Steelers cut RB Isaac Redman, activate LB Kion Wilson off practice squad
Redman had been on the Steelers’ inactive list for the past three games, and with rookie Le’Veon Bell proving himself capable of carrying the load, the team was finally willing to let go of some of its depth in the offensive backfield.
The 28-year-old Redman was the Steelers’ highest paid running back after signing a $1.3 million restricted tender with the team in the offseason. Redman appeared in three games this season, including rushing for 12 yards on 10 carries and making four receptions for 14 yards as the Steelers’ starting running back during Week 1 in relief of an injured Bell. But, over the next two games Redman struggled to stay healthy as he was reduced to a reserve role after falling behind rookie Le’Veon Bell as well as veterans Felix Jones and Jonathan Dwyer on the depth chart.
However, Redman thrived at time during his first five seasons in the league with the Steelers. Redman ran for 121 yards on 17 attempts during the 2011 AFC Wild Card loss at Denver and finished second on the team with 410 yards during the 2012 regular season – including gaining career-high 147-yards in a Week 9 win over the New York Giants. Overall, Redman appeared in 50 regular season games and four playoffs contests for the Steelers. He complied 1,148 rushing yards and five touchdowns during his NFL career to this point.
The 6-foot-0, 230-pound Wilson initially made the team as a veteran free- agent in training camp and appeared in four for the Steelers, including starting at inside linebacker against the Cincinnati Bengals and Chicago Bears earlier this season. Wilson was cut by the Steelers on October 9 to make room for linebacker Stevenson Sylvester – who had been previously cut by the club in the preseason – but the third-year pro was re-signed later to the team’s practice squad.
Prior to this season, Wilson also played five games for the Carolina Panthers in 2011, and appeared in three games for the San Diego Chargers during 2010 after the team originally signed him as an undrafted rookie out of South Florida the same year.