Originally Posted by Kingmagyar
The Steelers being salary cap strapped has really prevented them from the free agent game. Even mid level free agents. Ozzie Newsom has really done an excellent job in finding the right Free agents.
Vonta Leach FB
Anquan Boldin WR
Jacoby Jones WR/KR
Matt Birk C
Bryant McKinnie LT
Ma'ake Kemoeatu DT
Corey Graham CB
Bernard Pollard S
All have contributed big time to the season and the playoff run. Most importantly all have stayed healthy.
Hopefuly when the Steelers are a little less up against the cap they too can enjoy this kind of FA success.
I can't say the Ravens have drafted better then us though as none of their last 3 years number one picks have become regular starters
and before that Michael Oher has become a RT and not the LT they envisioned.
The Steelers in that time haven't lit it up but Decastro, Pouncey, and Hood are starters with more then likely two being perenial all pros and Cam Heyward is the heir to Keisel's starting spot.
I think you hit the nail right on the head.
They're more agressive in their pursuit of free agents who can really step in and contribute.
Ozzie's got a great record with those moves.