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isonator07
03-07-2010, 10:27 AM
Steelers: Battle visits Monday; Sweed's status in air
Sunday, March 07, 2010
By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Uncertain about the future of Limas Sweed and looking to add depth to the position, the Steelers will entertain their first free agent Monday when San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Arnaz Battle will visit the team's South Side facility.

Battle, 30, has spent seven seasons with the 49ers after being a sixth-round draft pick out of Notre Dame in 2003. He has 178 catches, 2,150 yards and 11 touchdowns in his NFL career. His best season was in 2006 when he had 56 catches, 686 yards and 3 touchdowns.

He had just 29 catches for 358 yards and no touchdowns in 24 games the past two seasons, including five catches for 40 yards in 15 games last season.

Battle (6 feet 1, 208 pounds), who played quarterback at Notre Dame, might also visit with the Seattle Seahawks.

The Steelers will not visit with any free agents before Monday because coach Mike Tomlin and his coaching staff are on a weekend retreat at one of the area mountain resorts.

Battle would provide depth at wide receiver because veteran Joey Galloway, signed late in the season, is an unrestricted free agent who will not be re-signed. Also, it is not known what will happen with Sweed, a second-round draft choice in 2008 who missed the final three games last season because of undisclosed personal issues.

The Steelers finished the regular season with free-agent Tyler Grisham, who spent most of the year on the practice squad, as their fourth wide receiver.



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:wft

calmkiller
03-07-2010, 10:32 AM
Not really surprising. The team is built through the draft. Not FA. The players we want will be around later. Not the first weekend.

Chadman
03-07-2010, 10:32 AM
you're right to be ticked off- if the f.o. had been in town this week they probably would have signed julius peppers, nate burleson, chad clifton, antwan randle el and vince wilfolk.

how could they not have known f.a. started this week??

:D

steelblood
03-07-2010, 10:34 AM
Steelers: Battle visits Monday; Sweed's status in air
Sunday, March 07, 2010
By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Uncertain about the future of Limas Sweed and looking to add depth to the position, the Steelers will entertain their first free agent Monday when San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Arnaz Battle will visit the team's South Side facility.

Battle, 30, has spent seven seasons with the 49ers after being a sixth-round draft pick out of Notre Dame in 2003. He has 178 catches, 2,150 yards and 11 touchdowns in his NFL career. His best season was in 2006 when he had 56 catches, 686 yards and 3 touchdowns.

He had just 29 catches for 358 yards and no touchdowns in 24 games the past two seasons, including five catches for 40 yards in 15 games last season.

Battle (6 feet 1, 208 pounds), who played quarterback at Notre Dame, might also visit with the Seattle Seahawks.

The Steelers will not visit with any free agents before Monday because coach Mike Tomlin and his coaching staff are on a weekend retreat at one of the area mountain resorts.

Battle would provide depth at wide receiver because veteran Joey Galloway, signed late in the season, is an unrestricted free agent who will not be re-signed. Also, it is not known what will happen with Sweed, a second-round draft choice in 2008 who missed the final three games last season because of undisclosed personal issues.

The Steelers finished the regular season with free-agent Tyler Grisham, who spent most of the year on the practice squad, as their fourth wide receiver.



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:wft

Yeah, sometimes I wonder who is steering the boat. I fear it is often nobody.

stlrz d
03-07-2010, 10:46 AM
you're right to be ticked off- if the f.o. had been in town this week they probably would have signed julius peppers, nate burleson, chad clifton, antwan randle el and vince wilfolk.

how could they not have known f.a. started this week??

:D

:lol:

2 titles and one sub .500 season in the last decade...wtf are they doing???

:lol:

ANPSTEEL
03-07-2010, 11:31 AM
you're right to be ticked off- if the f.o. had been in town this week they probably would have signed julius peppers, nate burleson, chad clifton, antwan randle el and vince wilfolk.

how could they not have known f.a. started this week??

:D


nah, they would have signed Foote, Peezy, and El.

Dood, we're getting the band back together.

Oviedo
03-07-2010, 02:11 PM
The Steelers have a plan that doesn't involve overspending on free agents the first weekend. They have lost no one that they really wanted.

They are probably away doing something important like planning for the draft, OTAs and next season.

There are plenty of FO personnel to talk to agents.

hawaiiansteel
03-07-2010, 02:14 PM
this would have been the weekend to have Larry Zierlein along... :wink:


Steelers coaching staff spends weekend on retreat

Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on March 7, 2010


Some coaching staffs spent the weekend wining and dining free agents. Or showing up at their houses.

