Steelers add Terence Garvin to off-season roster; release two others

Justin K. Aller

When the news broke about the signing of Whimper, the team had also made three other roster moves which went overlooked - lost in the very small shadow of a very large man.

All name jokes aside, Monday's signing of Guy Whimper by the Pittsburgh Steelers didn't exactly go off with a bang. However, Whimper wasn't the only roster move to take place yesterday without much thoroughfare.

The team also added undrafted rookie free-agent Terence Garvin, who played outside linebacker and strong safety at West Virginia University. At the time of his signing, Bob Labriola, of the team's official website, acknowledged Garvin as a linebacker; although at 6-2, 225 pounds, he would lack the size typically associated with Steelers linebackers.

On the other hand, he would be an intriguing, though slightly slow, addition to the backup safety competition. At his pro-day, he recorded an official 40-time of 4.7, with a low of 4.59. Speed isn't everything in the NFL - nor is size - but neither hurt. If he is unable to find room in a crowded linebacker group, perhaps by taking his linebacker mentality to the safety position, he could find an aggressive edge over incumbents Da'Mon Cromartie-Smith or Robert Golden.

To make room for Garvin and Whimper, Pittsburgh purged two undrafted rookies from their off-season roster. The team released center prospect Ivory Wade from Baylor, and massive defensive tackle Anthony Rashad White. Wade's release narrows the backup center competition down to John Malecki and Joe Madsen at the moment. White's exit reduces the competition against Alameda Ta'amu and Hebron Fangupo for jobs at nose tackle behind Steve McLendon.

Garvin has plenty of competition ahead of him at both linebacker and safety. His odds of making the roster are thinner than slim, but the same could have been said about fellow Mountaineer Will Johnson last year. Garvin will have every chance to prove himself.

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