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Old 03-02-2009, 06:52 PM   #1
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Default Steeler Report: Interest in McFadden seems to be dwindling

Steeler Report: Interest in McFadden seems to be dwindling
http://www.examiner.com/x-2703-Pitts...o-be-dwindling
March 2, 2:49 AM
by Matt Pawlikowski, Pittsburgh Sports Examiner

PITTSBURGH - Bryant McFadden began his free-agent parade with a visit to Pittsburgh West on Sunday.

But for those expecting him spread his wings in the land of the Cardinal, think again. That's because sources in Arizona have said that Ken Whisenhut and co. are interested in McFadden as a backup to Rod Hood.

It doesn't matter that the coaching staff there is one he is familiar with. It doesn't matter that a few of his former Steeler comrades now don red and white. McFadden wants to start, and believes he is one of the better corners in the league.

Interestingly, Steelers director of football operations Kevin Colbert had said prior to the combine that signing McFadden was a priority.

But during the combo, McFadden opened his mouth and told the South Florida Sun Sentinal that although he would like to remain a Steeler, he also wants a big check.

Those are words the organization does not like to hear from a player, especially when it is second person.

Need a history lesson, look no further than Anthony Smith, whom many felt would be tendered a contract offer by the Steelers despite not suiting up in the post-season. His mouth put him in the dog house when he guaranteed a win over New England in 2007, and he never recovered from it, despite being a third round pick with much promise.

Back to McFadden, since the day he spoke to the Sentinal, the Steelers have been pretty mum about how talks are progressing, if there are any at all. Meaning, for him to return, it would have to come at the right price.

McFadden is good, but Shawn Springs, who was just released by the Redskins will command more interest.

He was expected to pay a visit to Denver after meeting with the Cards, but the Broncos signed former Dolphin Andre Goodman to a five-year, $25 million contract that includes over $10 million in guaranteed money.

The Lions were also reported to be in the running for McFadden's services, but they traded Jon Kitna to the Cowboys for Anthony Henry, while another team that reportedly had some interest, the Jets, traded for All-Pro Lito Sheppard from the Eagles.

Could it be his agent overestimated McFadden's real worth on the market?

One league source has said that the Patriots may have an interest, as Leigh Bodden left without a deal in hand on Sunday. Springs, 33, is expected to visit this week, but the source told Examiner that McFadden coming from a 3-4 defense would be a perfect fit to the Patriots secondary woes.

The Dolphins have yet to host any free-agents, so McFadden may get some interest there. It would make sense, as he is a native., but Bill Parcell's likes to build from the draft.

As for the Steelers if McFadden does sign elsewhere, Look for William Gay to take over the role, although the team may find a veteran corner at price they can afford.

One possible scenario has Bodden coming back to the city where he played college ball but he may command too high of a price, and unless some of the Steelers players such as Hines Ward can restructure their contracts, chances are he will get overpaid just like two other prominent No.2 picks Kendrell Bell and Anrwaan Randell El did in the past, thus ending his career as a Steeler
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Old 03-02-2009, 07:06 PM   #2
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His agent is Drew Rosenhaus. That right there is probably enough to keep his interest down.
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Default Re: Steeler Report: Interest in McFadden seems to be dwindling

How can he be losing out? He's just about the only one left.

Another FA CB resigns with old team.

Rams | Bartell agrees to terms
Mon, 02 Mar 2009 13:50:31 -0800

Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports the St. Louis Rams have agreed to terms with unrestricted free-agent CB Ron Bartell (Rams) on a four-year deal worth $28 million. The contract includes $13.6 million in guarantees.
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Default Re: Steeler Report: Interest in McFadden seems to be dwindling

he will be a patriot. no way he will take less that $7 mil/ season, when all these scrubs are getting that much.

we cant/wont pay that. patriots will.
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Default Re: Steeler Report: Interest in McFadden seems to be dwindling

Must be a bit humbling to still be out there on the market when all the "name" players are pretty much locked up at this point.

I wonder what it takes for him to come back to the Steelers with his tail between his legs.
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he will be a patriot. no way he will take less that $7 mil/ season, when all these scrubs are getting that much.

we cant/wont pay that. patriots will.
Not really any scrubs. Bartell is a better cover guy than McFadden, so too with DeAngelo Hall, Namdi Asomgua, Dunta Robinson. IMO, the Ravens giving just under $7mil a season to Dominique Foxworth is hilarious.......that guy might easily fall into the category of scrub.

I can see McFadden getting $6mil + contract from somebody that needs a corner. Patriots, Browns, Lions, Packers, Broncos, Cardinals.
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His agent is Drew Rosenhaus. That right there is probably enough to keep his interest down.
I still remember the day I read on the BSPN ticker that BMac fired his former agent and that he hired Drew. That from the get go spelled out that he wouldn't be a good impression from the steelers since rosenhaus is sometimes the agent for the whiniest players around. Nothing agains drew since that's his job but his business is not popular with the steelers FO.
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Well just maybe he will comeback. Maybe he over estimated or his agent his worth.
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Not really any scrubs. Bartell is a better cover guy than McFadden, so too with DeAngelo Hall, Namdi Asomgua, Dunta Robinson. IMO, the Ravens giving just under $7mil a season to Dominique Foxworth is hilarious.......that guy might easily fall into the category of scrub.

I can see McFadden getting $6mil + contract from somebody that needs a corner. Patriots, Browns, Lions, Packers, Broncos, Cardinals.
with exception of the top 3 who signed for $7+ mil i regard all the others scrubs at the prices theyre signing for. but thats what the market will bear and dictates. shame an average cb that will probably never sniff the pro-bowl now commands 7 mil/year.

even more scary is that next year w. gay will probably command more than the "modest" deal joselio got from the eagles.

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our only hope is all remaining teams just figuring he was a product of the system and low-balling him.
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If we dnt get mcfadden back or sign a cb in free agent i hope we draft sean smith!
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