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Old 02-19-2009, 06:09 PM   #1
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Default Local star Bryant McFadden should hit free agency: Dolphins interested?

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Local star Bryant McFadden should hit free agency: Dolphins interested?
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1:03 PM EST, February 19, 2009

Winning an NFL championship just doesn't breed envy. It also fuels coveting from other NFL teams.

That's the situation the Steelers are presently facing heading into free agency, and McArthur High product Bryant McFadden could be positively impacted by his team's success. At least his wallet could.

The cornerback's services will be in demand when/if he hits the open market, and there is concern in Pittsburgh that his salary requests could put him in another jersey next season.

If a deal isn't struck by Feb. 27, McFadden will be free to field offers from the rest of the NFL, and the Dolphins could be interested in bringing this South Floridian home.

"My first option is going back to the Steelers, but I'm looking for a nice little check," said McFadden, a former Florida State standout who was selected in the second-round of the 2005 draft.

Kevin Colbert, the Steelers director of football operations said the team's still talking to their 18 free agents, which includes their top four offensive linemen, hammering out more details in the negotiations. Pittsburgh is roughly $18 million under the 2009 salary cap.

Colbert admitted Pittsburgh's top priority is re-working James Harrison's contract, ensuring that the 2008 Defensive Player of the Year finishes his career in Pittsburgh. Addressing the offensive linemen comes next.

But where does that leave McFadden, who has started 18 games over the past four seasons, averaging 34 tackles per year, and intercepting seven passes in his career?

"He is a priority, but we're not going to be able to keep this whole team together. We will continue to negotiate with all our free agents, and what comes together comes together," Colbert said.

"It only takes one team to accelerate the price. It doesn't take a great market [at the position]," Colbert said. "But if one team has a sincere interest and you're not able to match that you're probably going to lose that player."

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Default Re: Local star Bryant McFadden should hit free agency: Dolphins interested?

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Default Re: Local star Bryant McFadden should hit free agency: Dolphins interested?

Bmac was a priority I would of looked at first out of all our Free Agents. Unfortunately, we can't keep everyone and with the franchise put on Starks, and with the team more than likely dishing out for Harrison, I don't see how we could keep Bmac on the roster. From now on it'll be trial and error for the front office, and it's going to be a helluva ride up until the draft.
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I will hate losing him but we always seem to replace talent with talent
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Default Re: Local star Bryant McFadden should hit free agency: Dolphins interested?

his pricetag just shot through the roof with nnamdi asomough getting $15 mil/ year and d. robinson being franchised.

teams like raiders pissing money into the wind really screws it up for fiscally responsible clubs.
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his pricetag just shot through the roof with nnamdi asomough getting $15 mil/ year and d. robinson being franchised.

teams like raiders pissing money into the wind really screws it up for fiscally responsible clubs.
I guess we now wait to see if B-mac cares more about rings or dollars.

Then again, we gotta ask, if he has not been able to beat out Townsend, should we keep a hold of him? Maybe it is time to look for a CB on the first day of the draft. Pick us up a lineman and a CB.
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his pricetag just shot through the roof with nnamdi asomough getting $15 mil/ year and d. robinson being franchised.

teams like raiders pissing money into the wind really screws it up for fiscally responsible clubs.
Couldnt agree more. Where is Oakland getting this money at though?? Al is rumored to be losing money every year.
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his pricetag just shot through the roof with nnamdi asomough getting $15 mil/ year and d. robinson being franchised.

teams like raiders pissing money into the wind really screws it up for fiscally responsible clubs.
QFT.

It's going to suck to see McFadden go......but he just got paid via the Nnamdi deal...
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I guess we now wait to see if B-mac cares more about rings or dollars.

Then again, we gotta ask, if he has not been able to beat out Townsend, should we keep a hold of him? Maybe it is time to look for a CB on the first day of the draft. Pick us up a lineman and a CB.
He was far better than Townsend this season...
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I guess we now wait to see if B-mac cares more about rings or dollars.

Then again, we gotta ask, if he has not been able to beat out Townsend, should we keep a hold of him? Maybe it is time to look for a CB on the first day of the draft. Pick us up a lineman and a CB.
I would guess dollars!!

The kid already has 2 rings, which is more than Charles Woodson, DeAngelo Hall, Asomgua, Robinson and many other can say. See ya later B-Mac. Now have to hope Mark Parson is around come draft time.
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