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steelymcmatt
05-04-2008, 09:09 PM
First of all, I understand that a franchise is built through the draft. However, I also know that the consistently successful teams (Patriots, Colts etc.) are very good at using older, more experienced players in situational roles and almost as player coaches or at least mentors. With that in mind, I went on walterfootball.com and looked at the available defensive free agents. I've highlighted a few names that I think we should consider, although ultimately the signings will depend on salary demands. For your consideration:

DEFENSIVE ENDS:
Greg White, Buccaneers. Age: 29 Situational/backup role
Greg Spires, Buccaneers. Age: 34 Coming off injury
Renaldo Wynn, Saints. Age: 34
Al Wallace, Bills. Age: 34
Trevor Johnson, Rams. Age: 27
Ross Kolodziej, Cardinals. Age: 30
Darrion Scott, Vikings. Age: 26 Tomlin would know him well!
Josh Cooper, Saints. Age: 27
Chase Page, Dolphins. Age: 25
Jimmy Verdon, Bengals. Age: 26
Mike Rucker, Panthers. Age: 33

DEFENSIVE TACKLES:
Ethan Kelley, Browns. Age: 28
Rod Coleman, Falcons. Age: 32
Grady Jackson, Jaguars. Age: 35
Anthony McFarland, Colts. Age: 30 We almost signed him before draft.
Antonio Garay, Bears. Age: 28
Rodney Bailey, Cardinals. Age: 28
Anthony Bryant, Dolphins. Age: 26
Orpheus Roye, Browns. Age: 35
Remi Ayodele, Cowboys. Age: 25
Marquay Love, Dolphins. Age: 23
Antwon Burton, Broncos. Age: 25
Keith Traylor, Dolphins. Age: 39
Ted Washington, Browns. Age: 40
Kimo von Oelhoffen, Eagles. Age: 37
Manuel Wright, Giants. Age: 24

OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS:
Rosevelt Colvin, Patriots. Age: 31
Takeo Spikes, Eagles. Age: 31
Ian Gold, Broncos. Age: 30
Brad Kassell, Jets. Age: 28
Rob Morris, Colts. Age: 33
Mario Haggan, Bills. Age: 28
Kenneth Pettway, Jaguars. Age: 25
Donnie Spragan, Dolphins. Age: 32
Lemar Marshall, Bengals. Age: 31
Terrence Melton, Panthers. Age: 31
Shawn Barber, Texans. Age: 33
Raonall Smith, Rams. Age: 29
Chris Claiborne, Jaguars. Age: 30
Marcus Wilkins, Falcons. Age 28
Dallas Sartz, Vikings. Age 25
Kendrell Bell, Chiefs. Age 30
T.J. Slaughter, Patriots. Age 31

MIDDLE LINEBACKER:
Junior Seau, Patriots. Age: 39 I know he's 39, but he's still getting it done.
Randall Godfrey, Redskins. Age: 35
Brian Simmons, Saints. Age: 33
Mike Smith (RFA), Ravens. Age: 27
Oscar Lua, Patriots. Age: 24
Keith Adams, Browns. Age: 28
Leon Joe, Bills. Age: 26
Caleb Miller, Bengals. Age: 28
Kevin Harrison, Bills. Age: 26
Anthony Schlegel, Bengals. Age: 27

CORNERBACK:
Hank Poteat, Jets. Age: 31
Andre Dyson, Jets. Age: 29
Kiwaukee Thomas, Bills. Age: 31
Terry Cousin, Jaguars. Age: 33
Fred Thomas, Saints. Age: 35
Chad Scott, Patriots. Age: 34
B.J. Tucker, 49ers. Age: 27
Jerametrius Butler, Bills. Age: 29
Kelly Herndon, Titans. Age: 31
Chris Johnson, Raiders. Age: 28
E.J. Underwood, Bills. Age: 25
Brandon Williams, Bengals. Age: 27
Patrick Dendy, Panthers. Age: 26

SAFETY:
Mel Mitchell, Patriots. Age: 29
Kenoy Kennedy. Age: 30
Deke Cooper, Panthers. Age: 30
Lamont Thompson, Jaguars. Age: 30
Idrees Bashir, Lions. Age: 29
Travares Tillman, Dolphins. Age: 30
Gerome Sapp, Ravens. Age: 27
Coy Wire, Bills. Age: 29
Omar Stoutmire, Redskins. Age: 34
Jason Simmons, Texans. Age: 32
Mike Doss, Vikings. Age: 27 one of Tomlin's old guys!
Hanik Milligan, Rams. Age: 28
Jay Bellamy, Saints. Age: 36
Ian Gold, Broncos. Age: 30
Brad Kassell, Jets. Age: 28
Rob Morris, Colts. Age: 33
Mario Haggan, Bills. Age: 28
Kenneth Pettway, Jaguars. Age: 25
Donnie Spragan, Dolphins. Age: 32
Lemar Marshall, Bengals. Age: 31
Terrence Melton, Panthers. Age: 31
Shawn Barber, Texans. Age: 33
Raonall Smith, Rams. Age: 29
Chris Claiborne, Jaguars. Age: 30
Marcus Wilkins, Falcons. Age 28
Dallas Sartz, Vikings. Age 25 one of Mike T's old guys
Kendrell Bell, Chiefs. Age 30 Round 2?
T.J. Slaughter, Patriots. Age 31

