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Old 02-07-2006, 09:10 AM   #18
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Default Re: Steeler free agents

Have they put out the new cap ceiling for 2006? I know it goes up by 3%-5% every year.

Also have to clear Bettis off the books since he is retiring. I believe all of his cap hit is cleared. That's a significant amount of money for next year.

I think Brett Keisel should be one of the top priorities. 3-4 DEs aren't easy to come by and there aren't many guys to choose from in this year's draft, at least that are ready to go. I'm not sure what KVO intends to do.

I'd rather sign Randle El than Hope but want to re-sign one or the other. Hope's tackling is awful and his coverage skills are hit or miss. Tough to replace a FS though, at least using the draft for a guy who will step in right away. Some decent choices available in free agency though.
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