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Old 04-02-2013, 01:44 PM   #1
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Default Pittsburgh Steelers Meeting With Houston Texans Free Agent OL Antoine Caldwell

Pittsburgh Steelers Meeting With Houston Texans Free Agent OL Antoine Caldwell

By Kyle Curry

According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle Houston Texans free agent offensive lineman Antoine Caldwell will be meeting with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are in need of offensive line depth with Max Starks and Doug Legursky both free agents. So far this off-season the Steelers have re-signed Ramon Foster and are expected to start Marcus Gilbert, Mike Adams, Maurkice Pouncey, David DeCastro, and Foster on the line. They do, however, need to add depth behind the starting fives; especially with the Steelers offensive line’s recent injury issues.

Caldwell was a third round pick of the Texans in 2009. He played his college football at Alabama where he earned All-American honors. He was considered the third best center in the 2009 NFL Draft behind Eric Wood and Alex Mack. During his four year NFL career he has played in 39 games for the Texans and started 19 games. Caldwell can play both guard and center and could be a replacement for Legursky, who has been a back-up center and guard for the Steelers since 2008.

Legursky and Caldwell are the same age and same weight, but Caldwell is taller at 6’3″ (Legursky is 6’1″). Another important note about Caldwell is that he has played four years under Gary Kubiak’s offense in Houston and the Texans use a zone blocking scheme that Mike Shanahan made famous in Denver when Kubiak was the Broncos offensive coordinator.

Earlier this off-season the Steelers hired a new offensive line coach in Jack Bicknell Jr. who used the zone blocking scheme with the Kansas City Chiefs and has said he is planning on bringing it to Pittsburgh. The Steelers have used some zone blocking in the past, but it will likely become more common under Bicknell and Todd Haley who have both used zone blocking in the past with success.

Caldwell would be a low risk high reward signing and could help the Steelers lineman learn the zone blocking system quicker as he is well versed in it. Caldwell would also compete with Foster for the starting left guard spot and if he doesn’t win that job he would be the perfect option as a back-up to Pouncey at center as well as an option to back-up both guard positions.

Last year Caldwell was supposed to be the Texans starting right guard, but he had an injury plagued campaign and is looking for another shot elsewhere. The Pittsburgh Steelers will be the first team to visit with Caldwell so far in free agency and if he is willing to play on a one year contract for the minimum the Steelers are sure to be interested.

http://steelblitz.com/pittsburgh-ste...caldwell/2966/

-- Mods, just a heads up, I tried to search for another offensive line thread that I could throw this into but the search function seems to be broken. I don't know if this is something you already know about, but I couldn't search.
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Default Re: Pittsburgh Steelers Meeting With Houston Texans Free Agent OL Antoine Caldwell

I hope they sign him, i actually wanted them to draft him when he was coming out.. they took Urbick instead when they traded out of the second round...
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Default Re: Pittsburgh Steelers Meeting With Houston Texans Free Agent OL Antoine Caldwell

anyone know the figures hes look at ?

after decastro, pouncey, adams, gilbert and foster.

who is signed?
beachum, legursky


it would be nice if we can grab caldwell and wont need to touch oline in the draft at all
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anyone know the figures hes look at ?

after decastro, pouncey, adams, gilbert and foster.

who is signed?
beachum, legursky


it would be nice if we can grab caldwell and wont need to touch oline in the draft at all
Legursky has not been re-signed yet.
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Default Re: Pittsburgh Steelers Meeting With Houston Texans Free Agent OL Antoine Caldwell

I doubt it happens. Mostly because he is a good player that I would like to have on the team and not a scrub. Strong at the point of attack, versatile that he can play G and C, plus he moves well and is used to counting defensive fronts in a Zone system, which it looks like the steelers will play sometimes and mix in some power man.
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Signing Legurski will be a signing of last resort.
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I don't hate legurski but he is to limited, he is never going to be anything but mediocre at best, would think caldwell would be a better option!
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I would like for us to sign this guy seems like our line is always injured or have no decent backups when someone gets injured.
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