Originally Posted by SteelersCanada
Every team needs a franchise LT. While I agree that the focus needs to be on defense, if we have the opportunity to grab Albert or Veldheer in order to keep Roethlisberger healthy, we have to pull the trigger. Sure, I'd rather the cap be invested into Orakpo and/or Byrd but, man, a franchise LT for Roethlisberger would be a sight for sore eyes.
Troy had a bounce back year after two years of being ineffective and the inability to stay healthy. When do we cut the cord? If we can cut Troy and bring in Orakpo and draft Bucannon/Smith/Reynolds/Dix, I do it without hesitation.
Now now. I didn't say the team doesn't need a franchise LT. But what evidence is there to suggest that Beachum isn't that man for the Steelers? Ben seemed pretty healthy to me in 2013. And with Munch on board, the whole line stands to improve in technique. Franchise doesn't have to mean top 5.
After one year. He had more tackles and deflections in 2011 than 2013, both seasons of which he played all 16 games.