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07-26-2006, 07:53 AM
Steelers make progress with picks


By Mike Prisuta
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, July 26, 2006


The Steelers came to terms with No. 7 pick Cedric Humes on Tuesday and moved closer to an accord with No. 1 pick Santonio Holmes.
"We're making progress, and I expect him to be in camp," said Joel Segal, who represents Holmes, a wide receiver from Ohio State.

Players are scheduled to report to St. Vincent College in Latrobe by 6 p.m. Friday.

Segal said Holmes' two arrests since the Steelers made him the 25th overall selection in the NFL Draft have not affected the process.

He characterized what's taking place as a "normal negotiation."

The Steelers do not comment publicly on contract negotiations.

Humes, a 6-foot-1, 233-pound running back from Virginia Tech, is the fifth of the Steelers' nine draft choices to reach agreement on a contract.

Humes received a signing bonus of $30,000 and NFL-minimum salaries of $275,000, $360,000 and $445,000 on a three-year deal.

Humes is a candidate to become the short-yardage back, a job left vacant by the retirement of Jerome Bettis.

Veterans Duce Staley and Verron Haynes will get first crack at replacing Bettis.

"He may be a guy to fill that role," running backs coach Dick Hoak said in April. "He's very effective once you get down into the red zone.

"He doesn't have Willie Parker speed, but he's a pounder. He makes yards after contact. He'll move the pile."

Humes, the 240th overall selection in the draft, had 1,805 career rushing yards and scored 21 touchdowns at Virginia Tech.

"He's a good inside runner," Steelers director of football operations Kevin Colbert said in April. "We're happy to get him at (No. 7)."

No. 4a pick Willie Colon, an offensive lineman from Hofstra; No. 4b pick Orien Harris, a defensive end from Miami (Fla.); No. 5b pick Charles Davis, a tight end from Purdue; and No. 6 pick Marvin Philip, a center from California, had previously agreed to terms.

Holmes, No. 3a pick Anthony Smith, a safety from Syracuse, No. 3b pick Willie Reid, a wide receiver from Florida State, and No. 5a pick Omar Jacobs, a quarterback from Bowling Green, are unsigned.

Cornerback Ike Taylor, who accepted a one-year, $1.57 million tender as a restricted free agent this offseason, would like a long-term extension but has yet to come to terms.

Taylor plans to report on time when camp opens.

BlackNGold203
07-26-2006, 08:20 AM
"We're making progress, and I expect him to be in camp," said Joel Segal, who represents Holmes, a wide receiver from Ohio State.


This would be a good thing

BIGBENFASTWILLIE
07-26-2006, 09:12 AM
yes we need him to be at camp the first day....

Also, it would be nice to see Taylor signed to a long term as well

BigBen2WardPITT
07-26-2006, 10:22 AM
i really like cedric humes. I feel like he is a bit underrated, and after willie, i trust Cowher and the staff and their opinion on RB's, so we will see. Wouldnt it be great if we started in a few years Humes (7th round) and an undrafted willie parker? Id love it

Haiku_Dirtt
07-26-2006, 01:25 PM
"have not affected the process." :toofunny: :rofl: :whistle:

Joel Segal is or wants to be a lawyer. He is right. The process is the same.

But the bottom line...?

I'm not expecting really anything from Humes.

Atlanta Dan
07-26-2006, 01:30 PM
And now third round pick (second pick overall) Anthony Smith is signed.

Given my concerns about the secondary and Smith being the potential replacement for Clark down the road at safety this signing has more immediate benefit than Holmes from my point of view.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06207/708731-100.stm

Now the Steelers need to get Willie Reid signed to put some more pressure on Holmes to get into camp on time.

A small dark cloud is that the deal with Ike Taylor is not done. I cannot recall a FA who stayed with the Steelers if they were not signed by the end of training camp going into the last year on the contract.

Elvis
07-27-2006, 07:12 PM
well... I look forward to seeing what happens when Anthony Smith gets some action under his belt but I think right now Clark is the man to start.. It is very hard for a young DB or S to come into this league and start right away and be productive, I hope that Clark plays well enough that we dont have to see him unless he plays nickel or dime somehow. I think that Ike Taylor probably will be back but if he isnt signed before the season starts then I think he is gone or he will be franchised. But you must remember.. who is more important to our team?.... Taylor or Big Ben? I thought so...
God Bless All
Elvis