Steelers sign offensive tackle Guy Whimper

AP

The Steelers have struck a deal with ex-Jaguars offensive tackle Guy Whimper, the team said Monday.

Whimper, who turns 30 later this month, provides depth behind Mike Adams and Marcus Gilbert, who are expected to start at tackle. Whimper (6-5, 302) has made 19 starts at right tackle in the last two seasons; should he make the Steelers’ roster, he could be the first tackle off the bench.

It’s unclear how the Steelers will line up at the tackle spots in 2013, but Whimper is ideally a right tackle and would only likely get a look on the left side if Pittsburgh were in a pinch.

Max Starks, who was Pittsburgh’s starting left tackle in 2012, remains unsigned. He could appeal to another looking for a short-term option on the left side, and it’s conceivable the Steelers could again call upon him if injuries were to strike. PFT added Starks to its “All-Unemployed Team” on Sunday.

The Steelers also announced the signing of undrafted rookie linebacker Terence Garvin, who tried for the team this weekend. With Garvin and Whimper joining the roster, the Steelers waived defensive tackle Anthony Rashad White and center Ivory Wade. White and Wade were undrafted free agents.

34 responses to “Steelers sign offensive tackle Guy Whimper

  1. This gentleman’s name just screams “hopeless.” On name alone, re-signing Max Starks sounds like a better alternative.

  2. There must be something about Starks that we the fans do not see. On the field he seems adequate, at worst. Cannot imagine a Jags cast-off would be better than him.

  3. Not sure there is a worse franchise for a guy with this name. Perhaps he’d be better off as a Washington Redtail, land of the weak and home of the soft.

  4. What’s up with the Steelers? They get rid of all Ben’s receivers, then they get rid of his OC and make him learn a new offense, then they let Wallace walk with no compensation, now they shun his buddy and blind-side protector. They sure seem to be trying to tick off their franchise qb – what’s up with that?

  5. I’m sure he’s a nice enough fellow, but to describe his time as an offensive lineman with the Jaguars as disastrous would be giving a bad name to hard-working disasters.

  6. Not sure there is a worse franchise for a guy with this name. Perhaps he’d be better off as a Washington Redtail, land of the weak and home of the soft.

    And home of IRG3, the human wheelchair man

  7. Word is Starks wanted more than Steelers willing to offer, and his weight, had gone off the charts again, during the off season. Whimper is training camp, back up material, been in the league for 7 yrs. must do something right

  8. tokyosandblaster says:

    Probably the most appropriate signing of the year, going by name. Steelers, Whimper…

    Van Rotten from GB.

  9. They must be doing upgrades at Heinz Field which require a turnstile. They can’t seriously be considering putting him on the field.

  10. The best organization in Football did their research, so I give them the benefit of the doubt. There was probably a financial incentive, but there always is when working with a salary cap. The Steelers are switching to a new blocking scheme, and I’m also assuming he will work out better in terms of versatility. If the money was available, the best option would have been Winston, but they never brought him in, due to the cost factors. Regardless, the Steelers will continue to roll.

  11. @cuda1234
    the steelers got rid of all of the receivers? you mean one? and why would the steelers keep mike Wallace when he obviously didn’t want to be there? and he was obviously sooo valuable when he dropped all of those passes… and might I add, an important dropped pass on 3rd down in the Super Bowl two years ago that could have been a game changer. obviously it was in the best interest of the team and they still have their most important and most valuable weapons.. I’m glad they didn’t waste time and cap space on people who didn’t want or deserve to be there.

  12. All u guys insulting his name, really brave of u, doing it, in your parents basement, on the keyboard, 6 ft 5inches, 315 lbs, u would crap your pants, if he came up to you.

  13. Starks started all 16 games last season and gave up only 3-4 sacks..I truly dont get why they treat him like a step child. He basically saved that horrible Injury prone O-Line by his self in 2011..another year when he was sent packing then resignd. Who the hell is this Whimpy Guy??

  14. Funny how haters claim the Steelers are irrelavent but a non story about a journeyman tackle brought in for depth has 25 comments in 2 hours.

  15. It’s just plain mystifying as to why the Steelers are so persistent in getting rid of Max Starks. Wish we had an actual sports media in Pittsburgh, a sports media not afraid to ask the tough questions about all the mystifying moves the Steelers have made this offseason: No offer made to Keenan Lewis, the James Harrison fiasco and this, the organization’s continued shabby treatment of Max Starks…
    It gets a little annoying hearing and seeing all the speculations from within a sports media who are paid to, you know, FIND OUT THE FACTS.

  16. It’s funny to see you guys bash this signing but this dude has been blocked for MJD so he must have some ability. Just cuz he played on a bad team doesn’t mean all the players are bad.

  17. We take a DE from the 13-3 Broncos. You get a tackle from the 2-14 Jaguars. This is why we are the champions.

  18. Additional depth at tackle is all well and good; however, I can’t help but to echo the sentiment of just how under appreciated Max Starks is.

    *We* appreciate you, @maxstarks78.

  19. Does anyone remember Myron’s reaction to the Steelers drafting a LB with the first name of Robin? MC went nuts over his NAME and Robin Cole showed us that it’s just the name that counts.

  20. I think this guy is just training camp/back up material. Hopefully Starks will still be available in a month or so. Starks is a decent player and we could def use an experienced back up. I’m still iffy on Gilbert or Adams as the starting LT.

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