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BlitzburghRockCity
03-15-2008, 07:12 AM
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/tribunereview/sports/steelers/s_557359.html


By John Harris
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Saturday, March 15, 2008

Cornerback Bryant McFadden was the Steelers' second-round draft pick in 2005. McFadden is entering the final year of his contract and has retained the one and only Drew Rosenhaus to broker a new deal.
Be afraid Steelers fans, be very afraid.

McFadden's agent change is one of the most important developments facing the Steelers this offseason.

Rosenhaus is a squeaky wheel among NFL agents. He has a track record for bringing attention to himself and securing big money for his clients.


What does McFadden's hiring Rosenhaus have to do with the Steelers? Well, McFadden's signability could impact how the Steelers approach next month's draft.

If the Steelers plan to re-sign McFadden prior to the start of next season, they won't be forced to select a cornerback early in the draft.

If, on the other hand, the Steelers don't plan to re-sign McFadden before the start of next season -- remember, the club traditionally doesn't negotiate in season -- expect them to draft a cornerback relatively early, perhaps on the first day.

Among current Steelers cornerbacks, Ike Taylor, a fourth-round draft pick in 2003, is signed through 2010. Deshea Townsend, the other starting corner, is signed through 2009, when he will be 34.

The other corners include William Gay, a fifth-round pick last year, and Anthony Madison, who signed with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2006.

Ricardo Colclough, the team's second-round pick in 2004, was released last season, creating a vacancy at corner.

Changing agents is all well and good, but not even Rosenhaus can make the Steelers budge if the team doesn't believe that McFadden can beat out Townsend, who was a fourth-round pick in 1998.

McFadden was taken in the second round for a reason. The Steelers reward their players financially for their performance. They drafted McFadden believing he would become a starter.

The only players the Steelers pay on potential are their draft picks.

McFadden has appeared in 41 regular-season games with 10 starts. He has five career interceptions, including a 50-yard return for a touchdown against San Francisco last season.

McFadden's biggest problem in 2007 was not staying on the field. He missed three games because of a high ankle sprain, allowing Gay to receive valuable playing time at nickel back.

Hiring a new agent is one way for McFadden to get the new contract he's seeking. The best way is for McFadden to become the Steelers' starting right corner in 2008.

I wonder how they really feel about Bryant this offseason, we haven't heard anything about them offering him an extension. With Deshea entering his last year and not getting any younger this brings a whole new scenario to light to most of us might not have realized. Perhaps they think Gay will be ready to assume the prime backup spot after 2008. McFadden has shown flashes but he just hasn't been on the field that much and with Deshea at the top of his game even at 33 now Bryant couldn't beat him out to date.

I would think they might bring Deshea back at a lesser amount to play in the nickle/dime, perhaps help out at safety if need be for maybe a 1 or 2 year deal just for depth but other than that he probably wouldn't be around after next season.

K Train
03-15-2008, 10:29 AM
i think they will lock him up, i think they better...hes a hell of a corner imo, he makes big plays and i have no doubt he can beat ot deshea

DIESELMAN
03-15-2008, 10:42 AM
So what kind of contract do you give a player with the potential to be the starter but hasn't done it yet? Rosenhaus isn't going to scare the Rooneys, they've been at this a whole lot longer then Drew. They will give Mac what they think he's worth and that will tell us how they feel about him. I hope they lock him up to. :yellowthumb:

SteelerSal
03-15-2008, 10:46 AM
i think they will lock him up, i think they better...


I agree. He is the best option to start opposite Taylor that the Steelers have and Townsend is better suited as a nickelback anyways.

Either it will cost the Steelers big bucks to sign him or they will have to dish out big bucks for a top FA, so I would rather keep a guy that has chemistry with the team and I feel he still has alot of upside.

BlitzburghRockCity
03-15-2008, 11:29 AM
Yeah personally I'd rather keep him since he knows the system but the thing is will he settle for a deal with decent but not great money till he can prove himself more or is he going to want to break the bank? If he wants big money the Steelers won't do it but if he is willing to take a decent cap friendly salary then it would definitely behoove us to get him signed so we're set at CB with 2 young players for the future.

