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Old 04-07-2010, 11:44 PM   #1
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Default Defensive end Eason to re-sign with Steelers

Defensive end Eason to re-sign with Steelers
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt.../s_675370.html
By John Harris
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, April 8, 2010

Unrestricted free agent Nick Eason, who started five games in 2009, will re-sign Thursday with the Steelers.

"He wanted to stay in Pittsburgh because of his love of the city and the team," agent David Wyatt said Wednesday night.

Wyatt said Eason, a defensive end who also visited the Arizona Cardinals, agreed to terms and the Steelers sent a contract to Georgia for him to sign.

Eason, who turns 30 next month, has served in a backup capacity the past three seasons. With veteran Travis Kirschke expected to retire, Eason's role could expand, along with Ziggy Hood, last year's first-round draft pick, and second-year-player Sunny Harris.

Eason totaled 16 tackles in eight games last season.

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This is the first of me hearing that Travis Kirschke is expectd to retire he has been a good one.
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Old 04-08-2010, 07:26 AM   #3
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Default Re: Defensive end Eason to re-sign with Steelers

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This is the first of me hearing that Travis Kirschke is expectd to retire he has been a good one.
Ed Bouchette said in his transcript the other day that Travis was expected to retire.
He also said, he expects the Steelers not re-sign Eason unitl after the draft.
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I like this signing. I have thought that Eason has been a servicable DE in our rotation for the past 2 seasons. Glad to see he's sticking around.
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I like this signing. I have thought that Eason has been a servicable DE in our rotation for the past 2 seasons. Glad to see he's sticking around.
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Default Re: Defensive end Eason to re-sign with Steelers

I thought this was gonna happen last year that Kirschke retired and Eason take his place. I really like what I saw from Sunny Harris and think this is gonna be a solid D-line for years, even after Smith retires.

Eventually gonna be Hood and Keisel starting with Harris and Eason backing up at DE. The wildcard is that if some reason the Steelers see Corey Wooten in the 2nd and take him.
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This is the same for me about hearing him. Eason is a pretty solid player and I like the attitude he brings to the team, plus it's more depth.
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With Kirschke going to retire this season im sure this is a good move for the aging D-line!
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Default Re: Defensive end Eason to re-sign with Steelers

It's too bad Kirschke is retiring. I thought he was the best of our backups when he was healthy and would've preferred him over Eason. Of course, if he's getting too old to stay healthy in the first place, that kind of defeats the point.

Oh well. We'll do fine. We were basically carrying one too many defensive linemen for most of last season anyway once we grabbed Sunny Harris. And especially with Smith coming back, someone was bound to get squeezed out.
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I am glad to hear this as I think that Eason is a very solid player and brings valuable depth to our D-line. I also like Eason's work ethic and think he has gotten better each year.
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