Steelers Sign Three Players On Sunday; Place S Ross Ventrone On IR

The Pittsburgh Steelers have added a defensive back, tackle and defensive tackle to their roster as Julian Whigham, Wade Hansen and Khaynin Mosley-Smith were all inked to contracts on Sunday.

Whigham, who went undrafted this year out of Syracuse, originally signed with the Buffalo Bills as a free agent. He was released by the Bills on June 9.

Whigham, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound cornerback, finished the 2015 season with 22 tackles and three pass break-ups in 11 games. He had 4 interceptions during his college career and played in 37 games.

The Steelers are down another defensive back right now as safety Ross Ventrone suffered a hamstring injury during Friday night’s preseason loss to the Detroit Lions.

Hansen started and played in all 13 games at right tackle last year at Virginia Tech. He was invited to participate in the Steelers rookie mini camp this year as a tryout player. The same goes for Mosley-Smith, who played his college football at Pittsburgh. Mosley-Smith played in 12 games, starting seven, last year and finished with 16 tackles, two for loss, a sack assist and a forced fumble.

To make room on the 90-man roster for the three new players, tackle Brian Mihalik and defensive tackle Roy Philon were both waived injured on Sunday. Ventrone was also placed on the Reserve/Injured List.

Mihalik suffered a knee injury Friday night while Philon missed the game with an ankle injury. Both will revert to the IR list after clearing waivers.

Happy to announce that I've signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers! #newbeginnings

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  • Bruce

    I hope he’s better than the last Syracuse player they signed!

  • William Weaver

    I hope you dropped the mic (or mouse) as you walked off from that comment!!

  • I’m stumped who was it

  • Bruce

    Shamarko

  • steeltown

    We knew some changes were coming, cant hang around long this time of year when injured.

    I would think a few other players are near the end of their tenure with first Rd of cuts looming. Guys like CB Washington, RB Powell, maybe DL Newberry or Maxey and S Vinopal… hell it might not be long before Zumwalt is cut

  • ManRayX

    I am guessing Bruce is referencing Shamarko (for whom I still hold out a small but fading glimmer of hope) although last summer Jerrod West a wideout from Syracuse was signed (but why would Bruce snipe away at him, , , unless he mysteriously belongs to some secret underground anti-Jerrod West society!). . .but all things considered, if Wigham is better than either West or Thomas (not the highest bar to clear), then all is well.

  • Ronald Chess

    They have too find a slot corner {no Golson} Sean Davis should play safety not slot, front seven of this defense looks good {secondary very scary]

  • steeltown

    I think we’ll see Davis and Montell Garner man the slot position. Golson hasn’t proven a thing, why shouldnt the others be given the same opportunity and patience.

  • Steelers12

    Just camp bodies, they should sign veterans who could actually contribute

  • MintDragon

    Let’s see what you got kid.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Heck, I hope the next player the Steelers draft from University of North Texas is better than the last one they signed – that would be awesome!

  • Jaybird

    I’m tired of beating beating up the steelers front office and their secondary. It’s never as bad as I think it will be and never as good either. I thought this would be the best offense EVER and Bam – we get Rochambaued with Bell , Bryant , and Green. And two years ago I thought for sure the Cowboys would have the worst defense in history and it wasn’t even close to being that bad.
    Someone – a Doran grant ,Robert Golden or Ross Cockrell will step up and play better than expected . And high picks like Golson might fail. In the end , as long you you got Ben , AB , Bell , the Healthy Oline, and a solid front seven on The D side of the bal – we got a shot.

  • Jaybird

    I wonder how many people are wondering what your talking about! Good one !

  • Gregg

    Hint: last name rhymes with “mean”

  • Jim Foles

    Golson never played a down.

  • connfyoozed .

    There pretty much aren’t any veterans who could actually contribute available right now. Once cuts down to 75 and then 53 start happening, that’s when you will find some vets who might be able to contribute. And don’t sleep on these guys just because they are available now: it seems like every year now, some undrafted free agents slip through the cracks and don’t sign until camps are well underway, but end up surprising and making rosters or practice squads. Hasn’t happened for us that I can recall, but it has happened for other teams.

  • connfyoozed .

    Pretty much what I expected was going to happen with Ventrone. I would expect that at least 2 of these 3 guys end up being given injury settlements and waived off of IR after reverting there. If I remember right, the Steelers would have to wait 6 weeks (or maybe it’s 10 weeks??) after releasing someone with an injury settlement before they can re-sign them, in case they want to bring Ventrone back later this year… but I kind of feel like Ventrone is done in Pittsburgh, if not in the NFL.

  • steeltown

    Exactly my point

  • SJDSteeler

    How quickly they forget about Anthony Smith too!

  • Steelers12

    So u don’t think cromartie can help. Talk Walter Thurmond out of retirement.

  • Rusted Out

    The sky isn’t falling Jaybird. As a radio personality on SNR recently stated: “The bad news is, the 31st ranked pass defense has lost three of it’s five starters. The good news is, the 31st ranked pass defense has lost three of it’s five starters.”
    If they were able to get to Denver last year with Ben missing substantial time, and Blake and Allen stinking it up, then there is good reason to believe they’ll be alot better this year down the stretch. I have to temper my expectations myself though too. We can’t expect them to go from 31st to even top ten in one year. I’m hoping for middle of the pack.

  • DirtDawg1964

    I’m pretty sure you didn’t mean Erric Pegram. 😀 He was the last one they signed. Mean Joe was the last one they drafted. Back when UNT was North Texas State.

