- A couple of sources are reporting that the Steelers have signed Jason Worilds, a linebacker out of Virginia Tech and the team’s second round draft pick, to a four year deal (terms not immediately available).
- The Steelers also extended the contract of Kevin Colbert, Director of Football Operations amongst some front office maneuvering.
- Lastly, our old friend and former Michigan State Spartan Flozell “The Hotel” Adams has resurfaced. Adams signed on for two years with the Steelers ahead of training camp.
It’s always great to see the Steelers put so much emphasis on getting their rookies signed ahead of camp (at this point, only Maurkice Pouncey is unsigned). The last rookie not to be signed in front of training camp … Mr. Wreckless With His Wanker himself, Ben Roethlisberger. He missed 4 days of camp in what really wasn’t an ugly holdout or anything. Still, given the effort the Steelers put into getting their rookies into camp right from the start, and followed with the numerous newsworthy items to come from Roethlisberger since… kinda makes you want to wonder a bit.
Colbert’s extension is yet another reinforcement of keeping things strong from the inside of the organization out. It’s hard to vote against him, what with the Steelers going 103 – 56 – 1 while he’s been in his position, since 2000. Most importantly, that stint includes two Super Bowl Championships and what most consider to be one of the classiest operations in the league.
Finishing up with Flozell… actually this could be one of the biggest ‘under-the-radar’ (can a 6-7 340 lb guy fit under the radar?) signings of the offseason for any team. After tackle Willie Colon was placed on injured reserve, officially ending his season after he tore his Achilles tendon in June, the Steelers were in need of an experienced tackle. Flozell was available after Dallas decided to cut loose the aging mammoth lineman and it will be interesting to see just how much Adams has left in his Silverado sized fuel tank. He should be able to step right in and start at tackle from day one and shore up that need for the upcoming season. It’s my guess, though, that age will become a factor towards the end of the season and he will probably be more of a depth player in the second year of the contract after either Colon returns or the team drafts youth into the position if Colon cannot get back to 100%.