On Monday, I called the Steelers 2008 second-round pick Lights Out Limas because it was only a matter of time before the team pulled the plug on that three-year misadventure. And Wednesday it was official: the Steelers released wide receiver Limas Sweed and signed defensive backs Kevin Dockery and Macho Harris (to make room on the roster TE Eugene Bright was also cut).
Sweed leaves Pittsburgh with seven receptions for 69 yards, fans are left with memories of two dropped touchdowns that served as a microcosm of his time with the Steelers. Sweed’s fate seemed pretty much certain after Thursday’s preseason game against the Redskins. He was seen warming up on the field prior to kickoff and then didn’t play a single snap. I asked Gretz on Monday’s podcast how long he thought the Steelers would keep Sweed around. He guessed the first wave of cuts. Turns out, that was too optimistic.
No idea what happens now for him (by all accounts, he’s a swell dude), but if Aaron Maybin can get a second chance, so can Limas. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Ravens try to sign him. They’re clearly infatuated with big, down-the-field threats and Limas, in theory, is just that.
In related news: we should be happy that the team bolstered the secondary even if it means just adding warm bodies. Hey, it’s a start.
As for Limas: Vaya con dios, sir. We hardly knew ya.