Steelers Release LS Greg Warren Due To Failed Physical


The Pittsburgh Steelers released veteran long snapper Greg Warren on Thursday with the failed physical designation.


Upon cutting ties with Warren, who has been the Steelers long snapper since 2005, general manager Kevin Colbert released a statement.

“Greg has been a big part of our past success, and we would like to thank him for his contributions and wish him nothing but the best,” Colbert wrote on the team’s website.

Warren, who made the team originally as an undrafted free agent out of North Carolina after beating out Mike Schneck for the job, also released a short statement on Thursday.

“I would first like to thank the Steelers organization, coaches and training staff for their help and advice over the last few weeks,” said Warren. “I had full intentions of playing this upcoming season, but in light of new information I’ve recently received from my doctors relating to a past injury, it has been determined that trying to compete in the 2017 season may be a risk to my long-term health. After discussing this with the Steelers, we have decided it would be in everyone’s best interest to release me at this point.”

The Steelers had re-signed Warren to a one-year contract earlier in the offseason. He played in 181 regular season and 15 postseason games in his 12 seasons with the Steelers. He had also overcame two serious knee injuries during long career as well.

The Steelers selection of former Louisville long snapper Colin Holba in the sixth-round of the 2017 NFL Draft now makes a lot of sense as the team obviously was worried about Warren’s health moving forward. Holba is now expected to be the Steelers long snapper moving forward, but with that said, it will be interesting to see if the team brings in another player to challenge him during the remainder of the offseason.

Colbert Has Message For Fans Questioning Steelers’ Decision To Draft Long Snapper

  • falconsaftey43

    And it all makes sense…

  • Ed Smith

    I see said the blind man as he picked up his hammer & saw…
    All is made clear…I take back all the bad thoughts on Draft Day!

  • VaDave

    The “Cone of Secrecy” drops another “Bon Mot”….I mean really, why wait this long after the draft to announce it. True, it is possible this is a recent development, but I’m of a bent they knew going into the draft they’d better find a replacement.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    The method to the Steelers draft madness induces sanity among Steelers Depot readers.
    He peaks at # 102 on my all-time Steelers list mostly due to his longevity and reliability.

  • Ace

    Well duh. Haters gotta know KC had an idea this was coming. They went and got the “best” snapper in the draft and then he made some vague comments about Gregs health. There was never to be a camp battle. So obvious, PS wouldn’t have wasted a pick setting up for the most boring battle ever. I bet Holba will make more contributions to his team that 90% of the other 6th rounders

  • Wayne’O

    I guess drafting a long snapper in the 6th round makes since after all.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    What do you think the odds are of Holba making the roster NOW? 🙂

  • Matt Manzo

    So, now they look like geniuses drafting Holba!!!

  • John Noh

    Good luck, Greg. Trust in Kevin.

  • Greg Payne

    But of course effects are temporary. In 24 hours we’ll be back to our regular cycle of mourning, anger, and martyrdom.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Greg Warren, we never talked about you and thats all we ever wanted, thank you.

    Maybe here soon we will be hearing about them signing him back for a day or whatever to retire with the team.

  • In a move that surprises exactly no one.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    I should have qualified it as temporary sanity from our normal state.

  • I still don’t like spending a draft pick on an LS, but there was a rationale for it.

  • D.j. Reynolds

    Now I get it! I take back my negativity about a draft pick on a LS.

  • That’s a safe bet due to the fact that he is guaranteed to make the team and play. But it is also not a clean comparison. The real question is whether they thought they could land him as a UDFA as opposed to a 6th round pick, seeing how few LS are actually drafted. Given their UDFA signings of late, I would bet that is the impetus behind the pick.

  • Scapp

    I think they had to wait for his team physical so he can get an injury settlement maybe.

  • I HIGHLY doubt this is recent in terms of suspicion. They may have only recently confirmed it via physical, which I think has a certain time period to be performed.

  • Dorian James

    Well he did say they’ve been working on this for the past several weeks. Maybe they just didn’t want to count him out yet

  • VaDave

    I hadn’t thought of that. Thanks.

  • VaDave

    Hilarious!! And unfortunately true…. LOL!!!

  • Stas

    It’s almost like the FO knew something when they were drafting a LS in the 6th round…..

  • Petherson Silveira

    wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

  • Dorian James

    Ide like to address all the comments by saying: maybe we should give the front office a major apology and a little more leeway on their drafting techniques. I was convinced there was going to be a position battle but now I know better

  • ATL96STEELER

    I expected as much actually. Just too bizarre for them to use a draft pick on a LS. I still say they could have gotten Holba as a UDFA, but they didn’t want to take any chances…he was their man.

