Steelers Sign Clifton Geathers to “Replace” Brett Keisel — And One Blogger HATES that He was Right

One of the joys of blogging is gloating when you predict something ahead of time and do it before the professional press or fellow bloggers.

  • Then there are times when you positively hate to be right.

This is one of them.

When the Steelers placed Brett Keisel on injured reserve, they also signed Clifton Geathers, a NFL street free agent who most recently was employed this season by the Washington Redskins.

The Cleveland Browns drafted Gathers in the 6th round of the 2010 NFL draft, but he never caught on at the Mistake by the Lake. He has seen time with Dallas, Miami, Indianapolis, and Philadelphia (where he made his only start) before playing six games for the Redskins this season.

To fill Keisel’s shoes the Steelers were forced to look to the NFL street free agent pool because their practice squad has been pillaged of young defensive line talent. Pittsburgh West, aka the Arizona Cardinals poached Josh Mauro in early November, and the Chiefs poached Nick Williams just last week.

When the news broke, Steel Curtain Rising observed that while the moves were unlikely to have immediate impact, they were depriving the Steelers of future defensive line depth.

  • The future has arrived about 7 months early on the South Side.

Instead of grooming a young lineman, the Steelers instead are turning to journeyman with 37 pro appearances, 1 start, 23 tackles and a single sack.

Meanwhile, Josh Mauro has only appeared in two games, but has 4 tackles credited to him and a pass defensed….

…Yeah, sometimes it bites to be right.

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