Steelers Sign Chargers Free Agent NT Cam Thomas

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed their second outside free agent of the offseason as agent David Canter has announced on Twitter that his client, nose tackle Cam Thomas, has signed a two-year contract with the black and gold.

Thomas was originally drafted by the Chargers in the fifth-round of the 2010 NFL Draft out of North Carolina and will more than likely back-up Steve McLendon at nose tackle.

Last season with the Chargers, Thomas, who reportedly weighs 330 pounds, lost his starting job to Sean Lissemore late in the season. Over the course of his four year career, he has started 15 games and appeared in a total of 54.

Thomas was likely signed to replace former Steelers defensive lineman Al Woods, who signed a two-year contract with Tennessee Titans a few days ago. In addition, his arrival in Pittsburgh likely means the Steelers aren’t happy with the progress made by backup nose tackle Hebron Fangupo.

On tape, Thomas is very inconsistent and technically flawed. Often times he would come off the ball too high and he likes to get himself overextended. In addition, he lacks motivation and effort at times. The Chargers run defense was horrible up the middle last season and it appears as though Thomas deserves a lot of blame for that and it explains why they were letting him move on. Maybe a change of scenery will do him a little bit of good.

 

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  • StrengthOfVictory

    I have to believe this means the Steelers want McClendon to play DE more than NT.

  • Madi

    Not a fan, but hopefully he changes my mind. I’d have much rather had Carrington. Hopefully we land him too.

  • Chris S

    Could be Woods replacement (they actually came out of the same draft I think)…but we shall see.

  • srdan

    You are proabably right. A cheaper woods. Taht is my guess.

  • Steve

    Sick Peezy on him and get his motor running

  • Bill Sechrengost

    I agree. I’m sure Thomas is just a backup. I would think Carrington will be a starter at DE and will get more money and a longer contract, so it might take a little longer to negotiate a deal, especially since he does have other interest.

  • mlc43

    Welp…we’ll see. I was rather hoping to hear we signed Carrington. I guess there is still time for that as well; his visit is today, I believe.

  • mlc43

    We might have to restructure Timmons before hand as well.

  • srdan

    I think this is more of a depth move. A woods replacement not a full time starter.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Could be that also. Though they might let the two battle it out in camp. I’m all for the most effective combination of personnel playing together.

  • Sabbie

    Hopefully he can be more than a body.

  • mlc43

    SABBS!!!!!

  • srdan

    Yup, and camp battles push people. It’s been a long time that we have had this many camp battles heading into the draft.

  • RMSteeler

    Seems a little desperate. Would have thought they’d waited longer. There’s going to be a lot more releases with all the activity. Hope it’s worth it.

  • steeltown

    I think this is good signing, pending the contract details, he provides experienced depth at a position that we had known. Sometimes a change in scenery helps.

  • Ben Saluri

    Terms of the deal will indicate their thoughts on McClendon’s position.

  • Josh Knepshield

    No this is not a good signing. This guy is just flat out not good. I would much rather have Alex Carrington. He is nice player who could have started.

  • steeltown

    …the day isn’t over yet

  • dgh57

    For now I see him as a Woods replacement but Training Camp may tell a different story.

  • Josh Knepshield

    His visit was last night.

  • mlc43

    Can we wait until the terms of the deal are released and we have a better idea about his intended use before we utterly condemn the FO for the signing? At the very least it’s a solid depth signing…and we do need depth as well.

  • stellarsfan

    I think the steelers should take a look at Kelcy Quarles out of south carolina in the middle rounds, and while they’re at it, CB Victor Hampton from usc as well.

  • Bill Sechrengost

    Whatever it takes, as far as I’m concerned. They desperately need help on the DL.

  • steeltown

    No, the meetings were both today

  • Josh Knepshield

    I know I just hope he doesn’t ever wind up starting. His track record shows that he can not. Alex Carrington would have been a great addition. His visit was last night, and I just hope we can get him too.

  • Josh Knepshield

    Actually it was last night, sooooo

  • mlc43

    This site reported they were both today. I tried to post the link but SD hasn’t approved the post yet. It’s the Salary Cap article.

  • 804Stiller

    Man, I hope Carrington is still a possibility…………..

  • NW86

    That has been talked about way too much on this site. Timmons has been restructured the last 2 years in a row, and only has 3 years left. Restructuring him again would send his cap hits for his final 2 years into the neighborhood of $14M.
    They still have $5M in cap space, that’s more than enough to sign whatever DE they need to sign.