The Steelers coaches hung out together on a "weekend retreat" at a Pittsburgh-area mountain resort.

The team-building exercise makes sense on a few levels. The team takes a measured approach to free agency, so the coaches weren't going to be busy yet anyhow. Plus there are many new members to a Steelers staff which also includes an offensive coordinator that nearly got booted.

Mike Tomlin's crew will be back in town Monday, when they will meet with wide receiver Arnaz Battle.

stlrz d
03-07-2010, 02:21 PM
The Steelers have a plan that doesn't involve overspending on free agents the first weekend. They have lost no one that they really wanted.

They are probably away doing something important like planning for the draft, OTAs and next season.

There are plenty of FO personnel to talk to agents.

Or just taking a little breather from that so they can re-energize for the upcoming draft, etc.

It's not like these guys really get vacations or anything. Since the Steelers (smartly) don't throw around big dollars in FA this is the perfect time for them to do this.

SteelBucks
03-07-2010, 02:45 PM
Steelers: Battle visits Monday; Sweed's status in air
Sunday, March 07, 2010
By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Uncertain about the future of Limas Sweed and looking to add depth to the position, the Steelers will entertain their first free agent Monday when San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Arnaz Battle will visit the team's South Side facility.

Battle, 30, has spent seven seasons with the 49ers after being a sixth-round draft pick out of Notre Dame in 2003. He has 178 catches, 2,150 yards and 11 touchdowns in his NFL career. His best season was in 2006 when he had 56 catches, 686 yards and 3 touchdowns.

He had just 29 catches for 358 yards and no touchdowns in 24 games the past two seasons, including five catches for 40 yards in 15 games last season.

Battle (6 feet 1, 208 pounds), who played quarterback at Notre Dame, might also visit with the Seattle Seahawks.

The Steelers will not visit with any free agents before Monday because coach Mike Tomlin and his coaching staff are on a weekend retreat at one of the area mountain resorts.

Battle would provide depth at wide receiver because veteran Joey Galloway, signed late in the season, is an unrestricted free agent who will not be re-signed. Also, it is not known what will happen with Sweed, a second-round draft choice in 2008 who missed the final three games last season because of undisclosed personal issues.

The Steelers finished the regular season with free-agent Tyler Grisham, who spent most of the year on the practice squad, as their fourth wide receiver.



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:wft

Yeah, sometimes I wonder who is steering the boat. I fear it is often nobody.

You're kidding...right?

isonator07
03-07-2010, 08:03 PM
:lol: You caught that? Just think its funny these guys are so good. While other teams are in panic mode to land the next big FA our staff is off doing their own thing. Then they will come back and find value that 31 other teams skimmed over and left us for a reasonable price.

SteelCrazy
03-07-2010, 09:28 PM
you're right to be ticked off- if the f.o. had been in town this week they probably would have signed julius peppers, nate burleson, chad clifton, antwan randle el and vince wilfolk.

how could they not have known f.a. started this week??

:D

:lol:

2 titles and one sub .500 season in the last decade...wtf are they doing???

:lol:

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

I hope the Rooney's move to L.A. and we get a new team in 4=5 years.........The whole city just needs to hit reset!

hawaiiansteel
03-07-2010, 09:35 PM
you're right to be ticked off- if the f.o. had been in town this week they probably would have signed julius peppers, nate burleson, chad clifton, antwan randle el and vince wilfolk.

how could they not have known f.a. started this week??

:D

:lol:

2 titles and one sub .500 season in the last decade...wtf are they doing???

:lol:

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

I hope the Rooney's move to L.A. and we get a new team in 4=5 years.........The whole city just needs to hit reset!



do you think the Rooneys would just rent moving vans, pack everything up and slip out under the cover of darkness and become the LA Steelers?

nobody would ever do that, would they? :ratsuck :brownssuck

SteelCrazy
03-07-2010, 09:47 PM
you're right to be ticked off- if the f.o. had been in town this week they probably would have signed julius peppers, nate burleson, chad clifton, antwan randle el and vince wilfolk.

how could they not have known f.a. started this week??

:D

:lol:

2 titles and one sub .500 season in the last decade...wtf are they doing???

