Steelers Sign OLB Ryan Baker, Release LB Brandon Lindsey

PITTSBURGH - APRIL 30: Jason Worilds #97 of the Pittsburgh Steelers gets ready to run a drill during mini camp at the Pittsburgh Steelers Training Facility on April 30, 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

We speculated what seems to be just moments ago (ahem) the possibility of the Steelers' recent run on outside linebackers - signing of Brandon Johnson, workouts of Markell Carter and Ryan Baker - could mean at least some insecurity as to the health of OLBs James Harrison and Jason Worilds. Or it could possibly be a message to Worilds and Chris Carter, two younger reserves.

If nothing else, it means UDFA Pitt product Brandon Lindsey is no longer on the roster.

The Steelers released Lindsey to make room for Baker, an undrafted free agent out of LSU. In what's likely just training camp fodder, these moves are usually made in response to something. It could be as simple as the coaching staff just getting back to work after some time off between the end of minicamp and today. It could be prognosis from the medical staff about an injury to someone.

What we know is that Johnson is a veteran player, though not too long in the tooth, who can contribute on special teams while making a move from inside to outside linebacker. Outside of that, the undrafted Baker has been available for quite some time now. If he was someone the Steelers were interested in initially, why pick him up now after minicamp is over?

Maybe we're digging too much into this because "we" are dog tired from softball last night and have been reading over contracts for the last six hours. Not fun contracts, either.

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