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    Exclamation Steelers eye free agents - Who's available...

    http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt.../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.

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    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 !

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    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.

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    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.


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    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.

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    Oh here we go with the Duckett Talks again! 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.

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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by K Train View Post
    i think we should make willie parker eat lots and lots of cake so we have a power running game

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    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.

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