Originally Posted by teegre
Really though, all that the Steelers are doing is what they've always done: pay for their OWN free agents.
I was fine with extending/giving big money to Troy, Ike, Harrison, et cetera... but, this feels like they're giving "Joey Porter money" to "Clark Haggans."
Like I've said, I hope that I'm wrong. I hope Worilds stays healthy, and has 16 sacks this upcoming season.
They were never going to go after Byrd and pay him upwards of 12 mil a year. Its just a bad business practice to pay someone who hasn't worked for your organization instead of the player who has put in his time. Paying top end FA's is a good way to add dissention in the locker room. The player would have to not only be a stud (is Byrd really that much of a stud? I tend to not think so) but also be a tremendous leader. Byrd does not come off as the leader type by any means to me, but I admittedly haven't heard too many stories about him nor I have I heard him talk all that much.
I could be wrong about the player, but not about the business practice.