Heading into the 2013 offseason, the Pittsburgh Steelers had a whopping one quarterback under contract (you guessed it, Ben Roethlisberger). Now, they have two.
On Thursday, the Steelers claimed former Atlanta Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback John Parker Wilson off of waivers. They were the only team to put in a claim for the four-year NFL veteran who has yet to see a regular season snap.
Hailing from Alabama, Wilson has spent his first few seasons in the NFL as nothing more than a scout-team arm. After being signed as an undrafted free agent by the Falcons, Wilson spent his three years in Atlanta bouncing on and off of the practice squad. He saw some time in preseason action, but never impressed the coaching staff enough to crack the active roster.
After being cut by the Falcons in August of 2012, the Jaguars signed him to their practice squad in September. At one point, Wilson was promoted to the active roster only to be cut and re-signed to the practice squad a couple of days later.
Now with the Steelers, Wilson is likely nothing more than a camp arm. Pittsburgh is simply taking advantage of the extra roster space. More than likely, Wilson won’t even be around by the time the 2013 preseason arrives.
With veteran quarterback Charlie Batch expected to re-sign soon and the Steelers likely to pick up a young quarterback in April’s 2013 NFL Draft, the need for a name to fill the depth chart won’t last long.
Sooner rather than later, expect Wilson to be right back on the open market and at the end of his NFL career.