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Old 03-03-2007, 07:27 AM   #1
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Default What About Faneca?

In today's P-G' story on Porter, there was this nugget:

The Steelers cut Porter five days before he was due a $1 million roster bonus, but they paid a $1 million roster bonus to guard Alan Faneca that came due yesterday as part of his $4,375,000 salary in the final year of his contract.

And, while they were busy extending defensive end Aaron Smith's contract earlier in the week, there has been no such progress made with their All-Pro guard who has been to the past six Pro Bowls. There does not appear to be a new contract for Faneca on the horizon.


http://www.postgazette.com/pg/07062/766549-66.stm

And then you add this quote from Hines Ward from a Trib-Review story in which Ben and Hines understandably say they are disappointed Porter has been let go.

"(Alan) Faneca called me, some of the veteran guys, my phone has been blowing up like, 'What the hell are we doing?' " said Ward, a nine-year veteran. "A lot of guys are questioning what's going on, kind of worried about the makeup of this team, where we are actually going to go."

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt.../s_495927.html

The most optimistic way to look at this is that the Steelers need to get a new deal with Troy done before they figure out whether they can also cut a deal with Faneca.

But Faneca also did not play up to his usual high standards last year, which may cause the Steelers to be hesitant to lay out a huge signing bonus for an aging lineman. In addition, the latest statement attributed to Faneca by Hines can be read in conjunction with Faneca saying at the Pro Bowl he wishes Grimm or Whiz would have been selected as the new HC.

Lots of indications Faneca and the Steelers are not on the same page in terms of his future with the team.

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Old 03-03-2007, 07:46 AM   #2
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Old 03-03-2007, 08:02 AM   #3
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Default Re: What About Faneca?

There seem to be alot of leaks in the Steeler ship at the moment - I know these guys are vets and the Pittsburgh public loves them - but this idle speculation through the media doesn't do anybody any favors.

When Hines attributes comments to Faneca like "what the hell is going on?" you have to imagine that he feels the same.

I think some of the veterans have got their feet a little too cosy under the Pittsburgh table - Tomlin needs to crush this nonsense before the bad attitude leaks to the younger, impressionable guys.

Good luck Tomlin - looks like you might need it.

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Old 03-03-2007, 08:15 AM   #4
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There seem to be alot of leaks in the Steeler ship at the moment - I know these guys are vets and the Pittsburgh public loves them - but this idle speculation through the media doesn't do anybody any favors.

When Hines attributes comments to Faneca like "what the hell is going on?" you have to imagine that he feels the same.

I think some of the veterans have got their feet a little too cosy under the Pittsburgh table - Tomlin needs to crush this nonsense before the bad attitude leaks to the younger, impressionable guys.

Good luck Tomlin - looks like you might need it.

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Agreed - Hines is in the same boat as Faneca - when Hines signed his new deal in 2005 I regarded it as a 3 year deal, after which the Steelers would decide whether to extend it through renegotiation or say goodbye. The vets know they are playing for their future rather than being able to rely on the old regime to lobby for them to stay and are not happy about it.

I think the Steelers are not going to try to postpone the inevitable by renegotiating with everyone and pray the cap keeps rising; instead, any vet approaching or over 30 with a big salary is in the crosshairs after this season - with Cowher gone management has more freedom to let the vets go and will do so.
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Old 03-03-2007, 08:36 AM   #5
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they should definitely sign faneca...i think they will...he's like there best offensive player
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I think Faneca is on the downside......Lets face it.......He made the probowl this year on NAME only
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I agree with that. I think Kris Dielman should have made it over him.
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Well, it doesn't look like complacency will be an issue this year....
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There seem to be alot of leaks in the Steeler ship at the moment - I know these guys are vets and the Pittsburgh public loves them - but this idle speculation through the media doesn't do anybody any favors.

When Hines attributes comments to Faneca like "what the hell is going on?" you have to imagine that he feels the same.

I think some of the veterans have got their feet a little too cosy under the Pittsburgh table - Tomlin needs to crush this nonsense before the bad attitude leaks to the younger, impressionable guys.

Good luck Tomlin - looks like you might need it.

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I'm sorry *takes off B&G glasses*, I've bit my tongue long enough on this issue. After listening to the interviews yesterday, I can't bite it any longer..lol.

This situation has had me concerned every since Faneca opened his mouth when asked about Tomlin becoming our HC and Faneca went on his Grimm rant.

We have a lineman talking about how he did not agree with the HC decision. We have our offensive "leader" in Hines Ward stating that he does not agree with the Steelers releasing Joey Porter. We have our "franchise" QB going on national tv seeking the attention he so desperately craves and commenting on Whisenhunt, Cowher and Joey Porter.

Whatever happened to players playing football instead of playing owner or GM? For a team coming off a bad season they seem like they are mentally off. Instead of jumping on national tv and worrying about coaching decisions and player decisions, Ben should worry about getting his head straight (which was getting bigger and bigger after his rookie and SB seasons IMO) and look to this upcoming season.

I know it's sacrilege to jump on Roethlisberger (him in particular), Ward and Faneca in this city, but give me a break. I'm not comfortable with this situation and I believe commenting to the national media does absolutely NO GOOD. Let the grilling begin....
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Old 03-03-2007, 11:18 AM   #10
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They don't like what's going on? Good. Good to see that the vets are becoming uncomfortable and getting a little hot around the collar. No more BS. Cowher is gone and it's time to shape up and prove yourselves all over again. They won't get any free passes from Tomlin. Either you're in or you're out. Faneca is leaning more towards "out" in my opinion. If he wants to go, so be it. He underachieved greatly last year under his "bestest buddy" Grimm, and had no business being in the Pro Bowl.
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