The Steelers claimed offensive tackle Jake Rodgers off waivers Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports. Houston waived him Tuesday.
Rodgers, 25, signed with the Texans’ practice squad on December 21. Houston signed him to a reserve/futures contract after the season.
He has never played in a regular-season game.
Rather than trading back and then reaching for a QB in the first round (if it hadn’t been Carr, it would have been the meek-armed Teddy Bridgewater or—gulp—Johnny Manziel) McKenzie let things shake out and took the last one standing.
It’d be interesting to find out what McKenzie would have done if he thought Carr would not be available at 36; no other QB came off the board until 62 (Carr’s fellow Bay Area franchise guy, Jimmy Garoppolo).
But now we’ve drifted into that fruitless woulda/coulda/shoulda territory—probably because there was nothing to say after this blurb’s first sentence: A Defensive Player of the Year, a franchise QB, a Pro Bowl caliber guard, a fan-favorite nose tackle and some decent depth at cornerback.
With 53% of the vote, Gonzalez beat out Ohio State Rep. Christina Hagan and physician Michael Grusenmeyer in the Republican race to replace Rep. Jim Renacci, who isn’t seeking re-election.
The 33-year-old Gonzalez, who began his bid to run for Congress just nine months ago, received support from his former teammate Peyton Manning and Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam.
Our goal has been to authentically represent our shared values while articulating our vision for the future of Northeast Ohio and our great country, Gonzalez wrote in a statement posted to social media following his win. “As we look forward to the November election and a new challenge, we will continue to double down on this same strategy.”
Gonzalez had his NFL career cut short due to knee injuries. In five seasons, he recorded 99 receptions for 1,307 yards and seven touchdowns.
Louis as part of the Robert Griffin III trade from two years earlier.