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    Not looking good for Joey Porter!

    By Jim Wexell
    SteelCityInsider.com
    Posted Feb 28, 2007

    Free agency begins Thursday night at 12o’clock and the Steelers are freeing up money to become a player. But can they free up enough money to buy a starting linebacker? They’ll probably need one. Read below.

    The renegotiation of Aaron Smith was just a tip of the iceberg for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are busy in negotiations with all of their potential 2008 free agents ... except Joey Porter.
    Porter's status with the team is becoming more uncertain with each passing day. In fact, team officials now doubt that Porter will be with the team in 2007.

    Porter has given the Steelers no indication he’ll accept the terms of the final year of his contract, which calls for a salary of $4 million. Unless Porter or his agent provide such information to the Steelers, the team will refuse to pay him the $1 million roster bonus he’s due and in effect will release him.

    That's the dilemma the Steelers face on the eve of the fiscal new year. Free agency begins March 2 and it appears the Steelers will have some money -- thanks to the renegotiation of Smith's contract -- to pursue a new linebacker, or maybe even a running back, defensive lineman or tight end.

    The Steelers have depth problems at those positions and will begin searching for those answers on Friday. They can plug some holes by resigning their own free-agent backups, such as running back Najeh Davenport and safety Tyrone Carter, but it’s unlikely the team will bring back defensive lineman Rodney Bailey. Nor, it was indicated, are they interested in recently released New York Jets defensive lineman Kimo von Oelhoffen, the former Steeler.

    The only starter involved in free agency Friday will be right tackle Max Starks, who, a source confirmed, will be offered a restricted free agent tender of either $1.8 million or $1.3 million. The former would require compensation of a first-round pick should the Steelers not match an offer, and the latter – a new option in restricted free agency – would require a second-round pick as compensation.

    As for Porter, his problems with the Steelers began just before training camp in 2006 when then-coach Bill Cowher convinced him to report on time because he had two years left on his deal. After a sub-par season – by his standards -- and another knee surgery, Porter enters what would be the final year of his contract as a 30-year-old on a team that new Coach Mike Tomlin is looking to shape into his own image.

    It should be remembered that Cowher, at his first training camp, cut the previous year’s first-round draft choice, Huey Richardson, and the move symbolically separated the new regime from the old. Porter, it appears, is making himself the sacrificial lamb for Tomlin.
    I was really hoping Porter would return to us at least for his final year! If he leaves that opens up a huge hole not only at OLB but who will be the emotional leader of the defense? Stay tuned............
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    well they better plan on drafting a replacement....say ummm, ANTHONY SPENCER

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    Still believe they will draft a CB in the 1st round?

    If this is true and Joey is truly gone? That should leave no doubt that the Steelers go with a DE/OLB in the 1st! This is not good news IMO! Porter was the emotional leader of our defense! Joey was to this defense what Jack Lambert was to the Steel Curtain D........the heart! While players might be plug and play........leaders are not! Spencer cannot fill Porters shoes as the leader of the defense........he'll be learning it! Sad day for Steeler fans if you asked me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by K Train View Post
    well they better plan on drafting a replacement....say ummm, ANTHONY SPENCER
    Spencer is a 2nd or 3rd rounder doubt he will be a replacment

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blitzburgh55 View Post
    Spencer is a 2nd or 3rd rounder doubt he will be a replacment
    ok........never speak again you obviously don't follow college ball or read up on prospects
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    Quote Originally Posted by Koopa View Post
    ok........never speak again you obviously don't follow college ball or read up on prospects
    eh...I could pppoooosssssiibblllyyy see Spencer falling to the 2nd round....but if he made it to the third round, then we should start testing NFL GM's, execs, and coaches for drugs too.

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    Blitzburgh55 has stolen a page from your book Koopa

    Quote Originally Posted by Koopa View Post
    ok........never speak again you obviously don't follow college ball or read up on prospects
    It seems you are not the only one to make outrageous statements meant only to "stir the pot" (Bradshaw couldn't play in todays league)
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    I'd much rather they get rid of Haggans and keep Peezy. Peezy is just as good or better than Haggans, and he provides the kind of emotional leadership that Haggans doesn't. If Porter is gone, they better draft someone, AND I want Adalius Thomas!

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    i think we should make willie parker eat lots and lots of cake so we have a power running game

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteelerFan87 View Post
    I'd much rather they get rid of Haggans and keep Peezy. Peezy is just as good or better than Haggans, and he provides the kind of emotional leadership that Haggans doesn't. If Porter is gone, they better draft someone, AND I want Adalius Thomas!

    Adalius Thomas is a good player but remember he is close to 30 as well. He will be out of the Steelers price range especially considering his age.

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    Max will get the 1.8 million dollar tender which will make it a lot eaiser to keep him in the black n gold because nobody is going to give up a first round pick for him which is what we'll get if we don't match the offer.

    He's good, but he's not worth a 1st rounder to anyone IMO.

    This really pisses me off about Joey damnit ! The dude is one of my favorite all time Steelers, I can't believe he may not be back. Im still holding out hope.

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