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NKySteeler
06-19-2008, 09:12 PM
Inside Slant

The Steelers are taking the same approach in negotiations with another valuable offensive lineman that they took last year with guard Alan Faneca. Some would say it's no approach at all. It could be considered a wait-and-wait approach.

Faneca signed with the New York Jets as a free agent this year, reluctantly leaving after 10 years and seven Pro Bowls in Pittsburgh at just 30 years old. Left tackle Marvel Smith had one year left on his contract and there have been no negotiations toward a new one.

It looks like the Steelers are prepared to let another good, veteran offensive lineman go because they can't or won't pay market value.

The Steelers did at least make Faneca an offer more than a year ago, but it insulted him more than anything and there were no more talks until a last-minute conversation between Faneca and Kevin Colbert, the team's director of football operations, at the end of training camp.

Once the regular season starts, the Steelers have a long-standing policy that they end negotiations for any contract extensions. There's still time for them to do something with Smith, who will make about $4.5 million in the final year of his contract.

Smith took a different approach this spring than did Faneca; he practiced with his teammates, although he did miss two weeks when his son was born in California. Faneca skipped all but a required minicamp last year in protest of his contract situation.

"To me, if it's going to happen, it's going to happen," said Smith. "It's not something I can worry about, for the most part. I love football. Any opportunity I get to play, whether it's in the offseason or not, that's what I plan on doing."

Smith, a second-round draft choice in 2000, moved into the starting lineup as a rookie at right tackle and became the starting left tackle in 2003. He's made one Pro Bowl and should command a fat contract as a free agent, if it gets to that.

"Wouldn't Marvel be fun going to free agency with?" said agent Ken Zuckerman, a partner in the same agency as Faneca's agent, Rick Smith.

NOTES, QUOTES

—Coach Mike Tomlin waved off Tuesday's OTA and took his team bowling instead. Tomlin said he wants it to become a tradition.

"It was awesome," nose tackle Chris Hoke said, "just a great experience."

—Longtime Steelers player personnel director Dick Haley, 70, took a job as a consultant for the Miami Dolphins. It reunited him with Bill Parcells. Haley, who left the Steelers to join the New York Jets in 1992, worked with Parcells there from 1997 to 2000. Haley worked for the Steelers for 20 years.

—Former Steelers defensive end Dwight White was buried in Pittsburgh Wednesday. White, part of the famous Steel Curtain front four, died last Friday from a blood clot that developed after he had back surgery May 12.

—Tomlin would not say why Pro Bowl NT Casey Hampton has missed several weeks of OTAs, or whether he was working out on his own, with a personal trainer, etc. Hampton was scheduled to make an appearance for teammate Tyrone Carter for a charity event in Pompano Beach, Fla., Saturday.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "The schedule is what it is. We tend to focus on things we can control. We don't make the schedule, we play it." — Mike Tomlin on having the toughest schedule in the NFL in 2008.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

MEDICAL WATCH: DE Travis Kirschke had recent ankle surgery to clean loose particles out. He should be OK by training camp.

FRANCHISE PLAYER: None

TRANSITION PLAYER: OT Max Starks (tendered at $6.895M; signed tender April 21).

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers)

—LB Marquis Cooper (not tendered as UFA).

—RB Verron Haynes (not tendered as UFA).

—FB Dan Kreider (not tendered as UFA).

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED

—LB Keyaron Fox: UFA Chiefs; $645,000/1 yr, $40,000 SB; 2008 cap: $485,000.

—C Justin Hartwig: FA Panthers; $3.725M/2 yrs, $975,000 SB.

—RB Mewelde Moore: UFA Vikings; $4.95M/3 yrs, $1.35M SB.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

—DE Nick Eason: UFA; 2 yrs, terms unknown.

—OT Trai Essex: RFA; $927,000/1 yr.

—LB Andre Frazier: Not tendered as RFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.

—LB Arnold Harrison: ERFA; terms unknown.

—G Chris Kemoeatu: RFA; $1.47M/1 yr.

—DE Travis Kirschke: Potential UFA; 2 yrs, terms unknown.

—OT Max Starks: TFA; $6.895M/1 yr.

—LS Greg Warren: RFA; $2.3M/3 yrs, $395,000 SB.

—WR Nate Washington: RFA; $1.47M/1 yr.

PLAYERS LOST

—G Alan Faneca: UFA Jets; $40M/5 yrs, $21M guaranteed.

—LB Clark Haggans: UFA Cardinals; $1.5M/1 yr, SB unknown.

—LB Cliff Kriewaldt (released/failed physical).

—CB/KR Allen Rossum (released).

—QB Brian St. Pierre: UFA Cardinals; 1 yr, terms unknown.

—TE Jerame Tuman (released).

—WR Cedrick Wilson (released).

Shawn
06-19-2008, 09:54 PM
I highly doubt Marvel gets a big contract from the Steelers.

NKySteeler
06-19-2008, 10:04 PM
I highly doubt Marvel gets a big contract from the Steelers.

