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Iron Shiek
06-27-2008, 12:31 PM
Numerous teams interested in Bentley
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28-year-old centers with two Pro Bowls on their resume are not easy to find, so even though he has not played in two seasons, LeCharles Bentley is being looked at by at least 8 teams, according to NFL.com.
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The website reports that Buffalo, Cincinnati, Miami, Oakland, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, San Francisco and Seattle are interested. He seems to be healthy, but after missing two years, it will be interesting to see if he can return to form.


This was posted yesterday from Fanball.com. I don't know to what degree this "interest" is though. It could just be a phone call for all we know.

I'm not sure I like this idea...2 years is a long time not playing.

Ozey74
06-27-2008, 01:16 PM
Adam Schefter on NFL Total Access last night said that he would not be surprised if he ended up on any team in the AFC North or the St. Louis Rams. This would be a nice pickup. Not sure what type of price tag he would come with.

Oviedo
06-27-2008, 01:48 PM
I hope they sign Bentley. It is a low risk high payoff move. They will get him at a good price and if he returns to form you have a All Pro Center.

I'm sure playing for a AFC North team would give him extra motivation to stick it to the Stains.

ramblinjim
06-27-2008, 02:26 PM
I hope they sign Bentley. It is a low risk high payoff move. They will get him at a good price and if he returns to form you have a All Pro Center.

I'm sure playing for a AFC North team would give him extra motivation to stick it to the Stains.

I agree, if the price was right, it wouldn't hurt to see if he could play.

Iron Shiek
06-27-2008, 02:30 PM
I keep seeing if the price is right...

I'd imagine he wouldn't command the giant salary he got initially when he signed with the Stains.

I guess I can fall into the if the price is right camp as well, as long as he brings his playbook (or memory of it) with him. :wink:

SteelerNation1
06-27-2008, 02:33 PM
I would be ok with this signing. I still have a hard time believing the Clowns would just cut him if they didn't think he could still play.

JUST-PLAIN-NASTY
06-27-2008, 02:42 PM
For a vet contract with incentives...Done! The guy made the Pro-Bowl at G & C. Sign him to push Mahan at least. If he plays better than Mahan send him packing. 2 years not playing is both good & bad. Don't forget...2 years less wear! What would it hurt to add some more competition through camp.

papillon
06-27-2008, 02:48 PM
What about Hartwig? As long as if it doesn't work out in camp the Steelers don't have much salary or signing bonus to eat. On the other hand, if he did work out we'd have a lot of cash tied up in the center opsition between Mahan, Hartwig and Bentley.

Pappy

SteelerNation1
06-27-2008, 02:49 PM
What about Hartwig? As long as if it doesn't work out in camp the Steelers don't have much salary or signing bonus to eat. On the other hand, if he did work out we'd have a lot of cash tied up in the center opsition between Mahan, Hartwig and Bentley.

Pappy
On the $ Pap. Mahan would have to go, and that ain't happening this yr. Too much of a cap hit.

Shawn
06-27-2008, 03:14 PM
This guy will want cash...won't happen...end of story.

While I could believe the Browns are dumb enough to allow
a stud to leave...its hard to believe Bentley would play for
a reasonable contract.

papillon
06-27-2008, 03:19 PM
This guy will want cash...won't happen...end of story.

While I could believe the Browns are dumb enough to allow
a stud to leave...its hard to believe Bentley would play for
a reasonable contract.

He may not have a choice this year, he may sign a one year with some incentives just to see if he can still handle the rigors of an NFL season. If he plays well and stays healthy then he'll be in position to go looking for the pot of gold.

Pappy

Iron Shiek
06-27-2008, 03:25 PM
This guy will want cash...won't happen...end of story.

While I could believe the Browns are dumb enough to allow
a stud to leave...its hard to believe Bentley would play for
a reasonable contract.

He may not have a choice this year, he may sign a one year with some incentives just to see if he can still handle the rigors of an NFL season. If he plays well and stays healthy then he'll be in position to go looking for the pot of gold.

Pappy


Yeah good call. I don't see any way a team will just open the vault with a long term deal. 1, 2 year at maximum with mostly incentive as JPN stated. If he over performs I guess it hurts the pocket book, but protects the $100+ million investment they recently made. So this would be a good route to go I suppose.

motter1975
06-27-2008, 03:27 PM
As many have said, for the right price, I'd like to sign him and see what he's still got. As Iron Sheik and Pap said, I would think that at this point, he's in no position to demand a large contract. This is such a "what have you done for me lately" league, that I can't see any team willing to risk signing him for big bucks.

Mahan's cap hit is definitely a road block to letting Bently come in and really compete, but if we could find a way to work it, I'd be all for it.

JUST-PLAIN-NASTY
06-27-2008, 04:26 PM
I think Mahan is scheduled to make $2,975,000. Signing bonus left is $3,200,000. So $1,600,000 this year is a $1,375,000 savings. The $1,600,000 will be hard to stomach next year. It isn't the savings...It is the Rooney's giving away 3.2 mil! To me it is what ever makes the team better...But it isn't my money!

Mr Smartmonies
06-27-2008, 05:58 PM
I would sign him if I could. I think Hartwig is going to only slightly better than Mahan but not serviceable over the long haul of 3 -4 years. If they think this guy can stay healthy, then its a no brainer. They have to start solidifying a postion. They have to get some talent on that line. If he's healthy, sign him.

Ozey74
06-27-2008, 06:43 PM
I would be ok with this signing. I still have a hard time believing the Clowns would just cut him if they didn't think he could still play.


Keep in mind, this is the Browns. They drafted B. Quinn because they didn't think D. Anderson could play. But in the Browns defense (can't believe I'm typing that) who did?

:brownssuck

RuthlessBurgher
06-28-2008, 11:14 AM
I would be ok with this signing. I still have a hard time believing the Clowns would just cut him if they didn't think he could still play.


Keep in mind, this is the Browns. They drafted B. Quinn because they didn't think D. Anderson could play. But in the Browns defense (can't believe I'm typing that) who did?

:brownssuck

For what it is worth, I still don't think Derek Anderson can play. He's a one year anomaly. Remember, Scott Mitchell once threw for 32 TD's and 12 INT's in one season.

buckeyehoppy
06-28-2008, 12:51 PM
At this point, Bentley is all reward and no risk. Taking a flier on him makes sense. He really isn't in a position to demand big money up front, so if the Steelers signed him to a one or two year incentive rich deal, I'd be all in favor.

Bentley's main competition would be Mahan. That being the case, I think the Steelers bite the bullet on the cap hit and keep Bentley at a discount. If he plays well enough, Bentley will start at G (I see bringing him in as a G first, backing up C). G is not as rigorous a position and the Steelers have just as great a need at G as at C anyway. He is also insurance at C if Hartwig gets hurt or (perish the thought) underachieves.

I wouldn't cry about not having him. But Bentley has almost total upside at this point, as he couldn't be any further down.