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Steel Life
08-30-2008, 12:47 PM
These tid-bits were just posted on Pro Football Talk. Consider the source, but it's still worth mentioning...

STEELERS SHOPPING LINEMEN
Posted by Mike Florio on August 30, 2008, 12:14 p.m.

As they ponder their final roster cuts, the Pittsburgh Steelers reportedly are pondering the possibility of shipping one of their backup offensive linemen out of town via a trade. :shock:

Per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers are considering trading tackle Max Starks, center Sean Mahan, or tackle Trai Essex.

The mere fact that Starks would even be close to the trading block highlights the poor decision to use the transition tag on Starks, which gave him a guaranteed salary of nearly $7 million this year. For roughly $500,000 more, they could have forced Alan Faneca to stay for another year ó or at least have gotten something for him in trade from a team like the Jets.

Mahan was the starting center in 2007, but lost his job to newcomer Justin Hartwig.

Meanwhile, the Steelers already have decided to release receiver Willie Reid and return specialist Eddie Drummond. :o

BATCH TO IR
Posted by Mike Florio on August 30, 2008, 12:09 p.m.

The Steelers have solved their backup quarterback conundrum by moving Charlie Batch to injured reserve.

Batch suffered a broken collarbone in the teamís preseason opener, opening the door for previously unemployed veteran Byron Leftwich.

The Steelers have since decided that they like Leftwich enough to keep him. Because they didnít want to expose rookie Dennis Dixon to waivers and they donít want to carry four quarterbacks on the roster, the Steelers opted to park Batch on the sidelines for the season, even though he was recovering from his injury and could have played soon.

Despite being on IR, Batch will earn his full base salary of $1.355 million in 2008, the final year of his current contract.

The only alternative was to cut Batch, but that might not have gone over too well in Pittsburgh, given that Charlie is a Pittsburgh native who happily has ridden the pine for several years, played capably when needed, and has been involved in various community activities.


My first thought is "trades"...the team doesn't normally do trades, but considering the OL contract situation next year - I guess anything is possible. I doubt we'd be able to get anything for any of the three though.

My second thought is that I'm surprised if they really did let go of Reid. I thought that they consistently ran a variety of routes for him & he showed something. Plus as I've said before, he offers a skill-set no other Steeler WR does & can back-up the returners if needed.

And lastly, Charlie. I already thought that this was his last year with the team, but it's a shame that it ends this way. I don't see CB being of any real use to any other team, so I really think his career is in jeopardy. CB's been a good teammate, a great ambassador for the city & a calming influence on Ben - if this really is the way it ends, then thanks Charlie, you've been great. I do hope he goes into coaching or ends up doing Steeler commentary though.

buckeyehoppy
08-30-2008, 01:37 PM
My first thought is "trades"...the team doesn't normally do trades, but considering the OL contract situation next year - I guess anything is possible. I doubt we'd be able to get anything for any of the three though.

If they can get draft picks for any or all of those guys, I'd be satisfied. Champions build with the draft and the Steelers will need as many as possible to rebuild the line. Then again the FO brain fart trust needs to show me that they are capable of evaluating OL talent.


My second thought is that I'm surprised if they really did let go of Reid. I thought that they consistently ran a variety of routes for him & he showed something. Plus as I've said before, he offers a skill-set no other Steeler WR does & can back-up the returners if needed.

I think this was the hardest decision taken by Tomlin. Happy for Baker and sad for Reid (now that he seems to be healthy). But Reid had plenty of time to show what he could do. He spent that time digging a hole in the ground that he put himself in to.


And lastly, Charlie. I already thought that this was his last year with the team, but it's a shame that it ends this way. I don't see CB being of any real use to any other team, so I really think his career is in jeopardy. CB's been a good teammate, a great ambassador for the city & a calming influence on Ben - if this really is the way it ends, then thanks Charlie, you've been great. I do hope he goes into coaching or ends up doing Steeler commentary though.

Charlie is a Steeler through and through. Thank you Charlie for everything. You are a pro's pro and a real gentleman. Here's hoping you get to be a part of the Steelers again in some capacity.

Steel Life
08-30-2008, 02:36 PM
Per both PFT & the NFL website...

Bengals to Release RB Johnson - Posted: August 30th, 2008 | Adam Schefter

The Bengals have told veteran running back Rudi Johnson he will be released today.

NKySteeler
08-30-2008, 03:00 PM
Agreed.... Sad to see that happen to Batch. But it really had to be done... I really don't think anyone wanted to let Dixon slip away, and they just couldn't carry 4.

...As for the trade options, I wonder why they waited so long to do it?...

Ozey74
08-30-2008, 03:26 PM
Charlie is a great Steeler. I think he will be an ambassador for the franchise forever.

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