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Roster Recap: Offseason additions

Posted Feb 13, 2017

The Steelers added several players to the offseason roster.

The Steelers roster continues to undergo some changes as the offseason is underway, with two new additions to it this week.

The team added defensive linemen Lavon Hooks and Roy Philon, two players who were with the team during the 2016 offseason.

Hooks was signed last February and was with the team through training camp, but waived on the final roster cut. He wasn’t on a team’s roster during the 2016 season. He was with the Green Bay Packers in training camp in 2015, but was released prior to the start of the season.

Philon signed with the Steelers last offseason as well, but was waived in training camp and wasn’t picked up by another team. He was with the Steelers in training camp in 2014 and played in four preseason games. He has also spent time with the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions.

The other moves the Steelers have made this offseason include signing Greg Warren to a one-year contract before he became a free agent on March 9. The team also released cornerback Justin Gilbert, who they acquired via trade from the Cleveland Browns last year.

The team also signed 13 players to reserve/future contracts at the end of the season. Those players are now all on the active roster, as the reserve/future designation expired after the Super Bowl.  

Here is a rundown of everyone who was signed after the season ended: 

Cornerback Brandon Dixon: Was on the Steelers practice squad in 2016.

Linebacker Greg Ducre: Spent time with the San Diego Chargers and Washington Redskins on practice squad and active roster in 2014 and 2015. Also spent time with the BC Lions in the Canadian Football League.

Running back Brandon Brown-Dukes: Was on the Steelers practice squad in 2016.

Offensive lineman Matt Feiler: Was on the Steelers practice squad in 2016.

Safety Jacob Hagen: Was on the Steelers practice squad in 2016.

Cornerback Mike Hilton: Was on the Steelers practice squad in 2016.

Defensive lineman Lavon Hooks: Was with the Steelers during the 2016 offseason.

Linebacker Farrington Huguenin: Signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2016, but was waived/injured before the start of the season.

Running back Gus Johnson: Was on the Steelers practice squad in 2016.

Offensive lineman Keavon Milton: Was on the Steelers practice squad in 2016.

Defensive lineman Roy Philon: Was with the Steelers during the 2016 offseason.

Running back Dreamius Smith: Was on the Steelers practice squad in 2016.

Wide receiver Dez Stewart: Was on the Green Bay Packers practice squad in 2016.

Wide receiver Marcus Tucker: Was on the Steelers practice squad in 2016.

Long snapper Greg Warren: Signed a one-year deal to avoid becoming a free agent.

Running back Karlos Williams: Was on the Steelers practice squad in 2016.