  • Josh Knepshield

    Steelersdepot & Rotoworld said Thursday night. Im looking at them both right now.

  • Sabbie

    hey, I got a site where all of the other forks are at!

  • steeltown

    He flew into Piitsburgh last night, but workout and medicals were most likely today

  • Josh Knepshield

    This is all too confusing. lol. I think Ian Rapoport is at it again. lol

  • cp72

    Hey man I am not saying this to be a jerk but have you seen him play or are you going off blurbs from the internet?

  • mlc43

    where

  • richheddleson

    He met with them last night AND today……….

  • Josh Knepshield

    You got me….but even Charger fans are happy to see him go and they don’t even have a nose tackle on the roster, and that has to mean something. Lol

  • Josh Knepshield

    These meetings are weird. Lol

  • Sabbie

    Good point

  • Matt Manzo

    I’m glad got some depth, and glad we got competition for Fangupo, I’m not a believer in Fangupo.
    But I wish we weren’t talking about effort issues and consistency! Hopefully he’s willing and able? I do like his size and loved him outta college!

  • Sabbie

    .com

  • mlc43

    So far all I’ve heard is it’s a two year contract. That means I’ve heard pretty much nothing, lol.

  • mlc43

    lol

  • Josh Knepshield

    I’m just hoping this wasn’t a backup plan to not being able to sign Carrington.

  • Toddy Bravo

    Who thinks this effectively takes Nix off the Steelers’ draft board? If we did draft Nix, then McClendon would presumably be the backup NT. Surely, we wouldn’t sign another backup NT if we were going to draft Nix, right?

  • mlc43

    McClendon would be a better DE than he is a NT.

  • Josh Knepshield

    Not exactly if we move McLendon to DE.

  • Delroy Ross

    hopefully this puts to rest all of the mock drafts mocking nix to the steelers at 15

  • mlc43

    Well, they don’t have 5mill because they just signed Cam Thomas. Also, the restructure of Timmons has been talked about on every site a lot because, like it or not, it may become necessary if other things don’t happen.

  • Josh Knepshield

    It probably won’t. Idiots like Mel Kiper don’t change. Lol

  • cp72

    For those of you that were clamoring for Nix, Thomas’ combine numbers blow Nix away and he is two inches taller. Not saying he’s better just saying raw data he may have more ability.

  • steeltown

    I think regardless of whether they sign both Thomas and Carrington.. DL has to be on their radar

  • Caesar

    Umm, Kiper just did change. His latest mock has Pittsburgh taking Justin Gilbert.

  • Toddy Bravo

    I agree that McClendon would be a better DE, but Cam Thomas certainly isn’t going to start and I highly doubt they would expect Nix to start immediately. I just hate this signing. Pure mediocrity at maybe the most important position on the defense. The only two moves I don’t like this offseason is this and letting Woods walk.

  • Caesar

    What is the reason for presuming Fangupo is the one potentially on the outs with this signing? Genuinely asking if there is some chatter or evidence for that. Seems to me just as likely that Thomas is a planned backup for NT so McClendon could move the DE and Fangupo can get a shot at NT. Is it just because of how little chance he was given last year, how often he was inactive? If so couldn’t that be due to how much they value position flexibility in the game day 53?

  • mlc43

    Honestly, as it stands right now, I would expect to see McClendon staying at NT.

  • Toddy Bravo

    Unlike this move, I would welcome Carrington. He would be a clear upgrade.

  • Jollyrob68

    I like the signing and hope we still pickup a DE,lb & cb

  • srdan

    The meeting was at 1:20AM and ran until 2:20AM. Since the ganitor in the South Side facilities is on vacation and still has not changed the clock for day light savings time, we are still unsure if it was yesterda or today.

    lol

  • srdan

    hard to label it desparation without contract details

  • srdan

    if he is cheaper than woods with the titans, great signing assuming he makes the squad.

  • pghpatriot

    WOW! What a steller resume. From one horrible run defense to another. I’m want to be positive here, but just how does this help us?

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    I don’t think Louis Nix was a 1st round prospect on Steelers’ big board. I think its more likely we get a FA defensive end than via draft.

  • dgh57

    It adds depth to a depleted DL after the loss of Hood and Woods.

  • nicolaisim

    Woods was the depth to McClendon and now that’s he’s gone it only makes sense. Probably says a lot about the confidence they have in Fangupo!

  • steelster

    what other things

  • steelster

    kiper’s most recent mock has gilbert going to the steelers and I would love it if he is right.

