Whimper signs with Steelers
The Steelers brought back another backup offensive lineman by re-signing Guy Whimper to a one-year contract Monday.
Whimper, who played in seven games in his first season in Pittsburgh in 2013, is the second backup lineman to re-sign with the Steelers since the free agent signing period began last week.
Cody Wallace, who filled in at center during the final four games of last season, signed a three-year contract last week.
The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Whimper played 270 snaps last season, most of them in three games against the Ravens (48), Patriots (76) and Lions (79). He played start to finish in the Patriots and Lions games. Appearing in 11 games, he played at every offensive line position except center.
Whimper, a fourth-round pick by the New York Giants in 2006, will be entering his eighth NFL season. He made 21 starts, mostly at tackle, for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011 and 2012 before signing with the Steelers last year to provide offensive line depth.
The Steelers apparently won't bring back — at least for now — backup lineman Fernando Velasco, who made 11 starts at center following center Maurkice Pouncey's season-ending knee injury in the season opener. Velasco is continuing to heal from an Achilles' tendon injury that sidelined him for the final month of the season.
Velasco, Wallace and Whimper were the only three Steelers offensive linemen who were unrestricted free agents.
Running back James Starks (Packers) and wide receiver Lance Moore (Saints) are scheduled to visit the Steelers on Tuesday.
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments â either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.