Agreed... It just won't happen. I think he COULD be a quality O-lineman, but not worth the money he will undoubtably command...

fordfixer
06-19-2008, 11:33 PM
I highly doubt Marvel gets a big contract from the Steelers.

Agreed... It just won't happen. I think he COULD be a quality O-lineman, but not worth the money he will undoubtably command...


IMO none of them are worth the money they think they are

BIG FAN
06-20-2008, 03:46 AM
I highly doubt Marvel gets a big contract from the Steelers.

Agreed... It just won't happen. I think he COULD be a quality O-lineman, but not worth the money he will undoubtably command...


IMO none of them are worth the money they think they are

You are absolutely right!
As a matter of fact all yunz are.
O-line is not great, we may have improved slightly at center.
Marvel needs to become what he's paid for. What they are paying him for this season, I like the rest of you shake my head. All that money and next year he's gone IMHO.
My question is, what does Tomlin see that we dont see?

AngryAsian
06-20-2008, 04:32 AM
Unless this line plays lights out this year. I can't see anybody on this line being able to command high cash flow on their next contract.... and when I speak of lights out play, I'm talking about total dominance in various offensive categories in both the running and passing games.

JUST-PLAIN-NASTY
06-20-2008, 08:09 AM
Smith's value to the Steelers will be a 3rd round comp pick in the 2010 draft. That might be the only thing we could dispute. Good LTs very seldom hit the open market. If Smith has a good season I would be willing to bet there will be someone willing to pay him twice the Steelers offer! I think the Steelers know this because they bought an insurance policy in Starks! Smith would have to take a big discount to stay here.

us_steelinfrance
06-20-2008, 08:15 AM
Maybe the Steelers want to see how he actually plays before re-signing him. Isn't he coming off injuries/surgery?

steelblood
06-20-2008, 08:26 AM
This article is ridiculous. Marvel Smith has chronic back problems that required surgery. He must prove he is healthy before the Steelers make any investment in him.

Oviedo
06-20-2008, 09:23 AM
This article is ridiculous. Marvel Smith has chronic back problems that required surgery. He must prove he is healthy before the Steelers make any investment in him.

:Agree

Most of these articles are pro player and anti front office trying to paint this stuff like poor laborers and uncaring management. Smith is damaged goods and it would be foolish to resign him long term until he proves to be completely healthy.

The only issue I have is the front office not negotiating during the season. I think it puts them at a disadvanatage when free agancy begins where they could have laid the groundwork for an agreement. Once free agancy starts it becomes a bidders war that the Steelers won't, rightly so in most cases, engage in.

steeler_fan_in_t.o.
06-21-2008, 09:20 AM
I agree that this article is very slanted....maybe that is why they call it "Inside Slant". :lol: :lol: :lol:

First, it talks about how Faneca left reluctantly. Forgive me if I am wrong, but I failed to notice the reluctance in the way he acted last year.

Then, the writer forgets that Marvel has missed a ton of games over the past few years, mostly due to back problems. If he goes out and performs pain free, then I can see the team willingly stepping up. But, why would they do that now with a 30 year old player who plays at one of the highest salaried positions in the game? At least I like his attitude a lot more than the way Faneca behaved last year.

NKySteeler
06-21-2008, 11:19 AM
I agree that this article is very slanted....maybe that is why they call it "Inside Slant". :lol: :lol: :lol:

Sorry.... But what do you expect from the USA Today.... :wink:

SteelerOfDeVille
06-23-2008, 06:28 PM
well, a few things will impact Marvel and his money... how the current OTs perform (including how Tony Hills develops)...

Next year's Tackle class looks like it'll be loaded with o-linemen...

Ozey74
06-23-2008, 06:50 PM
well, a few things will impact Marvel and his money... how the current OTs perform (including how Tony Hills develops)...

Next year's Tackle class looks like it'll be loaded with o-linemen...


This might be what the doctor will need to order come next April. I hope not, but it may be....

Mr Smartmonies
06-23-2008, 07:40 PM
Inside Slant

The Steelers are taking the same approach in negotiations with another valuable offensive lineman .

I hear they plan to let smith go and use that money to give Nick eason 7 million next year. :(

BURGH86STEEL
06-23-2008, 09:46 PM
well, a few things will impact Marvel and his money... how the current OTs perform (including how Tony Hills develops)...

Next year's Tackle class looks like it'll be loaded with o-linemen...

Team will probably have to finish with a poor record to get one.

RuthlessBurgher
06-24-2008, 10:07 AM
well, a few things will impact Marvel and his money... how the current OTs perform (including how Tony Hills develops)...

Next year's Tackle class looks like it'll be loaded with o-linemen...

Team will probably have to finish with a poor record to get one.

Some of the o-linemen will almost surely go quite early, like Michael Oher and Andre Smith, but there should be talent available in the latter portion of the first as well, like, say, tackles Phil Loadholt or Alex Boone or guards Duke Robinson or Jeremy Perry.

Oviedo
06-24-2008, 10:09 AM
well, a few things will impact Marvel and his money... how the current OTs perform (including how Tony Hills develops)...

Next year's Tackle class looks like it'll be loaded with o-linemen...