    Enjoy retirement Warren, welcome Holba.

  • Dorian James

    I was hearing that another team would have drafted him if the Steelers didn’t

  • Paul RK

    especially seeing that he was the top rated long snapper. we couldn’t risk him signing with another team as an UDFA

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    That’s not the Steelers fan way.

  • Dorian James

    Lol so so true. If we suddenly developed the ability to be reasonable can you imagine the ramifications to Steelers Nation 🤕

  • Didn’t see that coming. Maybe he was upset because we drafted a LS?

  • WilliamSekinger

    Haha, So all the yinzers who were so hard on the front office for drafting a LS have what to say now?

  • Jollyrob68

    Now the people who don’t know anything about Why the Steelers do things during the draft can Shut Up.
    There’s a reason why they drafted a LS and people can stop redrafting thinking they know better than the team.

  • Rusted Out

    Crickets…

  • StolenUpVotes

    Exactly what many of us though would happen after the pick. The Steelers just drafted themselves a starter in the sixth round.

  • It does raise the question of why the 6th instead of the 7th, but the difference between those two is so marginal that it doesn’t really matter.

  • mem359

    29 other teams could have used a 7th on him.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Geese, we should have used a higher draft pick then.

  • pittsburghjoe

    The should have used a first round pick on the LS then.

  • RickM

    You are aware that the first article on this site about the pick said “I just don’t get it. Steeler Nation has every reason to be upset with this pick.” It’s not just fans who were surprised by the pick. I don’t blame any fan for wondering what was going on. But in the end, kudos to the FO.

  • Steve Johnson

    I will take my Crow grilled, medium well.

  • Rusted Out

    We? oh, you mean all the arm chair GM, chicken littles that have been screaming up and down these boards, swearing that the 6th round is no place to take a longsnapper? Yea, those fans should apologize.

  • Rusted Out

    atta boy.

  • Rusted Out

    Yea, it would be a truly great fan base.

  • And yet, only three active long snappers in the league were drafted at all. Combined with few teams being in the market for a LS at any given time (only 2 were even signed as UDFAs), the likelihood of him being taken between the 6th and 7th was extremely small.

  • Funny thing is, I wanted Keion Adams with our 6th rd pick and I’m sure most people would have cared a lot less if we drafted Adams in the 6th and Holba in the 7th. Once we were still able to get Adams in the 7th I really didn’t care about the Holba pick anymore. The Steelers were probably very unsure of Warren, Warren now failed is physical, and the percentages are really high that we have our LS for the next 12+ yrs.

    It seems to me like they nailed this draft, whether we agree with every single specific player or not. Looking back on the draft, I for one, would not change much at all…I wish we could have landed one of those young athletic TEs or a Hybrid Safety (the value was never really there for Safety) but we only had so many picks and I think we used them wisely.

    I personally would have preferred TE Kittle, Butt, or even Sprinkle instead of Dobbs…but I understand they wanted a developmental QB and hopefully it pays off/or hopefully Green stays healthy and it doesn’t matter at all…but I won’t hold my breathe on that one.

    Good Luck Warren and Thanks!!!

  • Jacob

    It goes to show, couch GM’s don’t have the whole story and what seems like a questionable and even laughable draft-day decision makes a lot more sense once more information comes to light.

    If you draft a top-quality Long snapper, it’s less likely the Steelers will have to choose the lesser of two evils in training camp.

  • Ace

    You can never guarantee that a player will make the team and play. Injury can happen at any time anywhere. Good point on the LS’s drafted though. Rarely happens, but PS took a position of great need, can’t hate for that. I agree their UDFA class doesn’t look too good now, but really all it takes is one player to make it a so called great class. Hoping its Odom.

  • stan

    Not exactly. It was obvious that something was up with Warren when the Steelers drafted Holba. However, that still doesn’t relate to the decision to draft a long snapper rather than pick one up for free like 30 other teams did (excepting the Giants and Pats, the only teams who have drafted one).

  • mem359

    Small, but not zero.

    KC has mentioned that Holba has significantly more upside than any of the other (UDFA) LS-ers out there. Someone would have to check on what the other 31 teams need on special teams. I could imagine some other team spending a 7th, if Holba would be an upgrade at that position.

    Matthew pointed out that a few LS have been drafted in the fifth (including recently by NE), and one (DeOssie) in the fourth. So although unlikely, not unreasonable that other teams would value a LS higher than UDFA.

  • francesco

    There goes competition.
    They need to get another.

  • SouthernSteel

    Wow !!! this is just like dick lebeau and Bruce Arians forced retirement. ….we’ll see Greg playing for another team in a few weeks

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Well there you have it.

