The Pittsburgh Steelers continued to add to their off season roster by signing four more players to reserve/futures contracts. The players are free safety Jacob Hagen, offensive tackle Brian Mihalik, place kicker Ty Long, and running back Daryl Richardson.
The signing of Ty Long gives the Steelers an unprecedented 3 place kickers on their off season roster with Shaun Suisham coming off of injured reserve and Chris Boswell signed through 2016. When asked about carrying so many kickers, Mike Tomlin simply commented that the Steelers were in a good situation.
Of the quartet of futures contract signees, Daryl Richardson is the most experienced, having been drafted by the then St. Louis Rams in the 7th round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Per Pro Football Reference, Richardson appeared in 24 games over two seasons for the Rams, and rushed for 690 yards and caught 38 passes for 284 yards. He did not score a touchdown for the Rams although he did make a two point conversion.
The Rams cut him after the 2013 season, but Richardson caught on with the New York Jets, although he did not appear in any games from them. He spent time on the practice squads and active rosters of the Houston Texans and Cleveland Browns in 2015, but did not dress for any games.
The Steelers likely signed Daryl Richardson as another training camp body, but he will have a shot to compete with Fitzgerald Toussaint, Jordan Todman, and Mr. John Q. Draft Pick to back up Le’Veon Bell and DeAngelo Williams.
Brian Mihalik played defensive line for for Boston College but was drafted as an offensive tackle by the Phialdelphia Eagles in the 7th round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Mihalik neither made the team nor the practice squad, and while the Steelers are listing him at offensive line, they have been known to switch ex-Eagales to new positions as they did with Alejandro Villanueva.
Jacob Hagen played his college ball at Liberty University where he started all 14 games his senior year and led his team with 108 tackles and 8 interceptions. He was signed to the St. Louis Rams training camp roster as an undrafted rookie free agent, but neither made the team nor the practice squad.
Again, the Steelers are most likely projecting Jacob Hagen as a training camp body, but with Will Allen pushing 34 and Shamarko Thomas showing nothing in 3 years outside of special teams, Hagen will certainly have is opportunity.