The Steelers added another offensive lineman to the active roster Wednesday, signing veteran journeyman Adrian Jones to a one-year deal for what is believed to be the league minimum of $630,000.
Jones, who played his college ball at Kansas, will try to compete for the open tackle position on the Steelers’ offensive line this season.
In the end it's likely that he will provide nothing more than depth if he makes the roster at all at the completion of training camp.
Jones began his career with the Jets as a fourth round pick in 2004. He started 16 games between his rookie season and the end of the 2007 campaign.
At season's end the Jets promptly released him.
Since 2007 he has bounced around, landing with the Chiefs in 2008 where he started 10 games at guard, and the Texans in 2009.
He failed to make the roster in Houston, however, when the Texans released him before the end of training camp.
In order to sign Jones, Willie Colon was placed on the IR for the 2010 season, a move that was certain to occur anyway after he had surgery on his torn Achilles tendon.
Jones will likely have to fight just to make the team, as he was brought in to fill out the training camp roster.
Ideally, Jones would compete for the open tackle spot, but make no mistake, he will be the guy on the bubble during training camp.