Team will probably have to finish with a poor record to get one.

Some of the o-linemen will almost surely go quite early, like Michael Oher and Andre Smith, but there should be talent available in the latter portion of the first as well, like, say, tackles Phil Loadholt or Alex Boone or guards Duke Robinson or Jeremy Perry.

I'm not sure Guard will be an early priority. I have the same opinion as last year, if you can't get an OT who is an immediate starter go for the best DL available first.

RuthlessBurgher
06-24-2008, 10:18 AM
well, a few things will impact Marvel and his money... how the current OTs perform (including how Tony Hills develops)...

Next year's Tackle class looks like it'll be loaded with o-linemen...

Team will probably have to finish with a poor record to get one.

Some of the o-linemen will almost surely go quite early, like Michael Oher and Andre Smith, but there should be talent available in the latter portion of the first as well, like, say, tackles Phil Loadholt or Alex Boone or guards Duke Robinson or Jeremy Perry.

I'm not sure Guard will be an early priority. I have the same opinion as last year, if you can't get an OT who is an immediate starter go for the best DL available first.

Okay, then...Tyson Jackson will likely be gone before we pick, but what about possibly having a shot at Fili Moala or Vince Oghobaase?

Oviedo
06-24-2008, 10:25 AM
well, a few things will impact Marvel and his money... how the current OTs perform (including how Tony Hills develops)...

Next year's Tackle class looks like it'll be loaded with o-linemen...

Team will probably have to finish with a poor record to get one.

Some of the o-linemen will almost surely go quite early, like Michael Oher and Andre Smith, but there should be talent available in the latter portion of the first as well, like, say, tackles Phil Loadholt or Alex Boone or guards Duke Robinson or Jeremy Perry.

I'm not sure Guard will be an early priority. I have the same opinion as last year, if you can't get an OT who is an immediate starter go for the best DL available first.

Okay, then...Tyson Jackson will likely be gone before we pick, but what about possibly having a shot at Fili Moala or Vince Oghobaase?

Sounds good to me. I am watching this year for DL that emerge over the course of the season. Not sure who will come out on top, but I'd like to see us get va couple DLmen next year.

RuthlessBurgher
06-24-2008, 10:27 AM
Sounds good to me. I am watching this year for DL that emerge over the course of the season. Not sure who will come out on top, but I'd like to see us get va couple DLmen next year.

You wanted us to get a couple of d-lineman this year! (never thought it would be as UDFA's though, eh?)

Oviedo
06-24-2008, 10:39 AM
Sounds good to me. I am watching this year for DL that emerge over the course of the season. Not sure who will come out on top, but I'd like to see us get va couple DLmen next year.

You wanted us to get a couple of d-lineman this year! (never thought it would be as UDFA's though, eh?)

I wanted two and we got two. As you said, I didn't think it would be UDFAs. I hope one of them turns out to be a gem because my only real concern about the team this year is the durability of the DL. I think if the DL stays healthy our defense has a great season.

I think the reason we didn't get a DL was because we had mendenhall and Sweed fall into our laps. I think that really changed our draft board and players that we may have targeted in Rounds 1 and 2 were no longer options.

Shawn
06-24-2008, 10:45 AM
Smith has been battling injuries for years. He has had surgery on his back. He is 30. Not to mention he is not Orlando Pace. It would take a great deal of money to re-sign Smith. Why would the Steelers take that chance? They just don't make these kind of signings. This is the last year Smith will be a Steeler...as it should be. I would actually be surprised if Smith plays a full season.

RuthlessBurgher
06-24-2008, 12:40 PM
Sounds good to me. I am watching this year for DL that emerge over the course of the season. Not sure who will come out on top, but I'd like to see us get va couple DLmen next year.

You wanted us to get a couple of d-lineman this year! (never thought it would be as UDFA's though, eh?)

I wanted two and we got two. As you said, I didn't think it would be UDFAs. I hope one of them turns out to be a gem because my only real concern about the team this year is the durability of the DL. I think if the DL stays healthy our defense has a great season.

I think the reason we didn't get a DL was because we had mendenhall and Sweed fall into our laps. I think that really changed our draft board and players that we may have targeted in Rounds 1 and 2 were no longer options.

Yeah, there is no way I would have chosen anyone other than Mendenhall or Sweed at #23 and #53 in spite of more pressing needs. I would have tried to fill holes along both lines early on day two though, probably going with a big fella like Anthony Collins instead of Bruce Davis (even though Davis looks like a player) in the 3rd, then maybe using our 6th rounder to trade up in the 4th (instead of trading back in the 4th and gaining an extra 6th) in order to have a shot at either Dre Moore or Red Bryant. Then with the last pick, you would have several options. You could stick with the Dixon pick as an intriguing future replacement to Batch, or you could have gone with Owen Schmitt as an upgrade to Carey Davis. You could have gone with a LB (since we wouldn't have Davis or Humpal in this scenario) and taken a Marcus Howard, Jonathan Goff, or Spencer Larsen. Or, we could have just beefed up our o-line even more with Roy Scheuning, Carl Nicks, or Barry Richardson.