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Old 02-07-2006, 05:41 AM   #1
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Default Could this be the end of the perfect franchise?

Okay, hate to be the one who places the negative waves but who's contracts are up now?
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Old 02-07-2006, 12:11 PM   #2
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Default Randle El is a free agent

I think Randle El is gone. Especially after most teams are going to remember him for outstanding play in the playoffs rather than the fumbled pitch to Hines against New England and his tendency to return kicks east-west.

He won't get Plaxico money from another team but surely he can get more than what the Steelers can and should pay him. Now that he has a ring I think his main focus is the biggest paycheck and guaranteed money. He is on the record saying that he'd love to play for the Bears.

Every other core player is locked up. So to answer your question...NO. This is not the end of this team. Really it is just the beginning...from quarterback to strong safety.
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Old 02-07-2006, 02:44 PM   #3
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Default Re: Could this be the end of the perfect franchise?

We are basically intact on offense... Randle El is only key FA as far as starters go.. but we'll need to work on depth on the OL again, and possibly at TE as well..

Defense is where we could feel a sting if Hope and Townsend leave, we will have little veteran depth. I would imagine we will keep atleast one of those 2 if not both. I would think Deshea would be the more expendable one if anyone becuz of our good depth at CB. we have very little depth at safety so Hope is a key to come back.
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Old 02-07-2006, 02:50 PM   #4
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Default Re: Could this be the end of the perfect franchise?

Major areas of concern for me......at leat for depth...
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HB, WR, C, TE
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DE both sides, MLB, FS, CB

I think our first pick should go towards offense.......and second pick to back up our defense
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I think Randle El is gone. Especially after most teams are going to remember him for outstanding play in the playoffs rather than the fumbled pitch to Hines against New England and his tendency to return kicks east-west.

He won't get Plaxico money from another team but surely he can get more than what the Steelers can and should pay him. Now that he has a ring I think his main focus is the biggest paycheck and guaranteed money. He is on the record saying that he'd love to play for the Bears.

Every other core player is locked up. So to answer your question...NO. This is not the end of this team. Really it is just the beginning...from quarterback to strong safety.
I think that the Steelers would do well to make a sincere effort to sign Randle El - he provides so much more versitility that your average wide receiver by being able to throw the ball (two TD's in the playoffs) and his ability to break a punt return at any time.

What about Chris Hope, Kimo - and I think there are a few others on the bubble.

Also don't forget about Ken W. , being interviewed by the Raiders - he is one of the best offense coordinators that we have had in a long time - he really understands Ben very well and knows what he and the rest of the offense can and can't do. I don't think he will go (would you want Al Davis as your boss) but we will wait and see.
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The end? I think it's the complete opposite. We're just getting started my brother from another mother.
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Its the same sh*ty ordeal! We can't lose Randle El cos that would be another love lost, he has done alot for the team! Plus that would be a second Authentic jersey I have bought thats not up to date with the roster! Burress last year! And their not cheap!

What about Wardy what are they doing with his contract!
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Ward is signed! Kimo is free agent that's worrisome. El says he wants too stay so it'll be up to him. 2 million (guess) STEELERS to 3 (guess) another team , how many millions do you need?? I'm just sick of everybody going for the money, how about some loyalty to the teams and their fans!! Hopefully he learns from Ward's example!
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Its the same sh*ty ordeal! We can't lose Randle El cos that would be another love lost, he has done alot for the team! Plus that would be a second Authentic jersey I have bought thats not up to date with the roster! Burress last year! And their not cheap!

What about Wardy what are they doing with his contract!

Ward signed an extention in the offseason, and he'll be here for a while. That is why you make sure that a players gonna be here a while before buying their jersey. Good ideas would probably include Hampton, Ward, Wilson, and Miller. They all signed big contracts this past offseason. Or, wait and see who we sign in the offseason
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Its the same sh*ty ordeal! We can't lose Randle El cos that would be another love lost, he has done alot for the team! Plus that would be a second Authentic jersey I have bought thats not up to date with the roster! Burress last year! And their not cheap!

What about Wardy what are they doing with his contract!

Umm Ward's contract was extended in pre-season. He will retire a Steeler.

Verron Haynes is a free agent as well as Von Olehoffen. I think that Batch is also a free agent.
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