Free Agents Signed By Steelers GM Kevin Colbert Usually Make Final 53 Man Roster

The Pittsburgh Steelers were very busy this offseason when it came to signing free agents as eight have already been added. Three of those eight players added are considered street free agents as they were released outright by their previous teams earlier in the offseason.

How many of these eight players will fail to ultimately make the 53 man roster out of training camp this year? If you were to look at the free agent signings made by Kevin Colbert dating back to 2000, you should probably guess, zero.

During his first 14 years in Pittsburgh, Colbert has added 41 primary free agents during the offseasons. Of those 41 players, only running back Kevan Barlow failed to make the final 53 man roster after being signed.

Darrius Heyward-Bey, Brice McCain, Arthur Moats and Adam Podlesh all cost next to nothing to sign this offseason when it comes to the salary cap, so they are the ones that would figure to be the easiest to cut. I think we can safely pencil in McCain and Moats as locks, so that leaves Heyward-Bey and Podlesh as the only two legitimate candidates to join Barlow on the list.

Are you willing to bet against either of them?

Steelers Fee Agents Signed 2000-2013

PLAYERYEARSTATUS53 Y/N
Brent Alexander2000FAYES
Chris Sullivan2000URFAYES
Kent Graham2000URFAYES
Kimo von Oelhoffen2000URFAYES
Rich Tylski2000URFAYES
Jeff Hartings2001URFAYES
Mike Jones2001URFAYES
Mike Logan2001URFAYES
Tommy Maddox2001FAYES
Charlie Batch2002FAYES
James Farrior2002URFAYES
Todd Peterson2002URFAYES
Clint Kriewaldt2003URFAYES
Jay Riemersma2003FAYES
Todd Fordham2003URFAYES
Chris Gardocki2004URFAYES
Duce Staley2004URFAYES
Travis Kirschke2004URFAYES
Willie Williams2004URFAYES
Cedrick Wilson2005URFAYES
Rodney Bailey2006URFAYES
Ryan Clark2006URFAYES
Kevan Barlow2007FANO
Nick Eason2007URFAYES
Sean Mahan2007URFAYES
Justin Hartwig2008FAYES
Keyaron Fox2008URFAYES
Mewelde Moore2008URFAYES
Keiwan Ratliff2009URFAYES
Shaun McDonald2009URFAYES
Antwaan Randle El2010FAYES
Arnaz Battle2010URFAYES
Jonathan Scott2010URFAYES
Larry Foote2010URFAYES
Will Allen2010URFAYES
Jerricho Cotchery2011FAYES
Leonard Pope2012URFAYES
Bruce Gradkowski2013URFAYES
LaRod Stephens-Howling2013URFAYES
Matt Spaeth2013FAYES
William Gay2013FAYES

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  • Brandon James

    Only thing I would say going against them is there have never been more than 5 in one year, I wouldn’t be surprised to see one left out, but conclusive evidence here none the less.

  • 804Stiller

    Agreed, I don’t see either DHB or Podlesh as anywhere close to locks. I’d say 50% chance for each.

  • Bill Sechrengost

    I don’t know if that shows loyalty to veterans, being that they have playing experience in the NFL. I have noticed this, though, that Tomlin will choose the veteran over the young guys. I guess he figures that gives the Steelers a better chance to win this year (which is true, I’m sure). I would say that Podlesh, the punter would be the most likely to get cut if Wing has a very good preseason.

  • steeltown

    Completely agree. McCain and Moats are both locks considering the depth at those positions, DHB and Podlesh are not.. I’ll go out on a limb and say Podlesh is the odd man out and joins Barlow

    No Suisham?

  • SteelersDepot

    Suisham was signed in the middle of the 2010 season.

  • steeltown

    Ah that’s right, I forgot that happened mid season with Jeff Reed, thanks

  • joed32

    Podlesh was the 29th best punter inn the league last year but that was better than our punter. They should hold tryouts to find someone.

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    Yes I am because Bey can’t catch a cold.

  • Madi

    Yikes. When was the last big-time successful signing we had? KVO (2000), Hartings (2001), Farrior (2002), Clark (2006). After that you’ve got a couple of non-starting role players like Moore and Cotchery, and a couple of re-treads like Gay and Foote and Randle El, and some of those guys did far more harm than good (Scott, Mahan). No home run FAs since ’06. I’m a Colbert supporter, but that is a serious dry spell. I’m sure the lack of available money has a lot to do with it, but if we could get back on track of hitting on one every two years or so, that would make a huge difference.

    Hopefully Mike Mitchell is the one to do that :-)

  • Matthew Suloman

    Better track record with those types…

  • Matthew Suloman

    Drew butler was better!

  • joed32

    According to reports, the Bears are going to cut him this week because they drafted a punter so he will be avalable.

  • Matthew Suloman

    Yep.. Greasy frying pan hands

  • shawn

    well said !