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tony hipchest
10-07-2011, 02:54 PM
...as per jim wexel and SCI-

Our capologist at SCI, Ian Whetstone, reports Aaron Smith's contract was extended a year to free up $875,000 for this year's cap/Starks.
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gotta love the FO spin-

"money is no issue"

"we are pleased with arians"

PhantomJB93
10-07-2011, 02:56 PM
When put into perspective with the Starks signing it makes sense, but I hope to God they're not ACTUALLY planning to keep him another year...

tony hipchest
10-07-2011, 03:08 PM
this ones kinda tough to figure out. by all accounts they had/cleared enough cap room for starks before this (if correct).

im thinking they told smith to take a good look at bryant mcfadden and what happened to max starks before the season, appealed to his sense of pride, and made aaron an offer he couldnt refuse.

help us out with some of the money you are stealing this season and retire a steelers with dignity as a back-up, or get your ass benched and kicked out the door, and still be searching for work at vet minimum week 4 of the 2012 season.

Atlanta Dan
10-07-2011, 05:35 PM
Why the FO did not have this discussion with Smith in July still amazes me - working the tight cap around that deadweight contract has been ludicrous

MACH1
10-07-2011, 07:15 PM
At least they didn't extend arians.

Yet.

Atlanta Dan
10-07-2011, 07:33 PM
At least they didn't extend arians.

Yet.

Ron Cook probably is pushing for it based on the valentine he published in the P-G today

At this point, it's worth noting that there is nothing wrong with Arians' offensive philosophy. It was good enough to get the Steelers to the Super Bowl last season. It was good enough to help them win the Super Bowl after the 2008 season:mad:

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11280/1180315-87-0.stm

The Trib-Review noted prior to the latest debacle by the offense in Houston how ridiculous the claimed "good enough to win the Super Bowl" offense justifies Arians once you look at the stats

They're ranked 26th in points per game and only that high because the defense scored one of their six touchdowns. They have cracked the top 10 in scoring once in coordinator Bruce Arians' five years, tying for ninth in 2007.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_759292.html

After Houston that is 27th in points scored

SH-Rock
10-07-2011, 07:35 PM
Ron Cook probably is pushing for it based on the valentine he published in the P-G today

At this point, it's worth noting that there is nothing wrong with Arians' offensive philosophy. It was good enough to get the Steelers to the Super Bowl last season. It was good enough to help them win the Super Bowl after the 2008 season:mad:

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11280/1180315-87-0.stm

Good enough? If I remember correctly Ben is an average QB in the pocket and the best outside. So that means it's all Ben on the field making those crucial plays.

DanRooney
10-07-2011, 07:35 PM
Is this some sort of sick April fool's joke?

Busman
10-07-2011, 07:37 PM
The difference though with Starks and McFadden.. McFadden got picked up by the Cards and Starks was not picked up by anybody. IMHO Aaron wont be as lucky as McFadden

Bman

this ones kinda tough to figure out. by all accounts they had/cleared enough cap room for starks before this (if correct).

im thinking they told smith to take a good look at bryant mcfadden and what happened to max starks before the season, appealed to his sense of pride, and made aaron an offer he couldnt refuse.

help us out with some of the money you are stealing this season and retire a steelers with dignity as a back-up, or get your ass benched and kicked out the door, and still be searching for work at vet minimum week 4 of the 2012 season.

tony hipchest
10-07-2011, 08:11 PM
The difference though with Starks and McFadden.. McFadden got picked up by the Cards and Starks was not picked up by anybody. IMHO Aaron wont be as lucky as McFadden

Bmanthe point with mcfadden being that he is a veteran, making good money, who has probably seen his last start as a steeler, and may never even sniff the field unless there are multiple injuries to those ahead of him on the depth chart.

we may have very well seen the last start of a smiths career.

wexell wa s kind enough to answer a few of my questions. if i understand correctly this "extension" really isnt a bad deal.

we give him the rest of his paychecks up front for this year and able to shift some of the hit to next season. if we want him back next year to be a bench warmer, we essentially get him for free.

it sounds like he is basically giving back a little bit of the money he is "stealing" from the steelers this season. :hunch:

jimwexell James C Wexell
@ @Steelers_Fever Much of this year's salary turned to bonus, divided by two (years of new contract) = amount on cap books both years.

55BaileyFan
10-07-2011, 08:49 PM
No way that Smith makes it another year; he has not been a factor at all so far and hasn't helped the team out much.

Merchant
10-07-2011, 09:19 PM
That contract extension to Colon just keeps looking more and more genius, doesn't it?

tony hipchest
10-07-2011, 09:25 PM
That contract extension to Colon just keeps looking more and more genius, doesn't it?it was a fair and reasonable deal. colon was low risk for an injury. pretty sure he was hurt on an second effort/extra effort play.

colts extension of p. manning was 10X worse in regards of risk (and making him the highest paid player in history)

Whodis
10-08-2011, 12:31 PM
Im a Smith fan... This has me puzzled

ricardisimo
10-09-2011, 04:26 AM
The difference though this spammer copy and paste other posters' posts.

Atlanta Dan
10-09-2011, 07:41 AM
Trib-Review joins in on the question of why Smith stayed while Starks and Flozell were cap casualties

Starks, a two-time Super Bowl winner who arrived at training camp with a fairly fat body and a really fat contract. He and his $5.14 million salary were immediately cut.

In hindsight -- and as former Pitt football coach Walt Harris once so eloquently put it, hindsight is always "50/50" -- the Steelers would have been better off releasing veteran defensive end Aaron Smith and his $4.5 million salary. They had better depth on the defensive line.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_760995.html