  • ThatGuy

    Random question, at what point do you put drafted players on the list? As soon as they make the roster, after one season, two seasons? Just curious lol

  • I am not saying it was an unreasonable move, only that it was also a safe gamble to take.

  • Jacob

    PIcking one up for free means it is less likely that you will get a Greg Warren-caliber LS. And a botched punting snap or a bad snap on a field goal while under pressure can make all the difference in January.

    It was nearly a 7th round pick anyway, with the Steelers having to pick at # 30 in each round.

  • S.T.

    I defy all of you to find another long snapper comment thread this robust on any other team’s site in internet history. Impressive.

  • Jason Vancil

    I guess I am going to have to finally give up and start following another team. One who is run a lot better than this rinky dink operation. Geezus.

  • SteelersGeek4Lyfe

    Long live Greg Warren. A good bit of nostagia here, this one hurts… and then there were two remaining.

  • BBNCCU

    Again our FO is smarter than we fans are – at least most of the time. (LOL)

  • SilverSteel

    It’s better bloody and rare.

  • Jaybird

    Damn it, we should have drafted a better long snapper in the 4th round instead of wasting a pick on a back up QB. What were the Steelers thinking!
    Lol

  • Rocksolid20

    Sounds to me like somebody knew something about Warren’s health ?!
    He has been a good one and if all else fails , we always have Debo .

  • stan

    You know what’s better than drafting a starter in the 6th round? Getting one without using a draft pick. You know, like everyone else. Teams don’t draft kickers and punters very often for the same reason, and there’s a lot bigger variation in performance for those positions.

  • RickM

    Lol. My immediate reaction to this thread is laughing at some of the hypocrisy within it. Some guys who play armchair GM’s and Head Coaches routinely (similar to me), are demanding apologies from the fans who played armchair GM’s and didn’t like the Holba pick. Personally, I thought a lot of the comments about the Holba selection were a hoot and I don’t blame a single fan for being skeptical.

  • stan

    Are you serious? Was this actually a surprise to you? It was obvious there was something wrong with Warren either due to injury or performance when they drafted Holba. This isn’t news to anyone.

  • RASTA

    risk vs reward on that one man; why take the risk there when you know that you can actually reward yourself in the draft with a sixth-round first-year Starter?

    Same as taking the RB that you absolutely know you want post-regular-3rd-Rd, instead of risking him being one of the 5 RB’s taken before our close to last pick in the 4th?

    Steelers going to the Super Bowl!

  • D.j. Hoy

    Hate to say I told you so, but uhhhh…

  • Josh

    thank you. 6th round picks at any other position are a toss-up to make the 53. that vs. a solid LS (remember, bad snaps can = 6 the other way) is worth it.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Once they play in a regular season game.

  • Dorian James

    At the end of the day we’re all armchair GM’s. If we were qualified to be general managers we would be. I play armchair GM because I love talking Steelers, and im big enough to admit when I’m wrong. Which is most of the time.

  • Grant Humphrey

    Interested to see how well Holba will do.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Remember, besides the ‘need’ aspect due to the Warren injury, this is a seemingly mundane, but extremely critical function.
    Every extra point, FG, and punt require a clean snap to be successful!!

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Had they drafted this kid in the 3rd or 4th (as TBay did with their kicker!!) THEN it would be time to complain!!

  • gdeuce

    As long as we never hear his name, we will know he’s doing a good job. The exception is if he pancakes someone off the snap, or recovers a fumble.

  • mokhkw

    lol who will ever forget Debo long snapping in ’08?

    I recall when TEs, LBs etc would double up as a LS coming out of College and I wonder why players still don’t do that, it could make the difference for making the team imo.

  • StolenUpVotes

    He would not have been available as an UDFA. Every LS who has been drafted in the last 15ish years has been drafted no later than the 6th round. This is not some unprecedented thing. The defending champs drafted a LS in the 5th round in 2015. They won’t have to worry about the position any time soon. The Lions took one in the 6th last season. It is a key position you have to have.

  • StolenUpVotes

    Also the LS the Pats drafted was at risk of not even getting to play right away due to his potential military commitments.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    Knew it. Still sad.

  • Anthony Barnes

    I guess the FO knew what they were doing when they drafted Holba.

    Sorry for hating on you Holba.

  • ABdropkick

    They will likely say the Steelers could have gotten an UDFA, like they did with Greg Warren

  • Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying it was a bad move, just saying it is not one I would have taken. I understand fully why they did it. They have never been afraid to go after a guy they know they want, regardless of round.

  • Yes I know. See above. I understand the move, but I don’t need to like it.

  • Of course you can’t guarantee against injury, I wasn’t saying you can.

