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SMASHMOUTHFOOTBALL
03-10-2009, 05:26 PM
Titans cornerback to visit Steelers tomorrow
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Tennessee Titans cornerback Chris Carr, who is one of the top return specialists in the American Football Conference, will visit with the Steelers tomorrow -- the second unrestricted free agent to interview on the South Side this week.

Carr was a backup with the Titans last season after spending the previous three seasons with the Oakland Raiders. He finished third in kick returns (28.1-yard avg.) and eighth in punt returns (10.1 avg.) in the AFC last season.

The Steelers are looking for an extra cornerback after losing Bryant McFadden to the Arizona Cardinals in free agency. Carr has also visited with the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions and has not ruled out returning to the Titans.


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grotonsteel
03-10-2009, 05:27 PM
Why are they not looking at another Titan CB Eric King?? I thought he was an UFA.

SMASHMOUTHFOOTBALL
03-10-2009, 05:35 PM
King doesn't return punts--Carr is pretty solid, would start for alot of teams.

phillyesq
03-10-2009, 05:42 PM
Dale Lolley predicted this a while back.

I think that he makes a lot of sense -- fills two needs with one player. Bringing in both Carr and Galloway would eliminate WR and CB as "need" positions in the draft, and would really allow the Steelers to focus on the BPA. Well, the BPA that has "lineman" in his title. :wink:

Discipline of Steel
03-10-2009, 06:38 PM
I still think we would need to draft a CB fairly early even if we did sign Carr. Deshea has about one more year left in him I predict.

NW Steeler
03-10-2009, 08:00 PM
Dale Lolley predicted this a while back.

I think that he makes a lot of sense -- fills two needs with one player. Bringing in both Carr and Galloway would eliminate WR and CB as "need" positions in the draft, and would really allow the Steelers to focus on the BPA. Well, the BPA that has "lineman" in his title. :wink:

Ditto that. Once again, that keep our options open with that first pick. Would he have a chance to start?

Chadman
03-10-2009, 08:17 PM
Dale Lolley predicted this a while back.

I think that he makes a lot of sense -- fills two needs with one player. Bringing in both Carr and Galloway would eliminate WR and CB as "need" positions in the draft, and would really allow the Steelers to focus on the BPA. Well, the BPA that has "lineman" in his title. :wink:

Ditto that. Once again, that keep our options open with that first pick. Would he have a chance to start?

Start? Probably not. But unless the Steelers grab an outstanding CB in the draft- pencil William Gay in as the starter anyway.

What getting Carr does is take away the need to REACH for a CB- much like signing Galloway would do at WR. It'll be interesting to see if the Steelers add any OL or DL before the draft...

RuthlessBurgher
03-10-2009, 08:26 PM
Dale Lolley predicted this a while back.

I think that he makes a lot of sense -- fills two needs with one player. Bringing in both Carr and Galloway would eliminate WR and CB as "need" positions in the draft, and would really allow the Steelers to focus on the BPA. Well, the BPA that has "lineman" in his title. :wink:

Ditto that. Once again, that keep our options open with that first pick. Would he have a chance to start?

He would likely return all kicks and punts (which is sort of a starting role, I guess). On defense, he would be a nickel or dime CB.

JUST-PLAIN-NASTY
03-11-2009, 08:24 AM
I wouldn't be that excited about this signing...But it sounds like a Steeler signing. He could return kicks and serve as a nickel back or emergency starter. A reasonable deal in the 1-1.5 range if they see him as a back-up.

RuthlessBurgher
03-11-2009, 08:50 AM
I wouldn't be that excited about this signing...But it sounds like a Steeler signing. He could return kicks and serve as a nickel back or emergency starter. A reasonable deal in the 1-1.5 range if they see him as a back-up.

It wouldn't be flashy, but it could pay dividends. Much like the Mewelde Moore or Keyaron Fox signings that didn't get much press at the time, but once we saw their numerous contributions on the field, we looked back and realized how important signings like that were to our team's overall success.

steeler_fan_in_t.o.
03-11-2009, 09:11 AM
It'll be interesting to see if the Steelers add any OL or DL before the draft...

I don't really see that happening, especially DL. Our problem on the DL is not quality - we have three solid starters, or depth - our backups did an outstanding job last year. As we all know, our problem is age. By the time the season starts, our D linemen will by:

Hampton - 32
Hoke - 33
Smith - 33
Keisel - 31
Eason - 29
Kirschke - 35
Roye - 36

We need youth, and it is unlikely that we are going to be signing anyone who would be guaranteed a roster spot and is young enough to help the age factor - like a guy like Olshansky would have been.

More likely, we draft a DL within the first two rounds - and he replaces a guy like Kirschke on the roster. He rotates in, maybe playing about 1/3 of the snaps while spelling Smith and Keisel, and is ready to start once one of them leaves.

Maybe there is a big body available around the third or fourth. He can take a roster spot like Roye's (who never dressed) or earn playing time on ST. By next season he is ready to compete for a starting spot as Hampton will be off the books and Hoke's contract numbers do not commit us to starting him.

So, this season you replace your two oldest DL with two guys in their early twenties. By '10 you have hopefully replaced two thirty-something starters with these same two kids - without pressing them into action too early.

RuthlessBurgher
03-11-2009, 09:25 AM
It'll be interesting to see if the Steelers add any OL or DL before the draft...

