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Steelers Release Isaac Redman, Promote Kion Wilson


According to Darin Gantt of Pro Football Talk, the Pittsburgh Steelers released running back Isaac Redman earlier today.

The move itself comes as no surprise to me for two important reasons. First, Redman was absolutely dreadful from a productivity standpoint when he was in the lineup this fall (10 carries and 12 yards) and was passed on the depth chart by Le’Veon Bell, Felix Jones, and Jonathan Dwyer.

In addition to Redman’s struggles on the field, his admission that he supposedly “lied” while he was being evaluated for a concussion  to get back into Pittsburgh’s game against Cincinnati earlier this year probably did not endear him to those within the organization either.

With a roster spot open, Pittsburgh re-signed Kion Wilson back to provide depth at inside linebacker and help on the special teams coverage units. Although Vince Williams has all but locked up the starting “buck” linebacker spot, Pittsburgh needs all the insurance that they can get at inside linebacker with Larry Foote and Sean Spence sidelined.

I will be interested to see who the Steelers try to sign to their practice squad now that a spot is open, and I hope that they are taking another strong look at Alan Baxter to provide some depth at outside linebacker.




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  • bk

    I would still like to see them at least try to trade either Cotchery or Sanders for a draft pick..let’s face it, even with them winning the last 2, the playoff’s are a long shot, winning the SB is not going to happen..SO, in my opinion, if you cant win the SB, do what you can to have a shot next year… trade both of these wr’s if you can, maybe get a couple 3rds for them.. My worst fear is that the Steelers are going to end up 7-9 and in the middle of the first round again where the stud OT’s will be long gone and no ammo to trade up for one of them.

    • Dom DiTolla

      The thing is though, the trade market for both is probably slim to none since both will be UFAs when the season ends. They’ll likely get a 3rd round pick for Sanders as a comp. and probably a 6th for Cotchery. Not sure the market will be as high right now for both pass-catchers, but I agree that it might be wise to move both to build for the future since they certainly won’t be able to afford Sanders once he hits the open market.

  • Milliken Steeler

    I wish Redman well and I think some people can’t get the Giants game out of their minds where Redman ran through HUGE holes and had a good game.

    If you watch Redman versus Dwyer though the difference in talent is obvious. One looks like he can be a quality running back and the other one is. I disagreed with the initial cutting of Dwyer because I felt it was personal between the Coach and Dwyer and not business. Dwyer ripped off the longest run by far last year (I think 80 yards) and this year despite very limited carries, I believe his 25 yard run is the longest run from scrimmage by our backs again.

    He is a good compliment to Bell, he has came into this year in shape and with a sprinkling of Jones ( He’ll get hurt if you play him to much) and continued improvement from our line; we might be onto something here.

    • Dom DiTolla

      Agreed. As I discussed with Craig earlier, behind Bell the “bell cow,” Jones is a solid guy to have for five to seven touches per game. In addition, he can add some extra speed, is reliable enough to protect the football, and makes heady plays. Dwyer is good for short-yardage situations and some work on the coverage units on special teams.

      I know I believe that those three are a good combination for the Steelers to have right now.