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Old 02-28-2009, 01:05 AM   #1
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Market for McFadden likely will determine whether he returns to Steelers
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By Mike Wilkening
Feb. 26, 2009

From all indications, the market for unrestricted free-agent CB Bryant McFadden likely will tell the tale on whether he will return to the Steelers. “He is a priority, but we know we can’t keep this whole team together,” Steelers director of football operations Kevin Colbert said at the NFL Scouting Combine. “We understand that.” McFadden, 27, is regarded as one of the top players available at his position in free agency. McFadden, who has 18 career starts and seven interceptions in four NFL seasons, could hold appeal to teams favoring zone coverages.

Should McFadden depart, third-year CB William Gay is likely to step into the starting lineup, with dependable veteran Deshea Townsend as insurance. Gay started four games last season, all when McFadden was out of the lineup with a broken arm. In 16 regular-season games he notched 41 tackles, defended seven passes and made his first career interception.
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Old 02-28-2009, 01:16 AM   #2
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By Mike Wilkening
Feb. 26, 2009

From all indications, the market for unrestricted free-agent CB Bryant McFadden likely will tell the tale on whether he will return to the Steelers. “He is a priority, but we know we can’t keep this whole team together,” Steelers director of football operations Kevin Colbert said at the NFL Scouting Combine. “We understand that.” McFadden, 27, is regarded as one of the top players available at his position in free agency. McFadden, who has 18 career starts and seven interceptions in four NFL seasons, could hold appeal to teams favoring zone coverages.

Should McFadden depart, third-year CB William Gay is likely to step into the starting lineup, with dependable veteran Deshea Townsend as insurance. Gay started four games last season, all when McFadden was out of the lineup with a broken arm. In 16 regular-season games he notched 41 tackles, defended seven passes and made his first career interception.
I forgot about him starting.

Yeah, I am a lot more comfortable remembering that even. Heck, let McF go and pick up a guy in the draft.
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Old 02-28-2009, 02:21 AM   #3
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i thought that deshea started again when b-mac went down.. but at least gay has some starting exp
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Gay will be fine as a starter

and he could even develop as a better player in the end....

But they still need to draft at least one CB early to replace deshea. unless they sign miller or carr, which I doubt happens
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I would love to see the Steelers keep Bryant McFadden, but I really dont see it happening either. I think in the end that McFadden will end up somewhere that will suprise us all. A bad team, lots of money $$$$$
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Someone will overpay him it happens everytime.
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With Tomlin and LeBeau both being former DB coaches Gay should develop quite nicely. Hell he already as.
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Someone will overpay him it happens everytime.
No question. If he doesn't go to a team who deliberately has a plan for him - he'll go to one of those teams that did nothing during free agency and need to put something together to look like they are doing something.
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I would love to see the Steelers keep Bryant McFadden, but I really dont see it happening either. I think in the end that McFadden will end up somewhere that will suprise us all. A bad team, lots of money $$$$$

what he said
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From what I remember, Gay didn't play that much last year. 41 tackles is impressive if he had as little play time as I remember. 7 deflected passes is nice too. Keep in mind Gay was covering the slot man, and we played some teams who had some pretty good guys in the slot. Usually high tackle numbers = bad CB (DeAngelo Fall, anyone?), but when playing slot it's not quite as cut-and-dry.
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