The Pittsburgh Steelers have been rather busy this offseason, but not in the sense of big headlines busy. As always the Steelers kept quiet in free agency and have not went after any of the big names besides the late offer on Rams’ offensive tackle Jake Long and the interest they had in Ravens’ outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil. Plus if you want to add Ahmad Bradshaw. None of which the Steelers have signed as of yet (Bradshaw still a possibility). Other than that, the Steelers have been rather quiet on the front of signing eye-popping new free agents.
Today was no different as the Steelers hosted visits with offensive lineman Antoine Caldwell and linebacker Tavares Gooden, two low profile names. On top of LaRod Stephens-Howling, which Matt Leode reported earlier today on Steelers Gab.
Like Stephens-Howling, Tavares Gooden would bring help to the special teams. Gooden, 28, was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the third round of 2008. Gooden played his first three season with Baltimore, before signing with the San Francisco 49ers in 2011. In 2009, Gooden started 12 games while racking up 47 of his 90 career tackles.
Antoine Caldwell has been in the league since 2009 (Houston Texans), and can play either guard or center. He has more experience at right guard over any other position. The Steelers do need help on the interior of the offensive line. NFL.com has Caldwell listed as a center. He has played in 39 games, 19 of those being starts.