Steelers Sign Ricardo Mathews

The Steelers have added some depth to their defensive line, signing Ricardo Mathews to a contract, the team announced today in a press release.Ricardo Mathews

Matthews, 28, joined the Colts as a seventh-round pick in 2010, and primarily served as a backup during his four years in Indianapolis. During the past two seasons, Matthews has started nine games for the Chargers, picking up a total of 43 tackles and 2.5 sacks in his two years with the club.

Although he earned a career-high seven starts for San Diego in 2015, Pro Football Focus viewed Mathews as one of the NFL’s least effective defensive linemen in 2015, ranking him 121st out of 123 qualified interior defenders.

Mathews is unlikely to play a significant role up front for the Steelers, but he could be a valuable depth piece for a club that lost Steve McLendon in free agency and no longer has Cam Thomas under contract. The fact that Mathews is making the transition from another 3-4 defense is also a positive sign for Pittsburgh.

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  1. wishesgrantd

    Hopefully not Cam Thomas 2.0. He was also one of the least effective DL by PFF and came from San Diego.

    • connfyoozed

      Hopefully not. Although he had a poor 2015, I remember reading that he had a good 2014, when he was signed off the street and wasn’t expected to last more than a couple of games.

  2. boltergeist19

    Actually he is better then cam the sham. I had no idea why PS signed him from us. He was horrible. At least Mathews has a little hustle in passing situations and that’s it but he can get to the QB.

  3. boltergeist19

    Looks like this could be Charles’ last year in KC but he will get signed somewhere. Two surgeries on knees for a RB. It is Charles so it could be atypical.

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