Originally Posted by Vis
I heard you out.
how do we afford Pouncey when he's due? None of the starters on the OL are locked up for 5 years.
Also, there's a reason rookies never start on defense. It takes a while to learn. Rotating in inexperienced guys will keep us middle of the pack.
The 70% of the cap used on the offense includes money set aside for Pouncey. [I should have been more clear: most of the cap money is to be used on offense: current & future contracts.]
Likewise, technically, DD, Adams, and Gilbert are signed for "only" four years... close enough (for my point).
The only instance where a rookie would start on defense, would be in the event that the Steelers didn't have a "starter in waiting." But, I aver that after focusing on defense in the draft (for many years), the Steelers "should" have starters & back-ups (players waiting to start) to avoid that dilemma.