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Old 03-09-2010, 05:44 PM   #1
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Default Steelers Shock Their Fanbase By Re-Signing Ryan Clark And Antwaan Randle El

Steelers Shock Their Fanbase By Re-Signing Ryan Clark And Antwaan Randle El
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by Blitzburgh on Mar 9, 2010 12:05 AM EST Comment 145 comments

First of all, I'll mention that I've been away from my computer for much of the day. I received news of the Steelers free agent signings moments after they were made public, but I have not had time yet to read all of your reactions to the Pittsburgh Steelers free agent acquisitions Monday. Here are my initial thoughts to the signings.

To begin - who saw either of these moves coming?? In Ryan Clark's case, reports out of Miami only hours earlier made it sound like Clark was a shoe-in to land in South Florida. Clark said he thought it was a great fit, and considering what we heard from Clark himself last week in regards to the negotiation process with the Steelers, it sure didn't seem likely that Clark would play another down in the Black 'N Gold.

Well, something must have changed, as the Steelers and Clark ultimately agreed on a 4 year, $17 million dollar contract that will pay Clark $5 million in 2010. The deal makes sense in a lot of ways. Yes, Clark will probably earn a bit more than he's 'worth' in 2010, but the team will not have to worry about finding a free safety that's capable of playing for a championship caliber team next year. Then after 2010, the organization is much less committed financially to the remainder of the deal. For the short term though, the team retains an important piece of what could again be a top flight defense pending the health of stalwarts like Polamalu, Woodley, Harrison and Smith.

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As for Randle El....what can you say? Welcome back to the 'Burgh baby! I'm not sure of the financials, but I believe that Randle-El and the organization agreed to a 3-year deal. The former return man and wide receiver for the Steelers will turn 31 this summer prior to the start of the 2010 season. That means his best days may be behind him, but it's not like he's a 34 year old shell of himself. I see Randle El as plenty capable of catching 40-50 balls in the slot in Bruce Arians' offense. You also never know about Hines Ward's ability to stay healthy and effective for a full season. I personally have faith that he'll play at a high level again 2010, but it still might make sense to let both him and Randle El compliment/spell each other throughout the year in hopes of keeping both fresh and healthy for meaningful games come January.

Finally, I will say that I'm usually not one to subscribe too heavily to things like chemistry, momentum and other intangibles, but I will say that I wholeheartedly believe that Randle El will bring some veteran pizazz and swagger to a team that seemed to lack something leadership wise last year. The key though is for Randle El to accept whatever niche makes most sense for him next year. We know that Randle El is, how shall we say it...supremely self-confident. And rightfully so. The dude was a baller quarterback in the Big 10, then made a seamless transition to wide receiver at the NFL level. He's a remarkable athlete and there's not much he can't do on a football field. He'll just have to accept the fact that he won't be asked to do all the things he may feel he's capable of doing. I think he will though with Hines Ward playing alongside him once more.

More on these moves and those made by other teams thus far in the 2010 version of NFL Free Agency soon enough. For now, I'll say I'm excited. With Clark, I'm excited that the team won't have to try a new, unproven solution in 2010 and 2011 - years that I've written I feel are peak years for the Steelers to contend for yet another Super Bowl(s). With Randle El, the move may mean less in terms of filling an immediate need. But I think bringing him back has the potential to reap big dividends in ways that go beyond his mere statistical contributions.
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Old 03-09-2010, 05:46 PM   #2
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Default Re: Steelers Shock Their Fanbase By Re-Signing Ryan Clark And Antwaan Randle El

What's gotten into Pittsburgh?
March, 9, 2010
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By James Walker

There are years when the Pittsburgh Steelers may go an entire offseason without signing four free agents.

This week they decided to sign four players in one day.

So what happened?

In addition to retaining veteran safety Ryan Clark, the Steelers also added safety Will Allen and receivers Antwaan Randle El and Arnaz Battle. Pittsburgh reportedly dished out at least $25 million worth of contracts Monday, although the amount for Randle El’s three-year deal isn’t known.

Retaining Clark was a goal for the Steelers, despite some rough patches in negotiations. He was visiting with the Miami Dolphins Monday, but a four-year deal was reached with Pittsburgh. Clark will return to his natural spot as the starting safety opposite Troy Polamalu.

The other three signings all have a significant theme: Improving special teams.

Pittsburgh's return and coverage teams were an underlying weakness that contributed to last season's 9-7 finish. Allen can be a backup safety and a core player on coverage teams, while both Battle and Randle El have experience returning kicks. Battle can play in kick coverage, as well.

The Steelers recently hired Al Everest to coach special teams this upcoming season. Everest now has some new toys to play with thanks to Pittsburgh's rare, but busy, day in free agency.
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Default Re: Steelers Shock Their Fanbase By Re-Signing Ryan Clark And Antwaan Randle El

Resigning Ryan Clark didn't surprise me at all. Signing El....put on my shock face.
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I think the majority of the fanbase is too preoccupied with other matters for this to have really sunk in yet.
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If they claim former Carolina FB Brad Hoover off the waiver wire............then I will be shocked.
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If they claim former Carolina FB Brad Hoover off the waiver wire............then I will be shocked.
Bruce Arians is a pretentious ass who doesnt like fullbacks remember ? And plus he's 33 years old. It's a distant dream...
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just wait until we re-sign willie parker. i can imagine several here shittin a brick.

but if thomas jones only gets $2.5/year for his 1400+ yds and 14 td's, we should be able to keep willie wonka for circus peanuts.
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I wasn't overly shocked that they gave Clark a deal, but I must say I was totally shocked with the El signing. Somewhat pleasantly shocked.

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just wait until we re-sign willie parker. i can imagine several here shittin a brick.

but if thomas jones only gets $2.5/year for his 1400+ yds and 14 td's, we should be able to keep willie wonka for circus peanuts.
Oh wow!!! Steelreserve will shat a square nickel if FWP comes back for something like $1.9mil a season.
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Oh wow!!! Steelreserve will shat a square nickel if FWP comes back for something like $1.9mil a season.
thats about exactly the number i was thinking. 4 years/ $8mil with a few ULTBE bonus incentives.

4 million guaranteed in an uncapped year and he virtually costs nothing if cut later (and counts minimum towards the cap if kept).
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