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devin7558
03-30-2012, 08:15 PM
first free agent brought in to town! would be a nice addition for depth and a possible starter to move colon inside. would love to see this signing.

http://espn.go.com/blog/afcnorth/post/_/id/45085/steelers-host-first-free-agent-of-the-year

BKAnthem
03-30-2012, 08:46 PM
"Adding an offensive tackle isn't a necessity,"

Is this guy serious?

devin7558
03-30-2012, 09:12 PM
haha yeah i got a good laugh out of that too...

in such a cap strapped year (+ waiting this long to even look at a FA) the fact that they brought in a OT prospect 1st is pretty telling that it may be a necessity to them.

i doubt this happens for us because the eagles have him for a visit tomorrow and they need a starter at LT after their pro bowl tackle jason peters went down with an achilles so they may throw the check book at him

Curtain_of_Steel
03-30-2012, 09:54 PM
Well, Ike Tayler came out and said " Thank god, sign him.. At least I dont have to cover his ass anymore"

Than Tomlin texted him saying..." Ike wrong dude, name is spelled differently too on both fronts, if you turned around during the game you wouldve seen his name on the back of his jersey running away from you for 500 yards"..

IKE "his name is on the fronts?

tony hipchest
03-31-2012, 01:56 AM
:huh:

so how many fronts is ike tayler spelled wrong on?

JackSplatt
03-31-2012, 08:36 AM
Just what we need, another offensive lineman with problems staying healthy

kan_t
03-31-2012, 01:11 PM
Just what we need, another offensive lineman with problems staying healthy

I guess it's better than having no offensive lineman or another offensive lineman with problems of sucking.

pete74
04-01-2012, 04:15 AM
we wont sign him because we cant afford him. he visited the Eagles yesterday and will probably sign there

mesaSteeler
04-01-2012, 09:31 AM
http://blog.triblive.com/steel-mill/2012/03/30/bell-a-longshot-to-sign-with-steelers/


Bell a longshot to sign with Steelers
March 30th, 2012

The Steelers finally hosted a free agent Friday, but fans shouldn’t get too excited about Bills left tackle Demetrius Bell.

That is nothing against Bell, who has played well –- or at least well enough -– when he has been healthy enough to get on the field. It’s just that signing him probably isn’t realistic.
It is not considered an exceptional year for offensive tackles in free agency or the draft. That increases the value of a player like Bell, who has been been injury prone but is only 27 with plenty of upside.

Demand for Bell only increased Friday when the Eagles announced that Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters ruptured his Achilles tendon, an injury that figures to sideline him for at least the first half of the 2012 season.

Bell, according to multiple reports out of Philadelphia, will visit the Eagles this weekend.
One thing the Steelers have going for them if they are indeed serious about signing Bell: Sean Kugler coached the fourth-year veteran for two seasons in Buffalo. The Steelers’ offensive linemen love playing for Kugler, and it’s logical to assume that Bell has similar feelings.

Of course money probably trumps all, and the Steelers are limited as to what they can do there. There is also a question of what the Steelers can offer Bell as far as opportunity.

The Steelers are moving Marcus Gilbrt to left tackle, which they see as his more natural position, and Willie Colon returns at right tackle. The X-factor with Colon is he has played one game since 2009 because of injuries. Plus Steelers never completely squelch talk of Colon moving to guard.
A surplus at offensive tackle would be a nice problem for coach Mike Tomlin to have. But it’s hard to imagine Bell giving the Steelers the kind of break Jerricho Cotchery did last year when he signed for the veteran’s minimum despite having more lucrative offers from several other teams.
Bell, a seventh-round pick in 2008, is in a position to cash in, and this may be his best chance at a big payday. That makes him a longshot, at best, to sign with the Steelers.

– Scott Brown