...one month left before the Steelers' self-imposed deadline on contract extension talks, no talks are taking place.
Not with Farrior, not with tackle Marvel Smith, not with anyone.
If the team has issues with its offensive line now, next season could be disastrous because Smith and new left guard Chris Kemoeatu will become unrestricted free agents if they remain unsigned. So, too, will Max Starks and Trai Essex, their top two backup tackles. Starting right tackle Willie Colon will become a restricted free agent.
It's likely that Smith won't return if he's not signed to an extension over the next month.
"I guess we have four weeks to see if Marvel remains a Steeler after this year," said Ken Zuckerman, his agent.
The same could hold true for Kemoeatu, Starks and Essex, which would blow a hole through their line and its depth.
That's not all. Others who would become unrestricted are cornerback Bryant McFadden, wide receiver Nate Washington and quarterback Charlie Batch.
Perhaps the Steelers have a plan to accomplish something with these players over the next month, but no negotiations are taking place, according to sources. The same held true last season when, in the 11th hour, they signed starting right guard Kendall Simmons to a contract extension after it became apparent that veteran guard Alan Faneca wanted nothing to do with their last, best offer.