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Old 03-11-2013, 07:50 PM   #1
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Default Steelers expecting to lose 3 starters quickly when free agency begins

Steelers expecting to lose three starters quickly when free agency begins

by Gerry Dulac

Free agency begins at 4:01 p.m. tomorrow and the Steelers are all but expecting to lose at least three starters when it does WR Mike Wallace, CB Keenan Lewis and RB Rashard Mendenhall.

Wallace is one of the top unrestricted free agents on the market and could be signed by another team shortly after the free-agency period begins. The Miami Dolphins and Minnesota Vikings are among the teams who would be interested in Wallace, maybe the top deep threat in the NFL.

Lewis is among the top cornerbacks on the market and could be pursued by division-rival Cleveland, which is looking for a corner to pair with Joe Haden. The Browns have the most salary-cap room of any NFL team, approximately $46 million.

The Steelers are willing to part with Lewis because they really like Cortez Allen and think he is ready to be a starter. Its the main reason they brought back William Gay last week to be their nickel back. Gay signed a three-year, $4.5 million contract.

The Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos are interested in Mendenhall, who fell into disfavor with Coach Mike Tomlin last season and was suspended for one game for failing to show up for a game when he was inactive.

With Wallace and Lewis, the Steelers are expecting them to receive offers well beyond what they would be willing to afford.

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Default Re: Steelers expecting to lose 3 starters quickly when free agency begins

I really do not want to see Lewis go....not good.
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Default Re: Steelers expecting to lose 3 starters quickly when free agency begins

No, I had been thinking they would invest in him, but with the Gay signing it seems like they are preparing for him to leave
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Default Re: Steelers expecting to lose 3 starters quickly when free agency begins

I'm fine with Mikey and Fumbley leaving, but Keenan leaving might be a little bit worrisome. I trust the front office, though.
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Out of everyone leaving, things just plain old hurt my wittle feelings in this order:

Harrison, Lewis, Starks (still possible to keep but I'm having my doubts)

Everyone else can take a hike
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No, I had been thinking they would invest in him, but with the Gay signing it seems like they are preparing for him to leave
I agree, but with Ike Taylor being 33yrs old this spring and having salary of $6mil and $7mil the next 2 years....I'd rather see them restructure Ike's deal with the long term plan of him maybe jumping to FS and keeping Lewis.

Imagine in 2 seasons seeing Cortez Allen and Keenan Lewis at CB, while Ike Taylor pairs at safety with Vacarro or Matt Elam. Its a bit of a stretch, but not that far fetched.
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I agree, but with Ike Taylor being 33yrs old this spring and having salary of $6mil and $7mil the next 2 years....I'd rather see them restructure Ike's deal with the long term plan of him maybe jumping to FS and keeping Lewis.

Imagine in 2 seasons seeing Cortez Allen and Keenan Lewis at CB, while Ike Taylor pairs at safety with Vacarro or Matt Elam. Its a bit of a stretch, but not that far fetched.
sounds like a great idea, and Ike's in really great shape, and other than the fractured ankle this season has been mr. dependable. There's no reason to think he won't be around for some years to come
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I agree, but with Ike Taylor being 33yrs old this spring and having salary of $6mil and $7mil the next 2 years....I'd rather see them restructure Ike's deal with the long term plan of him maybe jumping to FS and keeping Lewis.

Imagine in 2 seasons seeing Cortez Allen and Keenan Lewis at CB, while Ike Taylor pairs at safety with Vacarro or Matt Elam. Its a bit of a stretch, but not that far fetched.
taylor is probably the best tackling CB in the league. do you think he can lay the wood like clark and polamalu do on a consistant basis?
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Why is everyone worried about f'n Keenan Lewis. He had 1 good year. He rotted on the bench for 3 years of his contract.

I would not pay that guy big money.

Wallace deserved it but we gave it to Brown...who also had 1 good year. Mistake.
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Why is everyone worried about f'n Keenan Lewis. He had 1 good year. He rotted on the bench for 3 years of his contract.

I would not pay that guy big money.

Wallace deserved it but we gave it to Brown...who also had 1 good year. Mistake.
everybody knows the NFL is a "what have you done for me lately" league.

keenan lewis earned his money last year.

mike wallace did not. he thumbed his nose at what the steelers offered. then he shat the bed.

end of story.
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