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Zachintosh66
02-03-2009, 11:33 PM
Lets get work son... stairway to seven is next...

Who do you think is staying or going...

2009 Steeler Free Agents
QB Charlie Batch UFA
OT Willie Colon RFA
OT Trai Essex UFA
OG Chris Kemoeatu UFA
QB Byron Leftwich UFA
CB Bryant McFadden UFA
DT Orpheus Roye UFA
S Anthony Smith RFA
OT Marvel Smith UFA
OT Max Starks UFA
WR Nate Washington UFA
LB Keyaron Fox UFA
LB Andre Frazier UFA
CB Fernando Bryant UFA
P Mitch Berger UFA
TE Sean McHugh RFA
LB Arnold Harrison RFA
CB Anthony Madison RFA
ST Jared Retkofsky UFA

i thought Carey Davis was too but cant find him anywhere

Forged in Steel
02-03-2009, 11:36 PM
Lets get work son... stairway to seven is next...

2009 Steeler Free Agents
QB Charlie Batch UFA
OT Willie Colon RFA
OT Trai Essex UFA
OG Chris Kemoeatu UFA
QB Byron Leftwich UFA
CB Bryant McFadden UFA
DT Orpheus Roye UFA
S Anthony Smith RFA
OT Marvel Smith UFA
OT Max Starks UFA
WR Nate Washington UFA
LB Keyaron Fox UFA
LB Andre Frazier UFA
CB Fernando Bryant UFA
P Mitch Berger UFA
TE Sean McHugh RFA
LB Arnold Harrison RFA
CB Anthony Madison RFA

We needed a new Punter anyway...

Prosdo
02-03-2009, 11:39 PM
We needed a new Punter anyway...

We have a great punter who should be ready to go next season. D-Sep can't wait to see him back.

AZ_Steeler
02-03-2009, 11:58 PM
No wonder they are $25 mill under the cap for next season. There are some quality backups on that list the Steelers need to bring back. What are they going to do about the QB situation... Batch has been the man but Leftwich showed he can get the job done too! Maybe Batch will take the bare minimum just to hang out and get another ring ;)

As Prosdo said... D-Sep will be back next year and probably in the Pro Bowl!

igor0190
02-04-2009, 12:13 AM
2009 Steeler Free Agents

Priority Players:
OG Chris Kemoeatu UFA
CB Bryant McFadden UFA
WR Nate Washington UFA

Unlikely To Re-sign:
QB Byron Leftwich UFA
S Anthony Smith RFA

NOT PRIORITY OR EXPENDABLE IMO:
CB Fernando Bryant UFA
TE Sean McHugh RFA
LB Arnold Harrison RFA
CB Anthony Madison RFA
ST Jared Retkofsky UFA
DT Orpheus Roye UFA

Special Teamers (Hopefully we can keep these guys around!)
LB Keyaron Fox UFA
LB Andre Frazier UFA

REPLACED ALREADY
P Mitch Berger UFA Sepulveda

ANY O LINE GURUS HERE???
OT Willie Colon RFA ?????
OT Trai Essex UFA ?????

OT Max Starks UFA
-I think if any lineman gets re signed, Max should be second behind Kemoeatu. IMO
OT Marvel Smith UFA
-I think we may re sign him to 1 year contract given his injuries it's unlikely he draws much interest any where else.

What do you guys think?

Prosdo
02-04-2009, 12:18 AM
Byron will likely try to go after a starting job. I can't remember where but I heard something about the Chicago Bears possibly being interested in him.

Steel Trap86
02-04-2009, 01:23 AM
Byron will likely try to go after a starting job. I can't remember where but I heard something about the Chicago Bears possibly being interested in him.

Ya Byron is defenatley going for a starting job next season. The Bears have already said they are in the market for a QB and Kyle Orton will have to work for his job.

Prosdo
02-04-2009, 01:30 AM
They really have a lot of O-linemen to sign. I didn't realize they were all FA's this season. I'd also like to see them bring back Nate and McFadden. I think Harrison is going to demand a new contract or an extension too.

Black@Gold Forever32
02-04-2009, 01:36 AM
Lets get work son... stairway to seven is next...

Who do you think is staying or going...

2009 Steeler Free Agents
QB Charlie Batch UFA
OT Willie Colon RFA
OT Trai Essex UFA
OG Chris Kemoeatu UFA
QB Byron Leftwich UFA
CB Bryant McFadden UFA
DT Orpheus Roye UFA
S Anthony Smith RFA
OT Marvel Smith UFA
OT Max Starks UFA
WR Nate Washington UFA
LB Keyaron Fox UFA
LB Andre Frazier UFA
CB Fernando Bryant UFA
P Mitch Berger UFA
TE Sean McHugh RFA
LB Arnold Harrison RFA
CB Anthony Madison RFA
ST Jared Retkofsky UFA

i thought Carey Davis was too but cant find him anywhere

I really want McFadden, Washington, Fox to all be resigned.....I'm on the fence with both Starks and Kemoeatu.......I don't expect Marvel Smith to be back either but I also don't see many teams going after since he is so injury prone....If the Steelers can get Smith on the cheap and sign him to a incentive laded deal then I would be for that....This team is going to need some OT's with experience on this roster....

Colon will be back since he is only a restricted FA......I would think Anthony Smith would be back since is also restricted but since he didn't even dress in the post-season leads me to think the coaches are just done with Smith....Smith is talented and I know he lets his emotions get the best of him and he can't control himself at times....But I'm not ready to give up on the guy either....

Anthony Madison will also be resigned since he is restricted and he should...... He is a special teams demon.....

Daniel Sepulveda will be back next year....So bye bye Berger.....:lol:

Its a shame Arnold Harrison tore his ACL since he had a great camp and he really was starting to show something.....I hope he is back and can show that promise he showed in training camp/pre-season.....He would have never been a super star but I thought he could have become a very quality backup at LB.......

Leftwich will be gone and I don't blame him....He can start for some team in this league.....I hope they let Dixon continue to develop and keep Batch on speed dial if if an injury occurs......But still its always good to look at what vet QB's are out there and to have a solid backup.....Just in case number 7 goes down for a long period of time....

