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Old 02-26-2006, 07:29 AM   #1
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Default P-G Believes Randel El, Hope & Keisel Gone

Post-Gazette had the following opinions in Sunday's paper on who goes and who stays in free agency:

Gone -- Hope, Randle El, DE Brett Keisel, QB Tommy Maddox (released), CB Willie Williams (released), OT Barrett Brooks.

Stay -- QB Charlie Batch, RB Verron Haynes, TE Jerame Tuman, DE Kimo von Oelhoffen, C Jeff Hartings (reworked contract), CB Ike Taylor, WR Sean Morey.

On the edge: WR Quincy Morgan, LB Clint Kriewaldt, WR Lee Mays, CB Deshea Townsend.


With regard to using the franchise tag on ARE or Hope:

The Steelers won't place a franchise tag on receiver Antwaan Randle El or safety Chris Hope for many reasons, including their traditional reluctance to use that tag. But the biggest reason is those two players aren't worth it. It would cost more than $6 million for Randle El and more than $4 million for Hope. The Steelers don't have the room on their salary cap, nor the inclination to pay either player that much.

P-G thinks Keisel could be headed to Cleveland:

The Steelers hoped to make Keisel a priority to sign, but instead he could come back to haunt them -- as a starter in Cleveland. The Browns have plenty of cap room, and Keisel might be someone they target and sign quickly. Two of their top needs are an outside linebacker/pass rusher and a 3-4 defensive end. Keisel can start for them at end and/or serve as a pass rusher.

I have assumed for some time ARE and Hope were gone, but I will be disappointed if Keisel goes as well; seems to confirm my view that if the Steelers do not re-sign a player before that player is eligible for unrestricted free agency that player is gone. Hard to argue with success, but still disappointing to lose certain players.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06057/661418.stm
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Old 02-26-2006, 07:54 AM   #2
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Default Re: P-G Believes Randel El, Hope & Keisel Gone

Well said, my thoughts exactly.
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Default Re: P-G Believes Randel El, Hope & Keisel Gone

I too see A.R.E. and Hope gone, but I hope they can find a way to keep Keisel. We need depth at that position. And if he does go I hope he goes anywhere, but the Clowns.
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Default Re: P-G Believes Randel El, Hope & Keisel Gone

I think we all agree! Keep Kiesel
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Default Re: P-G Believes Randel El, Hope & Keisel Gone

I really think they will keep Keisel. He will have the most bang for his buck. Another team is not going to sign him for starter big money. Even among Steeler fans, did you think 8 weeks ago Keisel was a must keep? I didn't until he exploded the last 2 months of the season.
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Default Re: P-G Believes Randel El, Hope & Keisel Gone

I'm glad those are only opinions!!

Brett Keisel needs to stay.

The definate goners for right now should be:

von Oelhoffen
Hartings
Tuman
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Brett "The Diesel" Keisel is the one player I would like to see us keep. Hope was one of the two, but the more I think about it, we can get somebody in there to take his place (Colclough maybe?). The rest are replacable in my opinion.
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Default Re: P-G Believes Randel El, Hope & Keisel Gone

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I really think they will keep Keisel. He will have the most bang for his buck. Another team is not going to sign him for starter big money. Even among Steeler fans, did you think 8 weeks ago Keisel was a must keep? I didn't until he exploded the last 2 months of the season.
Keisel and Hope are in somewhat similar situations. Both had decent seasons and the benefit of playing for the Super Bowl winner.

For those reasons, the price for which the Steelers could have re-signed either one last summer is significantly less than their current price.

Steelers did not want to pay last summer until they received the benefit of another season's perfomance by Keisel and Hope (as I have stated previously, ARE was gone once Wilson was signed and the Steelers spent the $$ budgeted for the WR position). Both Hope & Keisel had a good 2005 and their price on the open market may now be outside of the Steelers budget; that's the breaks of life under the salary cap.
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Default Re: P-G Believes Randel El, Hope & Keisel Gone

Keisel going to the Brownies? I would never wish such a curse on him
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Default Re: P-G Believes Randel El, Hope & Keisel Gone

Keisel is a priority as is Hope.. dont count on them being gone just yet.. both of them want to stay in Pittsburgh and both said they will be patient to see what the Steelers can come up with for a deal.

ARE is probably gone though, but the Steelers are not gonna let a young stud like Keisel go, with Kimo coming to the end of his career. Kimo would sign for less money to stay with us, I'd bet on that, and allow him to be a situational guy and let Brett take over starting in his place. Letting Brett go would be a HUGE mistake, as would hope.
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