Busy Free Agent Week For Former Steelers

While the Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t have a very busy week when it comes to them signing outside free agents, a few of their former players did manage sign contracts.

After being released by the Tennessee Titans just ahead of the start of the new league year, defensive tackle Al Woods reportedly signed a two-year contract worth $5 million with the Indianapolis Colts. Woods, if you remember, was with the Steelers from 2011-2013 and signed a three-year free agent contract with the Titans in 2014.

Former Steelers first-round draft Ziggy Hood re-signed with the Washington Redskins past week and that two-year contract reportedly totals out at $2.7 million and included a $300,000 signing bonus in addition to several incentives. The Missouri product and defensive tackle signed a Reserve/Future contract with the Redskins last February and not only did he ultimately make their initial 53-man roster, he appeared in all 16 regular season games with 14 starts.

The Redskins also signed another former Steelers draft pick this week as linebacker Chris Carter signed a one-year minimum salary benefit contract worth $855,000 that included an $80,000 signing bonus. Carter, who was originally drafted by the Steelers in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Fresno State, will now be with the Colts for a second time during his career. He has also spent time with the Cincinnati Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens.

Another former Steelers draft pick, offensive lineman Chris Scott, re-signed with the Carolina Panthers this past week. Scott, who was originally drafted by the Steelers in the fifth-round of the 2010 NFL Draft out of Tennessee, signed a one-year minimum salary benefit contract worth $980,000 that included an $80,000 signing bonus. This marks the fifth year in a row that the Panthers have signed Scott to a one-year contract and he’s played in 43 games with 12 starts during his four previous seasons.

At the time of this post, a few other former Steelers who are currently unrestricted free agents have yet to find new homes and they are linebacker Sean Spence and cornerback Valentino Blake. Both played last season with the Titans.

UPDATE: Spence has now signed with the Colts.

  • budabar

    Spence maybe but NO NOT Blake we couldn’t take that again

  • Randy

    I won’t be surprised.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Agreed. We definitely could find a place for Spence!!!

  • francesco

    When did Antwan become Valentino?

  • Jaybird

    He received so many death threats from Steelers fans for his poor play, that he entered the NFL’s witness protection program and had to change his name.

  • Steelers12

    he is a colt now

  • RickM

    I’m surprised some of these guys are still even in the NFL (e.g. Chris Carter). Good for all these guys that have been signed. The more years they can accumulate, even on the fringes, the more pension benefits they’ll get way down the road. As difficult as it was to watch Blake in 2015, I hope he finds a landing place as well.

  • Matt Manzo

    Seeing Carter’s name surprised me, too!

  • Brendon Glad

    I’m glad the Steelers didn’t buy back in on those guys. If memory serves me correctly, an earlier article suggested the Steelers might be in the Woods or Hood recycling mix.
    I ain’t afraid to recycle…Foote came back well here. And Gay.

    But every DL who plays under Mitchell is getting genius DL coaching. So he tends to max-out their potential. Therefore, if they are allowed to leave him without a major fight, then bringing them back doesn’t excite me as much.
    I’d rather see what Mitchell can do with a new draft pick…or undervalued Kimo Van Oelhoffen/ Nick Eason type UFA-DL…then try to recycle back DL’s Mitchell already tried to teach, but didn’t feel compelled to bang the table to keep them from walking….ya know?

  • Jeff Anoble

    How in the hell is Chris Carter still in the National Football League? Going on his 7th season and still not one sack, 23 solo tackles (that’s less then 4 a year folks!) and only 4 starts all with the Steelers. The guy is a millionaire for basically doing nothing.

  • dany

    Good special teams player? At least I hope, cause it makes zero sense

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    LMAO – Thanks for the Great comeback!

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