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Stlrs4Life
02-18-2009, 10:12 PM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09049/949849-66.stm


Offensive linemen await their fates
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The early plans the Steelers have for remaking their offensive line should be known over the next 10 days as they either try to sign or ignore the five veteran free agents who work there.
The agent for one, starting guard Chris Kemoeatu, expects to meet with the Steelers this week and believes an offer will come out of it.
"I would hope so," said Ken Vierra. "Having not spoken with them yet, I don't know where they're at, but he's one of the better guards in the league, he's 26 and has room for improvement. If you have one of the better guards in the league, you try to keep him."
Vierra will arrive tomorrow in Indianapolis, where team personnel gather this week for the annual scouting combine, and plans to talk to the Steelers there.
Kemoeatu joins three veteran tackles -- Marvel Smith, Max Starks and Trai Essex -- as unrestricted free agents if they do not sign by Feb. 27. Tackle Willie Colon will be a restricted free agent.
Kemoeatu replaced former Pro Bowl guard Alan Faneca, who left after the 2007 season as a free agent. He started every game and earned $1,417,000, the amount he received in a one-year contract tendered him by the Steelers last year when he was a restricted free agent.
The sides tried to come to a longer contract term last year but were unable to do so for a player entering his fourth season and first as a starter.
"I did have talks with them," Vierra said. "To be honest with you ... we were talking about a guy who never started. How do you put that together?"
Vierra said Kemoeatu wants to stay with the Steelers.
"He absolutely really loves the city of Pittsburgh and, when you win the Super Bowl, everything is awesome. I need to find where they're at and where they're headed. They have a lot of things to do out there, and Chris Kemoeatu is only one of them."
The Steelers have made linebacker James Harrison, the NFL's defensive player of the year, their priority, even though he has one year left on his contract. They started negotiating with his agent, Pittsburgh's Bill Parise, two weeks ago and continue to work on an extension.
The Steelers have until tomorrow if they want to place their franchise or transition tags on any unrestricted free agents.
Ed Bouchette can be reached at ebouchette@post-gazette.com.
First published on February 18, 2009 at 12:00 am




1 of the better guards in the league? Far from it, he's no the worst though.

DanRooney
02-18-2009, 10:14 PM
1 of the better guards in the league? Far from it, he's no the worst though.

:yesnod:

BlackGold4vr
02-18-2009, 10:22 PM
For every one of the 4 free agents they resign that is one less roster spot for a NEW O-lineman. They will resign no more than 2 of these guys and as few as 1 of them. I am hoping they keep Max Starks and throw the rest back. I want 1 free agent and 2 high draft picks! :2cents:

greennick
02-19-2009, 07:44 AM
For every one of the 4 free agents they resign that is one less roster spot for a NEW O-lineman. They will resign no more than 2 of these guys and as few as 1 of them. I am hoping they keep Max Starks and throw the rest back. I want 1 free agent and 2 high draft picks! :2cents:

I wouldn't mind seeing Kemoeatu back either.

DBR96A
02-19-2009, 12:23 PM
I can picture Dan Rooney sitting in a big wooden chair and having each offensive lineman led into the room by a pair of guards. Rooney would then extend his arm out with his thumb pointed sideways. After about 15 seconds, he would either turn his thumb up or down, depending on whether or not he wanted to keep each lineman. Those linemen that receive "thumbs down" would then be led off by the guards and systematically executed.

TEEMONT
02-19-2009, 12:43 PM
For every one of the 4 free agents they resign that is one less roster spot for a NEW O-lineman. They will resign no more than 2 of these guys and as few as 1 of them. I am hoping they keep Max Starks and throw the rest back. I want 1 free agent and 2 high draft picks! :2cents:

I say boot all of them to the curb except Starks. Move Colon to RG, and draft Mack and let him play LG for a year or two. Pick up a tackle in the draft, and look for one via FA, they have the cap room this year to do that. Tony Hills should still be a solid option to back-up at lesat the LT.

Do you think we trade up in the draft to try and get a possible starter in the 1st round?

drucifer
02-19-2009, 12:53 PM
I can picture Dan Rooney sitting in a big wooden chair and having each offensive lineman led into the room by a pair of guards. Rooney would then extend his arm out with his thumb pointed sideways. After about 15 seconds, he would either turn his thumb up or down, depending on whether or not he wanted to keep each lineman. Those linemen that receive "thumbs down" would then be led off by the guards and systematically executed.

