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Old 03-02-2009, 05:33 PM   #1
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Default Best FA Match for the Steelers: OT Khalif Barnes

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Best Match: OT Khalif Barnes

The Steelers are rarely big players in free agency, so there are no obvious matches for the defending Super Bowl champions. But former Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Khalif Barnes would be a nice addition.

In terms of age and production Barnes, 26, is arguably the best tackle remaining on the market. Pittsburgh's offensive line could use help in keeping quarterback Ben Roethlisberger upright next season.

Would the Steelers pay top dollar for a free agent like Barnes? It doesn't appear likely. But if they decide to spend this offseason, Barnes would be a good investment. Otherwise, April's NFL draft cannot come soon enough for Pittsburgh.
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Old 03-02-2009, 05:38 PM   #2
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Default Re: Best FA Match for the Steelers: OT Khalif Barnes

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Best Match: OT Khalif Barnes

The Steelers are rarely big players in free agency, so there are no obvious matches for the defending Super Bowl champions. But former Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Khalif Barnes would be a nice addition.

In terms of age and production Barnes, 26, is arguably the best tackle remaining on the market. Pittsburgh's offensive line could use help in keeping quarterback Ben Roethlisberger upright next season.

Would the Steelers pay top dollar for a free agent like Barnes? It doesn't appear likely. But if they decide to spend this offseason, Barnes would be a good investment. Otherwise, April's NFL draft cannot come soon enough for Pittsburgh.
Any ideas what kind of contract he's be looking for?
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Default Re: Best FA Match for the Steelers: OT Khalif Barnes

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yeah, and barnes wouldn't help that at all

he's a hell of a run blocker though. But I'd pass on him
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Default Re: Best FA Match for the Steelers: OT Khalif Barnes

He's an average stiff playing LT - if we moved him to RT he might be OK.
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Default Re: Best FA Match for the Steelers: OT Khalif Barnes

we can get the same talent level in the draft IMHO
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Default Re: Best FA Match for the Steelers: OT Khalif Barnes

Barnes will probably get 5.5-$6mil a season somewhere if somebody has the $$.

The Steelers dont have that kind of cap room, so very doubtful its gonna happen. Could have instead of looked at Ray willis of the Seahawks to play RT, but that too is doubtful.
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I think we will bring someone in, but it won't be for another week or two. It will also be someone that few of us have ever really heard of.
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I think we will bring someone in, but it won't be for another week or two. It will also be someone that few of us have ever really heard of.
Yea it is just a matter of time before we do bring someone in. I think we are just waiting on the dust to settle.
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there's a reason why jacksonville ain't tryin to resign him......
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Default Re: Best FA Match for the Steelers: OT Khalif Barnes

They can draft an OT with the 32nd pick. William Beatty of U Conn should be available, then Colon can move inside to guard, where he should be.
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