Steelers offensive line beefs up with Whimper

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The Steelers added veteran depth to their offensive line when they signed offensive tackle Guy Whimper to a contract Monday.

They also signed rookie linebacker Terence Garvin of West Virginia.

Whimper played three years for the New York Giants, who drafted him in the fourth round from East Carolina in 2006, and the past three for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He started 22 games for the Jaguars at both right and left tackle after serving in a backup role with the Giants.

By signing Whimper, the Steelers likely are indicating that they are moving on without Max Starks, an unrestricted free agent who has yet to sign with any team. With Whimper, they will have experienced backups to their young tackles, including second-year pro Kelvin Beachum, who looks to be their swing backup guard/tackle unless he wins a starting job. The projected starting tackles are Marcus Gilbert and Mike Adams.

Garvin, who was not drafted, attended the Steelers rookie minicamp last weekend on a tryout basis. He had 235 tackles, 10.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and three interceptions for WVU.

The Steelers released two rookies to make room on their 90-man roster, center Ivory Wade and defensive tackle Anthony Rashad White.

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For more on the Steelers, read the blog, Ed Bouchette on the Steelers at www.post-gazette.com/plus. Ed Bouchette: ebouchette@post-gazette.com and Twitter: @EdBouchette


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