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Captcoolhand
03-08-2008, 04:06 PM
As the first week of free agency passed, it was business as usual for the Steelers -- as in they did very little of it Friday.
The team did re-sign linebacker Andre Frazier to a one-year deal that could be worth as much as $520,000 and includes a $50,000 signing bonus.
The Steelers had declined to tender a one-year offer worth $927,000 to Frazier last week, making the fourth-year pro an unrestricted free agent. Frazier visited the Patriots before re-signing with the Steelers.
The 6-foot-5, 255-pounder played in eight games for the Steelers last season, strictly on special teams, and made 12 tackles.
Frazier, who originally signed with the Steelers in 2005 and played two seasons for the Bengals, was re-signed because of his ability to play special teams. He also could challenge for playing time at outside linebacker with free agent Clark Haggans certain to sign somewhere else.
The Steelers apparently are still interested in free agent center/guard Rex Hadnot.
Hadnot, who started 48 games at guard and center the previous three seasons for the Miami Dolphins, met with the Steelers on Wednesday and visited the Titans yesterday.
The Steelers are believed to be less than $1 million under the salary cap with the re-signing of Frazier and have yet to make an offer to the 6-2, 325-pound Hadnot.
The Steelers could free up cap room by signing offensive tackle Max Starks to a long-term contract or restructuring the contracts of players on their roster.
The team made a one-year tender offer worth almost $6.9 million to Starks recently, and they have factored that figure into their salary cap for 2008.
Director of football operations Kevin Colbert said earlier this week that the Steelers and Starks hope to agree on a multi-year contract. Starks can sign the tender offer at any time, and the Steelers have the right to pull it off the table before the middle of July.
The Steelers signed running back/kick returner Mewelde Moore last Monday and hosted safeties Eugene Wilson and Chris Crocker, as well as linebacker Tracy White earlier in the week.
The re-signing of Frazier makes it unlikely the Steelers will sign White as they were looking at him as a special-teams player. Well at least 2 things, we got frazier for half the price and they still have an Eye on Hadnot. :yellowthumb:

Stlrs4Life
03-08-2008, 04:19 PM
Steelers | Team could have Simmons restructure contract
Sat, 8 Mar 2008 10:48:20 -0800

Ed Bouchette, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reports the Pittsburgh Steelers could ask OG Kendall Simmons to restructure his contract to create more room under the salary cap.

Captcoolhand
03-08-2008, 04:30 PM
Steelers | Team could have Simmons restructure contract
Sat, 8 Mar 2008 10:48:20 -0800

Ed Bouchette, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reports the Pittsburgh Steelers could ask OG Kendall Simmons to restructure his contract to create more room under the salary cap.
Wow! they just gave him a contract extention in Sept and all ready they want him to redo it again.:scratch: what's really going on it the FO.....:eyecrazy:

Black@Gold Forever32
03-08-2008, 04:50 PM
Quite free agency? I think when you resign a franchise QB like Big Ben that shouldn't qualify as quite...True he wasn't a free agent but still they resigned him this free agency period and thats a huge move in its own right....Plus they also signed Mewelde Moore....Plus gave Starks the transition tag which is preventing them from making an offer to Hadnot at the moment....

yinzer
03-08-2008, 08:37 PM
whatever the case may be, they better make room for a center.

BlitzburghRockCity
03-08-2008, 10:02 PM
Im surprised Belicheat didn't try and sign Frazier and attempt to turn him into a Vrabel or something :lol:

Captcoolhand
03-08-2008, 10:16 PM
Im surprised Belicheat didn't try and sign Frazier and attempt to turn him into a Vrabel or something :lol:
they probably tryed to get him for minimum

BlitzburghRockCity
03-08-2008, 10:23 PM
There was no way anybody was going to give Frazier anywhere near 1 million a year at this point so the Steelers were smart to not tender him that big offer and let him come back to us after testing the market.

BlitzburghRockCity
03-11-2008, 05:45 PM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08071/864217-66.stm


Free agent linebacker visits Steelers
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Steelers have little room under the salary cap to sign free agents, but they keep parading them through their South Side facility.

Outside linebacker Keyaron Fox, who played the past four seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, is meeting with the coaching staff today -- the sixth free agent to visit the Steelers since the free agency period began.

Fox, 6-foot-3, 235 pounds, a former third-round draft choice, would be a backup linebacker and special-teams player.

The only free agent to sign with the Steelers is former Minnesota Vikings running back/kick returner Mewelde Moore.

GoBenGo
03-11-2008, 06:07 PM
Quite free agency? I think when you resign a franchise QB like Big Ben that shouldn't quality as quite...True he wasn't a free agent but still they resigned him this free agency period and thats a huge move in its own right....Plus they also signed Mewelde Moore....Plus gave Starks the transition tag which is preventing them from making an offer to Hadnot at the moment....
anyone who wouldn't agree with that, doesn't get the big picture:yellowthumb:..it has been a very effective fa thus far...imho, it has been way more active a fa than we're used to...

BlitzburghRockCity
03-13-2008, 10:12 PM
I think we'll make atleast 1 more FA signing, if not now then after the draft. there is always a wave of FA's released to free up cap space after the draft that you can usually get for a good price. Depending on what we don't address next month we can still pick up after.

NOVA STEELERS
03-18-2008, 03:29 PM
PITTSBURGH — Steelers’ offensive lineman Chris Kemoeatu and Trai Essex have each signed their one-year tenders, it was announced today. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Kemoeatu (6-3, 344) will enter his fourth season with the Steelers after being selected in the fifth round (204th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft. Kemoeatu has appeared in 18 career games mostly as a reserve at guard and as a special teams contributor. He started two games at right guard in place of Kendall Simmons during the 2006 season.

Essex (6-4, 324) will also be entering his fourth season with the Steelers after being selected in the third round (93rd overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft. Essex has appeared in 24 regular-season contests as a backup at both tackle and guard. He started four games at left tackle in place of Marvel Smith during the 2005 season, and made his first NFL postseason start at left tackle in place of Smith during the 2007 Wild Card Game against Jacksonville.

Hope this free's up some cap space:crossfingers:

K Train
03-18-2008, 05:06 PM
i really think essex is better suited as a guard....kinda like leonard davis in dallas. Davis is a god awful tackle, but an absolutely dominating guard in every way. and im not sure about chris k.....but i like resigning them both

Captcoolhand
03-18-2008, 06:08 PM
money spent, can't do nothing ease til Starks sign

BlitzburghRockCity
03-18-2008, 06:22 PM
It's not going to really free up much money against the cap, if any, as far as I know. These are only 1 yr tender offers the cap value is fairly decent for them both. This is good because right now OL are at a premium on this team and atleast with Essex he's got some experience now. With Chris K. from what I've heard on NFLN and such he was THIS close to beating out Simmons this past year for the starting spot but just couldn't quite do it, then they resigned Kendall to a big deal and well; that was that. If Kemoeatu has a good year for us he'll command decent money next year so the team may be considering signing him long term. At this point Essex will most likely still be the backup.