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Saturday, September 05, 2015

Steelers cuts are in

The Steelers have made several roster moves, trimming their roster to the league-mandated 53 players prior to today’s 4 p.m. deadline, the team announced.

Released were running backs Jawon Chisholm and Josh Harris, defensive linemen Matt Conrath, Ethan Hemer and Mike Thornton, safeties Jordan Dangerfield, Alden Darby and Gerod Holliman, offensive linemen Reese Dismukes, B.J. Finney and Doug Legursky, cornerbacks Kevin Fogg and B.W. Webb, linebackers L.J. Fort, Shayon Green and Howard Jones, and wide receivers Shakim Phillips and Jarrod West.

The Steelers placed offensive linemen Kelvin Palmer and Mitchell Van Dyk on the team’s Waived/Injured List. Both were injured in Thursday's preseason finale against Carolina.

Legursky likely will be re-signed Sunday after Maurkice Pouncey is placed on injured reserve with a designation to return.

The Steelers also signed free agent cornerback Ross Cockrell to a one-year contract. The 6-0, 190-pound Duke University product entered the NFL as a fourth-round (109th overall) draft selection of the Buffalo Bills in 2014 and appeared in seven games during his rookie season. He was released by Buffalo last month. Cockrell will wear No. 31.

* Mike Tomlin said today that Dri Archer and Antonio Brown will both return punts this season and that Archer and Markus Wheaton will both return kicks.

* My initial thoughts on the Steelers' roster are that there are still some moves to be made.

This is a team that needs to find an upgrade at defensive end for sure. Another veteran offensive lineman would help as well.

Some are concerned about running back - but it's a short-term need. Same thing at wide receiver.

The Steelers could address those positions from the players released Saturday, but it's likely that they will wait until next Friday or Saturday to make any moves.

A veteran who is signed before Week 1 has his whole base salary guaranteed. If you wait until after the first week, it is not.

Unless it's a player who is getting a lot of action on the market, the team will likely wait and let the roster ride this week.

* Gerod Holliman was the only draft pick who was released.


Anonymous said...

Too bad they didnt want to admit the Dri Archer mistake. Not an NFL player.

Anonymous said...

Dri Archer, Landry Jones, Jarvis Jones. Their last few drafts have been absolutely brutal.

adamg said...

I see a couple DTs who might be worth kicking the tires on, Devon Still(cut by Cin) and Louis Nix(cut by Hou). I might take a look at Deion Barnes, too. He came out a year too early from Penn St, but he's shown a good motor and penchant for getting after the qb in college.

Angellero said...

Word is brewing that the seahawks are getting irritated with Cam Chancellor. A trade is in the works for them to aquire another safety.
I know it's far fetched, but at some point they will be open ears for a trade to at least get something in return. Is there a realm of possibility our front office could pull off a deal and what would you be willing to give up for him. Im not at all confident in Shamarko.

Dale Lolley said...

I'm sure a trade for Chancellor would be costly. And then there would be the matter of paying him. Don't see that happening.

Joe Jones said...

Isn't even a slow Darnell Dockett smart/skilled enough to make an impact off the bench?

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