The Steelers will continue playing the role of free-agent host this week, anticipating visits today from New York Giants tight end Marcellus Rivers and New England Patriots offensive tackle Adrian Klemm, and a scheduled visit on Tuesday from Detroit Lions offensive tackle Stockar McDougle.
McDougle is the big fish of the three, figuratively and literally.
McDougle, 6-6 and 335 pounds, is a former first-round pick out of Oklahoma in 2000 (20th overall). He started all 16 games in 2004 and in 2003 at right tackle for the Lions. The Steelers have penciled in 2004 No. 3 pick Max Starks at right tackle now that former starter Oliver Ross has signed as a free agent with Arizona.
McDougle was part of a Lions offensive line that led the league in sacks allowed with 11 in 2003, nine better than the franchise record of 20 set in 2002, a figure that also led the NFL.
He started at right tackle in the second game of the 2002 season and held the job until a toe injury forced him to miss the season's final three games.
McDougle has started 53 of 61 career games.
Klemm is a 6-3, 312-pound former second-round pick out of Hawaii in 2000 (46th overall). He has three Super Bowl rings to show for his service with the Patriots but has never appeared in a playoff game over his injury-plagued career. Klemm has appeared in 26 games overall with 10 starts.
He's started at guard and tackle but has ended up on the injured reserve list three times, including 2004, when he played in the Pats' first two games then missed the rest of the season with a leg injury.
Rivers, 6-4, 250, is a backup who joined the Giants as a rookie free agent out of Oklahoma State in 2001.
He appeared in 16 games in 2004, catching five passes for 36 yards and one touchdown. He has 27 career receptions for 227 yards and four scores.
Rivers set a Giants record with 25 special teams tackles (22 solo) in 2002