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83-Steelers-43
04-23-2007, 02:55 PM
Steelers open to draft day deals
Monday, April 23, 2007

By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Steelers are more likely to make a trade and move down the ladder in the first round from their No. 15 position than move up, they said today.

Kevin Colbert, the team's director of football operations, also said they would consider trading players -- and that would include guard Alan Faneca.

"Sure, we're open to everything," Colbert said today. "You never say never on any given situation. If you say you wouldn't do it and then all of a sudden someone proposes something crazy, you have to consider it."

Would that include Faneca, their six-time Pro Bowl guard who is unhappy with the financial terms left on the final year of his contract? There have been rumors that the Cardinals would like to acquire Faneca from the Steelers and reunite him with offensive line coach Russ Grimm and new Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt.

"We touch base with every team," Colbert said. "We never get into a specific name; most teams don't, unless they come out publicly and say that. You never mention a player's name unless you're sure that player's not going to be with you, because if that player's name gets out in trade talks and you don't trade him, now you have a problem on your hands."

Colbert said picking up extra draft choices in a trade to move further down in the first round is enticing.

"It's less likely we'll go up from the 15th position because it's very expensive to get up into that top echelon," Colbert said. "Trading down could be an option for us. This is probably a good draft where more picks midway through is probably a good thing because there are a lot of good players that are going to be available in those 3-4-round areas. That could be interesting to us."

The Steelers have nine draft picks in the draft that takes place Saturday and Sunday.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07113/780317-100.stm

83-Steelers-43
04-23-2007, 02:58 PM
Steelers rule out drafting a quarterback or tight end

By Scott Brown
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Monday, April 23, 2007

The Steelers have ruled out taking a quarterback or tight end in the first round of the NFL Draft Saturday. They have left open the possibility of just about anything else, including trading disgruntled guard Alan Faneca for extra picks.

The Steelers have nine picks in the draft, including No. 15 overall, and director of football operations Kevin Colbert said today that the crop of players is deep enough that he'd like to have more picks.

He said the Steelers will talk with every team in the league about trade possibilities as is standard, and he figures to get some inquiries about Faneca.

The Pro Bowl guard skipped mini camp over the weekend and is apparently unhappy with his contract situation.

"You never mention a player's name unless you're sure that player's not going to be with you," Colbert said regarding the possibility of moving Faneca, "because if that player's name gets out in trade talk and you don't trade him now you've got a problem on your hand."

Colbert said the Steelers have identified 15 players that they would take with first-round draft choice. He said the Steelers would be more likely to move down in the draft than up as they did last year when they made a trade so they could select wide receiver Santonio Holmes with their first-round pick.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_504167.html

MasterOfPuppets
04-23-2007, 03:06 PM
hmmmmm...so colbert does read our forums.....here's the proof!!!

colbert ----> :computer: