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mesaSteeler
02-24-2011, 06:40 PM
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Thursday, February 24, 2011
Steelers readying for free agency

The NFL Network reported today that the Steelers won't use a transition tag on any players, including cornerback Ike Taylor, prior to the deadline to do so.

That means that if/when free agency opens up, Taylor will be an unrestricted free agent.

Cue the teeth gnashing.

But nobody knows what free agency will be like if/when a new CBA is put in place. The Steelers wanted to protect themselves with LaMarr Woodley, hence the franchise tag they used on the linebacker.

But a transition tag has proven to be all but worthless over the years, offering little resistance to players moving about thanks to "poison pills" that some teams put in contract offers to keep their offer from being matched.

The bottom line is that Taylor, even if he gets an offer from another team, will more than likely give the Steelers a chance to match it or at least come close. Taylor doesn't want to leave Pittsburgh, especially after seeing what happened to Bryant McFadden in Arizona.

Willie Colon's agent told the Post Gazette that the tackle has probably played his last game in Pittsburgh, but that's posturing.

It remains to be seen how much money a player coming off an Achilles' tendon injury can command on the open market.

And it will be a wide open market, with more than 600 players scheduled to hit free agency if/when it happens. We also don't know what kind of cap will be in place if any. It could be more than it was in 2009, the last capped year. It could be less.

The bottom line is that right now, there is a whole lot that nobody knows when it comes to free agency this year.

Atlanta Dan
02-24-2011, 06:51 PM
The bottom line is that Taylor, even if he gets an offer from another team, will more than likely give the Steelers a chance to match it or at least come close. Taylor doesn't want to leave Pittsburgh, especially after seeing what happened to Bryant McFadden in Arizona.

And other teams also saw what happened to McFadden when he left Pittsburgh.

Taylor clearly is a better CB than McFadden but other teams have to wonder what they are getting with a Steelers CB outside of the Steelers system without the Steelers front 7 and a healthy Polamalu - my last image of Taylor was Ike getting beat down the seam on the killer third and long late in the Super Bowl - not great news for him if other teams retain that image as well

mcg24
02-24-2011, 08:26 PM
And other teams also saw what happened to McFadden when he left Pittsburgh.

Taylor clearly is a better CB than McFadden but other teams have to wonder what they are getting with a Steelers CB outside of the Steelers system without the Steelers front 7 and a healthy Polamalu - my last image of Taylor was Ike getting beat down the seam on the killer third and long late in the Super Bowl - not great news for him if other teams retain that image as well

Uhhh why would we need Taylor, we're signing Asomugha and Joseph...:chuckle: