Monday, March 17, 2014
Steelers re-sign OL Guy Whimper
By Scott Brown
PITTSBURGH -- The Steelers added more depth to their offensive line on Monday when they announced they have re-signed Guy Whimper to a one-year contract.
The nine-year veteran played in 11 games last season and started one game each at left and right guard. The 6-5, 315-pound Whimper also saw extensive action in two games at right tackle while filling in for the injured Marcus Gilbert.
Whimper is the second offensive lineman that the Steelers have re-signed as Cody Wallace agreed to a three-year, $3.48 million contract last week.
Depth is an issue at several positions right now but offensive line is not among them.
All five starters will return in 2014 assuming Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey is able to work his way back from the torn ACL that he sustained in the 2013 season opener.
Mike Adams, Whimper and Wallace are also on the roster, and all have starting experience and can provide depth.
Fernando Velasco, who started 11 games last season at center before rupturing his Achilles tendon, remains unsigned. But he could be the odd man out with the signings the Steelers have made and especially the return of Wallace.
Velasco’s injury provided an opening for Wallace and the latter held his own while starting the final four games at center.