  • mlc43

    Not every signing can be a high priced and/or all pro event. We need depth…this, at the very least, does that and gives our DL some options. You really never know how one unit will work together. I know signings like this aren’t exciting, but just remember the Eagles grand defensive experiment of a few years ago. Those guys signed stars everywhere and stunk up the place.

  • mlc43

    A contract for Worilds would clear a few mill if it gets done. Giving Ben a new contract would save some money this year. Of those examples, I would have thought Worilds was the more likely.

  • joed32

    Ed Bouchette ‏@EdBouchette 2m
    DE Alex Carrington still meeting with #Steelers this afternoon.

  • AndyR34

    Where is the evidence for that??? People keep saying it without any evidence except unsubstantiated assertions. Show us the beef!! But be prepared…even D. Bryan disagrees with you, I believe.

  • AndyR34

    Some idiots don’t even pay attention! LOL

  • AndyR34

    Thanks for reminding the chicken littles.

  • Ike Evans

    Wonder how much they paid him…

  • Bradys_Dad

    Is this contract guaranteed ? Do we take a hit if he doesn’t make the final roster ? Man I really hated losing Woods and Ziggy.

  • shawn

    this is definitely not an upgrade to Al Woods … moving in wrong direction

  • steeltown

    I’m sure there’s minimal cap and dead money ramifications

  • shawn

    The contract numbers will be telling … anything much more than a mil a year would be pretty disappointing … i dont care if he is only depth … dont like adding players that are flawed and poor players !

  • shawn

    how is it great signing … Woods had promise, new the system and played good late last season …. this guy is just a big body that plays poorly and was benched for his bad play last season …
    how in the world is that a GREAT signing ?

  • Cols714

    He sounds like an upgrade over Woods to me. He’s started more games, had almost three times the amount of tackles.

    I don’t see why you are worried about losing Woods. This is his replacement and he seems like he’s better.

  • MailboxKid

    Look at that. Excessively rude and passive aggressive and then when he figures out he’s wrong or at least wrong about telling someone else they’re wrong, it’s just too darn confusing for anyone. Very comical.

  • shawn

    its a bad & desperate signing no matter how u look at it … even if he is depth … we traded an up and coming player that we groomed that was position flexible for a guy that was benched for his poor play … sorry can’t really fake the optimism with this one ..
    if Carrington gets signed i admit that gives me a little positive hope as at least he has a chance at being good !

  • Jake Marion

    Sounds like a coaching project for John Mitchell. Correct the technique and see how he progresses.

  • shawn

    well said

  • shawn

    mic43 … just a question …please dont take it the wrong way, but have u ever played ball ?

  • shawn

    little daydreaming are we !

  • pghpatriot

    i understand the concept of depth, but, at 8 & 8, and with a run defense described as horrible, without knowing the term details of either Woods or Thomas’ contract, how does this guy improve our team. I thought that was THE goal, back-up or not. And yes, I am aware of our cap limitations, but, although I like him, McClendon isn’t stellar and Fangupo is a disappoint so …. with NT arguably being the most important position in a 3-4, I’m not jubilant we are paying for a sub-par player. Are we being penny wise and pound foolish? Are we settling for another ‘horrible run defense?’ I hope Thomas turns out to be a pro-bowler. The Steelers defense is built on stopping the run. Not being able to do that puts undue pressure on EVERY other def. position. I don’t say we need to go undefeated, but I will not be a happy camper with another 8-8 or worse season.

  • http://batman-news.com steellife007

    I think this is an upgrade at the backup NT position over woods even though he can’t play DE like woods can…McL can so it’s a good signing from that point of view…and I think he is a better option than say Mnt Cody.

  • Josh Knepshield

    I was saying that as a joke, but it went over your head I guess.

  • Josh Knepshield

    Actually, I wasn’t wrong. Rotoworld & Steelersdepot both said Thursday night, soooo gtfo of here.

  • Josh Knepshield

    Your comment doesn’t even make sense because I wasn’t proved wrong at all. Lol. Critical thinking skills are necessary for reading comments. Lol

  • Nolrog

    I like the fact that they are making some changes. The defense has been on decline for a few years, and now it’s time for a make over. Hopefully, Cam is coachable and can improve, but I thought we had to do something for the DL anyway. Still need help there.

  • CrazyTerry

    Someone please fire Colbert. How did such a great GM become so bad.

