Steelers Re-sign Free Agent OL Guy Whimper

In a bit of a surprising move, the Pittsburgh Steelers have re-signed offensive lineman Guy Whimper.

Whimper joined the Steelers last offseason and started two games in 2013 due to injuries.

Whimper played a total of 270 snaps last season and played some at every position on the offensive line except center.

Last week, the Steelers re-signed backup center/guard Cody Wallace to a three-year contract and Whimper’s contract is a one-year deal for the minimum.

The addition of Whimper doesn’t mean that he’s guaranteed to make the final 53 man roster, but he managed to beat those odds last year.

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  • taztroy43

    Blah…

  • steeltown

    1yr deal makes sense.. he exceeded expectations last season and he has the versatility to play multiple positions, depth player with experience

  • Ike Evans

    Really?

  • Jollyrob68

    Depth and he proved to be worth keeping around to work with Coach Munchak. Still could be camp body.

  • Steelers12328882

    Oh c’mon! Granted I do remember him having a good game at Tackle, I think. Whatever. I can’t wait until the draft.

  • AndyR34

    Ga-a-a-a-ck!!! We have money for the Whimp but not for Cotch!! I do not understand this at all. No need to sign him now…could do it anytime before camp??? Even if he bolted to another team…what would we have lost?

  • Jason

    I’m ok with this. I’m sure it will be a very light salary and obviously for depth purposes only and I have to say the guy pretty well in the small amount he played. This doesn’t mean the Steelers feel he’s more important than Cotch.

  • patrick Mayfield

    signing for the minimum does not take away from the cap much if at all due to displacement.

    He’s the new Trai Essex. If all goes well he’ll get bumped from the roster in camp. Essex hung on for several years in that spot though.

  • Ken

    Oh gosh… why not Cotchery, Dwyer or Hood…

  • steeltown

    Its most likely a low 1yr vet deal, no big cap ramifications

  • James Kling

    Couldn’t agree on numbers, most likely. Plus Hood was a poor fit in the 3-4.

  • James Kling

    I’d like 5 pounds of the beef short ribs, one rack of lamb Frenched, and 6 of the marrow bones, please. Thank you, Abdullah.

  • steeltown

    Mmmm

  • pat

    I like this signing give us quality depth at a cheap salary. Now one question do we shop pouncey seems to always be injured (woodley) I know last yr wasnt his fault but he is still injured alot and who knows what kind of mess this hernandez thing will bring to pouncey I like what Wallace brings and with Munchak coaching who know maybe im just saying this due to seeing alot ppl talking about it

  • Eric MacLaurin

    Or Lebron James!

    I don’t know what these guys are thinking!

  • James Kling

    Even though he’s a PB C, what do you realistically think we’d get for a guy coming off an ACL in his final contract year? Would we get higher than a R4 for a one-year rental?

  • Madi

    Glad to have him. Hope he gets beaten out.

  • RMSteeler

    Agreed. Don’t know of a player on team last year that was savaged as much by fans as Whimper. As you say, he exceeded (by far) his expectations, even as a T. Cheap and can’t hurt. Munchak have input in this decision?

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I agree…no one expected much out of him and he at least played decent at G for us and since he has experience at T it only makes sense although all we seem to be resigning are guys who are ready for social security.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    He’s not injury prone, as he had a high ankle sprain that was very unfortunate in that it kept him out of the Super Bowl against the Packers and everyone knew about it. Last year was also not at all his fault. Don’t compare him to Woodley.

    What you should be thinking is this: Does he have a decent year after this injury. That is, good enough that they resign him cheap before he goes forward and becomes a stud Pro Bowler. That would be ideal. If he plays like a Pro Bowler in 2014 under Munchack, then he will cost a mint to sign for his second contract.

  • steeltown

    It’s possible. I think they just see him as a cheap experienced player with versatility. He’ll compete in camp with everyone else.

  • SteelersDepot

    Essex’s finally year is the first thing that came to my mind. Whimper gets free food for a few months is all this signing means. A LOT of free food.

  • WilliamSekinger

    The decision to resign Whimper most likely had input from Mike Munchak. That alone is good enough for me. Additionally though, as a backup/swing guy, it makes a lot of sense.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Who cares. I hope the young guys like Embernate have a great camp and Whimper gets cut. That would be great for the future of the team. We need guys that have the potential to help in 2, 3 or 5 years when they are again trying to win Super Bowls. Out with the Old is my motto!

  • PA2AK

    I may not be up to speed on the Cotch situation, but I wonder what other teams might be offering him. Some might look at this veteran presence + production vs. snaps as a more valuable commodity and have room to overpay. Should the steelers look at Lance Moore as their deep threat with Wheaton filling in their possession/over the middle role…maybe not that big of a loss. I’d like to see Cotch come back, but I don’t want to over pay, nor do I think he will put up the same ridiculous TD %/per catch that he did last year. I mean, lets just face it…dude looked like he was already in a wheelchair with that ‘speed’ he showed at times.

  • PA2AK

    Dwyer told the Steelers to pound sand. He made a good decision, imo. Think we should have paid anywhere near as much as Hood got? Cotch not returning isn’t a done deal, but how much should we REALLY be paying him? Think he’ll put up 10 tds in 46 catches again?

  • dkoy85

    Cotchery is a high character guy and a great mentor- I’d love to have him back but Lance Moore would be a nice pickup if he goes to the Panthers. To be honest I want to see Cotchery get paid and make a nice chunk on what could possibly be his last contract- if that means going to another team then I’ll be happy for him.

  • PA2AK

    I hear you…on the personal side…i hope he gets a nice contract. On the business side…he’ll look closer to his career normals next year. take one look at his career stats (yeah I know he played for the jets) and you know he’s not worth overspending for. 2 td’s and 33 catches for all of 2011 and 2012…no one saw 2013 coming.

  • dkoy85

    Yep, I agree. I definitely do not want to overpay him and on the personal side I hope he signs a nice deal in Carolina… as long as we sign Moore.

  • PA2AK

    haha, i see your allegiance to the Steelers…he can go play with Cam in irrelevance-land as long as we get a solid replacement.

  • pat

    Yea thats another thing that worries me high draft picks on the line will we be able to afford to keep them for the nxt 10 yrs

  • Matthew Marczi

    They have nobody of note other than Adams and Whimper as reserves that can play tackle, and you need at least two of those. Embernate, Hubbard, and Wallace are all strictly interior.

  • RyanW

    Exactly ive said all along I hope we bring him back. Dude is a solid backup. He played really well when he had to and wasnt a hinderance at all.

  • CW

    Second contracts depend a lot more on total perform under a rookie contract. Right now Beachum probably gets a bigger payday than Mike Adams when their rookie contracts are over.

  • Will Hammer

    The o line will be a factor this yr …Make no mistake Munchack will make a huge difference . Look for Adams De-castro ,Pouncey, and Gilbert to improve immensely…

  • sean mcmartin

    The key to this season will be coaching. We already know they don’t have enough top tier talent on board. The coaching staff has to get the most out of the players they have. If they come out 0-4 in pre-season again. and lose the first few games..It will be another waste of a year of having a franchise QB. Wondering if it would be different if Tomlin was already on the hot seat for back to back 8-8’s.