BlackGold4vr
03-15-2008, 11:47 AM
The Rooney's are not going to allow someone like Drew Rosenhaus to rake them over the coals. Based upon his past performance and where he stacks up at his position against his peers in the league, they will offer him what they think his market value is, not what Drew Rosenhaus thinks he is worth. My guess is that there will be a large chasm between the two numbers! :lol:

K Train
03-15-2008, 01:38 PM
rosenhaus is a good agent....it gets blown out of porportion anytime he gets hired because of guys like TO....its not like that 99% of the time, hes really a great agent

DIESELMAN
03-15-2008, 03:30 PM
rosenhaus is a good agent....it gets blown out of porportion anytime he gets hired because of guys like TO....its not like that 99% of the time, hes really a great agent
He is good, he negotiated Timmons contract last year. Just the way the article was sayin we should all be scared is BS.

Heres the thing, is Mac worthy of a starters salary? No hes had enough chances to grab the starting spot from Townsend, who is a good CB, not a shutdown guy but hes consistent. Colclough couldn't unseat him and hes gone, not saying the same thing will happen to Mac but he is another Cowher 2nd rounder :greengrin: So where would Mac fit in if he fails to win the #2 CB job? FS? Hes got a hitter mentality, he plays the ball in front of him, why not? Thoughts?

Iron City South
03-15-2008, 03:43 PM
If Polamalu has another year like he had last year .... rest assured, we'll have enough "free'd up" cap space to make sure McFadd doesn't go anywhere.

Black@Gold Forever32
03-15-2008, 04:01 PM
He is good, he negotiated Timmons contract last year. Just the way the article was sayin we should all be scared is BS.

Heres the thing, is Mac worthy of a starters salary? No hes had enough chances to grab the starting spot from Townsend, who is a good CB, not a shutdown guy but hes consistent. Colclough couldn't unseat him and hes gone, not saying the same thing will happen to Mac but he is another Cowher 2nd rounder :greengrin: So where would Mac fit in if he fails to win the #2 CB job? FS? Hes got a hitter mentality, he plays the ball in front of him, why not? Thoughts?

You bring very good and interesting points......I like McFadden as a player...I think he has some nice skills...But like you said he hasn't been able to become a full time starter yet...He has had chances to beat out Townsend but DeShea always wins the job.....I give credit to Townsend for being consistent and thats why he is always a starter....But at the same time the Steelers better be cautious with McFadden before giving him a huge pay increase....If he doesn't win the starters spot this year then I say pass on him....Really its all up to McFadden.....If he wants to be paid like a star then its time for him to shine....:yellowthumb:

K Train
03-15-2008, 04:02 PM
he fights for the ball....hes really good in coverage i hope he stays. as of right now all i can picture him doing is fighting reggie wayne for that ball in the playoffs and basically winning the game for us. thats the kind of stuff he excels at, townsend is good, but bmac is the future

DIESELMAN
03-15-2008, 04:02 PM
If Polamalu has another year like he had last year .... rest assured, we'll have enough "free'd up" cap space to make sure McFadd doesn't go anywhere.
There should be a clause in all contracts that states..."If at anytime you become someone less then who we drafted or your head becomes lodged up your ***, we will have no choice but to terminate your contract and trade you to a losing team."

