Steelers Re-sign DE Clifton Geathers

The Pittsburgh Steelers have re-signed another one of their own unrestricted free agents as defensive end Clifton Geathers has signed a one-year contract.

Geathers signed with the Steelers last season after the team lost veteran defensive end Brett Keisel for the year to a torn triceps

Even after he was signed, Geathers failed to play a snap with the Steelers as he was listed as an inactive player for the final four regular season games.

Geathers should not be considered a lock to make the Steelers 53 man roster out of training camp. he does, however, provide the team an experienced body for the offseason.

The Steelers already have several other young defensive ends under contract for the 2015 season who will battle Geathers during training camp and they are Matt Conrath, Ethan Hemer and Joe Kruger.

Geathers was originally drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft out of South Carolina.

  • Jon Crissinger

    Anybody that has the chance to remove Cam Thomas from the roster is good for everyone here

  • dgh57

    The more the competition for Cam Thomas the more the merrier I am!

  • Conserv_58

    I wanted to remove Colbert’s spleen for signing him.

  • LucasY59

    I was hoping the second part of the the signing announcement would be that they cut scam thomas (even if it was a april fools joke)

  • steeltown

    I was curious if they’d re-sign Geathers. I remember Tomlin saying they liked him and were looking at him in FA the year prior. He’s a long shot to make the 53man IMO but they must have seen something in him to spin the tires again this year.

  • dgh57

    Yeah, I think he was giving Ramon Foster something to complain about in practice if I remember that right.

  • steeltown

    Yep. Good. Now at the very least we’ll have Geathers, Conrath, Kruger and Hemer all vying for Cam Thomas roster spot.

  • AndyR34

    I would rather have someone with demonstrably better skills than Cam competing for his spot.

  • dgh57

    Something about Geathers going to hard in practice because Foster thought after all its only practice. And I’m like going, “What did he just say?”

  • steeltown

    Yea I think he complained because they had just played a game a day (or two) earlier and Geathers was pushing guys to the ground in practice or something.

    Um duh, it’s Football and he’s trying impress and stick around for awhile.

  • Bill Sechrengost

    I guess that means Alex Carrington probably isn’t in the picture any longer. We’ll see what they do in the draft at DL

  • Toddy Bravo

    Seems like they’re creating competition for the backup DE(s), which might suggest that they don’t plan on addressing the position until very late in the Draft, or via UDFAs or perhaps not at all.

    Does anybody know if Kruger is still being viewed as a DE, or an OLB?

  • SteelersDepot

    You do know that is Joe Kruger and not Paul Kruger, right?

  • steeltown

    DE…I think he’s 6’6 and around 290lbs

  • Toddy Bravo

    Absolutely, I know it’s Joe and not Paul. I’m asking because Ourlads Steelers depth chart has him as an OLB…and Ourlads has always seemed to be the most accurate among the commercial sites. As soon as we signed him to the PS, I thought he was a solid DE prospect who maybe needed to add a little weight.

  • John Hinton

    Geathers is a big DE – 6′ 8″, 325lbs. It should be an interesting battle for back up DL spots.

  • steeltown

    Don’t sleep on Conrath and Kruger, I think both are capable of outshining Thomas

  • Toddy Bravo

    Yea, the Steelers official site has him at 287. Ourlads (which I reference in a comment below) had him as an OLB at 269 lbs.

  • steeltown

    I think he weighed that at the combine back in 2013

  • Toddy Bravo

    At DE, I don’t think they do much at all. I bet they only bring in 1-2 UDFAs. However, it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if they drafted a NT higher than expected.

  • SteelersDepot

    Ourlads is indeed wrong. Joe is not an OLB

  • Rick M

    The good news just keeps coming.

  • Toddy Bravo

    Appreciate the confirmation.

  • Nick

    Not even worth a roster spot in camp. Journeyman who has failed to make an impression more than Alex Carrington has. The young DEs, especially Kruger and Conrath, offer much more of an upside.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Just put Geathers up against the Proctologist Wallace and let them scrap it out in training. It might be classic.

  • Steel Your Face

    Umm, why?

  • Matt Manzo

    I love his size! And I agree with the statements below, competition at DE will be fun to watch/hear!

    Do we know if any of our tendered guys signed yet? Blake, Golden, WJ?

  • tiredofallthis

    Never know, some guys are late bloomers. James Harrison was an UDFA in 2002, was on and off the practice squad for the next two years, picked up and cut by the Ratbirds. Was sitting at home in 2004 when the Steelers needed a body for training camp. Didn’t get his first start until late 2004, and that was only because Porter was kicked out before the game started. Harrison wasn’t a full time starter until four years after college. Sometimes things take a while to click.

  • Nick

    I won’t hold my breath on Geathers becoming even an average player.