Steelers agree to two-year deal with Cam Thomas

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As the Steelers defensive line started to lose steam because of age and free agency, they looked outside for help.

They’ve now found it.

According to a tweet from agent David Canter, Chargers free agent Cam Thomas has agreed to a new two-year deal with the Steelers.

The Steelers lost linemen Al Woods to the Titans and Ziggy Hood to the Jaguars, but needed to restock anyway.

The 330-pound Thomas started 10 games for the Chargers last year, but was benched late in the season. This gives him a clean slate, and the Steelers some much-needed new blood.

33 responses to “Steelers agree to two-year deal with Cam Thomas

  1. He’ll likely get new life with the Steelers. Young, 330 lbs, with great upside…just what the doctor ordered for the Black And Gold! Now they can feel free to move Steve McLendon to the end where he belongs opposite Cameron Heyward.

  2. Always liked Baby Godzilla, he is more of a rotational player and is better suited to play DE in a 3-4 but he can help. Good luck on the Steelers

  3. This is a safe move with a known commodity. He will platoon with either a draft pick or another journeyman pick up.

    Anyone who hates on this low impact signing doesn’t understand the need for depth and purpose. The team can’t go into the draft with zero NTs.

    If this signing draws more than ten posts it shows that people are intrigued by the Steelers than by the impact of this signing.

    A couple more of these will make our draft better

  4. Well, they did and still do have Fangupo at NT, who should be a solid backup to Thomas now…
    You can pretty much count on McLendon moving to LDE opposite Heyward.

  5. I’m trying to craft a joke about him dominating the Ravens O-line, but I’ve hit a block. Do the Ravens have any lineman left on the roster?

  6. Cam Thomas isn’t really a RUN stuffer. He has no anchor. He can provide a decent pass rush, and he’s very strong but that’s it. DE in a 3-4? no way…
    He’s a part time nose tackle, that’s it… and slightly below average at that.

    1st play of 2013, he got an interception! But he has single-handedly lost a game for SD, when he lined up directly on the long snapper on an extra point attempt that turned into a penalty. He’s had several LARGE errors in 2013.

  7. Not accustomed to seeing so much movement by the Steelers during the opening days of free agency. Although I’m sad to see Woodley–and presumably Clark–go, I’m excited about the moves we’re making so far. The team was on an upswing at the end of last season and seems to be continuing in that direction. Can’t wait to see what happens in the draft.

  8. I know absolutely nothing about this guy…

    That being said, I trust they made a good move that follows a plan. There have only been 5 or 6 losing seasons since I’ve been alive (33 years), so obviously they are an organization that knows what they’re doing.

  9. Steelers fans, this is a Chargers fan with some insight on your new acquisition: the Chargers have spent three/four years grooming Thomas to be our NT for the future, having him learn from experienced NTs such as Aubrayo Franklin and Antonio Garay, while he came in on 3rd down pass-rushing situations and he did well in that regard.

    This past season, with Tom Telesco and Mike McCoy coming in to change the culture, Thomas was given the chance to step up and start and he was…awful. He had no stamina to last a full game, he didn’t stop the run (our run defense allowed an average of 4.6 yards per carry a game), he hardly got to the QB and ten games into the season, he lost his starting job to Sean Lissemore, a back-up swing DL we acquired from the Cowboys in exchange for a 2015 6th round draft pick. That in a nutshell is what you signed up for.

    Maybe LeBeau can work his magic and take his game to the next level, but considering we spent three years developing him only to turn in a disappointing season where he lost his starting job, I wouldn’t get my hopes up. Good luck.

  10. I’m a little taken aback by anyone who says they were sad to see the likes of Woodley and Clark go. Along with Wallace and Sanders, it’s pretty clear that Steelers brass saw the need to get rid of the problems in the locker room. For a season and a half, we’ve all been blessed to watch a team that just goes through the motions every Sunday, with these guys leading that charge.
    Good riddance.
    I mean…really good riddance.
    Between free agents and the draft, let’s hope the Steelers draft football players with heart. All of those empty seats at Heinz Field should send a message to the Rooneys: We’re not going to come out for gutlessness.

  11. He’s so exceptional, and such a fantastic investment….that the NGO/DT STARVED Chargers just let him walk….without even offering a contract, after multiple benchings during the season.

  12. All he will be asked to do is hold the line, he’s a athletic kid who will excel in our system.

  13. braxton29 says:
    Mar 14, 2014 9:33 PM
    Steelers fans, this is a Chargers fan with some insight on your new acquisition: the Chargers have spent three/four years grooming Thomas to be our NT for the future, having him learn from experienced NTs such as Aubrayo Franklin and Antonio Garay, while he came in on 3rd down pass-rushing situations and he did well in that regard.

    This past season, with Tom Telesco and Mike McCoy coming in to change the culture, Thomas was given the chance to step up and start and he was…awful. He had no stamina to last a full game, he didn’t stop the run (our run defense allowed an average of 4.6 yards per carry a game), he hardly got to the QB and ten games into the season, he lost his starting job to Sean Lissemore, a back-up swing DL we acquired from the Cowboys in exchange for a 2015 6th round draft pick. That in a nutshell is what you signed up for.

    Maybe LeBeau can work his magic and take his game to the next level, but considering we spent three years developing him only to turn in a disappointing season where he lost his starting job, I wouldn’t get my hopes up. Good luck.
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    Translation: “We lost him, so now he HAS to be a bust. But I don’t want you to know that, so I’ll say a couple good things about him to make myself sound all objective, before I go ahead and trash him. That way you’ll think I’m objective, and I’ll make myself feel a lot better about losing such a young talent.”

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