Steelers look for Porter's replacement
Monday, March 05, 2007

By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Steelers take their first steps to try to replace Joey Porter when they have a look at the guy who was displaced in New England by Adalius Thomas.

Tully Banta-Cain, a 26-year-old outside linebacker with the Patriots, will visit the Steelers on Wednesday. He played four years with New England and had 5.5 sacks for them last season, his first as a starter.

The Patriots signed Thomas, considered the top free agent outside linebacker after his contract expired with Baltimore, over the weekend.

The Steelers today entertained their first player in free agency when former Pitt punter Andy Lee paid a visit to their facility on the South Side. Lee is a restricted free agent with the San Francisco 49ers. If the Steelers signed him, the 49ers would have the right to match the contract; if they declined to match, the Steelers would have to give them a sixth-round draft choice in return.

The Steelers released Porter, who had seven sacks last season, last Thursday before a $1 million roster bonus was due him.