K Train
02-04-2009, 02:41 AM
colon is restricted...he'll be back for sure.

god damnit i love sepulveda

Zachintosh66
02-04-2009, 07:53 AM
yeah we will keep the RFA's if not we get compensation for them...

so that leaves the UFAs:
2009 Steeler Free Agents
QB Charlie Batch UFA (Resign, groom Dixon as #2)
OT Trai Essex UFA (dont care either way)
#3 OG Chris Kemoeatu UFA (I hope they keep)
QB Byron Leftwich UFA (Going, Hes a Starter for someone)
#2 CB Bryant McFadden UFA (I hope they keep)
DT Orpheus Roye UFA (Going, too old)
OT Marvel Smith UFA (prolly done with the NFL)
#5 OT Max Starks UFA (I hope they keep, but way cheaper)
#1 WR Nate Washington UFA (I hope they keep)
#4 LB Keyaron Fox UFA (I hope they keep)
LB Andre Frazier UFA (dont care either way)
CB Fernando Bryant UFA (prolly depends on Mcfadden)
P Mitch Berger UFA (Going)
ST Jared Retkofsky UFA (Going, might get invited to back to camp to compete)

Stairwayto7
02-04-2009, 08:37 AM
QB Charlie Batch UFA
OT Willie Colon RFA
OT Trai Essex UFA
OG Chris Kemoeatu UFA
CB Bryant McFadden UFA
OT Marvel Smith UFA
OT Max Starks UFA
WR Nate Washington UFA
LB Keyaron Fox UFA
LB Andre Frazier UFA

All possibilties

BlitzburghRockCity
02-04-2009, 01:26 PM
2009 Steeler Free Agents
QB Charlie Batch UFA - GONE
OT Willie Colon RFA - STAYING
OT Trai Essex UFA - STAYING
OG Chris Kemoeatu UFA - PROBABLY STAYING
QB Byron Leftwich UFA - DEFINITELY NEEDS TO STAY
CB Bryant McFadden UFA - DEFINITELY NEEDS TO STAY
DT Orpheus Roye UFA - WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE HIM BACK
S Anthony Smith RFA - GONE
OT Marvel Smith UFA - GONE
OT Max Starks UFA - WILL PROBABLY STAY BUT WON'T GET AS MUCH MONEY AS HE WANTS
WR Nate Washington UFA - WILL PROBABLY LEAVE
LB Keyaron Fox UFA - NEEDS TO STAY
LB Andre Frazier UFA - NEEDS TO STAY
CB Fernando Bryant UFA - GONE
P Mitch Berger UFA - GONE
TE Sean McHugh RFA - STAY
LB Arnold Harrison RFA - PROBABLY WILL STAY
CB Anthony Madison RFA - NEEDS TO STAY, GREAT ST
ST Jared Retkofsky UFA - GONE


Im with BG32, McFadden needs to be resigned no question about it.
Guys like Fox, Madison, McHugh, Arnold Harrison will be fairly easy to keep and should be brought back. Batch should be stay on as an assistant QB coach or something but Leftwich needs to come back and be the main backup.

ejsteeler
02-04-2009, 01:56 PM
Lefty will leave for a starting position. Alot of new coaches out there with teams that could use him.

Dean Denton
02-04-2009, 02:18 PM
So what becomes of Batch?

ejsteeler
02-04-2009, 02:21 PM
So what becomes of Batch?

He probably comes back for another year and Dixon gets assigned to his hip.

jpele
02-04-2009, 02:42 PM
QB Charlie Batch UFA Comes back for another year
OT Willie Colon RFA 1 more hopefully as a backup or try at guard
OT Trai Essex UFA Depends on the draft
OG Chris Kemoeatu UFA I think they keep him ,depending his asking price
QB Byron Leftwich UFA He'll be starting somewhere
CB Bryant McFadden UFA Again ,depends on how much he's asking.Hope pride , loyalty and another ring play a role in his decision
DT Orpheus Roye UFA Gone
S Anthony Smith RFA For some reason LeBeau likes him
OT Marvel Smith UFA If he takes backup money he back
OT Max Starks UFA Again a question of money
WR Nate Washington UFA I keep him
LB Keyaron Fox UFA Same as above
LB Andre Frazier UFA Same as above
CB Fernando Bryant UFA Gone
P Mitch Berger UFA Gone, thanks for the excitement
TE Sean McHugh RFA I keep Sean over Davis
LB Arnold Harrison RFA Keeper
CB Anthony Madison RFA Gone
ST Jared Retkofsky UFA Another year on the practice squad

Dean Denton
02-04-2009, 02:45 PM
He probably comes back for another year and Dixon gets assigned to his hip. I would like to see Dixon win the #2 spot. What can I say...I'm a Pac 10 guy...lol

Black@Gold Forever32
02-04-2009, 03:04 PM
I would like to see Dixon win the #2 spot. What can I say...I'm a Pac 10 guy...lol

That would be ideal for Dixon to win the backup job......Plus just keep Batch on speed dial if injury occurs.....I'm sure the team will look to bring in another vet QB during training camp.....Leftwich will be gone no doubt in my mind....I don't blame since I know he could start for one of the 32 franchises in the NFL.....There is a ton of bad QB's out there..lol

Zachintosh66
02-04-2009, 06:51 PM
http://myespn.go.com/blogs/afcnorth/0-2-52/Can--Sixburgh--get-No--7-.html


Just one starter, cornerback Bryant McFadden, will be a free agent from the NFL's top-rated defense. But McFadden, 27, has expressed the desire to return next season nd Pittsburgh likely will make re-signing him a priority.

"I would love to be back here for the long term," McFadden said recently. "But I guess it's up to the decision-makers to make it happen. But I would love it, because this is a great environment."

No. 3 receiver Nate Washington is Pittsburgh's biggest free agent on offense. Washington caught 40 passes for 631 yards in the regular season. Offensive linemen Max Starks, Marvel Smith and Chris Kemoeatu also could test the market. Starting tackle Willie Colon will be a restricted free agent as well.

The expiring contracts sets up the potential for a major overhaul on the offensive line, which was the team's most glaring weakness this season. Expect Pittsburgh to address this through the draft and free agency.

Troyisabeast_43
02-04-2009, 07:14 PM
http://myespn.go.com/blogs/afcnorth/0-2-52/Can--Sixburgh--get-No--7-.html

I still believe that everyone of those guys that were just mentioned there could be brought back. Now it probably wont happen of course and if I had to guess Marvel Smith probably will be gone and possibly Max Starks as well. I do think the Steelers will make it a top priority to sign Bryant McFadden and I think it will be able to get done. Nate Washington is up in the air as well. I have been a critic of Nate for awhile now but I do think with Hines getting older not knowing how many more years he will play, and the development of Limas Sweed that bringing back a guy like Nate Washington who has improved greatly since his rookie year and knows the offense very well would be very beneficial. There is no doubt the Steelers front office and Kevin Colbert will make fixing this o-line their main priority this off-season in free agency and especially the draft. If the Steelers are able to resign McFadden and draft some good young offensive lineman in the draft, and sign maybe one big free agent lineman which they might have some money to do, this Steelers team is going to be downright scary come next season. Especially when you take into consideration the Steelers running game is going to be improved next season with Rashard Mendenhall being 100 percent healthy with guys like Willie,Mewelde,and Russell there as well, and of course this Steelers defense being virtually the same D going into next season that dominated the entire NFL this season.

