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papillon
03-18-2008, 09:09 PM
The Steelers appear to have signed Justin Hartwig as a center. Now we have 6 million a year tied up in the center position and the guys playing the position aren't named Dawson or Webster. :roll:

Bad signing IMHO, now, the Steelers probably won't draft Pollack or Sullivan and what was the purpose of protecting Stapleton last year by not exposing him to the practice squad.

Geesh...I can't make heads or tails out of this one, but, it seems like wasted money to me.

Pappy

costanza2k1
03-19-2008, 12:04 AM
It is confusing, the only thing I can hope for is that he plays like he did when he was with the Titans... The other positive here is they are trying to address areas of need on the team. Years have gone by and we've all known about the weak Oline and yet it wasn't addressed. I'm hoping this is some Tomlin influence and it extends as far as him thinking about a replacement for Hartwig in this years draft. He did say we need to get younger on the lines, time will tell I guess...

steeltownfan
03-19-2008, 08:41 AM
Do you think this signing buys Stapleton one more year to develop into the Steelers starting OC?

I think the signing of Hartwig could be a temporary patch for Stapleton... thoughts?

steeld95
03-19-2008, 08:51 AM
yeah, I think it is more of a patch signing. It was obvious that Mahan is just not going to get it done. He is too undersized to be playing center in the NFL. It is at least an upgrade, although not a long term fix at all. This is only a short term fix though, we are gonna have to address this position in the near future again.

Shawn
03-19-2008, 11:12 AM
This signing is very concerning. First, Hartwig is a fuggin sieve. The guy gave up 3 sacks in one game last season. He was a bad center on a bad line. It speaks volumes about how the Steelers feel about Stapleton and Mahan. This signing means we are in deeper doo than I had originally thought. I have agree with Pappy...terrible signing.

costanza2k1
03-19-2008, 12:09 PM
Do you think this signing buys Stapleton one more year to develop into the Steelers starting OC?

I think the signing of Hartwig could be a temporary patch for Stapleton... thoughts?

I think I can be a number of things:
1. Holding place for Stapleton
2. Holding place for new draft pick
3. or holy crap this guy is good let's sign him for 2 more years and worry about drafting one later.

I'm good with any of those options as long as we have a solid line again.

Shawn
03-30-2008, 09:10 PM
I hope Hartwig is merely a stop gap to develop a rookie or Stapleton.