Steelers still quiet in free agency...**Update 3/18 Kemoeatu & Essex sign 1 yr deals
Well at least 2 things, we got frazier for half the price and they still have an Eye on Hadnot. :yellowthumb:
As the first week of free agency passed, it was business as usual for the Steelers -- as in they did very little of it Friday.
The team did re-sign linebacker Andre Frazier to a one-year deal that could be worth as much as $520,000 and includes a $50,000 signing bonus.
The Steelers had declined to tender a one-year offer worth $927,000 to Frazier last week, making the fourth-year pro an unrestricted free agent. Frazier visited the Patriots before re-signing with the Steelers.
The 6-foot-5, 255-pounder played in eight games for the Steelers last season, strictly on special teams, and made 12 tackles.
Frazier, who originally signed with the Steelers in 2005 and played two seasons for the Bengals, was re-signed because of his ability to play special teams. He also could challenge for playing time at outside linebacker with free agent Clark Haggans certain to sign somewhere else.
The Steelers apparently are still interested in free agent center/guard Rex Hadnot.
Hadnot, who started 48 games at guard and center the previous three seasons for the Miami Dolphins, met with the Steelers on Wednesday and visited the Titans yesterday.
The Steelers are believed to be less than $1 million under the salary cap with the re-signing of Frazier and have yet to make an offer to the 6-2, 325-pound Hadnot.
The Steelers could free up cap room by signing offensive tackle Max Starks to a long-term contract or restructuring the contracts of players on their roster.
The team made a one-year tender offer worth almost $6.9 million to Starks recently, and they have factored that figure into their salary cap for 2008.
Director of football operations Kevin Colbert said earlier this week that the Steelers and Starks hope to agree on a multi-year contract. Starks can sign the tender offer at any time, and the Steelers have the right to pull it off the table before the middle of July.
The Steelers signed running back/kick returner Mewelde Moore last Monday and hosted safeties Eugene Wilson and Chris Crocker, as well as linebacker Tracy White earlier in the week.
The re-signing of Frazier makes it unlikely the Steelers will sign White as they were looking at him as a special-teams player.