:clap:

BlitzburghRockCity
02-19-2009, 01:48 PM
Out of all the lineman, Kemoeatu is the most likely to stick around. He does have a good upside and is a mauler in the run the game when he gets going. I was worried going into this year because he didn't appear to be light enough on his feet to be able to pull and get out in front of the backs but he got a lot better as the year went on. I wouldn't mind seeing him stick around and solidify that LG spot. As for the rest of them Starks would be the only other one that would be decent to keep around if for no other reason than depth at the Tackle position. Let him fight it out with a draft pick or FA. I would like to see Colon move to right guard and fight it out with Stapleton for that spot. Simmons is worthless but he just signed an extension before last season so he's not going anywhere either unfortunately.

Zachintosh66
02-19-2009, 05:45 PM
Rather have Kemo than Stapleton, any day of the week!

vtwin_gary
02-19-2009, 05:50 PM
i know we're going to keep colon for at least another year but jeesh will someone please teah him how to count. he had more false starts the the whole rest of the line together.

ohh crap he just moved.

greennick
02-20-2009, 12:36 AM
i know we're going to keep colon for at least another year but jeesh will someone please teah him how to count. he had more false starts the the whole rest of the line together.

ohh crap he just moved.

There are three things that are guaranteed, death, taxes and a false start from Colon.

ejsteeler
02-20-2009, 12:35 PM
There are three things that are guaranteed, death, taxes and a false start from Colon.

:lol:...just one?

BlitzburghRockCity
02-20-2009, 01:51 PM
Colon is just not built to be a Tackle no matter how you cut it. Tackles you want to be big, tall, quick on their feet and have long arms to be able to keep the rusher at bay. Plus it's good to be able to actually hear the snap count and follow it which is something that dude couldn't do to save his life. Between his face starts and the holds by him and Stapleton it was a nightmare just trying to get the play off half the time.

BlackGold4vr
02-20-2009, 02:43 PM
Steelers: Colon Could Receive Solid Interest

Pittsburgh Steelers ORT Willie Colon is set to be a restricted free agent next Friday. In discussions with a few league executives, there's a belief that the former fourth-round pick out of the 2006 draft could draw attention of several teams.

The key for any potential interest in Colon will be at what level he's tendered at. Should he receive a second-round tender, it's believed at least five to six teams that need help at right tackle or guard could pursue him. Should he get a first-round tender, which many believe he'll receive, teams probably will pass on him.


So if he receives a second-round tender he could be gone, first round tender and we're stuck with him. The first or second round tender would determine the draft round of compensation we would get for him. Nobody believes that he is good enough that another team would give up a 1st round pick for him. But if they only have to give up a 2nd rounder then he might be snatched from us. Lets all pray for 2nd round tenders. I would rather get an additional 2nd round pick than keep him but I still think we are going to be stuck with him.

igor0190
02-20-2009, 03:34 PM
How on earth would it be determined that he be a 1st round tender? Is this something the league decides, or is it based on the offer the Steelers make him?

Zachintosh66
02-20-2009, 07:35 PM
Marvez also reports that the Jets could next release starting right guard Brandon Moore, who is due to receive a $7 million roster bonus.

is he worth taking a shot at if the Jets do cut him?

Callax
02-20-2009, 10:44 PM
Ooops, Colon is called for ANOTHER FALSE START!!!
I think if we offer a 2nd round tender offer and Colon goes, then GOOD RIDDANCE!!!
put Hills over there and let him learn for a year... we gave up too many sacks and our run game sucked!!!
Starks just got tendered, so there's our LT, Kemoatu got a tender offer, so he's going back to LG, unless we draft another G, C, or T, Hartwig is at Center
We need another RG; Colon goes there and Simmons is a very over paid backup
then Essex, Hills a F/A and/or Draftpick goes there.

TEEMONT
02-20-2009, 11:48 PM
So if he receives a second-round tender he could be gone, first round tender and we're stuck with him. The first or second round tender would determine the draft round of compensation we would get for him. Nobody believes that he is good enough that another team would give up a 1st round pick for him. But if they only have to give up a 2nd rounder then he might be snatched from us. Lets all pray for 2nd round tenders. I would rather get an additional 2nd round pick than keep him but I still think we are going to be stuck with him.

If they decided to keep Starks, then they better keep Colon. The guy is playing out of position, and still managed to beat out Starks. I really want to see him at RG, not RT. he just isn't built for the outside. He needs to be going against the Albert Haynesworth's of the world, not the Julius Pepper's.

I'd false start too if I had T-Rex arms, and had speed rushers lining up outside of me.

