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hawaiiansteel
05-15-2011, 03:35 PM
2011 Pittsburgh Steelers Preview: An Early Look At Who Makes The 53-Man Roster

By Joseph Bruno (Steelers Featured Columnist) on May 12, 2011

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Now that the draft is over there really is not much to look forward to in the NFL given what’s going on with the labor situation.

Free agency has not been allowed to start, and teams are not allowed to meet for organized activities or camps.

So we fans are left here to do nothing more than speculate on the future, and although I cannot predict a free agent coming in or an unknown guy having a great camp and making the team at this point, here is who I see making the Steelers 53 man roster:

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Quarterback

Obviously the Steelers are set at starting quarterback for the 2011 season barring injury or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Ben Roethlisberger is one of the best, if not the best, quarterback in the NFL right now and is currently in the prime of his career.

Behind him though, Byron Leftwich is the only other quarterback under contract at the moment with Dennis Dixon and Charlie Batch being free agents.

Most thought the Steelers would trade Dennis Dixon but now that the draft is past, I think he will stick with the team for at least one more year.

Although I think Charlie Batch performed admirably last season when called upon, I do not foresee a situation occurring in which the Steelers would need him to start again, which unfortunately leaves him as the odd man out.

Starter: Ben Roethlisberger

Backup: Byron Leftwich

Third String: Dennis Dixon

Gone: Charlie Batch

Roster Spots: 3

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Half Back

Regardless of what Rashard Mendenhall tweets, he is going to be the Steelers starting running back when the season starts.

Mendenhall has become one of the best all around running backs in the league and only continues to get better.

Isaac Redman is a bowling ball and I think the Steelers would finally admit that it was a mistake to keep Frank Summers over Redman a couple years ago.

Look for Redman to get a lot more carries this coming season, and if 2nd year guy Jonathan Dwyer can have a good camp, look for him to get more time too.

Although Mendenhall has improved a lot in the passing game, the Steelers still need a true third down back, and I do not think they are going to resign Mewelde Moore.

This leaves this year’s 7th round pick, Baron Batch, with the opportunity to really contribute to the team in his rookie year, and I think he will.

Starter Rashard Mendenhall

Primary Backup/Short Yardage: Isaac Redman

Third Down Back: Baron Batch

Backup: Jonathan Dwyer

Full Back: David Johnson/Doug Legursky

Gone: Mewelde Moore, James Johnson

Roster Spots: 4

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Wide Receiver

The Steelers receiving core has seen a real youth movement and that starts with Mike Wallace, who has become one of the most exciting players to watch in the NFL.

The team will also benefit greatly from the development from last year’s rookies, Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown.

Sanders and Brown will be called upon to contribute a lot more in their second seasons and will make the Steelers offense just that more potent.

With all these young guys, you cannot forget about Hines Ward, who still has enough left in the tank, in my opinion, to be the starter in Pittsburgh this season.

Hines may not have the speed, but he still has great hands and is a nice security blanket for Ben Roethlisberger to fall back.

This leaves Antwaan Randle El and Arnaz Battle as the last two legitimate options to make the team and I think it will come down to special teams.

The Steelers could elect to keep Randle El as an insurance policy at returner but I think it’s time they cut ties with him.

Battle may not be used much, if at all as a receiver, however he is an important part of the Steelers special teams.

Starter: Mike Wallace

Starter: Hines Ward

Third/Slot: Emmanuel Sanders

Fourth: Antonio Brown

Fifth: Arnaz Battle

Gone: Antwaan Randle El, Tyler Grisham, Wes Lyons, Limas Sweed

Roster Spots: 5

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Tight End

After a career year in 2009, Heath Miller came back to what he normally averages in a season, greatly due to the suspension of Ben Roethlisberger, and continues to be one of the most underrated tight ends in the league.

Even though I do not think Spaeth has done anything to retain a roster spot on the Steelers, Bruce Arians loves him and he will probably be back.

David Johnson has the potential to become a solid number two tight end for the Steelers but the team seems content to use him more as a blocking full back.

It would be good for the offense in my opinion if they started to use Johnson more in the passing game.

Starter: Heath Miller

Backup: Matt Spaeth

Backup: David Johnson

Gone: Eugene Bright, Jamie McCoy

Roster Spots: 3

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Offensive Line

There is a little bit of a question mark on the right side of the offensive line because we do not know for sure if Willie Colon is coming back, or if the Steelers really intend to switch him to guard.

