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Old 03-13-2009, 10:12 AM   #1
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Default Kevin Shaffer as a spot-starter? Why not take a look at the former Brown

Steeler report: Kevin Shaffer as a spot-starter? Why not take a look at the former Brown
March 13, 8:19 AM 1 comment
http://www.examiner.com/x-2703-Pitts...e-former-Brown

PITTSBURGH - The Steelers just dished out a lot of money to make sure its line from the Super Bowl Championship team would remain intact.

But as free-agency continues, here is a name that may be worth noting- Kevin Shaffer.

The Cleveland Browns, released the right tackle on Thursday so that they would not have to pay him a $1 million roster bonus which was due to him today.Kevin Shaffer

Although sources in Cleveland have said chances are decent that the Browns will try to re-sign him if a deal can be reached by both sides, it is not guaranteed. Shaffer had signed a seven-year, $36 million contract in March of 2006 and was due to make $2.65 million this year. It was a deal in which many believe former Browns GM Phil Savage overspent on, yet one that was necessary at the time, to shore up the worst line in the league then.

Shaffer could be an asset, as he could play both the right and left tackle position for the team. He originally signed with the Browns to play the left tackle slot, but was moved to right tackle after the team drafted All-Pro Joe Thomas.

The 29 year old started 16 games each of his two years with the Browns and in 2004 and 2005 with Atlanta, was a pivotal part of a line that was the highest ranked in terms of rushing yards with 159.1 yards per game.

Shaffer is a Pennsylvania native and playing in the AFC North has a good understanding of the Steeler system. He also has not missed a game due to injury the past four years. If the Browns don't resign him, he would at least be worthy a look for a spot-starter slot, if the price was right.
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Default Re: Kevin Shaffer as a spot-starter? Why not take a look at the former Brown

Nope. NO former Clowns! They have the stink of losing on them and that's tough to get out!
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Default Re: Kevin Shaffer as a spot-starter? Why not take a look at the former Brown

if he would come cheap why not!
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I think he is a better RT than Colon, but I dont think we will have the cap room to compete for his services with other teams.
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i doubt he would come in on the low end..
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I think he is a better RT than Colon, but I dont think we will have the cap room to compete for his services with other teams.
... unless we cut Starks.

Can we do that? I'm pretty sure we can, in which case I would be completely in favor of this. Or just about anyone we could bring in for half the price.
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http://www.examiner.com/x-2703-Pitts...e-former-Brown

PITTSBURGH - The Steelers just dished out a lot of money to make sure its line from the Super Bowl Championship team would remain intact.

But as free-agency continues, here is a name that may be worth noting- Kevin Shaffer.

Shaffer could be an asset, as he could play both the right and left tackle position for the team.

Shaffer is a Pennsylvania native and..... has not missed a game due to injury the past four years.
Those-alone might make him worth a look/see

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Old 03-13-2009, 12:17 PM   #9
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... unless we cut Starks.

Can we do that? I'm pretty sure we can, in which case I would be completely in favor of this. Or just about anyone we could bring in for half the price.
No, I think we are stuck with Starks and his contract for this season at least. Unless he gets a long term deal with a big guarantee up front, Starks has no need to renegotiate his Tag. The guy is gonna make $15 mil in 2 seasons, so why would he negotiate a deal to lessen his cap value ??

As Tony Hip said, if we restructure Hines Ward's deal, we might get some more cap room for a guy like Schaffer. We could then play out the season, let Starks go next season and have a pick like Britton, Beatty or Schaffer play LT next season and use that $8mil saved by releasing Starks to tag Harrison or extend Holmes, Miller, or Woodley.

Either way, we gotta stop overpaying for average players like Kemo, Starks, etc. so we can prepare to pay fair market to players like Harrison, Woodley, Holmes, Miller, Timmons etc.
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Either way, we gotta stop overpaying for average players like Kemo, Starks, etc. so we can prepare to pay fair market to players like Harrison, Woodley, Holmes, Miller, Timmons etc.
and you know gay is just licking his chops at an opportunity to start and outperform what mcfadden did (both on the field and at the negotiating table).

if they dont draft a cb high i would hope they extend him before the regular season.

actually shaffer may be affordable w/o much restructuring if we really wanted him-

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Edited on 3/02/09 to reflect the "Rule of 51" which I totally forgot about in all of my number crunching. This rule states that only the top 51 salaries are counted against the Steelers salary cap in the offseason. Right now that number is ROUGHLY $121,046,097.00 which would mean the Steelers are around 6 million dollars under the salary cap. Being as some of my numbers are not exact, I figure I have a plus or minus error of around 3 million dollars, so realistically the Steelers may have around 9 million in available cap room or as low as 3 million left available as of this date.

Edited on 3/04/09 to reflect the real contract numbers of Sean McHugh and added Martin Nance who re-signed. Cap total around $120,809,430.00

Edited on 3/12/09 to reflect Willie Colon and Andre Frazier signings. Cap total around $121,106,930.00 when applying the rule of 51. This leaves the Steelers around 6 million under the cap with a plus or minus error of 3 million
of course this is just a bloggers number crunching but the salaries and cap hits are all listed.
http://www.steelersdepot.com/blog/20...y-cap-numbers/
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