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Old 03-20-2009, 03:57 AM   #1
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Default Signing free agent still possible

The Steelers have re-signed eight of their free agents in one form or another since the period began Feb. 27, yet no others.

That could end ... one of these days.

"We don't look at that as the barometer of whether we're having a good offseason or not," Steelers president Art Rooney II said of the lack of signing of other free agents. Yet, "I would imagine we will" eventually sign at least one.

Rooney said negotiations to extend the contract of linebacker James Harrison are ongoing.

"Those things they do tend to drag when you're trying to extend somebody, so I'm still optimistic," Rooney said.

He cited the four offensive linemen they have re-signed as a key to what the Steelers have accomplished so far in free agency.

"I think the fact that we've kept the offensive line intact is a big position," he said. "We've seen what it's like to have a lot of change on the offensive line, and it's not something you want. I think the fact that we'll have it intact for this year is a positive, so we're pleased about that."

The Steelers, he said, are "OK" under the salary cap.

"But we're going to have to be careful from here on it. Obviously we've got some things with our own players that we'd like to do. We'd like to get James extended; we'd like to get Max [Starks] done. There's still pieces we've still got to get put in place."

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Old 03-20-2009, 08:05 AM   #2
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Sounds good to me. These are the guys that just won the Super Bowl, after all.
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Old 03-20-2009, 08:43 AM   #3
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Would be nice to sprinkle in a Vet WR or Corners for some depth....
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Old 03-20-2009, 11:42 AM   #4
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I'd be fine if we didn't sign any free agents, especially since where Bryant and Nate went, they should have a decent chance to start and be successful. When you lose 2 free agents who do well, but don't sign any for yourself, that means comp picks. and comp picks means the Steelers are more likely to trade up, imo.
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Old 03-20-2009, 12:32 PM   #5
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"I think the fact that we've kept the offensive line intact is a big position," he said. "We've seen what it's like to have a lot of change on the offensive line, and it's not something you want. I think the fact that we'll have it intact for this year is a positive, so we're pleased about that."
Well, that's one way of looking at it. Personally, I don't think change was the problem; it was that the changes consisted mostly of replacing good players with worse ones.

I mean, you lose Faneca, Smith and Simmons and replace them with Kemo, Starks and Stapleton. You've just switched three solid veterans for three inexperienced journeymen, plus you've got a fourth guy who may be playing the wrong position. Of course you're going to have problems, rocket scientist.
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Well, that's one way of looking at it. Personally, I don't think change was the problem; it was that the changes consisted mostly of replacing good players with worse ones.

I mean, you lose Faneca, Smith and Simmons and replace them with Kemo, Starks and Stapleton. You've just switched three solid veterans for three inexperienced journeymen, plus you've got a fourth guy who may be playing the wrong position. Of course you're going to have problems, rocket scientist.
and the journeymen have won the superbowl while Faneca was watching the superbowl at home with his money,while Smith and Simmons were on the sideline,I guess it is still a team sports and you dont need to have the best players at each position to win the SB.

Id love to see the Steelers draft a OL during one of the first 2 round though(I love G Duke Robinson)
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I think possibly picking up Mike McKenzie would be a good move to add depth at CB
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The Steelers, he said, are "OK" under the salary cap.
Take it for what it's worth...

As of March 18

Tampa Bay $39.64 million
Philadelphia $38.92 million
Kansas City $34.63 million
San Francisco $30.77 million
Green Bay $29.88 million
Chicago $28.62 million
Cleveland $22.02 million
Minnesota $21.91 million
Jacksonville $21.29 million
Denver $19.22 million
Cincinnati $16.35 million
N.Y. Jets $14.33 million
Tennessee $13.99 million
Miami $13.86 million
Houston $13.69 million
Atlanta $13.55 million
St. Louis $12.42 million
Detroit $11.78 million
Dallas $10.88 million
Oakland $10.35 million
Buffalo $10.30 million
San Diego $8.56 million
Indianapolis $7.15 million
N.Y. Giants $6.78 million
Washington $6.57 million
New England $6.07 million
Baltimore $5.99 million
Seattle $5.87 million
Carolina $5.11 million
Arizona $4.14 million
Pittsburgh $3.91 million
New Orleans $1.38 million

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I think possibly picking up Mike McKenzie would be a good move to add depth at CB
Old, injury prone, disappearing the last few seasons....

sounds like he'll be a pat to me
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At least we got an FO that's frugal AND effective. If i was a fan of any other team, id be upset to be $3.91 million under the cap.
If you call spending $14million of that for Starks, Kemo, Colon, Essex......."effective".
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