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Old 04-23-2007, 02:56 PM   #1
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Default Colbert - Steelers Open To Draft Deals

This P-G article states the obvious insofar as the Steelers being open to dealing on draft day, but is newsworthy in terms of Colbert saying the Steelers are more likely to move down rather than up from the #15 slot if they deal (confirming this is a thin draft for true #1 quality picks) and that they would consider trading Faneca (I doubt Colbert would have said they would consider trading Troy).

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Steelers open to draft day deals
Monday, April 23, 2007

By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Steelers are more likely to make a trade and move down the ladder in the first round from their No. 15 position than move up, they said today.

Kevin Colbert, the team's director of football operations, also said they would consider trading players -- and that would include guard Alan Faneca.

"Sure, we're open to everything," Colbert said today. "You never say never on any given situation. If you say you wouldn't do it and then all of a sudden someone proposes something crazy, you have to consider it."

Would that include Faneca, their six-time Pro Bowl guard who is unhappy with the financial terms left on the final year of his contract? There have been rumors that the Cardinals would like to acquire Faneca from the Steelers and reunite him with offensive line coach Russ Grimm and new Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt.

"We touch base with every team," Colbert said. "We never get into a specific name; most teams don't, unless they come out publicly and say that. You never mention a player's name unless you're sure that player's not going to be with you, because if that player's name gets out in trade talks and you don't trade him, now you have a problem on your hands."

Colbert said picking up extra draft choices in a trade to move further down in the first round is enticing.

"It's less likely we'll go up from the 15th position because it's very expensive to get up into that top echelon," Colbert said. "Trading down could be an option for us. This is probably a good draft where more picks midway through is probably a good thing because there are a lot of good players that are going to be available in those 3-4-round areas. That could be interesting to us."

The Steelers have nine draft picks in the draft that takes place Saturday and Sunday.


http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07113/780317-100.stm

It appears Faneca and the Steelers are completely frozen on negotiations.
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Old 04-23-2007, 03:03 PM   #2
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Default Re: Colbert - Steelers Open To Draft Deals

Let me be the first to say that the Steelers would be morons to do anything with that Gong Show they call a front office in Arizona.
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For what it's worth....http://forums.steelersfever.com/show...263#post240263
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It is a possiblity. Tomlin is supposed to talk with Faneca this week, so we'll see what happens with that. If things go bad, then who knows what could happen.

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Anything less than two firsts and a third for Faneca would be a bust on the Steeler's part.
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It is a possiblity. Tomlin is supposed to talk with Faneca this week, so we'll see what happens with that. If things go bad, then who knows what could happen.

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And you know what happend when Tomlin talked with Porter........
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Anything less than two firsts and a third for Faneca would be a bust on the Steeler's part.
If they trade him, do not trade him to AZ where he wants to go, trade him to Cleveland or Cincinnatti....yeah, thats it. That'll teach him about crying...
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Anything less than two firsts and a third for Faneca would be a bust on the Steeler's part.
wow!!! i'd be happy with a first or 2 & 3....anything would be better than lettin him walk for a 3rd comp pick in 09.
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i love faneca but the steelers could trade him for a mid 1st round pick this year and a 2nd or 3rd pick for next year and the steelers could draft a guy like Joe Staley(dont mind the last name:for the ignorant people im talking about duce "fat sack of crap" staley. but joe staley or levi brown would add youth to our line and add money to the cap room. also we could take a lineman and a reciever like dwayne jarret or a linebacker like paul posluszny from penn state.
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i love faneca but the steelers could trade him for a mid 1st round pick this year and a 2nd or 3rd pick for next year and the steelers could draft a guy like Joe Staley(dont mind the last name:for the ignorant people im talking about duce "fat sack of crap" staley. but joe staley or levi brown would add youth to our line and add money to the cap room. also we could take a lineman and a reciever like dwayne jarret or a linebacker like paul posluszny from penn state.
Talking about money and cap room...

Trade faneca.. for a 2nd round this year... and a FIRST round next year. that way we don't have to pay 1st round prices this year... Heck... take thier second and third this year and first next year for Faneca and first this year... That way, we sit with two second and two third round picks this year... we can make sure we get M. Bush... pick up a LB an OL and DL for the heck of it.. and pick them ALL on the first day!!! Then next year, with more cap room hopefully, we can draft twice in the first round.. or trade them both to move up high in the first and take an absolute stud if we need too.

Question is... is Faneca worth that to Arizona?

I would actually have to say yes. The last scenario gives them two first round picks this year for the new head coach to play with... and Faneca to anchor thier Offense.. whom they know pretty well.
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