Add another player to the fold as Doug Legursky has signed his 1 yr. tender offer from the Steelers.
In the last 3 days the team has signed Jerricho Cotchery, Trai Essex, and Leonard Pope from their unrestricted free agent status. Remember, Essex signed a 1 yr. deal to return to the Steelers late in preseason of 2011, and was thus an unrestricted player heading into the 2012 offseason. They’ve also brought back David Johnson who signed his 1 yr. tender. Last month Ramon Foster signed his 1 yr. deal as well.
Legursky is recovering from off season shoulder surgery but should be ready to go for training camp. There was some speculation that he might garner some interest in free agency from teams looking at utlity lineman especially with Center experience. That never panned out though and Legursky will return to his normal reserve duties with the Steelers.
They did try an experiement with him at Right Guard to start out 2011 but that never panned out. He eventually gave way to Ramon Foster who held that job in 2010. Injuries to Maurkice Pouncey and other players on the line forced offensive line coach Sean Kugler to use Legursky’s services elsewhere anyway.
Marcus Gilbert will likely start at Left Tackle this season and with Chris Kemoeatu’s release there is an open spot at Left Guard. Legs seemed to fit in better on the left side than the right but the Steelers need a long terms solution via the draft here, not another reserve player trying to fit in.
Legursky’s role needs to stay as the primary backup to Maurkice Pouncey. Trying to make him a starter didn’t work last year and for my money it’s not something that will work going forward. Doing so causes even more disruption on the line when he is forced to move to another spot to fill in for someone who has gone down. Then you have 2 new players on the line instead of one. Given the Steelers history of injuries on the line, having available bodies with experience ready to step in is a necessity.
That’s something we can get into more as the season gets closer but for now the Steelers are reinforcing their team as it gets closer to draft day. welcome back Bronco!