Callax
02-04-2009, 07:57 PM
2009 Steeler Free Agents

Priority Players:
OG Chris Kemoeatu UFA
CB Bryant McFadden UFA
WR Nate Washington UFA

Unlikely To Re-sign:
QB Byron Leftwich UFA
S Anthony Smith RFA

NOT PRIORITY OR EXPENDABLE IMO:
CB Fernando Bryant UFA
TE Sean McHugh RFA
LB Arnold Harrison RFA
CB Anthony Madison RFA
ST Jared Retkofsky UFA
DT Orpheus Roye UFA

Special Teamers (Hopefully we can keep these guys around!)
LB Keyaron Fox UFA
LB Andre Frazier UFA

REPLACED ALREADY
P Mitch Berger UFA Sepulveda

ANY O LINE GURUS HERE???
OT Willie Colon RFA ?????
OT Trai Essex UFA ?????

OT Max Starks UFA
-I think if any lineman gets re signed, Max should be second behind Kemoeatu. IMO
OT Marvel Smith UFA
-I think we may re sign him to 1 year contract given his injuries it's unlikely he draws much interest any where else.

What do you guys think?
I think with M Smith's Injury bug last 2 years, they will let him go and keep max starks.... I have not liked him since 2005, but he has played pretty good, he just needs to move his *ss out faster to keep from getting burned 'round thee corner by speed rushers
A Smith (add to long list of 2nd round steeler busts) might get 1 year tender offer...
W Colon moves to guard, T Essex goes to RT, Max is starting LT and Steelers get some new faces for OL and DL, D-Line will get old soon and getting good replacements for Aaron Smith and Casey Hampton will be Hard!!!!

SteelMan0812
02-04-2009, 07:58 PM
:pissonpats::tt02:Got to keep B.McFadden! I love him. Like to see them keep 1 of the O-Linemen. Nate the great to!

Stairwayto7
02-04-2009, 08:03 PM
I would like to see Dixon win the #2 spot. What can I say...I'm a Pac 10 guy...lol

I agree, Batch should come back as the No. 2, but they should be bringing Dixon along as the future #2. Batch I think will remain with the team after his playing days

Troyisabeast_43
02-04-2009, 08:05 PM
The Steelers have over 20 million in cap space and let's not forget James Harrison. With 1 yr left on his contract, the Steelers will definately want to seal his deal and keep him around another 5 years. They don't want him to make it to UFA.

Stairwayto7
02-04-2009, 08:11 PM
[QUOTE=Troyisabeast_43;276016]The Steelers have over 20 million in cap space and let's not forget James Harrison. With 1 yr left on his contract, the Steelers will definately want to seal his deal and keep him around another 5 years. They don't want him to make it to UFA.[/QUOTE

Harrison is 30 so 4 years with a fifth year option is the right route

--- Added 2/4/2009 at 06:11 PM ---

Actually Harrison will be 31 in May, so a 5 year contract may be a stretch

CNY_STEELER_FAN
02-04-2009, 10:08 PM
:imho:

Good as gone
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QB Byron Leftwich UFA - he's got a SB ring, and he'll want to be a starter
P Mitch Berger UFA - probably looking at retirement
CB Bryant McFadden UFA - Gay played well and McFadden will likely want $$$$
CB Fernando Bryant UFA - really
T Marvel Smith UFA - only stays if he gets no offers and could still get cut in preseason
DE Orpheus Roye UFA - does it matter?
WR Nate Washington UFA - if he wants $$$$, he'll get it elsewhere

Might be here
==========
-- keep one of two LB
LB Keyaron Fox UFA - good ST (but if he ever wants to be starter, he's gone)
LB Andre Frazier UFA - we'll keep him if Fox is gone, otherwise, not sure we'd keep both
-- keep on of two T
T Max Starks UFA - I expect he's gone (unless Ben gives up some $), he'll want $6+ mill
T Trai Essex UFA - stays if Max is gone, otherwise, won't keep him

Will be here (I reserve the right to revisit this based on our draft results)
==========
QB Charlie Batch UFA - he'll be back unless he wants to retire
TE Sean McHugh RFA - he didn't do enough to warrant competitive interest
LB Arnold Harrison RFA - just don't seem him getting enough interest elsewhere
G Chris Kemoeatu UFA - might depend on who we draft
S Anthony Smith RFA - unless we have too many DB's, I think he'll back another year
CB Anthony Madison RFA - solid role player
T Willie Colon RFA - the line didn't exactly shine in the SB

igor0190
02-05-2009, 12:55 AM
:imho:
Good as gone
==========
CB Bryant McFadden UFA - Gay played well and McFadden will likely want $$$$
WR Nate Washington UFA - if he wants $$$$, he'll get it elsewhere
T Max Starks UFA - I expect he's gone (unless Ben gives up some $), he'll want $6+ mill


Mcfadden has expressed his interest in staying with the team. I also hope Washington, will consider what the Steelers have done for his career. Teams with success tend to lose players to big money, but also draw interest from character guys that want to be part of a quality franchise (see New England Patriots).

I really hope that Ben does give up a little bit of money to keep some guys around. He should realize that his overall success lies in the team and if he wants to stop taking hits he should free up some money for the O-Line. This would also send a HUGE message to everyone else on the team that the Steelers, led by Ben are trying to do bigger things than just 1 or 2 championships.

