The Pittsburgh Steelers know what they are doing.
I keep having to tell myself this time and time again when I question the team’s motives and/or decisions made throughout the calendar year.
I, like many of you reading this article, was very perturbed to see the team select Colin Holba, long snapper, in the 6th round of the 2017 NFL Draft. I sat at my computer shaking my head saying out loud, “Why in the world would they draft a long snapper...in the sixth round?!”
Well, as I stated at the top of this article, the Steelers know what they are doing.
The team likely had an inkling that veteran long snapper Greg Warren’s health wasn’t necessarily the best, and got an insurance policy. Despite signing a new one-year deal this offseason, the team parted ways with Warren Thursday due to a failed physical.
Steelers release long snapper Greg Warren because of failed physical. One of 3 vets left with 2 rings -- Ben, Harrison the others— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) May 18, 2017
Holba will have big shoes to fill, as he is the likely candidate to take over the long snapping duties in 2017, but the release of Warren goes beyond that. As mentioned by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette, Warren was one of just three players who had two Super Bowl rings to their name. With Warren gone, it leaves just Ben Roethlisberger and James Harrison as the last members of the 2005 Super Bowl XL team.