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Steelers try, unsuccessfully, to bring back Thaddeus Gibson


The Steelers picked linebacker Thaddeus Gibson in the fourth round of the 2010 draft.  During his rookie season, Gibson was cut by the Steelers.

He landed with the 49ers, appearing in two games.  And he was recently waived by the Niners.

Of all teams, the Steelers put in a claim for him.

PFT has confirmed that the Steelers, Bears, and Redskins made claims for Gibson.  (The transaction, as best we can tell, was first reported by  Since the Redskins had the worst 2010 record of the three teams, the Redskins secured his contract.

Given that the Steelers played in the Super Bowl, they have waiver priority over only one team — the Packers.

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23 Responses to “Steelers try, unsuccessfully, to bring back Thaddeus Gibson”
  1. madd5555likesthedudes says: Aug 17, 2011 11:17 PM

    New Headline:

    Redskins beat out Steelers twice in one week.

  2. johnsim says: Aug 17, 2011 11:34 PM

    The Steelers’ release of Mr. Gibson was no indication of marginal talent or poor play.
    They cut him mid-season last year only to leave a roster space open for an injured Aaron Smith in the hopes that he’d return in time for the playoffs. This move affirmed rumors that many in the organization really regretted this decision.
    Redskins may have found a gem here.

  3. paulieorkid says: Aug 17, 2011 11:55 PM

    The NFL waivers system is designed to reward losers for failure — much like how the Democrats structure tax incentives and governmental transfer programs.

  4. mattyc says: Aug 18, 2011 12:01 AM

    Gibson, like Gholston, is NOT a good 34 fit. Gibson will be a steal when he is playing Will LB for a 43 scheme.

  5. johnny1979 says: Aug 18, 2011 12:03 AM

    Republicans and Tea Party people suck!

    Democrats in 2012!!!

  6. chizzle20 says: Aug 18, 2011 12:17 AM


  7. MichaelEdits says: Aug 18, 2011 12:32 AM

    The Redskins got him? He might have to retire.

  8. discosucs2005 says: Aug 18, 2011 12:45 AM


    While the part about Aaron Smith needing a roster spot is accurate, I think saying that Gibson may be a “gem” is a little extreme. I mean you’re not wrong in the “anything is possible” sense, but I watched him play with the 49ers, and he did absolutely nothing on a team where it would be easy to standout. The Steelers picked him to cut to make room for Smith for a reason, and the 49ers waived him for the same reason, so far, he hasn’t been that good.

  9. theduuuuuuuuuude says: Aug 18, 2011 12:54 AM

    @ paulieorkid

    Hey smart guy, this is a message board about the NFL. Keep your politics to yourself because no one wants to hear it. Keep about football or go somewhere else.

  10. londonbengal says: Aug 18, 2011 4:30 AM

    @ ‘paulieorkid’ says

    ‘ The NFL waiver system is designed to reward losers for failure………. ‘

    Nonsense, the entire NFL is based on the notion of balance and parity, giving all NFL fans more of the close tight games we all love.

    Its designed to stop rich owners like Daniel Levy @ the Redskins dominating the NFL with their cheque books …………oh wait………

  11. pdmjr says: Aug 18, 2011 7:56 AM

    The Steelers are loaded at LB, but Gibson knows the system and he is indeed an ouside LB in a 3/4.

    Lebeau wouldn’t have drafted him if he didnt think he could play in his system. OSU uses a similar system

  12. boyshole25 says: Aug 18, 2011 8:21 AM

    who the hell is daniel levy?

  13. ottomanismydog says: Aug 18, 2011 9:03 AM


    Wrong dude – the Steelers made a mistake and the know it. He may not of done anything for the 49ers but what Pittsburgh gets out of players defensively is a little different than other teams: Chad Brown, Joey Porter, Kimo Von Olhofenn, Levon Kirkland, Kendrell Bell and the list continues

  14. paulieorkid says: Aug 18, 2011 9:10 AM

    @ theduuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuud,

    Hey, when the dud takes over my firm — I’ll take my behavioral cues from the dud. But for now, the dud has only established that he/she is crabby and ill-tempered; the telltale signs of sour wretched soul mired in a most miserable existence.


    Who the hell is Daniel Levy?

  15. elschill says: Aug 18, 2011 10:01 AM

    paulieorkid says:
    Aug 17, 2011 11:55 PM
    The NFL waivers system is designed to reward losers for failure — much like how the Democrats structure tax incentives and governmental transfer programs.

    Amen to that (eye roll) I’ve been saying for years that the NFL is a propaganda machine for the liberal elite. The entire system reeks of socialism. Wake up people and look at the facts!
    1.Not only does the waiver system reward failure, the draft system does as well!
    2.The league forces it’s members into an Obamacare system where they have to provide their employees with medical coverage!
    3.the hard-working owners (who are undeniably the sole reason for the current success of the league) are not only forced to share their profits with their lowly employees, they are also forced to share them with their competition!
    4.The Houston Oilers were removed from the league in an attempt to shove the pipe dream of “green energy” down America’s throat!
    The NFL spin doctors CLAIM that this is about leveling the playing field so that small-market teams remain competitive, but we know this is just tax and spend liberalism at it’s worst!

  16. elschill says: Aug 18, 2011 10:04 AM

    And don’t even get me started on the job-killing “salary cap”…

  17. skinsdiehard says: Aug 18, 2011 10:43 AM

    Nice pickup to back up Orakpo and Kerrigan. Could possibly move inside as a successor for Fletcher next year. Good move, Skins.

  18. shotgunformation5wide says: Aug 18, 2011 12:58 PM

    paulieorkid says:
    Aug 17, 2011 11:55 PM
    The NFL waivers system is designed to reward losers for failure — much like how the Democrats structure tax incentives and governmental transfer programs.

    … But the Rooneys, who are staunch republicans, supports and was appointed ambassador to Ireland by Obama!?!? It seems as if the NFL is not without a sense of irony.

  19. wickedpickle says: Aug 18, 2011 2:51 PM

    Why didn’t the ‘Skins claim this guy when Pittsburgh waived him last year? It was evident at that time that Washington needed players for its 3-4 …

  20. londonbengal says: Aug 18, 2011 2:56 PM

    ….sorry for that brain-fart; ….. I meant Dan Snyder………

    (For those of you who follow English Soccer, Dan Levy owns a club over here who blows millions on players with equally poor results).

  21. antibenapalooza says: Aug 18, 2011 7:57 PM

    Who cares, really? All I care about is Pig Ben being taken out for good with a carrier ending injury.

  22. discosucs2005 says: Aug 18, 2011 11:28 PM


    If that’s true than my point is just as valid. If the Steelers were the only ones who could get anything out of him, what good does he do the Redskins?

  23. boyshole25 says: Aug 19, 2011 12:43 AM


    is this site called pro soccer talk? get outta here with that crap

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