Steelers RB Isaac Redman signs RFA tender
The league deadline for restricted free agents to receive offer sheets from other teams closes on Friday.
Heading into the 2013 offseason, the Pittsburgh Steelers had listed five restricted free agents – wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, running back Jonathan Dwyer, linebacker Stevenson Sylvester, defensive linesman Steve McLendon and lastly Isaac Redman. All players but Stevenson Sylvester were offered a tender to return with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the 2013 season.
However, the Pittsburgh Steelers still managed to retain all five players.
In bringing back Emmanuel Sanders, the Pittsburgh Steelers faced more trouble than they initially bargained for after Sanders signed the New England Patriots’ offer sheet, and the Steelers delayed a decision on his future with the team till final moments. On Wednesday, Steve McLendon’s future was on the spot as he visited the Green Bay Packers and many questioned if the Pittsburgh Steelers’ tight cap space situation will allow them to match another offer sheet. But the Pittsburgh Steelers took initiative signing Steve Lendon to a three-year contract today.
As for Stevenson Sylvester, the Pittsburgh Steelers re-signed him as an unrestricted free agent to a deal considered far less in amount than the offer they’d otherwise have to tender him. Jonathan Dwyer was in far more rush, signing tender deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers several weeks ago.
Isaac Redman had delayed signing the tender deal to this point in free agency to gauge other team’s interest in him. But after remaining low on the radar for far too long, Isaac Redman opted to sign the one-year restricted free agent tender with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Coming undrafted out of Bowie State in 2009, Isaac Redman has appeared in 47 games since signing as a free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Last season, Isaac Redman played 14 games with five starts for the Pittsburgh Steelers, as he rushed 110 times for 410 yards and two touchdowns, while also catching 19 passes for 244 yards in the air.
Isaac Redman will likely compete with Jonathan Dwyer for the starting job during training camp, if the Pittsburgh Steelers do not sign a top running back in next week’s NFL draft.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Baron Batch is also set to return for the 2013 season after signing his exclusive rights tender.