Why register with the Steelers Fever Forums?
 • Intelligent and friendly discussions.
 • It's free and it's quick. Always.
 • Enter events in the forums calendar.
 • Very user friendly software.
 • Exclusive contests and giveaways.

 Donate to Steelers Fever, Click here
 Our 2014 Goal: $450.00 - To Date: $450.00 (100.00%)
 Home | Forums | Editorials | Shop | Tickets | Downloads | Contact Pittsburgh Steelers Forum Feed Not Just Fans. Hardcore Fans.

Go Back   Steelers Fever Forums > Steelers Football > Pittsburgh Steelers

Steelers Fever Fan Shop

Doc's Sports Get FREE NFL Picks and College Football picks as well as Football Lines like live NFL Lines and updated NFL Power Rankings all at Doc's Sports Service.

Pro Bowl
8:00PM Eastern on ESPN

Thread Tools
Old 02-14-2011, 06:15 PM   #1
A Son of Martha

Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Mesa, Arizona
Posts: 7,976
Gender: Male
Member Number: 10438
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re-signing Woodley is Steelers' top priority

Re-signing Woodley is Steelers' top priority
By F. Dale Lolley, Staff writer dlolley@observer-reporter.com

There were 30 other NFL teams that would have loved to have been in the Pittsburgh Steelers' position a little over a week ago.

But now, coming off a 31-25 loss in Super Bowl XLV to the Green Bay Packers, the Steelers, like all NFL teams, find themselves entering an offseason of uncertainty.

With the league in all probability heading for a lockout March 4, nobody knows what the current labor situation will bring.

A lockout could mean there would be no free-agent period in the offseason.

There is a possibility that if a new collective bargaining agreement is not completed, and the owners end a lockout, free agents could be ordered back to work at 120 percent of their 2010 base salary.

For the Steelers, that means their potential free agents will find themselves in limbo, unable to sign with a new team, and essentially, without a job. That group includes linebacker LaMarr Woodley, cornerback Ike Taylor, offensive linemen Willie Colon, Doug Legursky and Jonathan Scott, kicker Shaun Suisham and punter Daniel Sepulveda.

Once a new CBA is in place, there could be a mad scramble by all 32 teams, whose only other means of player acquisition this offseason could be the draft.

Even the draft will be different. Without a new CBA, teams will not be permitted to sign any undrafted players, leaving another group of players in limbo.

One player who definitely will be back with the Steelers is quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

A tearful Roethlisberger sat alone at his locker in the moments following the Super Bowl, and he was apologetic when he spoke to reporters, taking full blame for the defeat.

The Super Bowl loss was only Roethlisberger's third in 13 postseason starts. The other two times Roethlisberger has experienced defeat in the playoffs - in 2004 and 2007 - the Steelers have won the Super Bowl the following season.

To keep that steak alive and avoid the Super Bowl loser hangover - seven of the last 10 Super Bowl losers have failed to make the playoffs the next season - the Steelers must keep their nucleus of players intact and add some key components - mainly in the secondary.

Keeping Woodley and Taylor will be the top priorities.

Woodley, 26, is entering his prime and has 39 sacks in four seasons. Woodley made only $550,000 last season and the Steelers will use the franchise tag on him if they are unable to work out a new contract by Feb. 24.

Getting a deal with Taylor should be easier. While the 30-year-old is the Steelers' best cornerback and is coming off a solid season, Taylor's not an elite player. He likes playing in Pittsburgh and for head coach Mike Tomlin and defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau. Taylor will likely take less money to stay with a team that offers him an opportunity to return to the Super Bowl.

Colon is coming off an Achilles' tendon injury but was considered the Steelers' best lineman before the injury. The Steelers dealt with his loss by signing 35-year-old Flozell Adams to a two-year deal to play right tackle. Adams will make $5 million next season, which might be more than the Steelers are willing to pay, particularly if they re-sign Colon at a bargain rate.

Legursky and Scott each started in the Super Bowl and did a credible job. With veteran backup Trai Essex also an unrestricted free agent, the Steelers will likely make a strong play to keep at least two of the three.
mesaSteeler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2011, 06:19 PM   #2
Super Moderator
pete74's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: pittsburgh
Posts: 3,331
Member Number: 15921
Thanks: 107
Thanked 504 Times in 260 Posts
Default Re: Re-signing Woodley is Steelers' top priority

i heard this same thing about Taylor then found out a week later they have yet to talk to him
pete74 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2011, 06:22 PM   #3
Atlanta Dan
Atlanta Dan's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 15,753
Member Number: 728
Thanks: 2,823
Thanked 9,181 Times in 3,999 Posts
Default Re: Re-signing Woodley is Steelers' top priority

Originally Posted by mesaSteeler View Post

Legursky and Scott each started in the Super Bowl and did a credible job. With veteran backup Trai Essex also an unrestricted free agent, the Steelers will likely make a strong play to keep at least two of the three.
Not certain if Dale Lolley is counting Doug Legursky as an unrestricted free agent - if so Ed. B. of the P-G says Legursky is not an unrestricted FA

Also read that Doug Legursky is a free agent. He was on the practice squad his first year and then played two years so he is an exclusive rights free agent who can go nowhere.

Atlanta Dan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2011, 10:50 PM   #4
Bench Warmer
dez09231's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Colorado Springs
Posts: 215
Gender: Male
Member Number: 11142
Thanks: 3
Thanked 46 Times in 23 Posts
Default Re: Re-signing Woodley is Steelers' top priority

I actually think Taylor is the first priority. Don't get me wrong, I love Woodley even though he can disappear at times.

However, Ike Taylor is far and away our best corner. Woodley has young studs chomping at the bit behind him. They aren't Woodley, but no CB currently on our roster is even near Ike.

Considering Ike's age, I wouldn't mind if they tagged him and signed Woodley long term, though. . . I just believe that right now Ike is the most important piece. Unless Ike wants ridiculous money, then I say we should break tradition and make a seriously attempt at Nhamdi.
dez09231 is online now   Reply With Quote


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:31 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Shoutbox provided by vBShout v6.2.1 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2015 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.0.8 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2015 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.
Navbar with Avatar by Motorradforum
no new posts