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NOVA STEELERS
03-12-2008, 02:15 PM
http://media3.steelers.com/MediaContent//2008/03/12/06/Fox_87519.jpg Wednesday, March 12, 2008





Steelers Sign Free Agent Linebacker Keyaron Fox


PITTSBURGH The Steelers added depth to their linebacker and special teams corps today as they signed free agent linebacker Keyaron Fox to a one-year contract. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Fox (6-3, 235) was originally drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round (93rd overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft out of Georgia Tech. He spent all four of his years in Kansas City, playing primarily on special teams and as a backup linebacker. In 2007, he posted 21 tackles, including a season-best 10 against the New York Jets in Week 17.

Fox enjoyed his best season in Kansas City in 2006 when he collected 52 tackles while playing in all 16 games, making four starts in place of the injured Derrick Johnson.



:scratch: :dunno: not sure what to think of this, don't think this is a area on concern to be addressing :2cents:

BlitzburghRockCity
03-12-2008, 02:36 PM
Sure it is :yesnod: We need special teams demons since we let all of our previous ones go plus we need depth at LB with Timmons now getting ready to battle it out with Foote for the starting job and Woodley getting the starting nod taking over Harrison's spot. Frazier is another option that we just resigned. Right now our depth is very young an inexperienced on the outside. Inside we should still be ok because the loser of the Foote/Timmons battle will be the prime backup.

Iron City South
03-12-2008, 02:45 PM
Excellent signing. :yellowthumb:

This is the epitome of the exact "under the radar" FA "find" that the Steelers are known for seeking out and signing. This guy was a hitting machine at Georgia Tech that is still in the early stage of his pro career, yet he has just enough time under his belt to be considered ripe on the vine for picking.

Drafted into the NFL in the 3rd round ....94th pick overall by the CHEFS.

http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/images/admin/fox.jpg


AT GEORGIA TECH: All-ACC and all-America linebacker and one of the league?s top defensive players . . . Has speed, explosiveness and big-play ability . . . Can play either outside linebacker position . . . Tech?s most versatile defender who has also lined up at defensive end in nickel packages . . . Career total of 376 tackles with 40 tackles for loss, nine sacks, six forced fumbles and 15 pass breakups . . . Ranks fifth in Tech history in career tackles for loss and 12th in career tackles . . . Selected to play in the Senior Bowl following his senior season . . . Drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round (93rd overall pick) in the 2004 NFL Draft.

2003: First-team all-ACC honoree who was the runner-up for the league?s Defensive Player of the Year award . . . Second-team all-America by SI.com (Sports Illustrated) . . . Led the ACC in tackles with 155 (11.9 per game), including 18 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles . . . Ranked 10th in the nation in tackles per game . . . His 155 tackles is the fourth-highest season total in Tech history . . . Key player on a Tech defense that led the ACC and ranked 12th in the nation against the run, allowing 110.5 yards per game, as well as 20th nationally in total defense (322.2) and 27th scoring defense (20.46) . . . Helped the Tech defense hold Maryland to 253 yards and three points, Florida State to 251 yards and 13 points, Auburn to 243 yards and three points, and Tulsa to 144 yards and 10 points. Named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week after leading a standout defensive effort in Tech?s 7-3 win over Maryland, in which Tech allowed just 96 yards rushing and 253 total yards . . . Made the play of the game against Maryland with his sack and forced fumble that set up the game?s only touchdown . . . Tied career-high with 16 tackles, one sack and another tackle for loss to lead a superb defensive effort in win over Auburn and was named ACC Defensive Back of the Week . . . Again had 16 tackles with three tackles for loss in win over Wake Forest, helping Tech hold Wake to a season-low seven points . . . . Had 10 tackles with one tackle for loss in Tech?s win over NC State as the Jackets held the high-powered Wolfpack more than 20 points below their scoring average . . . Helped the Tech defense limit Auburn to 40 yards rushing and NC State to minus-8 yards rushing . . . Had 12 tackles with four tackles for loss, including one sack, against fifth-ranked Georgia . . . Led a standout defensive effort against Tulsa in the Humanitarian Bowl, helping Tech hold the Golden Hurricane (which entered the game ranked 16th in the nation in rushing) to a school-record minus-56 yards rushing and just 144 yards of offense.

