The new coaching staff of the Pittsburgh Steelers has a busy schedule, studying the teamís current roster, readying for the draft and settling itself in Pittsburgh.
With that in mind, weíve decided to help them out a little by breaking down the teamís free agents and whether they fit into the teamís future plans or should be allowed to look for work elsewhere.
First up on our list is safety Tyrone Carter, an unrestricted free agent.
At 5-8, 195 pounds, Carter lacks the ideal size youíd like to have in an NFL safety. But the 29-year-old Carter has shown that he doesnít shy away from throwing his body around.
He also doesnít have great speed and isnít a big playmaker, as his three career interceptions would attest.
But should the Steelers give the little guy a new contract or should they let him walk?
With veteran Mike Logan expected to retire, Carterís departure would leave the Steelers with just three experienced safeties on their roster. And with 34 career starts under his belt - including three in 2006 Ė Carter is just the kind of player this team needs. Heís unselfish and accepts his role with this team as a backup, which will allow Anthony Smith and Ryan Clark to battle for the starting free safety position in training camp.
Carter is also smart enough that he not only knows the free safetyís responsibilities, but those of the strong safety as well. Heís also experienced playing the cover-2 that new head coach Mike Tomlin will eventually shift the team to, having played for Herm Edwards with the Jets before joining the Steelers.
Thus, keeping Carter around should be one of the teamís offseason priorities, though they shouldnít overpay for his services. Itís unlikely heíll land a starting job somewhere else, but heís just the kind of backup that good teams need on the bench waiting in the wings if a starter goes down.
Verdict: A Keeper.