Zachintosh66
02-05-2009, 01:00 PM
Just looking at some potential FA's (WR, OL, CB) you know for worst case senarios:

WR (UFA only):
Antonio Bryant, TB - prolly get franchised
Bryant Johnson, SF

CB (UFA only):
Nnamdi Asomugha, Oak - prolly get franchised
Chris Gamble, Car
Justin Miller, Oak
Dunta Robinson, Hou

OL (UFA only):
Khalif Barnes, OT, Phi
Vernon Carey, OT, Mia
Mike Goff, OG, SD
Pete Kendall, OG, Wash
John St. Clair, OT, Chi

thats not all of em, just a quick skim through

Dee Mca
02-05-2009, 01:57 PM
QB Charlie Batch UFA- Will resign just incase something happens to Ben or Dixon next season
OT Willie Colon RFA- Will resign unless he wants an arm and a leg.
OT Trai Essex UFA- Will resign unless he wants an arm and a leg.
OG Chris Kemoeatu UFA-Will resign unless he wants an arm and a leg.
QB Byron Leftwich UFA- As everyone says will compete for starting job somewhere next year
CB Bryant McFadden UFA-Will resign unless he wants an arm and a leg.
DT Orpheus Roye UFA- Over the hill. IMO not worth resigning
S Anthony Smith RFA-Will resign unless he wants an arm and a leg.
OT Marvel Smith UFA-Injury prone. Would just be waste of money
OT Max Starks UFA-Will resign unless he wants an arm and a leg.
WR Nate Washington UFA-Will resign unless he wants an arm and a leg.
LB Keyaron Fox UFA-He's happy just to be on a winning team.
LB Andre Frazier UFA-- Good ST's player. Depends on $$$$
CB Fernando Bryant UFA-Will resign unless he wants an arm and a leg.
P Mitch Berger UFA- SS but we got D-Sep
TE Sean McHugh RFA-Just happy he still isnt a lion or unemployed. Should resign cheap
LB Arnold Harrison RFA-Good ST's player. Depends on $$$$
CB Anthony Madison RFA-Good ST's player. Depends on $$$$
ST Jared Retkofsky UFA- Not sure may come back depending on Warren.

scott0326
02-05-2009, 02:04 PM
QB Charlie Batch UFA- Will be resigned, Leftwich is looking for starting job.
OT Willie Colon RFA- Will resign
OT Trai Essex UFA- Will resign
OG Chris Kemoeatu UFA- Will resign
QB Byron Leftwich UFA- Gone, he's going to get a starting job and he deserves a starting job.
CB Bryant McFadden UFA- I hope they resign and they should resign
DT Orpheus Roye UFA- Gone, don't see a need for him at all.
S Anthony Smith RFA- IMO He's gone, I hope they resign him but I think he's gone
OT Marvel Smith UFA- Gone, injury risk
OT Max Starks UFA- Depends how much money he wants but I think he'll stay
WR Nate Washington UFA- I think he'll resign
LB Keyaron Fox UFA- Will be resigned
LB Andre Frazier UFA- Will be resigned
CB Fernando Bryant UFA- Depends if they resign McFadden, but even if they don't resign McFadden there is a good chance he is gone anyway.
P Mitch Berger UFA- Gone, Sepulveda will be back next year
TE Sean McHugh RFA- Will be resigned
LB Arnold Harrison RFA- Will be resigned
CB Anthony Madison RFA- Will be resigned
ST Jared Retkofsky UFA- Really depends if Warren is healthy, if not resign him, he's just happy to be playing football so he should be pretty cheap.

STEELER 4 LIFE
02-05-2009, 04:07 PM
We have a great punter who should be ready to go next season. D-Sep can't wait to see him back.

Amen, berger was dismal!!!!! That 4th round pick was well worth it, we won't have
any problems in the punting game.


:tt02::tt02: THERE'S A STEELER NATION, AND WE ALL LIVE IN IT :tt02::tt02:


U - UNITED
S - STEELER
A - ADDICTS

Troyisabeast_43
02-05-2009, 05:00 PM
http://www.postgazette.com/pg/09036/947059-66.stm

Good article today by Ed Bouchette in the PG talking about the upcoming free agency period. It not only talks about next year's free agents but also the Steelers that only have one year left on their current contract. You will see big big names on this list such as Hines Ward, Brett Keisel,Heath Miller,Ryan Clark,Jeff Reed,Deshea Townsend,Casey Hampton,and Larry Foote. Taking a close look at that list you can clearly see that the Steelers are definitely not going to be able to keep all of them. So with that being said, next season might be the last chance we get to make another serious run for the Super Bowl and back to back Championships with virtually the same team in a lot of ways that won the Super Bowl this season...

Dean Denton
02-05-2009, 05:17 PM
http://www.postgazette.com/pg/09036/947059-66.stm

Good article today by Ed Bouchette in the PG talking about the upcoming free agency period. It not only talks about next year's free agents but also the Steelers that only have one year left on their current contract. You will see big big names on this list such as Hines Ward, Brett Keisel,Heath Miller,Ryan Clark,Jeff Reed,Deshea Townsend,Casey Hampton,and Larry Foote. Taking a close look at that list you can clearly see that the Steelers are definitely not going to be able to keep all of them. So with that being said, next season might be the last chance we get to make another serious run for the Super Bowl and back to back Championships with virtually the same team in a lot of ways that won the Super Bowl this season... True. But we only had 20 guys on this team that won SB XL. I have a strong feeling that the ones that matter most will be here during their peak years and anyone else will be plugged in. I doubt we can win every year, but we will compete for the AFC like we always do no matter who we have. The Rooney's will see to that. Wouldn't it be nice to win 4 in a row?...lol

Troyisabeast_43
02-05-2009, 05:53 PM
True. But we only had 20 guys on this team that won SB XL. I have a strong feeling that the ones that matter most will be here during their peak years and anyone else will be plugged in. I doubt we can win every year, but we will compete for the AFC like we always do no matter who we have. The Rooney's will see to that. Wouldn't it be nice to win 4 in a row?...lol

Hell yeah it would be awesome lol...I agree that no matter who comes and goes the Steelers will always be in the running in the AFC to win division titles and compete in the playoffs for a chance to go to the Super Bowl year in and year out. I do think a lot of these guys will stay as well. I really hope we can lock up a guy like Heath Miller longterm who only has one year left on his contract. I'm sure Heath wants to stay here as well and it wouldnt take a ton of money to keep him as long as it's reasonable. The Steelers front office really needs to focus I think not only on fixing the offensive line but getting younger as well on the defensive line with guys like Hampton and Keisel both only having one year left on their contract. But aside from all that this Steelers team is still set up very well to once again compete for the Lombardi Trophy in 2009.

BlitzburghRockCity
02-05-2009, 05:58 PM
Hines Ward, Brett Keisel,Heath Miller,Ryan Clark,Jeff Reed,Deshea Townsend,Casey Hampton,and Larry Foote

Foote is more than likely going to be gone this offseason IMO, with Timmons ready to step in and Foote's cap value he'll probably get cut.

They'll start working new deals for guys later this offseason so we don't head into next year with a ton of work to do. That's how they work those situations and we usually end up pretty decent each offseason. Don't forget Harrison's contract runs through 2009 as well and his agent has already contacted the Steelers about doing an extension.

