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Old 03-01-2008, 09:49 AM   #1
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Default Steelers predictably stick to plan

Steelers predictably stick to plan
By John Harris
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Saturday, March 1, 2008

It never fails.
Every year at the start of free agency local fans and pundits scrutinize the Steelers' roster from top to bottom before sighing a wishful "what if?" as NFL teams open their checkbooks and attempt to sign their troubles away.

And then there's the Steelers, who try to make a dollar out of 15 cents.

The Steelers are not a pretentious football team.

They win more games than they lose. They won Super Bowl XL and have fielded five playoff teams in the last seven seasons.
They sell out every game at Heinz Field and have a waiting list for season tickets larger than the national debt.

So why ask why the Steelers aren't more active in free agency?

All depends on your definition of free agency.

For the record, the Steelers have made offers to six of their own free agents -- restricted free agents Nate Washington, Chris Kemoeatu, Greg Warren and Trai Essex, and unrestricted free agents Max Starks and Travis Kirschke.

Whoop-de-do!

Last year the Steelers broke tradition and signed unrestricted free agent center Sean Mahan for $17.5 million. Moral to that story: Be careful what you wish for.

Given the choice of spending money on other team's players or, in Mahan's case, another team's mistake, the Steelers generally choose to re-sign their own players. Players they've spent years developing and indoctrinating to the Steelers' way.

Of the four restricted free agents, only one -- Essex -- was drafted as high as the third round. Washington and Warren were undrafted free agents.

Warren is the starting long snapper. Kemoeatu is expected to replace Alan Faneca. Washington is the No. 3 receiver. Essex is a backup.

It's doubtful that any of those players -- and that includes Starks -- will attract big offers from other teams. The Steelers couldn't care less. To the Steelers, familiarity is more important.

Eighteen of the Steelers' 22 starters in the 2007 opener at Cleveland were homegrown. Don't expect those numbers to change much for the 2008 opener.

The Steelers' blueprint for success doesn't include pricey free agents, and it's safe to assume that it probably never will.


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Old 03-01-2008, 09:55 AM   #2
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They win more games than they lose. They won Super Bowl XL and have fielded five playoff teams in the last seven seasons.
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The Steelers' blueprint for success doesn't include pricey free agents, and it's safe to assume that it probably never will.
That's all I really needed to read in that article.
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Old 03-01-2008, 10:13 AM   #3
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That's all I really needed to read in that article.
Amen to that.
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I'm ok with getting all of our players in the draft. Screw paying out rediculous money for someone that might not be worth it.
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Old 03-01-2008, 12:20 PM   #5
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The thing about Sean Mahan is that he wasnt even the starter 2 seasons ago. So when i heard that he was signed to a 17.5 million dollar contract i was stunned. I think a 1yr 250k is the type of contract he should of been signed to.
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Mahan was Tomlins baby.........all on him!
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The Steelers will go after one guy this year. That one guy will be a middle-tier player that can fit into their system.

The Steelers have been one of the most consistent winners this decade while signing the likes of Cedrick Wilson, Sean Mahan, Todd Fordham, James Farrior and Ryan Clark in Free Agency. All of these players were mediocre/middle tier when they came to PIT(and some are still are).

Of course, fans will complain that we don't do anything, and we'll suck because of it, despite that the Steelers have been proving them wrong year after year. The Browns make the big splashes in Free Agency, and they have only two winning seasons, one playoff appearance, and a 3-16 record against Pittsburgh to show for it.

Our drafting has to improve though, and it seems to me the Steelers score big on undrafted players too.

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Mahan was Tomlins baby.........all on him!
Mahan is to Tomlin.......What Wilson is to Cowher.
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I think I'd rather see him play a year at his natural position of G before I made wild and sweeping statements about the guy.
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Totally agree, he is no Center! But at Guard he may surprise us, only camp will tell.
Stick with the method that has proven to work, build through the draft! and pick up moderate FA or 2 in a couple weeks. That you think will fit in.
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