  • The Notorious TOM

    KK MOSLEY-SMITH!!! HAIL 2 PITT!!

    He’s a big boy that just devours blockers. He usually doesn’t do much w/ em but it freed up real estate for his other Panthers to go make the plays.

  • JT

    We can only be so lucky to have Zumwalt cut. I don’t usually like to pile on guys, but he is clearly someone that doesn’t belong. I wouldn’t mind seeing Norwood go either.

  • Tom Albert

    Erric Pegram

  • JT

    It seems like the DL depth is going to take leaps forward, though. If he can keep showing the burst and push he did Friday, Matthews could be another classic Colbert pickup. Not flashy, but can come in and contribute at a higher level than they have before in their careers. He and Hargrave will be light-years ahead of Cam Thomas and his contribution to this team.

  • Matt Manzo

    Anything to read into with a CB replacing Ventrone? Maybe he’s replacing Grant and Grant is replacing Ventrone?
    Too early?

  • Labrat0116

    Didn’t Ventrone hurt his hammy last year (or the season before) ??
    Hope it’s not too serious. Dude is a missile on ST !

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    If we can cause pressure like we consistently did when Stafford was in the game we could be better than last year as far as turnovers and sacks are concerned! Matthews really tipped the needle Friday!

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    LOL. I should have said, “Heck, I hope the next player the Steelers sign from University of North
    Texas is better than the last one they drafted – that would be awesome!

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Folks still piling on Cam Thomas? He did contribute some, in fact, I have him listed among the top 500 Steeler players of all-time coming in 457th just behind Lou Tepe, a 30th round choice in the 1953 NFL draft. Tepe played center and linebacker but was perhaps best known for being one of the final players kept on the roster before Johnny Unitas was cut from the team in 1955.

  • Jaybird

    Leave it to beaver to come up with Cam at #457. LOL

  • Jaybird

    Ryan Mcbean?
    Joke – no need to lecture me

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Oh Thanks Wally;)

  • Rusted Out

    Cam Thomas @ 457? If someone can tell me how man players have ever suited up in the Black N Gold, I’d only put a handful of players behind him on it. 659,783rd sounds about right.

  • Rusted Out

    Damnit TOM! I had high hopes for the kid until you endorsed him.

  • eric

    He played safety and corner at Syracuse.

  • Jaybird

    Honestly , I can’t think of anyone I disliked as a player more than Cam Thomas . I’m sure someone will come up with a real villain but I can’t think of anybody that would be lower than Cam.

  • LucasY59

    not much available this time of yr other than camp bodies, just filling the end of the TC roster until 1st cuts

  • LucasY59

    no extra Safety for STs this yr (will keep an extra LB instead, maybe CB) appreciate what Ventrone has done for the Steelers but I think this will be his final farewell (hamstring wont hold him up the whole season, and he will want to try and make a different team and contribute, like he has before, guy has to be holding the record for most times cut in a career (but he never lets it totally knock him out) I expect the team to get him a settlement and like I said wont be surprised if he ends up getting picked up by a team that needs some ST help)

    Mihalik is hopefully a guy they keep on IR, I think he was going to the PS before this injury so keeping him around so that he has a chance to develop more and (hopefully) do some things next yr

    Philon had McCullers, Hargrave and Mathews ahead of him so PS at best for him, I appreciate his effort in camp, but he might be another one that wont be brought back again (even though he has been multiple times previously)

  • LucasY59

    have similar thoughts, but because its really hard to get rid of Ross, I expect he will be back with some team (probably not the Steelers, he was gonna have a hard time fitting on the roster as it was)

  • LucasY59

    thats why I refer to him as scam

  • LucasY59

    15 have to go, most likely all the ones you mentioned plus a few more

  • GoSteelerz

    From what I could tell from the video… Negatives: Did not show make up speed; same problem with waaay too many (seems nearly EVERY corner) DB’s, which is seems to have a very hard time getting off of blocks. Played well with outside leverage one time, on the reverse; looks like he is exclusively a boundary corner, not position flexible. Positives: Looks the part, long and rangy; seems like he does a good job of staying in phase; never looked like he was out of control – didn’t see a missed tackle in this film; while not a particularly impactful tackler, looked like he was a reliable tackler. Overall didn’t wow me, but didn’t depress me either. Who knows, maybe with the right coaching it all clicks for him at this level. Time will tell, at least he gets a shot!

  • Matt Manzo

    His measurements sound right for both!

  • Rusted Out

    lol I’ve got a few I’d rather not mention.

  • John Mazza

    ugh.. that effin guy lol

  • The Notorious TOM

    Bahahaha the kiss of death.

    Muwah<3

  • Rusted Out

    lol

  • connfyoozed .

    I have zero interest in Cromartie. He didn’t look good last year at all.

  • Jaybird

    Beav I’m dying to know who is # 500?

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Johnny Lattner, a 1st round draft pick out of Notre Dame who played for the Steelers in 1954. A Heisman and 2 time Maxwell Trophy winner; Lattner tallied over 1000 all purpose yards on offense and special teams his rookie year. He was named to the pro bowl as a kick & punt returner. He went into the Air Force the next year on a 2 year enlistment and unfortunately hurt his knee playing football which ended his career. He just edged out Gene Mingo to make the top 500 all-time Steelers.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    I think between 1400-1600 players have played at in at least one game since 1933.

  • Jaybird

    How the hell do you come up with this stuff?!!!! Your a pillar of steeler knowledge.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Thanks, at the end of this season will update my top 500, a lot of current Steelers are climbing up the rungs.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    no. foot injury i believe.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    legarette blount.