Steelersleft tackle Marvel Smith sounds like a man who expects to finish his career somewhere other than Pittsburgh.
Smith is heading into the final year of his contract, and he and the Steelers are not close to an extension. And with the Steelers’ general policy of refusing to negotiate deals during the season, Smith tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
“it’s pretty much guaranteed
” that he will leave after the season, barring a long-term deal suddenly coming to fruition within the next couple of weeks.
Added Smith’s agent, Ken Zuckerman, “He doesn’t like change and would definitely be open to working out a contract before the season. However, once the regular season starts with no extension in place, he will be forced to enter the free-agent market.”
The key issue for Smith is whether he can stay healthy. He missed five games last year because of a back injury, but after surgery, Smith says he has plenty of good years left.
He may play those years for a new team.