And So Ends the Limas Era

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.

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  • Anonymous

    That’s “vaya con dios”

    • http://www.steelerslounge.com/ ryan

      Gracias. Fixed.

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  • Anonymous

    I’ll remember the block.

    • http://www.steelerslounge.com/ ryan

      Good call. That was a hellacious block ( on Corey Ivy, I believe). 

  • Rob D

    It’s unfortunate…he seems like a good person but if there was a ghost of a chance that he could turn it around, there’s no way the Steelers let a guy  with his size/height/speed get away. Or at least that’s what I keep telling myself. If the light goes on for him somewhere else, I am not going to enjoy watching the highlight reel of him going all Santonio Holmes on us and getting player of the week honors with regularity..lol

    Intropy..that was one heck of a block…

  • ecks

    i am sad

  • Randy Steele

    I’m just hoping the Steelers haven’t “Alonzo-ed” yet another second round pick, Marcus Gilbert. He sure sounds as if he’s been a dud in camp.

    • Hutch

      It’s going to be infinitely easier for a developmental OT to continue to make the roster and be given chances than for an OLB (Bruce Davis) or WR (Sweed). The talented depth is there at both WR and OLB, but not at OT. If you don’t have Harrison and Woodley you might give Davis another year. If you don’t have Wallace, Sanders, and Brown (as well as Hines), you probably decide to keep Limas around just to try and squeeze anything out of him. They’ll let an OT develop on the roster for years without expecting much in return. 

      Just look at how long Tony HIlls has been given despite the fact he was a 4th rounder who barely ever made an active roster.

  • Randy Steele

    I’m just hoping the Steelers haven’t “Alonzo-ed” yet another second round pick, Marcus Gilbert. He sure sounds as if he’s been a dud in camp.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UR6KXGPFIFYZSVJNCXCJNHDQJQ Bob Costas

    The Steelers waived Sweed as injured.  So if no team claims him he will end up on the Steelers injured reserve.