2002: Tech?s third-leading tackler with 92 hits, despite missing time with a sprained ankle . . . Recorded 13 tackles for loss, three sacks, six pass breakups, an interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery . . . Named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week after an outstanding performance in Tech?s win over Duke with eight tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack, a fumble recovery and an interception, which he returned 35 yards . . . Had a career-high 16 tackles with two tackles for loss and a forced fumble, against Fresno State in the Silicon Valley Classic . . . Made 10 tackles with three tackles for loss against Clemson . . . Collected 10 tackles, two tackles for loss with one sack, and a pass breakup in win over UNC . . . Made tackles versus Wake Forest with two tackles for loss . . . Suffered a high sprain in his left ankle early against Maryland and was lost for that game as well as the following contest against Virginia . . . Also sat out the second half of the Georgia game when he re-injured his left ankle.

2001: Tech?s second-leading tackler with 95 hits . . . . Had eight tackles for loss and two sacks, plus four pass breakups and three quarterback hurries. . . Career-high 16 tackles against Florida State, highlighted by a sack for a 16-yard loss . . . Made 10 tackles against North Carolina with three tackles for loss . . . Also had 10 tackles against Clemson with two tackles for loss, including one sack . . . Added 10 tackles and a pass breakup against Georgia . . . Named Tech?s Most Improved Defensive Player.

2000: Suffered a broken left arm against North Carolina and missed three games, but was able to return for the final three contests, playing with a cast . . . Broke the radius in his left arm . . . Made five tackles and a fumble recovery against Virginia in his first game back . . . Followed with an excellent game in Tech?s win at Maryland with a season-best 12 tackles . . . Had a tackle for loss in the Jackets? win at Georgia . . . Finished the season with 34 tackles . . . Added seven hits and one tackle for loss against LSU in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.


HIGH SCHOOL: Rated the No. 43 prospect in Georgia by SuperPrep . . . Tabbed to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution?s Top 75 in Georgia . . . Given a 9.50 rating by Jeff Whitaker?s Deep South Football . . Credited with 139 tackles, six interceptions, seven sacks, five caused fumbles and five fumble recoveries as a senior . . . Also caught nine passes for 400 yards . . . Collected 83 tackles, 20 sacks, eight interceptions and three fumble recoveries as a junior . . . Coached by Dallas Allen at Westlake High . . . Most Valuable Player of the Georgia-Florida All-Star Game with 10 tackles, two tackles for loss, and a pass breakup and caused a fumble that was returned for a touchdown.

yinzer
03-12-2008, 02:47 PM
Sure it is :yesnod: We need special teams demons since we let all of our previous ones go plus we need depth at LB with Timmons now getting ready to battle it out with Foote for the starting job and Woodley getting the starting nod taking over Harrison's spot. Frazier is another option that we just resigned. Right now our depth is very young an inexperienced on the outside. Inside we should still be ok because the loser of the Foote/Timmons battle will be the prime backup.

ok. i agree but do you really think we should be wasting FA on a linebacker? this doesn't seem worth while to me. :scratch:

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Excellent signing. :yellowthumb:

This is the epitome of the exact "under the radar" FA "find" that the Steelers are known for seeking out and signing. This guy was a hitting machine at Georgia Tech that is still in the early stage of his pro career, yet he has just enough time under his belt to be considered ripe on the vine for picking.

Drafted into the NFL in the 3rd round ....94th pick overall by the CHEFS.

http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/images/admin/fox.jpg


AT GEORGIA TECH: All-ACC and all-America linebacker and one of the league?s top defensive players . . . Has speed, explosiveness and big-play ability . . . Can play either outside linebacker position . . . Tech?s most versatile defender who has also lined up at defensive end in nickel packages . . . Career total of 376 tackles with 40 tackles for loss, nine sacks, six forced fumbles and 15 pass breakups . . . Ranks fifth in Tech history in career tackles for loss and 12th in career tackles . . . Selected to play in the Senior Bowl following his senior season . . . Drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round (93rd overall pick) in the 2004 NFL Draft.

