

  • SteelersDepot

    in line with what has gone on around the league since Tuesday

  • Steelers12328882

    Steelers probably pissed him off by gambling on his contract and letting him see the market.

  • Andrew Alberico

    Curious how many people outside of Pittsburgh consider our QB first-ballot Hall of Famer?

  • 20Stoney

    Yep. That should have a bearing on who you have to keep on the final roster and who you dress on gameday. It seems to me that should add some value to the guy’s contract.

  • costanza2k1

    not many at all…in CA where I live they said it was all due to defense and when that cracked…so went the team