Im confident at this point that guys like Harrison, Ward, Keisel, Clark, Heath Miller, and Reed will all stay put when its all said and done. Deshea is someone Im sure they'd like to keep around because he's versatile and would take a hometown discount Im sure to finish out his last few years of his career.

MDSteel15
02-05-2009, 07:53 PM
Good as gone
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QB Byron Leftwich UFA - he's got a SB ring, and he'll want to be a starter
P Mitch Berger UFA - probably looking at retirement
CB Bryant McFadden UFA - Gay played well and McFadden will likely want $$$$ depends on money
CB Fernando Bryant UFA - really
T Marvel Smith UFA - only stays if he gets no offers and could still get cut in preseason
DE Orpheus Roye UFA - does it matter?
WR Nate Washington UFA - if he wants $$$$, he'll get it elsewhere depends on money and draft
TE Sean McHugh RFA - he didn't do enough to warrant competitive interest no big loss

Might be here
==========
-- keep one of two LB
LB Keyaron Fox UFA - good ST (but if he ever wants to be starter, he's gone) should definately be back
LB Andre Frazier UFA - we'll keep him if Fox is gone, otherwise, not sure we'd keep both
-- keep on of two T
T Max Starks UFA - I expect he's gone (unless Ben gives up some $), he'll want $6+ mill
T Trai Essex UFA - stays if Max is gone, otherwise, won't keep him

Will be here (I reserve the right to revisit this based on our draft results)
==========
QB Charlie Batch UFA - he'll be back unless he wants to retire
LB Arnold Harrison RFA - just don't seem him getting enough interest elsewhere
G Chris Kemoeatu UFA - might depend on who we draft
S Anthony Smith RFA - unless we have too many DB's, I think he'll back another year
CB Anthony Madison RFA - solid role player
T Willie Colon RFA - the line didn't exactly shine in the SB neds to move to gaurd

Dean Denton
02-05-2009, 07:57 PM
I hope we bring back Keyaron Fox. He was money on Special teams this year.

BlitzburghRockCity
02-05-2009, 08:38 PM
Leftwich isn't going anywhere. You think there's any NFL team that is going to offer him a starting job? He's a great backup and that's how the NFL teams view him. The teams that are looking for QB's will draft one and let a current player on the roster carry them till their young pick is ready. Case in point:

Detroit: will take a QB in the draft and let Culpepper be the guy for now
Bucs: They have to decide between Garcia and McCown or draft someone
Browns: Have their Qb of the future
Bengals: Palmer will be back
Jets: Have Favre for now, might draft a QB

The list goes on and on, there's nobody at this point that will give Leftwich a starting job for the long term and if there is they certainly aren't super bowl caliber teams right now. Leftwich isn't a young guy, he's got his super bowl ring and he knows his best chance to get another is to stay put. Batch will be gone and Lefty will stay put.

igor0190
02-05-2009, 09:24 PM
The list goes on and on, there's nobody at this point that will give Leftwich a starting job for the long term and if there is they certainly aren't super bowl caliber teams right now. Leftwich isn't a young guy, he's got his super bowl ring and he knows his best chance to get another is to stay put. Batch will be gone and Lefty will stay put.

I humbly disagree just because I think he will be in Chicago or even more likely, Minnesota next year. They will let him compete and he will unseat Tarvaris Jackson. Although, I do really hope your right! He is a great backup to have here.

seth_westover
02-07-2009, 12:35 PM
The raiders just cut michael huff. I'd like to see him get a shot here! if we can get him pretty cheap, he would fill the need for a back-up for clark till he's ready to go. I liked huff coming out of texas I just think he couldn't be successful in oakland. let clark troy ike deshea and others mentor him and see if he can blossom!

igor0190
02-07-2009, 03:14 PM
Guaranteed the guy possesses the talent and just needs to be taught. Oakland isn't the place to learn. Someone will sign this guy and he will step up.

Callax
02-07-2009, 05:38 PM
I think a talent like huff would be a great addition to Steelers,
Oakland anymore is a joke, that is a gaping BLACK HOLE where players' careers go to die!!
Leftwich is gone Batch has a good thing goin here, here's staying and riding the Big Ben gravy train... try to keep LB Fox

DanRooney
02-07-2009, 07:57 PM
Just looking at some potential FA's (WR, OL, CB) you know for worst case senarios:

WR (UFA only):
Antonio Bryant, TB - prolly get franchised
Bryant Johnson, SF

CB (UFA only):
Nnamdi Asomugha, Oak - prolly get franchised
Chris Gamble, Car
Justin Miller, Oak
Dunta Robinson, Hou

OL (UFA only):
Khalif Barnes, OT, Phi
Vernon Carey, OT, Mia
Mike Goff, OG, SD
Pete Kendall, OG, Wash
John St. Clair, OT, Chi

thats not all of em, just a quick skim through

DeAngelo Hall is a nice FA for the Skins. Played well for them at a very minimum asking price.

Captcoolhand
02-08-2009, 10:09 AM
As they create room in the trophy case for a sixth Lombardi Trophy, the Steelers also have some decisions to make. Four of the team's top five offensive tackles are free agents (although Willie Colon is only a restricted free agent), as are starting cornerback Bryant McFadden and No. 3 receiver Nate Washington.


But according to Sports Illustrated's Don Banks, the Steelers have already decided on their top free agent priority. Banks says the Steelers plan to try to re-up McFadden before free agency begins on Feb. 27. With $19 million in cap room, Pittsburgh has some room to get McFadden under contract while also either re-upping Max Starks or trying to bring in free agent offensive line help.The Steelers' decision to prioritize McFadden makes sense, as he is a quality No. 2 cornerback, and re-signing him would ensure that the Steelers keep together the key pieces of the NFL's No. 1 defense. If McFadden was allowed to leave in free agency, the Steelers' best in-house option would be William Gay, who was surprisingly solid as a nickel back this year. In fact, Gay was rated as the best nickel back in the league by Football Outsiders' game charters.

But if McFadden is brought back, the Steelers have four solid corners with Gay and Deshea Townsend giving the Steelers depth and the ability to match up well with No. 3 receivers.



:crossfingers:

:+1:

BlitzburghRockCity
02-09-2009, 12:30 PM
They are right, McFadden is top priority for this team. There's no OL currently on the team that warrants top consideration before FA begins. Our secondary is solid but Deshea is coming down to the end of his career so we need to sure up that unit and keep McFadden around. Gay is really coming into his own too and will be a force in the coming years.

If they throw a ton of money at Starks I think I'll jump off a bridge! Yeah I know he did play alittle better as the season went on but he's certainly not worth breaking the bank over. I'd sooner move him to RT and let Colon back him up and also play backup Guard and then go out and get the LT we all know we need.

