Friday, October 12th, 2012 at 3:19 pm
The Pittsburgh Steelers made a surprise move today as steelers.com reports that they have decided to release second-year tight end Weslye Saunders.
Saunders returned to the team on Monday after serving his four gamer suspension for testing positive for a banned substance. It was believed by many that veteran Leonard Pope would be the odd man out as his playing time has decreased the last two weeks.
Saunders was signed as an undrafted free agent out of South Carolina last season and he recorded four receptions and one touchdown as a rookie.
The Steelers had to make a roster move by 4:00 Read more [...]
Friday, September 7th, 2012 at 2:18 pm
The Pittsburgh Steelers officially announced on Friday the signing of free agent cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke and placed rookie right guard David DeCastro on the injured reserve list as the designated player to return after 8 weeks.
DeCastro injured his right knee in the Steelers preseason game against the Buffalo Bills and has since had surgery. The new injured reserve rule allows for one player to be designated for return 8 weeks after being placed on the list. DeCastro can begin practicing with the team in 6 weeks time, but once that takes place, the Steelers have 21 days in which to put Read more [...]
Thursday, September 6th, 2012 at 6:28 pm
PFT is reporting via Twitter Thursday evening that the Pittsburgh Steelers will be signing cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke, who was waived by the Oakland Raiders just a few days ago.
Van Dyke was originally drafted by the Raider in the 3rd round of the 2011 NFL Draft after playing his college football at the University of Miami. At the 2011 NFL combine Van Dyke reportedly ran a 4.28 40-yard dash, which tied him for the third-best ever.
The speedy corneback struggled during the preseason and he was beaten twice on deep passes in Read more [...]
Saturday, September 1st, 2012 at 1:07 pm
The Pittsburgh Steelers announced their eight man practice squad on Saturday and it included several names that we expected to be on it. Signed today were guard Ryan Lee, linebacker Marshall McFadden, cornerback Josh Victorian, safety Damon Cromartie-Smith, wide receiver David Gilreath, wide receiver Toney Clemons tight end Jamie McCoy and guard John Malecki.
Lee had a great preseason at left guard albeit late in the games that he played in. McFadden also looked like he showed some promise late in games and with the Steelers currently thin depth wise at the position, he earned the spot on the Read more [...]
Friday, August 31st, 2012 at 3:41 pm
The Pittsburgh Steelers cut their roster down from 75 players to the league mandated 53 today and here are the roster moves that were made.
Linebacker Sean Spence was place on injured reserve after suffering a season ending knee injury Thursday night against the Carolina Panthers.
Punter Jeremy Kapinos waived injured. Tight end Weslye Saunders was placed on the reserve/suspended list to begin serving his four week suspension for testing positive for a banned substance.
Waived were safety Damon Cromartie-Smith, cornerback Terrence Frederick, cornerback Josh Victorian, linebacker Brandon Read more [...]
Tuesday, August 28th, 2012 at 4:33 pm
Besides activating linebackers James Harrison and Jason Worilds from the Active PUP list on Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Steelers also waived running back Jason Ford, who was signed just prior to the second preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts. Ford carried 8 times for 42 yards in that game, but also apparently suffered a hamstring injury that forced him to be unable to play this past Saturday against the Buffalo Bills.
With wide receiver Mike Wallace signing his tender on Tuesday, the Steelers had to make a corresponding move, so Ford was more than likely waived injured with some sort of Read more [...]
Monday, August 27th, 2012 at 3:55 pm
The Pittsburgh Steelers have claimed running back DuJuan Harris off waivers today from the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Harris was originally signed by the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2011 after playing his college football at Troy. Last year he played in five games as a rookie and had 9 carries for 42 yards. Harris also returned 14 kickoffs for 308 yards.
At his pro day prior to the 2011 draft, Harris measured in at 5 foot, 7 inches and weighed 197 pounds. He reportedly ran a 4.44 time and did 27 reps on the bench. His vertical jump was 38 1/2 inches and broad jump measured in at an Read more [...]
Monday, August 27th, 2012 at 9:01 am
The Pittsburgh Steelers trimmed their roster to 75 players today releasing 14 and waiving linebacker Mortty Ivy injured. The team also gave kicker Shaun Suisham an early vote of confidence as they released kicker Danny Hrapmann. None of the other names on the list are surprising as the team works toward the final 53 man roster following the game against the Carolina Panthers Saturday night.
LB Mortty Ivy (Waived/Injured List)
LB Ryan Baker
DT Mike Blanc
WR Paul Cox
CB Andre Freeman
K Danny Hrapmann
T Kyle Jolly
LS Matt Katula
TE Jamie McCoy
CB Walter McFadden
TE Justin Peelle
S Myron Read more [...]
Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 at 9:37 am
The Pittsburgh Steelers have reached an injury settlement with running back John Clay and he has been released according to Ed Bouchette on Twitter.
Clay, who was originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Wisconsin last year, suffered a torn quad a week ago this past Sunday. Clay had been waived injured originally and placed on injured reserve according to reports.
Clay spent the better part of his rookie season on the Steelers practice squad. He was promoted to the 53 man roster late in the season and saw his first action against the St. Louis Rams in week 16. On his first NFL Read more [...]
Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 at 12:51 pm
Another day and another player waived injured as the Pittsburgh Steelers have waived injured running back John Clay and signed former Illinois running back Jason Ford to the 90 man roster to take his place, according to Bob Labriola on Twitter.
Jim Wexell reported earlier on Tuesday that Clay, who was carted off injured during practice on Sunday, was fearful that he tore his quad and now that indeed seems to be the case. Clay will be placed on injured reserve once he clears waivers.
