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

Brent Alexander 2000 FA YES
Chris Sullivan 2000 URFA YES
Kent Graham 2000 URFA YES
Kimo von Oelhoffen 2000 URFA YES
Rich Tylski 2000 URFA YES
Jeff Hartings 2001 URFA YES
Mike Jones 2001 URFA YES
Mike Logan 2001 URFA YES
Tommy Maddox 2001 FA YES
Charlie Batch 2002 FA YES
James Farrior 2002 URFA YES
Todd Peterson 2002 URFA YES
Clint Kriewaldt 2003 URFA YES
Jay Riemersma 2003 FA YES
Todd Fordham 2003 URFA YES
Chris Gardocki 2004 URFA YES
Duce Staley 2004 URFA YES
Travis Kirschke 2004 URFA YES
Willie Williams 2004 URFA YES
Cedrick Wilson 2005 URFA YES
Rodney Bailey 2006 URFA YES
Ryan Clark 2006 URFA YES
Kevan Barlow 2007 FA NO
Nick Eason 2007 URFA YES
Sean Mahan 2007 URFA YES
Justin Hartwig 2008 FA YES
Keyaron Fox 2008 URFA YES
Mewelde Moore 2008 URFA YES
Keiwan Ratliff 2009 URFA YES
Shaun McDonald 2009 URFA YES
Antwaan Randle El 2010 FA YES
Arnaz Battle 2010 URFA YES
Jonathan Scott 2010 URFA YES
Larry Foote 2010 URFA YES
Will Allen 2010 URFA YES
Jerricho Cotchery 2011 FA YES
Leonard Pope 2012 URFA YES
Bruce Gradkowski 2013 URFA YES
LaRod Stephens-Howling 2013 URFA YES
Matt Spaeth 2013 FA YES
William Gay 2013 FA YES
  • 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.

  • 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 !