BlackGold4vr
02-09-2009, 12:51 PM
If they throw a ton of money at Starks I think I'll jump off a bridge! Yeah I know he did play alittle better as the season went on but he's certainly not worth breaking the bank over. I'd sooner move him to RT and let Colon back him up and also play backup Guard and then go out and get the LT we all know we need.


They need to blow this thing up and start over. I think we draft a tackle, center, and guard and those new players along with Tony Hills compete for starting spots in camp. If these players are drafted on day 1 they already have the physical tools to compete in this league. I don't see how a young O-line with a couple rookies mixed in could possibly play worse than what we had this year. 23rd in rushing and 17th in passing is bottom half in both areas. Some here on this site think experience will overcome a severe lack of physical talent. There is a reason that 3 of our O-lineman were 6th round selections and another went undrafted. We have players who would be second string on most teams starting for us. Give me the inexperienced rookies with physical talent anyday....they will quickly learn from their mistakes and by mid-season will be better than the scrubs could ever hope to be! Everybody knows that the best way to learn is on the job. :yellowthumb:

HUNT4SEVEN
02-09-2009, 01:45 PM
I say we resign Harrison which we will, resign Clark he has held it down every since he came here, great job Colbert on his signing, we have Capprizzi an Hills in waiting i say let Kemo an Starks go, this draft is rich in O-Line men, also i say keep Sean Hugh because he's an F.B an T.E, Tomlin likes cats like him, McFadden i would like to see come back, but i doubt it he wants mega $$$$$$$$$, Keyron Fox an Madison are special teams demons,we have 20 million an i'm sure some of that will be use to bring in an L.T, also i believe we only need an few adjustments here an there an we will be in position to compete for our seventh superbowl title:yellowthumb:

Dean Denton
02-09-2009, 01:59 PM
They need to blow this thing up and start over. I think we draft a tackle, center, and guard and those new players along with Tony Hills compete for starting spots in camp. If these players are drafted on day 1 they already have the physical tools to compete in this league. I don't see how a young O-line with a couple rookies mixed in could possibly play worse than what we had this year. 23rd in rushing and 17th in passing is bottom half in both areas. Some here on this site think experience will overcome a severe lack of physical talent. There is a reason that 3 of our O-lineman were 6th round selections and another went undrafted. We have players who would be second string on most teams starting for us. Give me the inexperienced rookies with physical talent anyday....they will quickly learn from their mistakes and by mid-season will be better than the scrubs could ever hope to be! Everybody knows that the best way to learn is on the job. :yellowthumb: Still waiting on those players you are talking about us drafting to boost up this OL. Not just any player is going to do here. And clearly we need to trade down with our 1st pick to get anyone of merit or you know something of the 2nd and 3rd round picks. You have to have some players in mind that we can get. Who are they. I could be enclined to agree with you. Not that you care what I think. I am just curious about the players you think we should take because just throwing someone in there wont do. They might be ok or bad *** in college, but that doesn't make it so at the pro level. What about the center from California? Help me out here.

Troyisabeast_43
02-09-2009, 02:36 PM
I know this team has a lot of work to do in free agency especially when it comes to fixing this o-line so that Ben doesnt keep getting injured on a weekly basis every single season. But I truly believe as long as this team has Ben,Dick Lebeau running the defense,and Tomlin with his leadership skills and his ability to get the most out of guys and keep them focused like he did so well this season, then this Steelers team has a chance to compete for their 7th Lombardi Trophy next season and beyond.

jtretz
02-10-2009, 10:22 PM
The Steelers have a handful of unrestricted free agents, including starters tackle Max Starks, cornerback Bryant McFadden and guard Chris Kemoeatu. The others are tackle Marvel Smith and quarterback Charlie Batch, both who were injured this season, wide receiver Nate Washington, tackle Trai Essex, linebackers Keyaron Fox and Andre Frazier, punter Mitch Berger, cornerback Fernando Bryant, quarterback Byron Leftwich and defensive end Orpheus Roye.

I say sign McFaden, Leftwich and maybe Starks. If Washington practices on catching
the f***ing ball this off season sign him too!


Among those who have only one year left on their contract are safety Ryan Clark, linebackers Larry Foote and James Harrison, nose tackle Casey Hampton, defensive end Brett Keisel, tight end Heath Miller, kicker Jeff Reed, cornerback Deshea Townsend and wide receiver Hines Ward.


We need all these guys! Kevin Colbert find a way!!!!!:cope:

Callax
02-10-2009, 10:49 PM
We need to resign:
Starks, (keep him on the left side, cuz he can stay healthier than M Smith)
McFadden solid #2 or #3 Corner
Batch Keep ridin the Big Ben gravy train till Dixon is ready FYI Leftwich is gonna
start somewhere else
Washington he'll be a better #3 wr and play as #2 spelling hines
Essex a solid RT in place of colon
Kemoeatu give him a 1 year and ultimatum: play better or u r gone
Keyaron Fox and Andre Frazier depth chart and ST help.. both cheap keepers!!
Roye depth chart and wasted 4-5 years in clevland eventually learned lesson:
grass (and money ) not greener on the other side
and that's all I got to say about our FA and RFA

HUNT4SEVEN
02-10-2009, 11:25 PM
We need to resign:
Starks, (keep him on the left side, cuz he can stay healthier than M Smith)
McFadden solid #2 or #3 Corner
Batch Keep ridin the Big Ben gravy train till Dixon is ready FYI Leftwich is gonna
start somewhere else
Washington he'll be a better #3 wr and play as #2 spelling hines
Essex a solid RT in place of colon
Kemoeatu give him a 1 year and ultimatum: play better or u r gone
Keyaron Fox and Andre Frazier depth chart and ST help.. both cheap keepers!!
Roye depth chart and wasted 4-5 years in clevland eventually learned lesson:
grass (and money ) not greener on the other side
and that's all I got to say about our FA and RFA

:ditto: good job i agree:yellowthumb:

scott0326
02-11-2009, 12:23 PM
Leftwich isn't going anywhere. You think there's any NFL team that is going to offer him a starting job? He's a great backup and that's how the NFL teams view him. The teams that are looking for QB's will draft one and let a current player on the roster carry them till their young pick is ready. Case in point:

Detroit: will take a QB in the draft and let Culpepper be the guy for now
Bucs: They have to decide between Garcia and McCown or draft someone
Browns: Have their Qb of the future
Bengals: Palmer will be back
Jets: Have Favre for now, might draft a QB

The list goes on and on, there's nobody at this point that will give Leftwich a starting job for the long term and if there is they certainly aren't super bowl caliber teams right now. Leftwich isn't a young guy, he's got his super bowl ring and he knows his best chance to get another is to stay put. Batch will be gone and Lefty will stay put.
Someone will want him as a starter, I doub't we'll see another Matt Ryan/Joe Flacco story this year, so I think someone will be willing to offer Leftwich a starting job why they wait for the rookie QB to be ready.

