Just one day after they brought in veteran free agent offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz in for a visit, it is now being reported that the Pittsburgh Steelers also recently bought in veteran Stefen Wisniewski for a talk, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
Wisniewski, who was originally selected in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders out of Penn State, started all 16 games at center last season for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Interior OL Stefen Wisniewski recently visited the #Steelers, source said. Maurkice Pouncey, of course, battled injury all year…
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 25, 2016
For starters, it’s really stunning that Wisniewski has yet to latch on with a new team as of yet. Second, being as his primary position is center, it makes you wonder just how healthy Steelers starting center Maurkice Pouncey is right now after he missed the entire 2015 season with a broken fibula. I should note, however, that Wisniewski can also play both guard positions, so it’s likely the Steelers consider him a depth option for the interior of their offensive line.
Assuming Pouncey will be ready to go by the start of the season, and there’s currently no reason to think that he won’t be, he David DeCastro and Ramon Foster are all slated to be the starters again inside. Backup interior offensive lineman Cody Wallace is also still under contract, but he was the weakest link in the Steelers front five last year at center. On top of that, Wallace isn’t a very good option when it comes to playing either guard spot.
Judging by the context of Rapoport’s tweet, Wisniewski’s visit has already taken place and apparently the two sides could not come to terms.