Black@Gold Forever32
02-21-2009, 12:02 AM
Ok....I think I have talking about Willie Colon being better suited for OG for years now....Colon hasn't switched to OG yet and I really don't see it happening next year........

JensK
02-24-2009, 04:26 AM
No news is bad news for OT
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
John Heller/Post-Gazette
Hines Ward signs autographs before the debut of the NFL Films documentary on the Steelers' super season yesterday at the AMC Lowes Waterfront.

The silence from the Steelers speaks loudly for Marvel Smith, who plans to move on, according to the tackle's agent. Yet the team has been talking aplenty to try to keep guard Chris Kemoeatu, but that, too, could become a moot, or mute, point in the end.

Both starting offensive linemen will become unrestricted free agents at 12:01 a.m. Friday if they do not re-sign with the Steelers before then.

For Smith, the nearly $8.5 million the Steelers guaranteed to tackle Max Starks when they named him their franchise player Thursday and their lack of a phone call to his agent, means he will play elsewhere next season, in all likelihood.

"I haven't heard from them," agent Ken Zuckerman said yesterday. "We're planning that they're moving forward and we're moving forward. That's what we're looking at. They tagged Starks, they're talking to other linemen, so we're assuming that they're moving forward in a different direction and so are we."

They are negotiating with Kemoeatu, who finished his first season as their starting left guard in his fourth year. Agent Ken Vierra said he talked Friday with Steelers negotiator Omar Khan in Indianapolis and "I would expect our talks will heat up in the next day or two."

But Vierra notes one big problem for the Steelers, the NFL's salary cap. Various trackers of the cap peg the Steelers with roughly $20 million under the cap of $123 million. However, that was before Starks' deal, and before the accounting from last season that could affect their cap for this season. Taking just Starks' salary, it would reduce their room to around $11.5 million. All salary cap accounting must be done by Thursday, the day before free agency begins.

"We had some good initial discussions but they have a bit of an issue now with the cap because Max is counting $8.5 million," Vierra said. "They have some work to do on their end."

Further complicating deals done now is that, because 2010 is an uncapped year unless a new collective bargaining agreement is worked out, no salary can increase by more than 30 percent from 2009 to 2010. It should put a premium on either keeping a salary high for '09 -- and thus eating up more cap room -- or putting more money into a signing bonus. The latter might be even more difficult for the Steelers, who are undergoing an ownership restructuring.

Vierra cited the 30 percent rule as a potential problem as the Steelers negotiate for Kemoeatu.

"Yeah, they want him back," Vierra said. "But just because he wants to be there and they want him back doesn't mean it will get done. They have to do some stuff on their end."

Among that stuff is to extend the contract of linebacker James Harrison, the NFL defensive player of the year. That should cut deeply into their available salary cap room as well.

Those also are reasons they likely will get no deals done with cornerback Bryant McFadden or wide receiver Nate Washington before they become free agents Friday, too.

Smith and his agent are not surprised, nor angered, the Steelers have made no moves to keep him. Zuckerman works for Priority Sports and Entertainment, which also represents guard Alan Faneca, who left the Steelers as a free agent last year at age 31. Smith, entering his 10th season, turns 31 in August.

"I don't think he's disappointed," Zuckerman said. "Listen, if you look at the track record, the Steelers keeping guys going into their third deal, they don't keep many. They've paid Max Starks over two years probably more than Alan Faneca made over two years.

"I think that's the telltale sign when guys get around 30, whether it's Joey Porter, Alan Faneca or Marvel. This is not a shock to me, and I don't think it's a shock to Marvel because I prepared him for this.

"Marvel will get an opportunity to have a change of address and continue his career in the NFL and go from there."

Smith, who made one Pro Bowl after the 2005 season, ranked among the better left tackles in the league before back issues grounded him in each of the past two seasons. He started the first five games last season before his back flared up and never played again. He had surgery late in the season and was ultimately placed on injured reserve. He also had surgery late in 2007 after he started the first 12 games to remove a piece of herniated disk.

Zuckerman said while he believes Smith is healthy, that was not the issue because of the Steelers' philosophy of replacing offensive linemen in their 30s with younger players.

"They won doing it so you can't say it's wrong. It works for them. I totally understand what they're doing. It's a business."

WarriorScholar
02-24-2009, 06:19 PM
I don't know about anyone but after hearing the things coming out of Kemo's agent the last couple of days, I can't stand the guy. The guy is a moron. You are representing Kemo dude..not Tom Brady