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Old 04-10-2008, 10:50 AM   #1
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Default Steelers Free Agent Signings Address Needs

Title: Steelers Free Agent Signings Address Needs
Source: Steelers Fever
Date: 4/10/08
Author: Paul Eide

Link: http://www.steelersfever.com/editorials/0807.html

First Paragraph: The first word that comes to mind when assessing the Steelers free agent acquisitions this offseason has to be "modest". The Steelers weren't expected to make any significant, "big name" signings and they didn't, even when it came to re-signing the best offensive lineman on the market, Alan Faneca, who signed a contract with the New York Jets. But instead of throwing huge money at available "name" players like the Jets did, the Steelers addressed needs at cost effective prices.
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Old 04-10-2008, 12:39 PM   #2
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I think the offseason signings and acquisitions were decent lot for the steelers. If Hartwig can nail down the center job, that gives us another guard in mahan. I believe mahan and colon were decent guards but pretty well sucked when moved to center and tackle. Given who we signed and who we have left, I think we'll actually be fine. It wouldn't surprise me to see something other than OL with the #23.
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Old 04-10-2008, 12:47 PM   #3
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Currently...

At center:
Stapleton, Hartwig, Retrofsky, Warren

At tackle:
Essex, Smith, Parquet, Lentz, Capizzi, Starks

At guard:
Kemo, Simmons, Colon, Mahan

I still think we may need a couple more for competition, but I think we already have our starters on the roster. And this doesn't include our blocking TE's of Miller, Dekker, Spaeth, and Boyd.
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Old 04-10-2008, 12:58 PM   #4
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Currently...

At center:
Stapleton, Hartwig, Retrofsky, Warren

At tackle:
Essex, Smith, Parquet, Lentz, Capizzi, Starks

At guard:
Kemo, Simmons, Colon, Mahan

I still think we may need a couple more for competition, but I think we already have our starters on the roster. And this doesn't include our blocking TE's of Miller, Dekker, Spaeth, and Boyd.
Looks like more question marks than one could find after a Clinton debate.

Looking at your list...Well. It's a bitter pill. But I'm glad we're not mortgaging our future with half-ass free agents. Time to rebuild the hard way.
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I still don't fully understand why they re-signed Eason. I look at it as an insurance policy, depending on how the draft plays out. It's just that this guy really didn't pan out, and after the Mahan debacle, it makes me question the logic.

I would be estatic to see both those guys cut prior to the season. They have both sucked so far, and I would love to see an upgrade.
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I still don't fully understand why they re-signed Eason. I look at it as an insurance policy, depending on how the draft plays out. It's just that this guy really didn't pan out, and after the Mahan debacle, it makes me question the logic.

I would be estatic to see both those guys cut prior to the season. They have both sucked so far, and I would love to see an upgrade.
Unless Eason does a 180 this training camp, I can't see how he sticks around. He was absolutely dreadful when he played and the teams ran right at him. I didn't expect him to be Ray Seals, Aaron Smith or even Kimo, but how about doing your best impersonation of Orpheus Roye or Nolan Harrison.
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i give the offseason a C+ so far...
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The signings of hartiwig and moore I really like I think that will boost our team alot.
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Mabey a corner to compete with townsend.
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