stillers4me
05-04-2008, 09:28 PM
I still think they have a plan for Booger.

steelymcmatt
05-04-2008, 09:33 PM
I still think they have a plan for Booger.

Agreed, although I'm not sure I wouldn't rather have Kelly.....

19ward86
05-04-2008, 09:47 PM
Kimo Von who??? lol, jk. I used to love Kimo.

BettisFan
05-04-2008, 09:48 PM
i think we need to concentrate on who we have now and not add anyone

Rhee Rhee
05-05-2008, 04:06 AM
i wouldn't mind trying to squeeze a season out of orpheus roye...

Galax Steeler
05-05-2008, 04:42 AM
I thought kendrell bell was a bust for the steelers why would we want him back.

steelymcmatt
05-05-2008, 07:02 AM
I thought kendrell bell was a bust for the steelers why would we want him back.

I'm not listing players I want back, I'm only listing players who are available.

Elvis
05-05-2008, 07:12 AM
I thought kendrell bell was a bust for the steelers why would we want him back.
:noidea:Maybe I am wrong, but I dont consider LB Kendrell Bell a bust in pittsburgh myself. He was a great player for us and made alot of great plays. He got injured and was never the same.. I think it was an ankle injury wasnt it?
I think someone like Kimo Vonolhoffen would be a nice pickup just for the fact that he knows the 3-4 as well as anyone they could pickup.

Willem Gerber
05-05-2008, 08:34 AM
I think Takeo Spikes would be a nice fit. The man made name for himself through making big playes in key situations. Would'n he be a great mentor for Timmons or Woodley?

steelymcmatt
05-05-2008, 09:55 AM
I think Takeo Spikes would be a nice fit. The man made name for himself through making big playes in key situations. Would'n he be a great mentor for Timmons or Woodley?

:iagree:

steelymcmatt
05-05-2008, 09:58 AM
i think we need to concentrate on who we have now and not add anyone

I understand what you are saying, however I still feel that a few of these guys still have a contribution to make, even if it is in a mentorship role :duel:

El-Gonzo Jackson
05-05-2008, 10:47 AM
I think Takeo Spikes would be a nice fit. The man made name for himself through making big playes in key situations. Would'n he be a great mentor for Timmons or Woodley?

I think Spikes would translate into an ILB in the 3-4 and with Foote, Farrior, Timmons....I doubt we need anything else there.

D-line is the main area of need on the defensive side of the ball and somebody there that can rotate in throughout the game and beat out either Kirshke or Eason for a roster spot would be a nice pickup.

BTW, isnt there another big cut day coming up around June 1st, where vets normally get released at a more cap friendly number??

SteelersTilIDie
05-05-2008, 12:23 PM
Rosevelt Colvin, Patriots. Age: 31
Takeo Spikes, Eagles. Age: 31
Ian Gold, Broncos. Age: 30
theyre all good, including booger and doss

St33lersguy
05-05-2008, 05:48 PM
Message to Steelers:

GET DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

St33lersguy
05-07-2008, 03:23 PM
At this point a defensive pick up other than Defensive linemen will be highly unneccesary and somewhat unsmart

Welcome To Smashmouth
05-07-2008, 04:49 PM
Will someone please tell me why Al Wilson and Takeo Spikes remain unsigned free agents??

Injuries? Yes, but I've watched some great ones overcome them to remain potent mixtures...

43Hitman
05-07-2008, 04:59 PM
Will someone please tell me why Al Wilson and Takeo Spikes remain undrafted free agents??

Injuries? Yes, but I've watched some great ones overcome them to remain potent mixtures...

They were both drafted years ago. I think you mean unrestricted free agents.
I don't know much about Al Wilson, but Takeo has been trying to return from injuries since the Bungles released him years ago. Obviously there must be something keeping all these guys off of a roster, be it an injury or off the field problems. Personally, I wouldn't pick up any of these guys except Booger and only if he can finally pass a physical.

Welcome To Smashmouth
05-07-2008, 05:11 PM
^ thanks for the noticed error, got it fixed