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Old 05-04-2007, 01:15 PM   #1
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Default Steelers meet with running back Kevan Barlow

Steelers meet with running back Kevan Barlow
Friday, May 04, 2007

By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Free agent running back Kevan Barlow visited the Steelers at their South Side headquarters today.

Barlow, a star at Pitt, has played with the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Jets in the NFL. His best season was 2003 with the 49ers, when he rushed for 1,024 yards on 201 carries, a 5.1 yard average. Last year for the Jets, he gained 370 yards on 131 carries, an average of 2.8 yards. The Jets cut him in February.

Barlow, a graduate of Peabody High School, is seventh on Pitt's career rushing list, with 2,438 yards. He scored the final touchdown at Pitt Stadium Nov. 13, 1999, when the Panthers upset Notre Dame, 37-27.

The Steelers have said they need more depth at running back. They did not select one in last weekend's draft, but signed two rookie free agent running backs later.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07124/783436-100.stm
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Old 05-04-2007, 01:17 PM   #2
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i dont really want him he is a washed up scrub lets go some young potential.

Barlow sort of reminds me of DUCE which is a bad thing
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i dont really want him he is a washed up scrub lets go some young potential.

Barlow sort of reminds me of DUCE which is a bad thing
I agree. Barlow is not exactly in prime condition. His best years are behind him now.
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Default Re: Steelers meet with running back Kevan Barlow

Call me crazy, but I wouldn't mind the signing if he comes cheap. Brings nice depth. It's not as if we are signing the guy to take over for Willie. From what I've seen I do not believe he is injury prone or enjoys eating ho-ho's in between quarters, so he's not exactly Duce Staley. Plus he's younger (27) than Duce and it's not like he was playing behind the best o-line in football while in San Francisco.

I'm not one to hear a FA's name and automatically push the Steelers to "sign him!!!", but I'd roll the dice on the Pittsburgh native and former PITT HB. For what it's worth, Indy was also looking at him.

Parker-Barlow-Najeh...IMO, not bad.
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Duce was projected to be a starter so we paid a lot more for him than we should. With Barlow, I don't see him being offered more than an opportunity to make the team. I expect any deal they strike will reflect that.
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I wouldn't mind the signing if he comes cheap. Nice depth. It's not as if we are signing the guy to take over for Willie. From what I've seen I do not believe he is injury prone or enjoys eating ho-ho's in between quarters, so he's not exactly Duce Staley. Plus he's younger than Duce and it's not like he was playing behind the best o-line in football while in San Francisco.

Pittsburgh native and former PITT HB, I'd roll the dice on him. For what it's worth, Indy was also looking at him.

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i like it. offer him vet minimum with good (but not hefty) incentives for playing time, and we have a proven back up for parker who can take all of parkers carries if something should happen.
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it's a good move if it's one year and a veteran minimum...he'd be third string behind parker and davenport. i see it as a minimal risk signing and think it's a good idea.
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one thing i dont get is alot of steelerfans will hate this idea even being proposed, considering barlow a bust.

yet the patriots f.o. are being heralded (not by steelerfans) as geniuses who pulled off a coup by signing sammy morris from the dolphins to replace corey dillon. i dont get it.
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one thing i dont get is alot of steelerfans will hate this idea even being proposed, considering barlow a bust.

yet the patriots f.o. are being heralded (not by steelerfans) as geniuses who pulled off a coup by signing sammy morris from the dolphins to replace corey dillon. i dont get it.
I think some expect the young and talented FA out there (as if they grow on trees) over a Barlow signing. We already have Parker and Najeh, adding Barlow will only make that backfield stronger. For a low cost, I don't see the problem.
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Default Re: Steelers meet with running back Kevan Barlow

I do not care what the patriots do and who they sign... But each year Barlows numbers of avg get worse and worse. Barlow has only finished 1 full season in his career.. He is a pure bust, there is no argument you can bring to the table to support that he is not.. Id rather go with ether of the rookies then sign some washed up soon to be pine rider.
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