DIESELMAN
03-15-2008, 04:10 PM
You bring very good and interesting points......I like McFadden as a player...I think he has some nice skills...But like you said he hasn't been able to become a full time starter yet...He has had chances to beat out Townsend but DeShea always wins the job.....I give credit to Townsend for being consistent and thats why he is always a starter....But at the same time the Steelers better be cautious with McFadden before giving him a huge pay increase....If he doesn't win the starters spot this year then I say pass on him....Really its all up to McFadden.....If he wants to be paid like a star then its time for him to shine....:yellowthumb:
Yup its time to step up and be the man or move on to permanent nickel back. :greengrin:


he fights for the ball....hes really good in coverage i hope he stays. as of right now all i can picture him doing is fighting reggie wayne for that ball in the playoffs and basically winning the game for us. thats the kind of stuff he excels at, townsend is good, but bmac is the future
Don't get me wrong, I like Mac, I just hope being a 2nd rounder and not being able to beat the old man similarities with Colclough stop right there. Like you said hes got coverage skills but if he can't beat out Townsend and our S position is hurting cuz 1. Polamalu will play like last year and 2. Clark doesn't come back 100%, then what? All I can say is Tomlin was a DB coach, he seen Colclough wasn't cutting it and got rid of him, he should after a year under his belt be able to figure out how to get the best out of someone even if it means putting them at a position where their skills are better used.

Black@Gold Forever32
03-15-2008, 04:13 PM
he fights for the ball....hes really good in coverage i hope he stays. as of right now all i can picture him doing is fighting reggie wayne for that ball in the playoffs and basically winning the game for us. thats the kind of stuff he excels at, townsend is good, but bmac is the future

Nobody is disputing that McFadden has skills....He does and thats the frustrating part about him....I have wanted him to start the past two seasons but Townsend keeps beating him out......Now I give credit to Townsend for being a consistent pro....But at the same time I don't want to see McFadden just get paid since he is young and has flashed at times...He needs to prove himself before getting a big pay raise....Now if he beats out Townsend and goes on to have a very good season then by all means he deserves his new contract.....:tt02:

Stlrs4Life
03-15-2008, 10:49 PM
I like McFadden, but he needs to show us that he deserves the big money.

MDSteel15
03-15-2008, 11:10 PM
So who are the CBs in this and next years drafts we should be looking at now???

DIESELMAN
03-16-2008, 11:23 AM
So who are the CBs in this and next years drafts we should be looking at now???
I don't care who it is but we need a play making game changer, we haven't had one of those since Woodson.

BlacknGold Bleeder
03-16-2008, 12:12 PM
I like Macfadden also sign to a contract with incentives then maybe he will play up to potential.

SteelerSal
03-16-2008, 12:16 PM
I don't care who it is but we need a play making game changer, we haven't had one of those since Woodson.

Ike would be close to woodson if he was able to learn how to catch the balls that hit his hands.:banging:
He is good for at least 8 dropped int's per season.

DIESELMAN
03-16-2008, 12:22 PM
Ike would be close to woodson if he was able to learn how to catch the balls that hit his hands.:banging:
He is good for at least 8 dropped int's per season.
No doubt, you would think he would have one of those football pitching machines...to bad stickum is illegal :greengrin:

BlitzburghRockCity
03-16-2008, 09:51 PM
Ike would be close to woodson if he was able to learn how to catch the balls that hit his hands.:banging:
He is good for at least 8 dropped int's per season.

Kinda reminds you of Dewayne Washington huh :lol: well ok Ike has a bit better overall coverage skills overall than I think Washington ever had but I can remember Dwayne dropping int's left and right.

steelcitysfinestXL
03-17-2008, 10:41 AM
Kinda reminds you of Dewayne Washington huh :lol: well ok Ike has a bit better overall coverage skills overall than I think Washington ever had but I can remember Dwayne dropping int's left and right.
NEVER MENTION THAT NAME AGAIN!!! or Chad Scott foer that reason, LOL!!! Seriously, i look at the years we had Washington and Scott and it makes me think, with Deshea,Ike,William Gay and B-Mac, we have a very good core of CB's and i think B-mac is gonna be the future!!! Like Ktrain said dude is a beast when the ball is in the air, he supports the run WELL, and when the ball hits his hands its instant offense and he can get to the endzone!!! i think it would be wise to pay him, and let the money be incentive to be a starter (not always a great idea but in this case i think he has shown the ability to be speacial) I dont care if he never beats out Deshea, as long as he imporves his game every offseason trying to break the line-up, he'll always be improving!!!