    As far as UDFAs, I meant in general they have struggled to attract top UDFAs in recent years for whatever reasons.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Well its not really a matter of like – it’s a matter of necessity!
    It’s like saying you know you need car insurance to drive legally but you don’t like it – I don’t like paying it any more than you do but what is one to do?!!

  • LOL, of course. I don’t LIKE that we will need to draft a new QB soon either. But I can still bitch about it when the time comes. 🙂

  • Well, the odds of it being Odom just got much better…

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Sure – bitching is one of the truly FREE things in life!!
    🙂

  • stan

    Why do you think that? Do you follow the draft at all? Long snappers don’t get drafted except in extreme circumstances. The Pats drafted one because they had a billion draft choices and could afford to waste one. The Giants drafted one because he’s also a good linebacker. Those are the two.
    Even if he was drafted, its not like he was the only one available. We could have gotten an UDFA and/or a true FA with NFL experience. The waiver wire is littered with good ones, even more than it is with kickers and punters.

  • stan

    A Greg-Warren caliber LS is just fine. Did you have any problem with him in his Steeler career? There’s actually no reason to believe Holba is better, you know.

  • Iulo

    Halli hallo!!!
    then you complain about Holba…
    sorry guys but was obvious Warren had something.. I don’t even belive the physical issue, he just wanted to retire

  • Rotten Sircus

    I believe they just like Colin better because of youth !!!

  • Douglas Andrews

    It seemed to be a odd response during the Colbert press conference of the drafting of Holba. Colbert was asked if Warren was healthy to which he responded ” Right Now” ……now the pick makes sense. Great job by the front office.

  • Ace

    You kinda did by saying he was guaranteed to make the team and play, so you guaranteed he will be injury free since playing and good health go hand in hand. If you are guaranteeing he will make the team and play, you are guaranteeing he doesn’t get injured to the degree that keeps him from playing. The fact that LS have a lower risk exposure only solidifies my claim that he will out-perform the other 6th rounders. Petty, I know, but all that aside, imagine if he does get hurt and can’t play. WE SHOULDA DRAFTED MASON SCHRECK WITH THAT 6TH ROUNDER!!!

  • Big Joe

    I was ok with the pick at the time but agreed with others that there was something more than just competition involved. Wish Greg well.

  • Delboka

    NO!!! I just bought my wife a XXL pink Warren jersey. Anyone interested?

  • Delboka

    Why? Think of how many draft picks aren’t signed or never make it off the practice squad.

    How is signing a guy that will start day one a bad draft mive in the sixth round?

  • Jaybird

    Playing arm chair GM/Coach is part of the fun of being a fan. Most of us realize the organization knows what it is doing and that we fans know so little, myself included. This was a VERY weird draft for the Steelers but it’s starting to make a ton of sense.

  • 2winz

    And all those people that were complaining and jumping on me for defending this pick.. I told you so 😉

  • No, I just thought the “barring injury ” clause was so blatantly obvious that it did not need to be explicitly stated. Apparently I was wrong, and thus you can feel free to be pedantically correct

  • Ace

    But still…

    I know man, just ribbing you a bit is all. No hard feelings. It’s funny, for some reason absolutes have become my bane. The wife loves to throw out Always, Never, All the time, Every time, etc. It becomes a fun little game that I somehow always end up losing even if I correctly prove my point.

  • steelersfan

    Still given Green was cut too why not do the same thing they did at LS and draft a TE?

  • steelersfan

    Nope should’ve drafted a TE. And I liked the draft prior to Green being cut!!

  • Rusted Out

    I think if you read up and down this board you’ll find it was news to quite a few. Either way, I assumed the 35yr old Warren was odd man out the moment they drafted Holba. I was taking a shot at all the fans that have just changed their mind about the pick.

  • Rusted Out

    I’m often wrong too my man, but not today.

  • ND_Steel

    That’s what I’m thinking…and there has to be some monetary benefit to being released/injured…Insurance? More in pension? Doesn’t make sense that they would cut the third LS if they were anticipating this.

  • ND_Steel

    I think just the opposite, he was pushed out and a ‘medical issue’ made it convenient. Who would want to give up a >$1M+ job for tossing a ball between your legs some ~5-10 times a game, 20-24 Sundays/year? And, they’ve changed the rules such that his knee injuries would be less likely in the future. I think he was finally shown the door…they’ve been looking for his cheaper/younger replacement for a couple years now. I don’t think they fully intended for him to go released/injured until after it was certain he would lose his job in training camp, but for whatever reason he chose not to compete this time (vice when they brought in the kid from HI). Probably b/c the odds were more and more stacked against him this time.

  • ND_Steel

    Waive LS, Canaday, on May 5th ahead of this news? Something doesn’t add up.