2003: First-team all-ACC honoree who was the runner-up for the league?s Defensive Player of the Year award . . . Second-team all-America by SI.com (Sports Illustrated) . . . Led the ACC in tackles with 155 (11.9 per game), including 18 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles . . . Ranked 10th in the nation in tackles per game . . . His 155 tackles is the fourth-highest season total in Tech history . . . Key player on a Tech defense that led the ACC and ranked 12th in the nation against the run, allowing 110.5 yards per game, as well as 20th nationally in total defense (322.2) and 27th scoring defense (20.46) . . . Helped the Tech defense hold Maryland to 253 yards and three points, Florida State to 251 yards and 13 points, Auburn to 243 yards and three points, and Tulsa to 144 yards and 10 points. Named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week after leading a standout defensive effort in Tech?s 7-3 win over Maryland, in which Tech allowed just 96 yards rushing and 253 total yards . . . Made the play of the game against Maryland with his sack and forced fumble that set up the game?s only touchdown . . . Tied career-high with 16 tackles, one sack and another tackle for loss to lead a superb defensive effort in win over Auburn and was named ACC Defensive Back of the Week . . . Again had 16 tackles with three tackles for loss in win over Wake Forest, helping Tech hold Wake to a season-low seven points . . . . Had 10 tackles with one tackle for loss in Tech?s win over NC State as the Jackets held the high-powered Wolfpack more than 20 points below their scoring average . . . Helped the Tech defense limit Auburn to 40 yards rushing and NC State to minus-8 yards rushing . . . Had 12 tackles with four tackles for loss, including one sack, against fifth-ranked Georgia . . . Led a standout defensive effort against Tulsa in the Humanitarian Bowl, helping Tech hold the Golden Hurricane (which entered the game ranked 16th in the nation in rushing) to a school-record minus-56 yards rushing and just 144 yards of offense.

2002: Tech?s third-leading tackler with 92 hits, despite missing time with a sprained ankle . . . Recorded 13 tackles for loss, three sacks, six pass breakups, an interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery . . . Named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week after an outstanding performance in Tech?s win over Duke with eight tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack, a fumble recovery and an interception, which he returned 35 yards . . . Had a career-high 16 tackles with two tackles for loss and a forced fumble, against Fresno State in the Silicon Valley Classic . . . Made 10 tackles with three tackles for loss against Clemson . . . Collected 10 tackles, two tackles for loss with one sack, and a pass breakup in win over UNC . . . Made tackles versus Wake Forest with two tackles for loss . . . Suffered a high sprain in his left ankle early against Maryland and was lost for that game as well as the following contest against Virginia . . . Also sat out the second half of the Georgia game when he re-injured his left ankle.

2001: Tech?s second-leading tackler with 95 hits . . . . Had eight tackles for loss and two sacks, plus four pass breakups and three quarterback hurries. . . Career-high 16 tackles against Florida State, highlighted by a sack for a 16-yard loss . . . Made 10 tackles against North Carolina with three tackles for loss . . . Also had 10 tackles against Clemson with two tackles for loss, including one sack . . . Added 10 tackles and a pass breakup against Georgia . . . Named Tech?s Most Improved Defensive Player.

2000: Suffered a broken left arm against North Carolina and missed three games, but was able to return for the final three contests, playing with a cast . . . Broke the radius in his left arm . . . Made five tackles and a fumble recovery against Virginia in his first game back . . . Followed with an excellent game in Tech?s win at Maryland with a season-best 12 tackles . . . Had a tackle for loss in the Jackets? win at Georgia . . . Finished the season with 34 tackles . . . Added seven hits and one tackle for loss against LSU in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.


HIGH SCHOOL: Rated the No. 43 prospect in Georgia by SuperPrep . . . Tabbed to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution?s Top 75 in Georgia . . . Given a 9.50 rating by Jeff Whitaker?s Deep South Football . . Credited with 139 tackles, six interceptions, seven sacks, five caused fumbles and five fumble recoveries as a senior . . . Also caught nine passes for 400 yards . . . Collected 83 tackles, 20 sacks, eight interceptions and three fumble recoveries as a junior . . . Coached by Dallas Allen at Westlake High . . . Most Valuable Player of the Georgia-Florida All-Star Game with 10 tackles, two tackles for loss, and a pass breakup and caused a fumble that was returned for a touchdown.

all that may be true but he isn't going to be a starting linebacker. maybe special teams. again, doesn't seem worth while...

DIESELMAN
03-12-2008, 02:51 PM
Its only a 1 year contract, so the Steelers are basically taking a wait and see approach.

