18 Rookie Free Agents Sign with Steelers

The Steelers moved quickly to sign undrafted rookie free agents today, the first day in which they were allowed to make such moves.

In addition to the agreements to bring on board Anthony Gray, Weslye Saunders, Miguel Chavis and Terrence McCrae, which were known this morning, the Post-Gazette is reporting that Steelers have also come to terms with:

Vaughn Charlton, a tight end/H-back from Temple;
John Clay, a running back from Wisconsin;
Armand Robinson, a wide receiver from Miami;
Adam Mims, a wide receiver from Furman;
Colin Miller, a center from Central Michigan;
Trevis Turner, an offensive tackle from Abilene Christian;
Brent Greenwood, a safety from Iowa;
Niles Brinkley, a cornerback from Wisconsin;
Eric Clanton, an outside linebacker from The Citadel;
Mario Harvey, an inside linebacker from Marshall;
Eric Greenwood, a wide receiver from Idaho.

That brings the number to 15. However, NFL teams are permitted 90 person training camp rosters. Behind the Steel Curtain is reporting that the Steelers have also come to terms with three more players:

Ty Boyle, a defensive end from North Dakota
Joshua Harrison, an offensive tackle from South Carolina State
Derek Chard, a long snapper from UConn

For those of you keeping score at home, the break down by position goes like this:

Tight Ends: 2
Wide Receivers: 4
Running Back: 1
Offensive Tackles: 2
Centers: 1
Guards: 0

Defensive lineman: 3
Linebackers: 2
Cornerback: 1
Safety: 1
Long Snapper: 1

The high number of wide receivers is attention catching, given that the Steelers have five quality wide outs returning, with Limas Sweed and Tyler Grisham expect to push Antwaan Randle El for a roster spot.

Conversely, the low number of defensive backs also catches the attention, given that both Ike Taylor and William Gay are unrestricted free agents.

Filling out the roster with undrafted rookie free agents is normally a ho-hum affair but, as mentioned on Steel Curtain Rising list week, the Kevin Colbert has a history of plucking gold out of the NFL draft’s scrap heap.

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