Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported this afternoon that former San Diego Chargers defensive end/nose tackle Cam Thomas will visit the Steelers on Friday.
With Al Woods and Ziggy Hood having signed elsewhere and Brett Keisel not under contract, the Steelers are dangerously thin on the defensive line right now.
Thomas comes from North Carolina and has spent his first four years in the NFL with the Chargers. He has been listed as both a nose tackle and a defensive end. The latter of which he saw most of his time at in 2013.
According to @BoogaP from BoltBlitz.com, Thomas has been more of a disappointment in San Diego spending most of his time on a rotational basis at defensive end. Matt Stanley (@boltfanindenver) who writes for BoltBlitz.com said, “He should be alright as a backup but has poor cardio and isn’t as strong as he should be. He flashes at times but it’s rare. I won’t miss him.”
They both mentioned that Thomas is a very good guy off the field and that BoogaP in particular has had some good contact with him. He spent some time helping him sell some ‘Cam Smash’ t-shirts and sweatshirts.
What I like about Thomas is that he played in all 16 games each of the last three seasons. This means durability shouldn’t be an issue for Thomas. Considering the Steelers right now need just need bodies, he might be worth an inexpensive contract. Both of the guys I spoke with said he is better suited to play nose and on a rotational basis only.
At 6’3″ 330 lbs he would fit that mold in Pittsburgh despite being a little taller than what is normal for the Steelers. The Steelers also entertain former Bills’ defensive end Alex Carrington tonight. He only played in three games last season due to a torn muscle.
While the Steelers have positions to fill, they cannot ‘settle’ for the first couple of guys who visit either. We’ll need to trust that the front office will do as we expect and do their ‘due diligence’ on these guys.
Marc Uhlmann writes for and co-owns www.steelcityblitz.com. Follow him on Twitter @steeldad and follow the website at @SCBlitz. He can be heard Mondays on Trib-Live Radio at 730pm ET talking Steelers and is a blogger for ESPN 970 in Pittsburgh.