I think the starting lineup I have here would be great for the Steelers going along with solid backups across the board.

Some might think it is impossible that the Steelers keep 11 offensive linemen however, with both Max Starks and Willie Colon coming off injury and Flozell Adams being in probably his last year, why not?

Jonathan Scott and Doug Legursky were crucially important to the team last season and Ramon Foster has shown to be a solid backup.

Marcus Gilbert is a future starter on the line and the Steelers seem to be really high on last year’s rookie, Chris Scott.

Keith Williams has a great shot to make the team this year, although I would not be surprised if the team opted to keep him on the practice squad.

Left Tackle: Max Starks

Left Guard: Chris Kemoeuatu

Center: Maurkice Pouncey

Right Guard: Willie Colon

Right Tackle: Flozell Adams

Backup: Marcus Gilbert

Backup: Chris Scott

Backup: Jonathan Scott

Backup: Ramon Foster

Backup: Keith Williams

Backup: Doug Legursky

Gone: Dorian Brooks, Trai Essex, Nevin McCaskill, Tony Hills

Roster Spots: 11

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Defensive Line

The Steelers’ defensive line is one of the best in the NFL, in my opinion, with two of the most underrated players in Aaron Smith and Brett Keisel, and then big Casey Hampton in the middle.

Then when Aaron Smith was injured for the majority of last season, Ziggy Hood came in and the defense did not miss a beat.

Now the Steelers just added first round pick Cameron Heyward with Hood, as the future of the team’s defensive line.

To round out the line I have the team bringing back Chris Hoke, who has quietly been a really solid backup for the Steelers, for one more season.

Starter: Aaron Smith

Starter: Brett Keisel

Starter: Casey Hampton

Backup: Ziggy Hood

Backup: Cameron Heyward

Backup: Chris Hoke

Gone: Nick Eason, Ra’Shon Harris, Steve McLendon

Roster Spots: 6

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Linebacker

We go from one strength on the team to THE strength on the team in the Steelers linebacker core.

The Steelers have the best pair of outside linebackers in the league in James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley, with Lawrence Timmons and James Farrior in the middle.

Keyaron Fox is a free agent and I would be surprised if he was brought back because the team still has Larry Foote as the primary veteran backup.

Jason Worilds will get a lot more playing time this season and showed the potential to get to the quarterback in his limited time as a rookie.

The Steelers used Sylvester at both inside and outside linebacker in his rookie season but he is the future replacement for James Farrior on the inside.

Christopher Carter is in a great position because he has the ability to sit behind all these great linebackers and then contribute more next year.

Starter: James Harrison

Starter: Lawrence Timmons

Starter: James Farrior

Starter: LaMarr Woodley

Backup: Jason Worilds

Backup: Stevenson Sylvester

Backup: Larry Foote

Backup: Christopher Carter

Gone: Keyaron Fox, Chris McCoy, Mortty Ivy, Chris Ellis, Baraka Atkins

Roster Spots: 8

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Cornerback

I know that there is no guarantee that the Steelers are able to bring back Ike Taylor, however, I still think it is going to happen.

Bryant McFadden has come under fire from Steelers fans but until I actually see someone else step up in camp or wherever, he is still the starter alongside Ike.

Keenan Lewis needs to show up in camp to save his job, and he will be competing with Crezdon Butler for that third spot.

If Lewis cannot beat out Butler, than I see him either being converted to safety, or being cut from the team.

I would not be surprised to see Curtis Brown get playing time this season however, Cortez Allen is pretty much redshirting in 2011.

Look out for Donovan Warren making the team or Anthony Madison sneaking onto the roster for special teams.

This just leaves William Gay, who has shown repeatedly that he has trouble covering anything that moves on the field, and will hopefully be cut.

Starter: Ike Taylor

Starter: Bryant McFadden

Third Corner: Keenan Lewis

Fourth Corner: Crezdon Butler

Fifth Corner: Curtis Brown

Sixth Corner: Cortez Allen

Gone: Donovan Warren, William Gay, Anthony Madison

Roster Spots: 6

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Safety

Troy Polamalu is the reigning Defensive Player of the Year and will be back to his playmaking self this season.