Silverback 92
02-11-2009, 01:06 PM
hefty lefty is gone bank on it

ejsteeler
02-11-2009, 01:16 PM
Yeah I think so too, especially with all the Coaching changes that went on and are going on, someone will gamble on him I think.

BlitzburghRockCity
02-11-2009, 07:07 PM
The Steelers will keep Leftwich, there is nobody in this league that is going to pay him starter money right now. They will let Batch go and sign Lefty to a long term deal. Im telling you unless something totally off the wall happens the Steelers will not let Leftwich go, they are looking for him to be the next Charlie Batch for us. Lefty isn't a young guy who's going to lead a team to a super bowl, anywhere he goes is either going to be a backup on a good team or a starter on a bad team. When you have been in the league for awhile and you've made the big money in previous years everything in the future is all about getting the super bowl rings. He knows his best bet to win another championship is right here.

Troyisabeast_43
02-11-2009, 07:28 PM
The Steelers will keep Leftwich, there is nobody in this league that is going to pay him starter money right now. They will let Batch go and sign Lefty to a long term deal. Im telling you unless something totally off the wall happens the Steelers will not let Leftwich go, they are looking for him to be the next Charlie Batch for us. Lefty isn't a young guy who's going to lead a team to a super bowl, anywhere he goes is either going to be a backup on a good team or a starter on a bad team. When you have been in the league for awhile and you've made the big money in previous years everything in the future is all about getting the super bowl rings. He knows his best bet to win another championship is right here.

I hope you're right TG I would love to keep Leftwich in a Steelers uniform for the foreseeable future. I gotta believe though that teams such as the Vikings,Bears,and now you can throw the Jets into this equation with the retirement of Brett Favre will all make an attempt at least I believe to try and sign Leftwich. Hopefully like you said Leftwich is pretty well secure in terms of his financial status and his final decision of where to stay will end up being here based on the fact that right here in Pittsburgh as you also mentioned is his best opportunity to win another Championship. This also brings up another interesting point if they do end up signing Leftwich longterm. What does this mean for the future of Dennis Dixon on this Steelers team??

Dean Denton
02-11-2009, 07:31 PM
The Steelers will keep Leftwich, there is nobody in this league that is going to pay him starter money right now. They will let Batch go and sign Lefty to a long term deal. Im telling you unless something totally off the wall happens the Steelers will not let Leftwich go, they are looking for him to be the next Charlie Batch for us. Lefty isn't a young guy who's going to lead a team to a super bowl, anywhere he goes is either going to be a backup on a good team or a starter on a bad team. When you have been in the league for awhile and you've made the big money in previous years everything in the future is all about getting the super bowl rings. He knows his best bet to win another championship is right here.
You really think Lefty is going to stay? I cant see that at all. He wants to play, not sit on the bench. You could be right about a team not wanting to give him top dollar, but there are 1 year contracts that he can sign. You have to think, if he doesn't want to be a starter, then we dont want him on our bench. Too young to be ridding the pine and not want to be the guy. Batch is a different story. He likes our bench because he's a local boy, and is past his big playing days. Lefty is hungry. I think he's gone.

K Train
02-11-2009, 08:02 PM
batch is awful, washed up for 2 years now. i hope he calls it a career. leftwich can walk, he probably will. you only ever hear about how good dixon is, hes got a year under his belt, hes no rookie anymore and it doesnt take years to groom a backup qb. i would be fine with dixon being the #2 next year, thats what we drafted him for after all

Dean Denton
02-11-2009, 08:04 PM
batch is awful, washed up for 2 years now. i hope he calls it a career. leftwich can walk, he probably will. you only ever hear about how good dixon is, hes got a year under his belt, hes no rookie anymore and it doesnt take years to groom a backup qb. i would be fine with dixon being the #2 next year, thats what we drafted him for after all
You nailed that like your avitar baby......Bring on the Dix.....

Zachintosh66
02-11-2009, 08:15 PM
I think someone will give Lefty a shot at starting...

While Ive never been a huge Batch fan I say resign him while he grooms Dixon into our #2

JensK
02-12-2009, 07:07 AM
The Steelers will keep Leftwich, there is nobody in this league that is going to pay him starter money right now. They will let Batch go and sign Lefty to a long term deal. Im telling you unless something totally off the wall happens the Steelers will not let Leftwich go, they are looking for him to be the next Charlie Batch for us. Lefty isn't a young guy who's going to lead a team to a super bowl, anywhere he goes is either going to be a backup on a good team or a starter on a bad team. When you have been in the league for awhile and you've made the big money in previous years everything in the future is all about getting the super bowl rings. He knows his best bet to win another championship is right here.

Vikings! He fits pretty good into their system :imho:

swissvale72
02-12-2009, 07:21 AM
More about the position than the player....I think the guy most important to have signed is Max Starks.

We can't have the Left Tackle spot as a question mark next season, and after a whole year with Marvel Smith "status quo" every week, I'm not very confident that he's good to go in '09. We certainly can't lose both guys, unless prepared to make a big FA splash at offensive tackle, and that ain't happening. Starks is years younger than Smith, he's already started for both SB champion teams....get the guy signed.

McFadden is next priority, but only 'cause you can never have enough good cover guys. Fact is, Gay held down the corner when Fad's arm was mending, and then alternated wit Fad pretty evenly through the playoffs. Deshea will be the nickel again, but yes, he is aging.

After that, nice to keep Nate, but I don't think it will happen. It does, actually creates a problem of how to get Limas Sweed on the field, which he needs to have happen as he has so much upside.

So, Starks....then Fad...oh, sign Marvel for short $$...Kemo can walk, seeya.

Rest of 'em...no one will be lined up at their doorstep.

igor0190
02-12-2009, 10:34 AM
More about the position than the player....I think the guy most important to have signed is Max Starks.


I think your post hit the nail on the head... We need to keep Max. Even if we somehow find a LT in the next couple years we could easily move Max to RT.

BlackGold4vr
02-12-2009, 11:21 AM
I think someone will give Lefty a shot at starting...