:lol:

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

I hope the Rooney's move to L.A. and we get a new team in 4=5 years.........The whole city just needs to hit reset!



do you think the Rooneys would just rent moving vans, pack everything up and slip out under the cover of darkness and become the LA Steelers?

nobody would ever do that, would they? :ratsuck :brownssuck

:wink:

papillon
03-07-2010, 10:45 PM
Steelers: Battle visits Monday; Sweed's status in air
Sunday, March 07, 2010
By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Uncertain about the future of Limas Sweed and looking to add depth to the position, the Steelers will entertain their first free agent Monday when San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Arnaz Battle will visit the team's South Side facility.

Battle, 30, has spent seven seasons with the 49ers after being a sixth-round draft pick out of Notre Dame in 2003. He has 178 catches, 2,150 yards and 11 touchdowns in his NFL career. His best season was in 2006 when he had 56 catches, 686 yards and 3 touchdowns.

He had just 29 catches for 358 yards and no touchdowns in 24 games the past two seasons, including five catches for 40 yards in 15 games last season.

Battle (6 feet 1, 208 pounds), who played quarterback at Notre Dame, might also visit with the Seattle Seahawks.

The Steelers will not visit with any free agents before Monday because coach Mike Tomlin and his coaching staff are on a weekend retreat at one of the area mountain resorts.

Battle would provide depth at wide receiver because veteran Joey Galloway, signed late in the season, is an unrestricted free agent who will not be re-signed. Also, it is not known what will happen with Sweed, a second-round draft choice in 2008 who missed the final three games last season because of undisclosed personal issues.

The Steelers finished the regular season with free-agent Tyler Grisham, who spent most of the year on the practice squad, as their fourth wide receiver.



Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10066/10 ... z0hV7VDgUN (http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10066/1040927-66.stm#ixzz0hV7VDgUN)

:wft

Yeah, sometimes I wonder who is steering the boat. I fear it is often nobody.

How long have you been following the Steelers? This is SOP (standard operating procedure) the free agents the Steelers will sign will be the last ones off the board that will fill a need for depth and potentially work their way into the starting lineup if the opportunity arises. The Steelers have operated this way for only a very short period of time, say, 40 years.

Pappy

aggiebones
03-08-2010, 11:23 AM
I swear some of you seem like you just became Steeler fans last week.
How can you complain about the team being rudderless? We have 6 titles more than ANYONE.
We NEVER jump at FAs in the first week. We pick 1-2 guys that have made it through a week or so and thus we can negotiate easier. We fill spots like G and S not starting CBs or no.1 WRs. We draft those. Our staff definitely needs a retreat and this is a perfect time. They will likely discuss who they are interested in for NEXT week.

feltdizz
03-08-2010, 12:37 PM
I swear some of you seem like you just became Steeler fans last week.
How can you complain about the team being rudderless? We have 6 titles more than ANYONE.
We NEVER jump at FAs in the first week. We pick 1-2 guys that have made it through a week or so and thus we can negotiate easier. We fill spots like G and S not starting CBs or no.1 WRs. We draft those. Our staff definitely needs a retreat and this is a perfect time. They will likely discuss who they are interested in for NEXT week.

it's sarcasm...

stlrz d
03-08-2010, 10:05 PM
Nice approach to FA indeed! :D

Chadman
03-08-2010, 10:51 PM
Take everything you know about the Steelers in FA, and everything Chadman has said about the steelers in FA- and throw it out the window.

Arnaz Battle, Antwaan Randle El, Will Allen, Ryan Clark, Jon Scott & possibly Bodden & Foote....

It's Redskins month in Pittsburgh!

feltdizz
03-08-2010, 10:57 PM
Take everything you know about the Steelers in FA, and everything Chadman has said about the steelers in FA- and throw it out the window.

Arnaz Battle, Antwaan Randle El, Will Allen, Ryan Clark, Jon Scott & possibly Bodden & Foote....

It's Redskins month in Pittsburgh!
To be fair, none of these are huge FA pick ups... but we are definitely moving in a new direction. Older players being retained and FA movement is new to me.

Chadman
03-09-2010, 12:09 AM
Take everything you know about the Steelers in FA, and everything Chadman has said about the steelers in FA- and throw it out the window.

Arnaz Battle, Antwaan Randle El, Will Allen, Ryan Clark, Jon Scott & possibly Bodden & Foote....

It's Redskins month in Pittsburgh!
To be fair, none of these are huge FA pick ups... but we are definitely moving in a new direction. Older players being retained and FA movement is new to me.

It's a brave new world!