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Old 01-21-2013, 07:44 PM   #31
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The most logical answers for Colon, Keisel, and Harrison... and hopefully these will help them re-sign Keenan Lewis.

Brett Keisel: Steelers have two choices: ask Keisel to take a pay cut that would save the team about $1.8 million or cut him and free up a little more than $2.8 million in cap space.

James Harrison: Harrison counts more than $10 million against the Steelers' 2013 salary cap. If the Steelers restructure his contract they'd only save less than $3 million. So the options are he takes a pay cut or we cut him.

Willie Colon: He's scheduled to count $7.6 million against the cap in 2013. If the Steelers release him after the Super Bowl, the team would only save $1.2 million. However, If they waited until after June 1st, they would save a total of $4.425 million toward 2013, but would suffer a penalty of $3.225 million against 2014. There's another option here too, we could restructure his contract that is $5.5 million this year into a $4.5 million signing bonus and save $3 million in cap space.

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Restructuring contracts is what got us to this predicament and doing more of that will only prolong this problem. I would rather just cut them
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:36 PM   #32
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Absolutely NOT. 0 interception last year
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:45 PM   #33
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^^^Agree! Also, with Allen coming along, we just don't hae the money. Sucks that it took him so long to develop.
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Old 01-21-2013, 11:06 PM   #34
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Default Re: Keenan Lewis Worth 8 Million a Year?

We haven't really been able to see what Allen is capable of yet, though. We've seen him in a very limited role and this might not be indicative of his play. He's made progress and he has come along, sure, but I need to see more of him to make a judgment call.

I'd also give Lewis a 5 year / 35 million dollar deal. He's going to get that somewhere else, and I'd rather him and Allen (assuming he continues his progression) be our two shut-down CBs for the next 5 - 6 years than having to constantly worry about giving up the big play. That way, we don't have to spend a high-ish pick on a CB, either, and can address other needs.
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Honestly the corners that have come from the Steelers most recently were Gay and McFadden and they have been busts for the Cardinals. I don't think Steelers corners have been a hot commodity. Ike has typically gone against the other teams best receivers. The secondary got TORCHED when Ike went down. The Chargers and Cowboys put up enormous yardage immediately after Ike's injury.

Asante Samuel is making 4.8 million a year- he has the NFL record with 4 pick 6s in the postseason. Samuel has 50 career ints.

I just do not see a market value of 7 million for a player with 1 career interception who has been solid but no where near a shutdown corner and who has not played against the other team's best receiver. I would be disappointed to see Lewis price himself out of Pittsburgh but that is a very real possibility.
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Think we have to sign Lewis.
Allen stays at the nickel and takes over next year for Ike.
I'm not impressed with Curtis Brown nor any of the other DB's.
At the rate that we develop DB's resigning Lewis is a no brainer IMO.
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Default Re: Keenan Lewis Worth 8 Million a Year?

We cant keep letting guys go when Its contract time if so we will never be on top again, cause what if Ike goes down(hope not) and if we don't have Lewis and all we have is Allen we are screwed just facts and please don't say draft a corner in the draft cause we have to many needs.
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Keenan might leave us if someone pays the "big bucks". In my mind, he is not worth more than $5 million a year. That would still be a nice big payday for him and he may take it to play for us (especially with Carnell Lake's coaching) instead of going elsewhere. I said the day Cortez Allen was drafted:

"4) Cortez Allen - Excellent value with raw talent that hasn't yet been trained. His history says football hasn't been the top focus as far as time in his life (Due to his college). With Steelers coaching and a good work ethic, he could become THE shut down corner in a few years. He also has much softer hands than Ike."
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He is the eventual replacement for Ike, not Keenan.
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Start negotiations at 8 million.
Toss him a pen from across the table to sign it.
Then for every botched catch, knock the price down a million.

That should whittle him down to 4 million.
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With all due respect to Lewis he is no Tillman
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