Isaac Redman began the Steelers season as the starter. Injuries limited him in training camp, but that was because the coaches want to keep him fresh. Redman of course started in the Trashing vs. Tennessee, but did not play well.
An injury to Stephens LaRod-Howling forced Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin to shallow some pride and welcome Jonathan Dwyer back, only days after cutting Dwyer. Redman was slated to play vs. Cincinnati, but injured his head on the kickoff. That limited him in action for the rest of the game. Redman got into the game vs. Chicago but was ineffective.
The Steelers deactivated for the victory against the Jets and then the victory over the Ravens.
- Now its over for Redman, at least in Pittsburgh.
ESPN’s Scott Brown said that the Steelers decision to waive Redman was “inevitable.” Redman was apparently fourth on the depth chart, and had no clear special teams role.
It make little business sense to pay a man 1.3 million dollars to stand on the sidelines in street clothes. But if the Steelers think that this is all that Redman was going to be required to do during the year, they’re fooling themselves.
- As injuries to players like Levi Brown, Marcus Gilbert, Ramon Foster, and Maurkice Pouncey show, lighting can and does strike twice in the NFL.
Felix Jones is playing well and Jonathan Dwyer is running on every carry as if it is his last chance to show that he belongs in the NFL, which it is. But Isaac Redman has already shown he belongs in the NFL.
- He did it when he scored the winning touchdown vs. Baltimore in 2010.
- He did it with a near hundred yard performance in the 2011 season finale.
- He did it again with a 100 yards in the Tebowing the Steelers suffered in the playoffs game vs. Denver.
- He did it last year when he gouged the Giants for 147 years rushing.
- Redman’s commitment has never been at issue, and Dwyer doesn't have nearly a "highlight roll" like the one cited for Redman above.
But given his pedigree and the potential for injury, this move looks like a case of the Steelers being pennywise and dollar foolish.