Free Agent C/G Fernando Velasco Says His Leg Is ‘Feeling Real Good’

Free agent center Fernando Velasco is back healthy again.

When Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey was lost eight plays into the 2013 season opener to a knee injury, Velasco was luckily still unemployed at the time and the team signed him right away. Velasco helped stabilize the Steelers line until he, too, suffered a season-ending injury Thanksgiving night against the Baltimore Ravens.

At his football camp over the weekend, Velasco told WRDW-TV that’s he┬áback running full speed and doing offensive line┬ádrills after tearing his Achilles’ last season.

“The leg is feeling real good,” Velasco said.

Despite Velasco being healthy again, it appears the Steelers have moved on from him. Cody Wallace, who replaced Velasco when he went down injured, was signed to a three-year contract during the offseason to presumably serve as Pouncey’s backup. In addition, the Steelers spent a fifth-round draft pick on Wesley Johnson, who can play center, guard and tackle.

Since coming into the league as an undrafted free agent in 2008, Velasco has made starts at both center and left guard. He’s a better center, however, and while he said he expects a chance to start with whichever team ultimately signs him, that’s unlikely to be the case this late in the offseason with him coming off of an injury.

Unless the Steelers suffer another interior offensive line injury between now and the start of the regular season, it appears as though Velasco’s services aren’t needed in Pittsburgh. Hopefully another team will give him a shot.

  • steeltown

    Someone will sign him. I wish him well.

  • Ken

    I’m sure his number will remain on speed dial for awhile..

  • Jacque Strappe

    Same here. He sure was a plug in the leak for us.

  • dgh57

    Thanks for your services and coming to our rescue week 2 vs the Bengals!

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    One of the great things about having Munchek as our OL coach is…

    I no longer say “I hope (this guy) makes the roster.” or “I hope (this guy) starts.” or question whether or not they should let (Urbik) go.

    I just feel like Munchek can evaluate talent and teach technique better than anyone in the league. If he likes them I like them. I don’t question his moves.

  • Played very well for us. Would love to add him back on the roster and drop some dead weight.

  • Steven Vincent

    We should find a spot for him if we can. There are going to be O line injuries and he would be great to have in a pinch.

  • Zach

    I agree he’s not coming back — he’s starting material and only signed with us last year given the obvious chance to start. However, Cody Wallace did a good job for us last year and is signed as Dave pointed out, so Velasco is 3rd in the depth chart. Wish him the best, he’s said to be a great person and excellent teammate. He could easily win the starting job in e.g. Jacksonville.

  • Labrat0116

    That’s too bad. Velasco is a very good center and deserves to be playing somewhere in the NFL. Good luck man!