BlitzburghRockCity
03-12-2008, 03:13 PM
It's a good signing for sure, he won't cost us much and he isn't signed for more than 1 year. If he works out we can sign him long term but if not then we aren't tied to him. Plus he was a pretty good player coming out of college.

V_83
03-12-2008, 03:37 PM
I'm okay with the signing because we do need special teams players, but my thinking is that a starting center or other lineman would make more since. Of course they are probably not worried about these positions too much because they will solve it in the draft, but still, I guess I just didn't see this coming.

K Train
03-12-2008, 05:14 PM
wish i didnt have to make up a way to say his name lol.

i like the signing....anyone know his height and weight?

Black@Gold Forever32
03-12-2008, 05:40 PM
wish i didnt have to make up a way to say his name lol.

i like the signing....anyone know his height and weight?

I think he is around 6-2 and 235 pounds.....

Hey if he upgrades the kick coverage units then I'm ok with it.....If he shows anything as a LB then thats just better....

BlitzburghRockCity
03-12-2008, 05:46 PM
anybody who can play ST is an upgrade to the coverage units at this point :lol:

GoBenGo
03-12-2008, 05:49 PM
anybody who can play ST is an upgrade to the coverage units at this point :lol:agree totally....i hope he can make an immediate impact on st's...:yellowthumb:

steelcityrockers
03-12-2008, 05:51 PM
He is an injury prone, athletic Linebacker whose development time has been wasted by the Chiefs. I really could care less if he makes the team, but
I do like added depth.

Prosdo
03-12-2008, 07:03 PM
I like the signing. Our special teams definitely need some help.

DIESELMAN
03-12-2008, 07:43 PM
He is an injury prone, athletic Linebacker whose development time has been wasted by the Chiefs. I really could care less if he makes the team, but
I do like added depth.
Besides having a broken arm in college and a season ending knee injury (no surgery needed) back in 2005....what else has he had to say he's injury prone?

TEEMONT
03-12-2008, 08:27 PM
yawn....

Stlrs4Life
03-12-2008, 09:09 PM
He replaces Kriewaldt.

Iron City South
03-12-2008, 11:52 PM
He replaces Kriewaldt.

Absolutely. This is an upgraded Kriewaldt who we picked up as a 1 year flier for the league minimum to see if this guy can live up to his 3rd round potential.

C'mon, what's there not to like about this sign? :scratch:

Black@Gold Forever32
03-13-2008, 12:27 AM
Absolutely. This is an upgraded Kriewaldt who we picked up as a 1 year flier for the league minimum to see if this guy can live up to his 3rd round potential.

C'mon, what's there not to like about this sign? :scratch:

Most of the people in this thread like the signing....

steelcitysfinestXL
03-13-2008, 09:19 AM
this is a good signing in my book... now we can use a late day one pick/day 2 pick on another position!!! Im pretty sure with out this move we would have seen a LB taken in the 5th or 6th round (strictly for depth and ST's), now we can try for OL/DL depth or a WR!!!
Contrary to what some believe, i think we are a contender now, so we need depth for this season... why waste time on a draft pick who your unsure what to expect at the NFL level!?!?!? This dude is an immediate upgrade to our ST's and needed depth at LB!!! good signing!!!

SteelersWoman
03-13-2008, 05:53 PM
The fact that we've had SOME activity goin on in FA is a positive thing, IMO--and it's only one year, so it's not like we're stuck with him if he doesn't work out.

OneSteelSoldier
03-14-2008, 02:11 AM
who is this guy?

BlitzburghRockCity
03-14-2008, 06:08 AM
who is this guy?

Alittle info on him and how they plan to use him.


Thursday, March 13, 2008
By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08073/864801-66.stm)
Keyaron Fox was a pass-rushing linebacker at Georgia Tech who played both outside positions the past four seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs.

But, after signing him to a one-year contract yesterday, the Steelers plan to use Fox (6-3, 235) as a backup inside linebacker -- a position with little depth -- and special teams performer.

Fox, a former third-round draft choice in 2004, received a $40,000 signing bonus and the veteran one-year minimum of $605,000 to join the Steelers.

He is the second unrestricted free agent to sign with the Steelers, joining former Minnesota Vikings running back/kick returner Mewelde Moore.

Fox, 26, appeared in 40 games in four seasons with the Chiefs -- 10 last season -- starting only four. Last season, he finished with 21 tackles (19 solo), with 10 tackles (nine solo) coming in the season finale against the New York Jets.