Ford, who measured in at his pro day at 5103, 251 pounds, was originally signed as an undrafted free agent Read more [...]
Monday, August 13th, 2012 at 7:40 pm
The Pittsburgh Steelers made a roster move on Monday as they signed free agent tight end Justin Peelle and waived fullback David Johnson injured.
Peelle was originally drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the fourth round of the 2002 NFL draft after playing his college football at Oregon. He was signed by the Miami Dolphins as an unrestricted free agent in 2006 and spent two seasons with them. Peelle hooked on with the Atlanta Falcons in 2008, where he played three more seasons. Last season Peele played with the San Francisco 49ers.
For his career, Peelle has 123 regular season receptions Read more [...]
Friday, August 3rd, 2012 at 1:37 pm
The Pittsburgh Steelers made a roster move on Friday as cornerback Terry Carter was placed on the waived/injured list presumably because of a hamstring injury that he suffered early in the week. To take his place on the 90 man roster the Steelers signed free agent cornerback Josh Victorian out of Louisiana Tech.
Victorian, who reportedly measured in at 5-10, 190-pounds, went to training camp last year with Baltimore Ravens after signing as an undrafted rookie free agent. Following his release, Victorian spent time on the practice squad of the New England Patriots. He was with the New Orleans Read more [...]
Tuesday, July 31st, 2012 at 2:14 pm
The Pittsburgh Steelers made a roster move on Tuesday as Bob Labriola reports that wide receiver Paul Cox was signed to the 90 man roster and tackle Bridger Buche, who was signed when Jonathan Scott was released, was waived.
Cox is out of Mississippi Valley State, the same school that produced Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice. Cox finished his senior season with 36 catches for 619 yards and three touchdowns and was signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent.
Cox measured in at his pro day at 6043 and weighed 203 pounds. He ran a reported 4.57 40 time to go along with Read more [...]
Friday, July 27th, 2012 at 5:44 pm
Some surprising news on Friday as it has been announced that the Pittsburgh Steelers have signed wide receiver Antonio Brown to a five-year, $42.5 million contract extension.
Brown was entering the final year of his rookie contract and would have been a restricted free agent following the 2012 season. Brown busted onto the scene in 2011 by registering 69 catches for 1,108 yards. The team MVP also added 737 yards on 27 kickoff returns and another 325 yards on 30 punt returns.
Brown was drafted by the Steelers as their second of two selections in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL draft out of Read more [...]
Monday, July 23rd, 2012 at 1:25 pm
Not only did the Pittsburgh Steelers sign first round pick David DeCastro on Monday, but they also signed free agent offensive lineman Bridger Buche out of Eastern Michigan to the roster as well.
Buche measured in at 6033 at his pro day back in March and weighed 305 pounds. He did 20 reps on the bench and ran the 40 in a reported 5.43 seconds to go along with a reported 4.78 short shuttle time.
Buche started his career as a tight end in 2007 and moved to offensive tackle in 2008, where he started all 12 games at right tackle. In 2009 he sat out the entire season with a hip injury suffered Read more [...]
Thursday, July 19th, 2012 at 3:48 pm
The Pittsburgh Steelers have released tackle Jonathan Scott today in a move that has long been anticipated. Scott spent the past two seasons with the Steelers and started 14 of 28 regular-season games and three of four postseason contests.
The Steelers will save $2.2 million in salary cap space by releasing Scott and that money will most definitely be needed if the Steelers are to work out a long-term deal with restricted free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace.
Scott became expendable when the Steelers signed veteran Max Starks back to the roster on Tuesday. Starks had been recovering from Read more [...]
Thursday, June 28th, 2012 at 1:36 pm
Now we know why the Pittsburgh Steelers signed former LSU linebacker Ryan Baker today as Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports via Twitter that the Steelers have waived former University of Pittsburgh linebacker Brandon Lindsey. This means that the roster remains at 89 players right now following the release of Troy Smith earlier this week.
Lindsey was signed as an undrafted free agent following the draft and he took part in all of the Steelers OTA sessions and mini-camp practices where he lined up for the most part as the second-team right outside linebacker with both James Harrison Read more [...]
Monday, June 25th, 2012 at 3:20 pm
Last week I speculated that the Pittsburgh Steelers would likely be releasing one of their five quarterbacks soon and Monday we got word that former Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith has been released.
The move now means that the Steelers have decided to take Jerrod Johnson to training camp with them as their fourth quarterback. Carrying five quarterbacks in camp was just not likely as there just aren't enough reps to go around. Smith was a longshot at best to beat out Charlie Batch for the number three job, and although Johnson is also a longshot, he has practice squad eligibility should he Read more [...]
Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 at 9:39 am
On Tuesday it was reported that the Pittsburgh Steelers had signed long snapper Matt Katula. Today we have the back end of that transaction as wide receiver Connor Dixon was placed on their Waived/Injured List.
In addition to that move that was made official today, the Steelers also announced that linebacker Brandon Johnson has been signed and that tight end Wes Lyons has been released. Johnson, who was brought in for a visit in early May, was originally drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL Draft after playing his college football at Louisville. He spent parts Read more [...]
Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 at 10:27 am
Scott Smith from XAM Sports reports this morning on Twitter that the Pittsburgh Steelers have signed long snapper Matt Katula to a one-year contract. Smith represents Katula. There is no word who was released to make room on the 90 man roster for Katula as of yet. Katula had reportedly worked out for the Steelers in May.
LS Matt Katula and the #Steelers have agreed to terms on a one-year contract.Congrats to Matt!— Scott Smith (@XAMSports) June 12, 2012
Katula was originally signed by Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2005 and was their long snapper for five seasons. Read more [...]