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BigRob
04-29-2010, 11:39 AM
I know he is 39, but he is still better than Hartwig. Mawae at center and Pouncey at right guard would be a great upgrade over last year.

phillyesq
04-29-2010, 12:13 PM
Mawae was a pro bowler last year, and would probably be a great mentor to Pouncey, but my guess is that the Steelers keep Hartwig at center for the sake of consistency.

Shawn
04-29-2010, 01:58 PM
Mawae was a pro bowler last year, and would probably be a great mentor to Pouncey, but my guess is that the Steelers keep Hartwig at center for the sake of consistency.

Exactly...Hartwig is familiar with our system and will be teaching his replacement. Bringing a new guy into our system to teach the young rook seems counterintuitive.

BURGH86STEEL
04-29-2010, 02:19 PM
Mawae was a pro bowler last year, and would probably be a great mentor to Pouncey, but my guess is that the Steelers keep Hartwig at center for the sake of consistency.

Exactly...Hartwig is familiar with our system and will be teaching his replacement. Bringing a new guy into our system to teach the young rook seems counterintuitive.

I agree. The only way I see the Steelers bringing in a player like Mawae is if Hartwig is injured. Even then, they may stick with one of their own.

hawaiiansteel
04-29-2010, 03:17 PM
Kevin Mawae thinks he's being blackballed

Posted by Mike Florio on April 28, 2010


Veteran center Kevin Mawae became a free agent on March 5. Nearly two months later, he still doesn't have a team.

So what gives? Mawae thinks that he possibly is being held back not just by his age (39), but also by the fact that he's the president of the NFL Players Association.

"I am unemployed and hoping someone will call," Mawae told 104.5 The Zone in Nashville, via Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com. "It's kind of befuddling to me that I just came off my eighth Pro Bowl and a 16-game season and I can't get one phone call.

"Alan Faneca gets cut two days ago and yesterday he signs a contract with another team," Mawae said. "And not to take anything away from him, we have the same agent, we're friends. But something tells me that there is something going on beside me just being 39 years old.

"I've said in the past that I hope our management and the owners can look past the fact that I am president of the PA. But right now it's not looking that way. I'm looking for a job. I've made no secrets about wanting to be back here in Tennessee and I've yet to receive a call from anybody."

The problem in Tennessee is that he'd be returning as a backup, and the Titans possibly are concerned about having the new leader(s) of the offensive line undermined by a backup who'd potentially try to run the show. Then there's the issue of money; Mawae hasn't said that he's willing to take the veteran minimum. Thus, there's a chance that he wants more than what anyone is willing to offer.

Still, we're not prepared to rule out the possibility that Mawae is being blackballed. We're not sure, however, that publicly complaining about the perception helps his cause. Indeed, we think it's now less likely that a team will offer him a contract.

That said, the better approach for the union would be to elect as NFLPA president a guy who is young enough and good enough to be indispensable to his current team, and irresistible to any other. In hindsight, then, maybe Mawae's better move would have been to let Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth take over. And we wonder whether NFLPA Executive Director De Smith or Mawae's agent explained to the player the risk that securing a second term as NFLPA President could make him less attractive as a free agent.

Then again, Mawae likely is smart enough to figure that one out without having to be told it.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/ca ... mill/2.php (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/category/rumor-mill/2.php)

Wolfhound45
04-29-2010, 10:10 PM
I'll go against the grain and say bring him in for a look. What is the worst that could happen? He shows that he is as good (or better) than Hartwig?

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

BradshawsHairdresser
04-29-2010, 11:18 PM
Look at it this way...when it comes to who will mentor the guy you've selected to be your center for the next decade, would you rather have the bottom-ranked center in the league, or would you rather have an 8-time Pro Bowler?

Shawn
04-29-2010, 11:31 PM
Look at it this way...when it comes to who will mentor the guy you've selected to be your center for the next decade, would you rather have the bottom-ranked center in the league, or would you rather have an 8-time Pro Bowler?

I would rather be a guy that knows the offense.