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Old 03-30-2006, 09:34 AM   #1
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Default The Steelers & RFAs

I did a study of 24 restricted free agents for the Steelers over the last 5 years. The purpose was to support my belief that the Steelers will sign Ike Taylor to a long term deal before the season starts. I found the following trends:

Not including Ike Taylor, 4 players were tendered a mid-level offer which would require a 1st round pick as compensation (Reed, Porter, Zereoue, A. Smith). All 4 of these players signed a long term deal with the Steelers before the next season.

Of the 24 total RFAs, 5 were starters at the time (not including kickers) and 19 were reserves or special teams players. Of the 5 starters, 4 of them were eventually signed to a long term deal. Three of them (Porter, A. Smith, Ward), were signed to long term deals before the season started and one (Kreider) was signed the next year as a UFA to a long term deal. One starter was lost as a UFA (Chris Hope).

The Steelers signed 18 of the 24 players to multi-year deals either as a RFA or as an UFA. They lost 2 players as RFAs (Bailey, K.Brown) and 4 as UFAs.

Four times a RFA signed an offer sheet from another team. Twice the Steelers matched it (Ross, Fuamatu-Ma'afala).

It is important to point out that 1st and 2nd round draft picks usually get deals that are four years or longer. So they never become RFAs.

Class of 2003 (restricted in 2006)
*4 ? Ike Taylor, tendered a mid-level offer which would require a 1st round pick as compensation.
FA ? Sean Morey, tendered lowest qualifying offer.

Class of 2002 (restricted in 2005)
*3 - Chris Hope, tendered lowest qualifying offer before signing 1-yr contract in 2005, Signed with the Titans in 2006.
4 - Larry Foote, signed 5-yr deal before becoming a restricted free agent.
5 - Verron Haynes, tendered lowest qualifying offer before signing 1-yr deal in 2005, then 2-yr in 2006
7 - Bret Keisel, tendered lowest qualifying offer before signing 1-yr deal in 2005, then 4-year deal in 2006
FA ? Jeff Reed, a mid-level offer which would require a 1st round pick as compensation. Then signed a 5 year deal that same year (March 2005).

Class of 2001 (restricted in 2004)
5 -Chukky Okobi, tendered lowest qualifying offer before signing 4-yr deal that same year (March 2004).
6 - Rodney Bailey, tendered lowest qualifying offer. Signed an offer sheet from New England. Steelers didn?t match.
FA ? Chris Hoke, tendered lowest qualifying offer before signing a 2 year deal that same year (March 2004).
FA ? Keydrick Vincent, tendered lowest qualifying offer before signing a 1 year deal. Signed with Baltimore the next year.
FA ? Chidi Iwuoma, tendered lowest qualifying offer before signing a 3 year deal that same year (April 2004).

Class of 2000 (restricted in 2003)
3a - Kendrick Clancy, tendered lowest qualifying offer before signing a 1 year deal. Then signed a 1 year deal in 2004.
3b - Hank Poteat, tendered lowest qualifying offer before signing a 1 year deal.
5 - Clark Haggans, tendered lowest qualifying offer. Then signed a 4 year deal the next year, 2004.
*FA - Dan Kreider, tendered lowest qualifying offer. Then signed a 4 year deal the next year, 2004.

Class of 1999 (restricted in 2002)
*3 - Joey Porter, a mid-level offer which would require a 1st round pick as compensation. Then signed a 6 year deal that same year (May 2002).
3c - Amos Zereoue, a mid-level offer which would require a 1st round pick as compensation. Then signed a 3 year deal that same year (June 2002).
*4 - Aaron Smith, a mid-level offer which would require a 1st round pick as compensation. Then signed a 6 year deal that same year (July 2002).
5 - Jerame Tuman, tendered lowest qualifying offer before signing a 1 year deal. Signed a 3-year deal the next year, 2003.
6 - Kris Brown, tendered lowest qualifying offer. Signed an offer sheet from Houston. Steelers didn?t match.
FA ? Oliver Ross, tendered lowest qualifying offer. Signed an offer sheet from Cleveland. The Steelers matched. Then signed a 3 year deal with the Steelers.


Class of 1998 (restricted in 2001)
*3b - Hines Ward, tendered lowest qualifying offer before signing a 5 year deal that same year (Sept 2001).
4 - DeShea Townsend, tendered lowest qualifying offer before signing a 1 year deal. Signed a 4 year deal the next year, 2002.
5 - Jason Simmons, tendered lowest qualifying offer before signing a 1 year deal. Signed with Houston the next year.
6 - Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala, tendered lowest qualifying offer. Signed an offer sheet from New England. The Steelers matched. Then signed a 3 year deal with the Steelers.

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So hopefully this information will put people?s minds at ease regarding Ike Taylor getting a long term deal done. Remember that Joey Porter signed his long term deal in May, Aaron Smith in July and Hines Ward in September.

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Wow! Helluva post Txsted - excellent research.

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