The Pittsburgh Steelers have their share of marquee free agents this year, men who’ve earned household word status in Steelers Nation. Players like Max Starks and Casey Hampton who’ve helped the team to two Super Bowls.
Others such as Keenan Lewis, Steve McLendon and Ramon Foster are young turks who are reaching free agency just as they’re playing their best football.
Then they’ve got others whose names very well might elicit a “who?” from all but the most diehard Steelers fans. This edition of Steel Curtain Rising’s Steelers Free Agent Focus 2013 takes a look at those men.
Odds and Sods of the Steelers 2013 Free Agent Class
Leonard Pope, Tight End: Signed a year ago largely because he knew Todd Haley’s system, Pope did little to impress and was outplayed by rookie David Paulson. Still, with Heath Miller recovering from a torn ACL, Pope could be find a spot in camp, if not the roster, at the veteran minimum.
Brandon Johnson, Linebacker: Signed as an insurance policy at linebacker, Johnson has position flexibility. Given Stevenson Sylvester’s dubious development and Sean Spence’s stunted injury recovery, Johnson could be back but only at the right price.
Greg Warren, Long Snapper: He’s got one thing to do. He does it very well and Steelers Nation can expect to see him doing it in Pittsburgh in 2013.
Justin King, Cornerback: Steelers Digest said it best: “On the one had King is a 25 year-old cornerback with 19 career starts, but on the other hand he was cut last October and out of football until December.” They go on to say he’d be wise to accept the veteran minimum and stick around Pittsburgh another year. Agreed.