While Ive never been a huge Batch fan I say resign him while he grooms Dixon into our #2


The Jets will now be looking for a starting QB with the retiring of Brett Favre. Personally, I would rather see Batch retire and Lefty hold onto the back-up job for a couple years before turning it over to Dixon. Leftwich is a far better quarterback than Batch will ever be and he has way more starting experience. :yesnod:

Stairwayto7
02-12-2009, 11:30 AM
The Jets will now be looking for a starting QB with the retiring of Brett Favre. Personally, I would rather see Batch retire and Lefty hold onto the back-up job for a couple years before turning it over to Dixon. Leftwich is a far better quarterback than Batch will ever be and he has way more starting experience. :yesnod:

I agree with you. I just don`t see Lefty sticking around. So, I would keep Batch, but have Dixon as your second option. If we were in a critical game situation, maybe bring in Batch. But if we were up by twenty, and something happened to Ben, then maybe get Dixon some playing time. Batch is solid, but he is getting up there!:imho:

JensK
02-12-2009, 06:08 PM
I agree with you. I just don`t see Lefty sticking around. So, I would keep Batch, but have Dixon as your second option. If we were in a critical game situation, maybe bring in Batch. But if we were up by twenty, and something happened to Ben, then maybe get Dixon some playing time. Batch is solid, but he is getting up there!:imho:

This is very possible too. There is plenty of teams who'll be looking for a starting QB this season, and not all of them will get a guy out of the draft who can start right away. Leftwich will be a perfekt fit for any of those teams, and he'll probably come rather cheap too. batch knows he won't get signed by anyone but the Steelers, so he'll probably be more than happy to just get the third spot and let Dixon have the second, even though im not all sold on Dixon yet. I am a big Dixon fan, but im not sure id want to put a game in his hands just yet.

Dean Denton
02-12-2009, 08:01 PM
Dixon will be ready, just as ready to go as that Sweed guy. They have been practicing together, going to church, and hanging out big time. Franchise Lefty, and get a first round pick for him. If not, we keep him and get rid of Batch. We might have to pay out for Lefty, but if we get rid of Foote we have some extra cash. Not to mention bagging on some of those worthless OL man. Again I show my brilliance. One of these day the Steeler front office is going to be giving me a call and hook me up with a sweet deal, and all of you can say...."Hey, we know that bloke, he's aces.".....lol

steelcityrockers
02-12-2009, 08:46 PM
Ok, franchising Leftwich (stupid stupid idea btw) would cost about 14.8 mil on the cap. We have 19 million dollars in cap room. Do the math.


Lefty will NOT be back. We don't have the money to tie up in a back-up QB

K Train
02-12-2009, 11:42 PM
im all about throwing dixon in as the #2, thats why he was drafted and its now or never...no excuses now.

franchising leftwich is definitely dumber than signing houshmanzadeh....you were right, that wasnt the dumbest thing youve ever posted

Dean Denton
02-13-2009, 07:27 PM
im all about throwing dixon in as the #2, thats why he was drafted and its now or never...no excuses now.

franchising leftwich is definitely dumber than signing houshmanzadeh....you were right, that wasnt the dumbest thing youve ever posted
Yeah, I was only kidding about the franchise tag. but I will not let you down with steller posting going forward...I just wanted to show there are bigger risks then signing TJ...lol

seth_westover
02-14-2009, 03:35 AM
i came across something the other day and if its true, this guy would be a PERFECT steeler in my eyes! I read somewhere that Jim Leonhard of the ratbirds is a free agent. Id love to see the front office pick this guy up! could be great across from troy when clark is done! and could spell troy and clark with no problem. we could even use him in the nickel and dime packages. oh and not to mention, hes a pretty good return man. what do u guys think?

JensK
02-14-2009, 11:18 AM
i came across something the other day and if its true, this guy would be a PERFECT steeler in my eyes! I read somewhere that Jim Leonhard of the ratbirds is a free agent. Id love to see the front office pick this guy up! could be great across from troy when clark is done! and could spell troy and clark with no problem. we could even use him in the nickel and dime packages. oh and not to mention, hes a pretty good return man. what do u guys think?

They will resign Leonhard. Hes been really great this season, and he works well with Reed.

seth_westover
02-14-2009, 02:30 PM
i agree im just saying the idea of having a better chance at a ring may bring him in! plus they still have dawan landry and he was a great safety before he got hurt!

Zachintosh66
02-19-2009, 05:51 PM
Well we got our first answer today...

OT Willie Colon RFA - Restricted FA's usually stay
OT Trai Essex UFA
OG Chris Kemoeatu UFA
OT Marvel Smith UFA
OT Max Starks UFA - Franchised!

Now are they planning to let Kemo go?
Will they bring back Essex to battle @ G?
Do they think about moving Colon to G and move Starks over to his more natural position of LT?
Is Hills, Capizzi or Parquet able to step up into a starting role?

Sir Blitzelot
02-19-2009, 07:22 PM
The free agent that I am most concerned about is Bryant McFadden. He seemed like he got better every week, and he played awesome down the stretch. I'm hoping that the Steelers won't have any problems re-signing him.

Troyisabeast_43
02-19-2009, 07:28 PM
The free agent that I am most concerned about is Bryant McFadden. He seemed like he got better every week, and he played awesome down the stretch. I'm hoping that the Steelers won't have any problems re-signing him.

I agree McFadden has been getting shown a lot of interests out there in particular from 2 teams in the AFC the Titans and the Patriots. I know Colbert wants to get a long term deal wrapped up with James Harrison, but after he gets that finished which I am sure he will they need to make re-signing Bryant McFadden their number one free agent priority. Bringing him back into the mix on D virtually gives the Steelers the same exact starting defense as it had last season and that is down right scary for opposing teams to look and see that.

Dean Denton
02-19-2009, 07:32 PM
I agree McFadden has been getting shown a lot of interests out there in particular from 2 teams in the AFC the Titans and the Patriots. I know Colbert wants to get a long term deal wrapped up with James Harrison, but after he gets that finished which I am sure he will they need to make re-signing Bryant McFadden their number one free agent priority. Bringing him back into the mix on D virtually gives the Steelers the same exact starting defense as it had last season and that is down right scary for opposing teams to look and see that. Thats scary.. Welcome back Tom Brady....lol

Troyisabeast_43
02-19-2009, 08:00 PM
Thats scary.. Welcome back Tom Brady....lol

The Patriots really are the only threat to the Steelers I believe at this point going into next season, and that is assuming of course that Tom Brady is 100 percent. Even with Brady back next season and with the way the Steelers defense played this year and how it should be just as good next year if not better with virtually the same players coming back I'm not scared of Tom Brady and the Patriots. Plus, they have a much tougher schedule it appears right now then the Steelers take a look at it compared to the Steelers.