Brett Keisel had been in contact all summer with the Steelers, who wanted to see what else they had on the defensive line before committing to the soon-to-be 36-year-old veteran.
So they agreed today to a two-year deal with Keisel, who, I'm finding out, didn't come back to be a reserve. He'll likely be a starter at some point, but whether it's in two-and-a-half weeks for the opener is up to his conditioning.
With that roster maneuver out of the way, and with knowledge that they won't have to keep two long-snappers, I finally feel confident enough to present my 53-man roster, with two preseason games to play:
Toughest Cut: Chris Carter. I don't even know what So'oto looks like, but on the field he's bigger than Carter and has made more plays. I went looking for him in the locker room the other day and couldn't find him. I asked another reporter where Mr. So'oto was.
"In the backfield," was the reply.
The Steelers pride themselves on letting the competition speak for itself, and that's why I kept So'oto over Carter, while also cutting a promising linebacker such as Jordan Zumwalt. I do believe Zumwalt is the riskiest cut, in terms of getting him through waivers and back on the practice squad, but if he's claimed by someone else the Steelers could put Dan Molls on the practice squad instead. In fact, here's my ...
PRACTICE SQUAD: Nick Williams DE, Chris Hubbard OG, Howard Jones OLB, Rob Blanchflower TE, Zumwalt ILB, Shaquille Richardson CB, Jordan Dangerfield S, Josh Harris RB, Isaiah Green CB, Landry Jones QB.