While the free agent defections of Ziggy Hood and Al Woods may not have sent shock waves through Steelers Nation, they certainly got some of the natives restless.
- Some of this is understandable.
- But it doesn’t quite compare to the spring of 1997 when the Steelers lost Deon Figures, Willie Williams and Rod Woodson -- their top 3 cornerbacks -- in a single spring.
One Cam on the Defensive Line Isn’t Enough
While Carrington’s visit went well the Steelers apparently decided that one Cam (Cameron Heyward) on the defensive line isn’t enough, as they signed Camaron Thomas to a two year 4 million dollar contract.
Thomas is a big defensive lineman in the mold of Casey Hampton, weighing 330 pounds and standing 6’3”. For those of you who are into saber metrics, he graded out 49th of 64 NFL defensive tackles according to Pro Football Focus. ESPN’s Bill Polian graded Thomas at a “D” while grading Al Woods at a “C” however, Thomas signed for 1 million less.
Some in the press have been quick to suggest that Thomas’ arrival might push Steve McLendon to defensive end, but Steelers Digest editor Bob Labriola pour cold water on that:
Mike Mitchell was signed by @Steelers to start. NT/DE Cam Thomas was signed to provide depth and versatility along D-line.It should be noted that Thomas started 11 games in 2013 only to be benched late in the season. While that’s obviously a concern , Thomas provides and immediate boost of depth.
— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) March 14, 2014
Steel Curtain Rising Logs First Interaction with Thomas?
Social media sites such as Twitter have erased the barrier between fans and players, and Steel Curtain Rising’s experience today was a prime example.
Camaron fam not "Cameron" lol @SteelCurtainRis @btsteelcurtain #Steelers #SteelersNationApologies were rendered in a subsequent Tweet.
— Camaron Thomas (@Baby_Zilla76) March 14, 2014
Welcome to Steelers Nation Camaron Thomas.