It has been a busy three days for Pittsburgh Steelers’ general manager Kevin Colbert, as he has freed up enough salary cap space to keep several of his own free agents.
In addition to signing backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, Colbert was able to in the likes of: Larry Foote, Ramon Foster, Plaxico Burress and David Johnson to new deals.
The latest addition to the 2013 squad is long-snapper Greg Warren who was re-signed to a one-year deal. Financial terms to the deal were not immediately disclosed, although it is believed to be for the veteran’s minimum.
Warren has spent his entire career with the Steelers since originally signing with the team as an undrafted rookie free agent out of the University of North Carolina in 2005. He has served as the team’s long-snapper in 117 regular-season games and nine postseason contests and has played in 48 consecutive regular-season games.
Having a long-snapper that you don’t have to worry about is a big deal and very few do it as good as Warren, although he had a few rare miscues last season including a bad snap on a Shaun Suisham 24-yard field goal attempt against the Cincinnati Bengals, which ultimately turned out to be a play that cost the Steelers a game they needed.
Usually when fans don’t know who the long-snapper is or hear his name during games, that means you have a good one.
Taking away a couple miscues last season, Warren is still a very reliable snapper and for the minimum it made perfect sense to bring him back for the short-term.
Check back often to City of Champions Sports as we will have continual updates of all of the wheelings and dealings of Steelers free agency.