Ranking Steelers best free agent signings under Colbert

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PITTSBURGH – OCTOBER 15: Defensive lineman Kimo von Oelhoffen #67 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in action against the Cincinnati Bengals at Three Rivers Stadium on October 15, 2000, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images) /

Kimo von Oelhoffen, DL

Contract: 4-year, $10 million

Steelers Stats: 95 G, 94 GS, 189 tak, 20.5 sacks

I’ll be honest, as a younger Steelers fan, Kimo von Oelhoffen is a player almost beyond my memory. He was Colbert’s first free agent signing and he provided the team with a reliable starter for six years. While most remember him for nearly ending Carson Palmer’s career, he was much more than that for the Steelers.


Initially brought in as an NT, he served as a plug in the middle until someone named Casey Hampton was drafted one year later. After that, von Oelhoffen shifted outside to DE and formed a formidable duo with the underrated Aaron Smith and eventually rotated with Brett Keisel that helped revitalize the steel curtain in Pittsburgh. His longevity and motor make him a fond player in the memory of most Steelers fans (and a thorn to most Bengals fans).