Perspective Of An Average Steelers Fan: Where Are The Former Steelers?

Early last season, I took a quick look at the rosters from around the NFL and found 24 former Steelers on active rosters. Teams tucked away three others on practice squads and placed at least four more on injured reserve.

I am not sure what it means, but this year there are only 16 former Steelers on other team’s current 53-man rosters. Four others are on injured reserve lists and two on practice squads outside of Pittsburgh. Teams released some players like Shamarko Thomas during the cutdown to 53-man rosters and do not appear on reserve rosters or practice squads at all.

Once again, the New York Jets are the only team with more than two former Steelers on their active roster. Here are the former Steelers appearing on other team’s rosters so far in 2018 (let me know who I missed):

New York Giants CB B.W. Webb Active
New York Giants DE Josh Mauro Suspend
Philadelphia Eagles WR Mike Wallace Active
Washington Redskins DE Ziggy Hood Active
Chicago Bears DE Nick Williams Active
Detroit Lions RB LeGarrette Blount Active
Minnesota Vikings P Matt Wile Active
Carolina Panthers CB Ross Cockrell IR
Arizona Cardinals C A.Q. Shipley IR
Arizona Cardinals LB Art Moats IR
New England Patriots QB Brian Hoyer Active
New York Jets T Kelvin Beachum Active
New York Jets SS JJ Wilcox Active
New York Jets NT Steve McLendon Active
Cincinnati Bengals K Randy Bullock Active
Cincinnati Bengals CB CJ Goodwin PS
Cleveland Browns OT Chris Hubbard Active
Cleveland Browns TE Pharaoh McKever PS
Houston Texans WR Sammie Coates Active
Indianapolis Colts DT Al Woods Active
Tennessee Titans DE Johnny Maxey IR
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders Active

Here are 17 former Steelers that appeared on rosters last season but are currently not with a team:

POS NAME Last Transaction
P Brad Wing Released by Giants 10 March
DT Corbin Bryant Released by Giants November 2017
LB Chris Carter Redskins placed on IR December 2017
CB Doran Grant Released by Bears 1 September
T Brian Milhalik Released by Lions 1 September
G Chris Scott Released by Giants 1 September
FB John Kuhn Saints placed on IR December 2017
LB Terence Garvin Released by Dolphins 1 September
S Shamarko Thomas Broncos may re-sign 10 September
LB Lawrence Timmons Released by Dolphins 13 March
C Wesley Johnson Released by Lions 1 September
TE Ryan Malleck Steelers placed on IR 4 September
CB Brandon Boykin Signed to American Flag Football League
RB Jordan Todman Released by Texans
WR Cobi Hamilton Waived by Colts 1 September
LB Sean Spence Not signed in 2018
CB Brice McCain Not signed in 2018
LS Colin Holba Released by Jaguars 15 June

Finally, here are seven former Steelers that appeared on Pittsburgh’s 2017 roster but are not currently on another team’s roster.

POS NAME Last Transaction
CB William Gay Released by NY Giants 2 September
S Mike Mitchell Visits Bears 10 September
S Robert Golden Released by Chiefs 16 August
WR Martavis Bryant Released by Raiders 1 September
LB Sean Spence Remains unsigned in 2018
QB Landry Jones Released by Steelers 1 September
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint Visited Colts 2 September not signed

Rosters are fluid once games begin; so, expect these lists to change shape as the season progresses. For example, the Oakland Raiders have brought back Martavis Bryant.

So, even as this is posted we may be seeing changes. (NOTE: Raiders did re-sign Martavis Bryant and Eagles released Markus Wheaton on September 12).

In the 2018 Memorial Day Weekend: Steelers Friday Night Five Questions, I committed to play songs that Steelers Depot respondents had suggested might be the new Steelers anthem if Renegade by Styx was ever replaced. Here is entry 20 of 45 from Reg Sayhitoabadguy Hunt: Radioactive by Imagine Dragons.

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