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BlitzburghRockCity
02-26-2007, 12:50 AM
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_494919.html

Long thread but some good info on who's available and what we might do.



Quarterbacks

Jeff Garcia, Philadelphia
Top free agent QB deserves starting job.

Damon Huard, Kansas City
Possible starter with right team.


Shaun King, Indianapolis
Former starter wants to make comeback.

Tim Rattay, Tampa Bay
Solid No. 2. passer.

Anthony Wright, Cincinnati
Can start in a pinch.

What will the Steelers do: Pass. Desire a young No. 3 quarterback, but the best free agents are all older.

Running backs

Chris Brown, Tennessee
Rushed for over 1,000 yards two years ago but can't stay healthy.

Cornell Buckhalter, Philadelphia
Averaged more than 4 yards per carry in 2006.

T.J. Duckett, Redskins
Steelers favorite available at right price.

Ahman Green, Green Bay
Biggest name on list comes wth biggest (injury) risk.

Dominic Rhodes, Indianapolis
DUI arrest could offset Super Bowl heroics.

What will the Steelers do: Might pursue Duckett a year after they considered trading for him. Also don't discount Baltimore's Ovie Mughelli, a blocking back with a burst.

Wide receivers

Drew Bennett, Tennessee
Big receiver has big-play potential.

Kevin Curtis, St. Louis
Ten touchdowns catches in past two seasons.

Bobby Engram, Seattle
Former Penn State star is excellent possession receiver.

Keenan McCardell, San Diego
Getting up in age.

Donte Stallworth, Philadephia
Can't be covered, but can't stay healthy.

What will the Steelers do: Consider Cincinnati's Kelley Washington, who's one of the taller free agent WRs and has playmaking ability.

Tight ends

Kyle Brady, Jacksonville
More blocker than receiver.

Daniel Graham, New England
Produces when called upon.

Eric Johnson, San Francisco
Caught 82 passes in 2005.

David Martin, Green Bay
Good receiving skills.

Jerramy Stevens, Seattle
Joey Porter's favorite tight end beginning to blossom.

What will the Steelers do: Probably nothing. Steelers are strong at tight end.

Tackles

Jordan Black, Kansas City
Opened holes for Larry Johnson.

Leonard Davis, Arizona
Pro Bowl potential.

Mike Gandy, Buffalo
Decent NFL starter.

Damion McIntosh, Miami
Started 13 games in 2006.

Roman Oben, San Diego
Veteran backup.

What will the Steelers do: Steelers don't want to spend a lot of money here. Gandy and Black are possibilities, but only if price is right.

Guards

Kris Dielman, San Diego
Tenacious run blocker.

Derrick Dockery, Washington
Started 61 of a possible 64 games.

Todd Steussie, St. Louis
Understands his role.

Eric Steinbach, Cincinnati
Turns 27 in April and already has 62 career starts.

Floyd Womack, Seattle
Backup in the right system.

What will the Steelers do: Addressing the guard position isn't a priority, but Dockery is the type of player the Steelers like. He lines up and plays.

Defensive ends

Chris Kelsay, Buffalo
All-around play his No. 1 asset.

David Bowens, Miami
18 sacks in the past three seasons.

Bryan Thomas, New York Jets
Former first-round pick had 8 1/2 sacks in 2006.

Juqua Thomas, Philadelphia
Gets after the quarterback.

Dewayne White, Tampa Bay
Pass-rusher would be perfect fit for Steelers.

What will the Steelers do: Consider White, who stepped in for the injured Simeon Rice. It's in White's favor that he played for Steelers coach Mike Tomlin in Tampa Bay.

Defensive tackles

Aubrayo Franklin, Baltimore
Stuck on bench in Baltimore.

Michael Myers, Denver
Productive reserve

Alvin McKinley, Cleveland
Veteran insurance.

Michael Myers, Denver
Rotating member of Broncos' tough defense.

Hollis Thomas, New Orleans
Recorded 3 1/2 sacks in first season in New Orleans.

What will the Steelers do: Pursue young prospects such as Franklin who are part of a winning system.

Linebackers

E.J. Henderson, Minnesota
Played one season under Mike Tomlin.

Cato June, Indianapolis
Playmaker in his prime coming off Super Bowl win.

Kawika Mitchell, Kansas City
Second-round pick in 2003.

Adalius Thomas, Baltimore
Rushes the quarterback, plugs the run and chases receivers.

Demorrio Williams, Atlanta
92 tackles last season.

What will the Steelers do: Add a potential starter from group including Henderson, Mitchell and Williams.

Cornerbacks

Phillip Buchanon, Tampa Bay
Underachieving corner.

Nate Clements, Buffalo
Top unrestricted free agent will command top dollar.

Nick Harper, Indianapolis
Market value will never be higher.

Tory James, Cincinnati
Showing signs of wear and tear.

David Macklin, Arizona
Cardinals defense came on late.

What will the Steelers do: Sign a veteran CB for little or nothing

Safeties

Tyrone Carter, Steelers
Versatile and effective.

Deon Grant, Jacksonville
Played for one of league's strongest units.

Ken Hamlin, Seattle
Defensive quarterback.

Kevin Kaesviharn, Cincinnati
Getting better and better.

Germone Sapp, Baltimore
Needs opportunity to play.

What will the Steelers do: Nothing. They are solid at safety, and Carter could be the odd-man out.

BlitzburghNation
02-26-2007, 12:55 AM
Nice headsup on FA,,,,,,,,,TG , but we'll probably do as the usual ! Which is fine by me although I would like to have Ratbirds x-lb,imagine how hard he would play against his former team !

BlitzburghRockCity
02-26-2007, 12:58 AM
If we add a FA linebacker to the mix in the first week of FA that will probably signal the end of Porters time here. If we don't then there's a good chance Joey will stick around and Haggans could be cut loose, with a big time draft pick like Spencer brought in to fight for the job opposite Porter, with James Harrison. :2cents:

kgreen
02-26-2007, 08:54 AM
This is so much different than previous years! We have never gone after free agents before.

IMO, I hope we don't pick up TJ Ducket. He 's too much of a "zone" running back. I'd much rather have Leonard form Rutgers (Draft), but maybe Duckett'll prove me wrong. :dunno:

BlitzburghRockCity
02-26-2007, 09:01 AM
It's interesting how this article mentions how they think we'll go after FA on the DL and LB, but none on the OL. Im not really figuring on us doing much in FA anyways and if we did it wouldn't be a big splash of a top notch player who could start right away anyways.

House of Steel
02-26-2007, 10:25 AM
Oh here we go with the Duckett Talks again! :smh2: I wish the Steelers would just forget about him and just draft a number two behind Willie. If we get Duckett, I think he might be like Dookie.

SteelerFan87
02-26-2007, 01:40 PM
I'm intrigued by the pass rushing DE from Tampa the article mentions. I would like to see a really good pass rusher, either at LB or DE, either in the draft of FA. And I really want Adalius Thomas!!! As dominant as he was against us, imagine him in Dick Lebeau's hands.

BlitzburghRockCity
02-26-2007, 01:49 PM
I just don't think we'll be able to afford Thomas...the dude is going to command Franchise tag money and we just don't usually pay that much for a FA. Although I agree the dude would be awesome for us.