I don't really see that happening, especially DL. Our problem on the DL is not quality - we have three solid starters, or depth - our backups did an outstanding job last year. As we all know, our problem is age. By the time the season starts, our D linemen will by:

Hampton - 32
Hoke - 33
Smith - 33
Keisel - 31
Eason - 29
Kirschke - 35
Roye - 36

We need youth, and it is unlikely that we are going to be signing anyone who would be guaranteed a roster spot and is young enough to help the age factor - like a guy like Olshansky would have been.

More likely, we draft a DL within the first two rounds - and he replaces a guy like Kirschke on the roster. He rotates in, maybe playing about 1/3 of the snaps while spelling Smith and Keisel, and is ready to start once one of them leaves.

Maybe there is a big body available around the third or fourth. He can take a roster spot like Roye's (who never dressed) or earn playing time on ST. By next season he is ready to compete for a starting spot as Hampton will be off the books and Hoke's contract numbers do not commit us to starting him.

So, this season you replace your two oldest DL with two guys in their early twenties. By '10 you have hopefully replaced two thirty-something starters with these same two kids - without pressing them into action too early.

Agreed. Getting someone like Jarron Gilbert or Fili Moala at 2.64 would be a nice, young 3-4 DE we could rotate in to infuse some youth. Getting a young NT prospect like Sammie Lee Hill from Stillman or Chris Baker from Hampton (ironically) with the comp pick we get for Faneca would be a nice touch as well. I would be very happy with those picks (even moreso if we could land Alex Mack in the first and a CB like Keenan Lewis or Asher Allen in the 3rd).

frankthetank1
03-11-2009, 10:22 AM
I wouldn't be that excited about this signing...But it sounds like a Steeler signing. He could return kicks and serve as a nickel back or emergency starter. A reasonable deal in the 1-1.5 range if they see him as a back-up.

It wouldn't be flashy, but it could pay dividends. Much like the Mewelde Moore or Keyaron Fox signings that didn't get much press at the time, but once we saw their numerous contributions on the field, we looked back and realized how important signings like that were to our team's overall success.

these are the kind of signings that make the steelers so good. they dont risk anything in fa and they get so much in return. fox, moore and clark cost almost nothing and they are all very solid players.

phillyesq
03-11-2009, 10:53 AM
I wouldn't be that excited about this signing...But it sounds like a Steeler signing. He could return kicks and serve as a nickel back or emergency starter. A reasonable deal in the 1-1.5 range if they see him as a back-up.

It wouldn't be flashy, but it could pay dividends. Much like the Mewelde Moore or Keyaron Fox signings that didn't get much press at the time, but once we saw their numerous contributions on the field, we looked back and realized how important signings like that were to our team's overall success.

these are the kind of signings that make the steelers so good. they dont risk anything in fa and they get so much in return. fox, moore and clark cost almost nothing and they are all very solid players.

Couldn't agree more. Free agency is a great place to grab some role players and low tier starters, but it is no way to build a team. The Steelers rarely make a big splash in FA, and I'm very ok with that.

Oviedo
03-11-2009, 11:16 AM
I wouldn't be that excited about this signing...But it sounds like a Steeler signing. He could return kicks and serve as a nickel back or emergency starter. A reasonable deal in the 1-1.5 range if they see him as a back-up.

It wouldn't be flashy, but it could pay dividends. Much like the Mewelde Moore or Keyaron Fox signings that didn't get much press at the time, but once we saw their numerous contributions on the field, we looked back and realized how important signings like that were to our team's overall success.

these are the kind of signings that make the steelers so good. they dont risk anything in fa and they get so much in return. fox, moore and clark cost almost nothing and they are all very solid players.

Couldn't agree more. Free agency is a great place to grab some role players and low tier starters, but it is no way to build a team. The Steelers rarely make a big splash in FA, and I'm very ok with that.

You need small pieces to complete a puzzle just as much as big pieces. The Steelers have always understood the importance of role players to the total team concept.

I'd still like to see a back up WR/Returner, back up DB and Trai Essex signed.

RuthlessBurgher
03-11-2009, 12:06 PM
I wouldn't be that excited about this signing...But it sounds like a Steeler signing. He could return kicks and serve as a nickel back or emergency starter. A reasonable deal in the 1-1.5 range if they see him as a back-up.

It wouldn't be flashy, but it could pay dividends. Much like the Mewelde Moore or Keyaron Fox signings that didn't get much press at the time, but once we saw their numerous contributions on the field, we looked back and realized how important signings like that were to our team's overall success.

these are the kind of signings that make the steelers so good. they dont risk anything in fa and they get so much in return. fox, moore and clark cost almost nothing and they are all very solid players.

Couldn't agree more. Free agency is a great place to grab some role players and low tier starters, but it is no way to build a team. The Steelers rarely make a big splash in FA, and I'm very ok with that.

You need small pieces to complete a puzzle just as much as big pieces. The Steelers have always understood the importance of role players to the total team concept.

I'd still like to see a back up WR/Returner, back up DB and Trai Essex signed.

If I they are truly interested in Galloway and Carr (judging by their visits this week), I would be content with those two guys as your #3/#4 WR and nickel/dime CB plus punt/kick returner. That would be enough of an outside free agent splash for me. Then they could focus on trying to bring back a few of our own guys like Leftwich, Key Fox, and Essex. Then they could continue talks regarding extensions and restructured contracts. That's a solid FA haul in my mind. Then you could emphasize big uglies on both sides of the line in the draft big time.