Former Steelers Practice Squad LB Alan Baxter Waived Monday By Colts

In an interview last August on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert was asked if there were any off-the-radar players that had surprised him in the early stages of training camp. Colbert noted that there was undrafted free agent that had indeed caught his eye.

“Alan Baxter, an outside linebacker,” said Colbert on Movin’ The Chains. “He was a defensive end at Northern Illinois; he’s going to be an outside linebacker for us, No. 45, he’s flashed some. That’s one guy, he gets your interest a little bit.”

While Alan Baxter wasn’t able to make the Steelers 53 man roster out of camp last year, he did spend the first five weeks of the season their practice squad. Following his release from the Steelers, he was ultimately signed to the Indianapolis Colts practice squad and subsequently signed to Reserve/Futures contract after the 2013 season ended.

On Monday, the Colts announced that they are moving on from Baxter as the Northern Illinois was one of four players waived.

Baxter recorded nine tackles and two sacks last preseason for the Steelers. It is unknown if the black and gold have any interest in bringing him back as an OTA and camp body.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Hope so

  • Bill Sechrengost

    It’s amazing these guys we have high hopes for that never get anywhere. I just saw Chase Thomas was released today. I remember he had a lot of hype as a very good LB prospect and then wound up going undrafted. He was a great player at Stanford. You have to wonder if it was the system there. That would not be good for a guy like Josh Mauro, undrafted rookie DL free agent from Stanford. I like him, but he may never be able to make it in the NFL. I’m sure it is eye opening for all of these young guys who think they’re going to be NFL stars. I think I saw that out of 102 guys who declared early for the NFL Draft this year, only 61 were drafted (don’t quote me on that, my memory isn’t that great). I like Alan Baxter, too, but I don’t see the Steelers bringing him back.

  • steeltown

    At this point, why not?

  • Bill Sechrengost

    If he wasn’t even good enough to stay on their practice squad, what can he show them at this point that would change their mind? Time to move on.

  • steeltown

    Valid point. He did look promising though in the preseason. I still feel like something must have happened internally, he stepped on someones toes or pissed off the wrong guy or something. Guess we’ll never know.

  • Bill Sechrengost

    No, we won’t. There always seems to be one of these undrafted free agents that we like a lot, but for whatever reason the Steelers do not. It would be nice if we could have a Ramon Foster-type UDFA come through, but that doesn’t happen that often (except for the Seahawks).

  • Alan Felicia

    Amazing. You think Baxter was cut due politics? IMO, he got cut due to lack of talent. Baxter may seem to flourish against 3rd, 4th, or Practice Squad level players but he is not good enough to play against Big Boys! Time to move on.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    If they bring him in…fine, but unless the guys has drive that we don’t currently know about on James Harrison’s level, he probably is not going to help us.

    My personal guess is he didn’t help us on special teams which means as much to a backup OLB as his role and abilities in the base D because he rarely is going to see the field.

  • Eric Robinson

    Something to keep in mind. James Harrison was cut by Steelers and Ravens before winding back up with Steelers and becoming the Legend of Deebo!!!!

  • Superdriller316

    Do we even have enough money to sign him before the 2nd or do we need to wait till then, if they want to sign him back.

  • joed32

    I’m pretty sure they could check under the cushions and come with enough, just depends on whether they would have any interest.

  • CW

    As a camp body? Why not? He might improve and it’s not like there isn’t a need at outside linebacker. If all he does is hold a camp roster spot until someone better comes along, we’re literally talking a couple thousand dollars at most in dead money.

    Basically an insignificant rounding error in salary cap terms.

  • CW

    For what it would cost to sign him as a camp body, they should have enough.

  • Luke Shabro

    I agree 100% but that doesn’t seem to be their MO. It seems that when they move on, they move on unless it’s an older veteran

  • Superdriller316

    Coach T is following Allen Baxter on Twitter. Does this mean something? He’s very good about dropping guys not on the team. I’m not sure if he dropped Baxter when he was cut last year.

  • Melly

    That’s my guy!!!!


    Interesting. Is he still following Baron Batch?

  • Superdriller316

    Nope, the only other ones are players who’s contract expired.
    PLAX, Keisel, Felix Jones, and Cotchery. So there are 2 that were on IR and 2 that played all year. Then there is Baxter. Who knows. Most of the new players have been added to, so there is activity with the contact page.



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  • steeltown

    So whats the excuse for C.Carter and others… Im not saying that IS what happened, just strange that he looked promising and even Colbert mentioned him by name as turning some heads.

  • Superdriller316

    Baxter is now the ONLY player NOT under contract that Coach Tomlin is following on twitter. Is there a roster move coming June 2????