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08-30-2008, 04:10 PM
According to the ever popular Profootballtalk.com...

Posted by Mike Florio on August 30, 2008, 12:14 p.m.
As they ponder their final roster cuts, the Pittsburgh Steelers reportedly are pondering the possibility of shipping one of their backup offensive linemen out of town via a trade.

Per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers are considering trading tackle Max Starks, center Sean Mahan, or tackle Trai Essex.

The mere fact that Starks would even be close to the trading block highlights the poor decision to use the transition tag on Starks, which gave him a guaranteed salary of nearly $7 million this year. For roughly $500,000 more, they could have forced Alan Faneca to stay for another year ó or at least have gotten something for him in trade from a team like the Jets.

Mahan was the starting center in 2007, but lost his job to newcomer Justin Hartwig.

Meanwhile, the Steelers already have decided to release receiver Willie Reid and return specialist Eddie Drummond.

Posted by Mike Florio on August 30, 2008, 12:09 p.m.
The Steelers have solved their backup quarterback conundrum by moving Charlie Batch to injured reserve.

Batch suffered a broken collarbone in the teamís preseason opener, opening the door for previously unemployed veteran Byron Leftwich.

The Steelers have since decided that they like Leftwich enough to keep him. Because they didnít want to expose rookie Dennis Dixon to waivers and they donít want to carry four quarterbacks on the roster, the Steelers opted to park Batch on the sidelines for the season, even though he was recovering from his injury and could have played soon.

Despite being on IR, Batch will earn his full base salary of $1.355 million in 2008, the final year of his current contract.

The only alternative was to cut Batch, but that might not have gone over too well in Pittsburgh, given that Charlie is a Pittsburgh native who happily has ridden the pine for several years, played capably when needed, and has been involved in various community activities.

08-30-2008, 04:14 PM

08-30-2008, 04:17 PM
Couple other blogs have posted. That Mahan has demanded a trade.

08-30-2008, 04:39 PM
Couple other blogs have posted. That Mahan has demanded a trade.

I know a high school looking for O'linemen, Mahan may have a shot there.

08-30-2008, 04:47 PM
I know a high school looking for O'linemen, Mahan may have a shot there.

only if he's lucky :greengrin::greengrin:

08-30-2008, 04:51 PM
It's PFT, I'll believe it when I see it :evilshake:

There's no team in the NFL that is going to be dumb enough to trade for Starks and take that salary. He would have to agree to restructure and he won't do that either because he'll be a UFA next year. The Steelers are stuck with Max this year good or bad unless they could pull off a miracle trade.

I edited your thread title alittle bit so people aren't confused when the real cuts come out later today and the new threads go up :)

08-30-2008, 10:07 PM
I know a high school looking for O'linemen, Mahan may have a shot there.
:greengrin::hilarious::hilarious::clap::clap:HILAR IOUS he demanded an trade:rofl::rofl::rofl:they should of cut him, they won't get:2cents: 4 that bum, but i like what u said :hilarious::rofl: an i agree with what u said.

08-31-2008, 01:24 PM
The sad thing is he may be better than Simmons. Mahan can play guard. The Steelers won't make any changes now, they need some continuity - but it is possible down the road if Simmons keeps getting Ben killed.

08-31-2008, 04:45 PM
Simmons just signed an extension heading into the 2007 season so he's not going anywhere for now. Mahan really is a serviceable back more at Guard than Center because we have Stapleton who is on the roster too. I would have more faith in Stapleton coming right now than I would Mahan at Center :nonod:

I don't think the team really had any high expectations of being able to unload Max and that salary but maybe Essex or Mahan. Either way though we pretty much have who we're going to have in 2008 but in 2009 I would think we will have some changes especially at Tackle.

09-01-2008, 01:41 PM
Mayhan is much better suited to play gaurd than center, but he doesn't WANT to play that position (he made that very clear when he first got here)and he doesn't want to play back-up center either.

His ego is bruised now, but I seriously doubt anyone else would EVer sign him to play 1st string center.

09-01-2008, 09:15 PM
Couple other blogs have posted. That Mahan has demanded a trade.

That's comedy gold right there, what does he think we are going to get for him outside of a bag of Footballs?