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Free Agents Signed By Steelers GM Kevin Colbert Usually Make Final 53 Man Roster

The Pittsburgh Steelers were very busy this offseason when it came to signing free agents as eight have already been added. Three of those eight players added are considered street free agents as they were released outright by their previous teams earlier in the offseason.

How many of these eight players will fail to ultimately make the 53 man roster out of training camp this year? If you were to look at the free agent signings made by Kevin Colbert dating back to 2000, you should probably guess, zero.

During his first 14 years in Pittsburgh, Colbert has added 41 primary free agents during the offseasons. Of those 41 players, only running back Kevan Barlow failed to make the final 53 man roster after being signed.

Darrius Heyward-Bey, Brice McCain, Arthur Moats and Adam Podlesh all cost next to nothing to sign this offseason when it comes to the salary cap, so they are the ones that would figure to be the easiest to cut. I think we can safely pencil in McCain and Moats as locks, so that leaves Heyward-Bey and Podlesh as the only two legitimate candidates to join Barlow on the list.

Are you willing to bet against either of them?

Steelers Fee Agents Signed 2000-2013

PLAYER YEAR STATUS 53 Y/N
Brent Alexander 2000 FA YES
Chris Sullivan 2000 URFA YES
Kent Graham 2000 URFA YES
Kimo von Oelhoffen 2000 URFA YES
Rich Tylski 2000 URFA YES
Jeff Hartings 2001 URFA YES
Mike Jones 2001 URFA YES
Mike Logan 2001 URFA YES
Tommy Maddox 2001 FA YES
Charlie Batch 2002 FA YES
James Farrior 2002 URFA YES
Todd Peterson 2002 URFA YES
Clint Kriewaldt 2003 URFA YES
Jay Riemersma 2003 FA YES
Todd Fordham 2003 URFA YES
Chris Gardocki 2004 URFA YES
Duce Staley 2004 URFA YES
Travis Kirschke 2004 URFA YES
Willie Williams 2004 URFA YES
Cedrick Wilson 2005 URFA YES
Rodney Bailey 2006 URFA YES
Ryan Clark 2006 URFA YES
Kevan Barlow 2007 FA NO
Nick Eason 2007 URFA YES
Sean Mahan 2007 URFA YES
Justin Hartwig 2008 FA YES
Keyaron Fox 2008 URFA YES
Mewelde Moore 2008 URFA YES
Keiwan Ratliff 2009 URFA YES
Shaun McDonald 2009 URFA YES
Antwaan Randle El 2010 FA YES
Arnaz Battle 2010 URFA YES
Jonathan Scott 2010 URFA YES
Larry Foote 2010 URFA YES
Will Allen 2010 URFA YES
Jerricho Cotchery 2011 FA YES
Leonard Pope 2012 URFA YES
Bruce Gradkowski 2013 URFA YES
LaRod Stephens-Howling 2013 URFA YES
Matt Spaeth 2013 FA YES
William Gay 2013 FA YES
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