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    Step down from Woods…

  • mlc43

    Sorry it took so long to answer. Went out with some friends. Anyway, why would it matter if I played ball? I mean, I could just be a football fanatic! ;)
    Alas, yes I did play football. From PW through my senior year in college. Great times. I guess you can’t blame my optimism on my lack of experience playing….or maybe you can. :)

  • dgh57

    As of now no ones knows if Thomas is the answer or not. I do though see a possible upside to the whole thing. Thomas has had the term “true zero technique NT” attached to his name which is something I haven’t seen attached to McLendon’s name. To me(while it’s only on paper)that means a run stuffing NT. Who knows maybe a change of scenery and coaching may work wonders for this guy. Right now he’s been signed so I’m going to at least give them the benefit of the doubt that they got this one right until he prove everyone wrong in Training Camp.

  • shawn

    nahh i was just curious … for the record i do think playing exp helps and adds another dimension to evaluating and analysing the game … !

    yes u are optimistic … actually i think that makes a lot of things a lot easier sometimes… wish i just didnt have this damn talent at seeing imperfections …

  • mlc43

    Its good to see imperfections. You have to know they are there to fix them. Just dont become so focused on them that you look past the good things. Im optimistc because this isnt new for me. Ive seen it all before….a lot. In college there is almost always massive turnover. You would always hear around campus how the team was doomed because they lost this guy and that guy and his replacement sucks. Then it happens…not all the time but often enough. The new guy comes in and despite less experience…not being as athletic..and sucking in practice the previous year…he somehow plays as good or better than they guy he replaced.
    Sorry for the punctuation….using mobile.

  • shawn

    ya true … but that is college … Last year Steelers 1st game was probably the most UPSET i have ever been watching a Steeler game … after that it didnt matter i had no expectations, nothing really upset me … i was actually pretty surprised that they won more than 5 games

    Basically it showed me 2 things .. they did a Terrible job in the off season and preparing for the season ( yes i know the injuries were a small dose of the worst luck)

    and 2 … they did a pretty damn good job of turning things around from mid season on … they did adapt well

    But after that 1st game i knew our playoff chances were next to zilch … ( amazing how close we came though huh ) and i basically didnt have any meaningful reason to root for them … (I’m kinda all or nothing with things … ended up rooting for the 9ers after that …

    Dont want a repeat of that …. would like to see meaningful games all the way thru the season !

    Maybe a little sad or not, but Football season is one of the greatest things i look forward to every year … !

  • MailboxKid

    Boy, o boy Josh… Cool down a bit, you’re going to blow a gasket with that type of attitude.
    “… or at least wrong about telling someone else they’re wrong.”

  • Joeybaggadonuts

    2 words for all of you…Arnfeldt. Good leverage and a high motor…the next “beard”only younger and he learnt from him.

  • Josh Knepshield

    Once again, I wasn’t wrong “about telling someone else they’re wrong.” There is a difference between being wrong and being right, and you obviously don’t know the difference. Lol

  • MailboxKid

    “Actually it was last night, sooooo”
    In addition to it’s overly passive aggressive nature, that statement is telling the previous statement that they are wrong. How can you tell me that that’s incorrect? It’s very clear. That passive aggressive statement is, in this world, always a form of telling someone they are incorrect.
    Example: using Mark(previous post) and Mary(you)
    Mark: I see you did the dishes this morning.
    Mary: Actually, I did them last night, soooo.
    You were clearly saying he was wrong. And you were wrong about that. Maybe you had a reason from the sources you cited but the truth is, maybe you shouldn’t be so rude when calling someone out. It won’t get you anywhere.
    Our conversation is a perfect example of that. You are directly attacking me saying I don’t know the difference between right or wrong and that I don’t have critical thinking skills because I called you out for being unnecessarily rude.
    You’re not helping your case when you consistently attack people. It’s poor communication skills and hopefully that changes.

  • Josh Knepshield

    I really don’t see the point of you even being here. He corrected me first, and I defended my point. In fact I was correct, and numerous sources defend my point. How was what I said to steeltown unnecessarily rude? If you think that’s rude, then you must be the type of person that attacks people who walk past you at a buffet.
    Please keep commenting, as I’d like to hear more of your interesting opinions.-Sarcasm.

  • MailboxKid

    O nevermind Josh, it was pointless to try to get through to you anyway.

  • Josh Knepshield

    If it was pointless, the why did you even comment in the first place? Your entire reasoning for commenting on my post was unneeded and unnecessary. The fact of the matter is if you go back and read the conversation, you will see that he “corrected” me first, and I corrected him. Please get a life sir, and I don’t say this to be rude, I am saying it because you seem so interested in people being rude on internet chatroom posts.