Although Ryan Clark is getting older, he still plays great with Troy on the field and gives the Steelers that big hitter in the secondary.

I thought it was a great signing last season when the Steelers got Will Allen however, it turned out that he was just an expensive, injury proned special teamer.

I think the Steelers can stand to cut Allen and keep Ryan Mundy, who played well for Troy when he was injured.

I am also assuming that Da’Mon Cromartie-Smith has a good camp and shows the potential that we all saw in him in last year’s camp.

Starter: Troy Polamalu

Starter: Ryan Clark

Backup: Ryan Mundy

Backup: Da’Mon Cromartie-Smith

Gone: Will Allen, Tuff Harris

Roster Spots: 4

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Special Teams

The Steelers lost both their starting kicker and punter last season and I really think they are going to bring in an undrafted free agent kicker in camp.

Until the team is allowed to bring in free agents however, Shaun Suisham has to be the favorite to be brought back as kicker.

Daniel Sepulveda is one of the best punters in the NFL, however, he can’t seem to stay healthy and the Steelers could be looking for a replacement.

I like Greg Warren as the Steelers long snapper, however, he has had trouble staying healthy, and almost lost his job to Matt Stewart last season.

Kicker: Shaun Suisham

Punter: Daniel Sepulveda

Long Snapper: Greg Warren

Returner: Antonio Brown

Gone: Swayze Waters, Jeremy Kapinos

Roster Spots: 3

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Practice Squad

I think the Steelers 2011 practice squad could look pretty similar to the 2010 practice squad with some minor changes.

A change I could see is Donovan Warren being picked up by another team or him actually making the team and Da’Mon Cromartie-Smith being placed here.

WR Tyler Grisham

G Dorian Brooks

OT Kyle Jolly

RB James Johnson

DT Steve McLendon

CB Donovan Warren

TE Eugene Bright

LB Chris McCoy

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insanesteelersfan
05-15-2011, 05:16 PM
Nice job but, I think we will keep 6 WR's on the roster. El is gone. And I think it is a long shot for Sweed. Battle will be tested with a few camp Invites after free agents can be signed. As for TE, Matt Speath is gone. Either a Vet TE on the cheap will be signed IF one of the undrafted free agent TE's fails to make the team ( Saunders ).

flippy
05-15-2011, 05:54 PM
I'm ok with this roster. I'd probably swap Battle for Sweed and Dwyer for Moore.

Also, I see Essex and Gay somehow making the roster. Not 100% sure who I'd swap out.

There are a couple of backup OLinemen and Cromartie @ S that I know little about. So I'd put Essex over one of the unknown linemen. And I think Lewis/Gay could get a shot at one of the backup safety slots.

NJ-STEELER
05-15-2011, 06:50 PM
Did I count 11 OL?

ThAt seems high

steelblood
05-16-2011, 12:09 AM
The writer does a nice job with his rationale and a few surprises. It was fun. Back to reality. We don't keep 11 OL. We will either keep 6 WR or 7 DL.

hawaiiansteel
05-16-2011, 02:16 AM
Projected (a guess) 53 Man Roster with Avg Contract Values

MAY 10, 2011 BY SEAN

NAME HT WT AGE AQ 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015

QUARTERBACK

Roethlisberger 6-5 241 29 1 12.8 12.8 12.8 12.8 12.8
Leftwich 6-5 250 31 FA 1.8
Dixon 6-3 209 26 5 1.1

RUNNING BACK

Mendenhall 5-10 225 24 1 2.0 2.0
Redman 6-0 230 27 U 0.4 E R
Dwyer 6-0 228 22 6 0.4 0.4 R
Batch 5-10 210 23 7 x x x x

WIDE RECEIVER

Wallace 6-0 199 25 3 0.6 R
Ward 6-0 205 35 3 5.0 5.0 5.0
Sanders 5-11 180 24 3 0.6 0.6 R
Brown, A. 5-10 186 23 6 0.4 0.4 R
Grisham 5-11 180 24 U 0.4 E E R
Battle 6-1 208 31 FA 1.3 1.3

TIGHT END

Miller 6-5 256 29 1 5.9 5.9 5.9 5.9
Spaeth 6-7 270 28 5
Johnson 6-2 260 24 7 0.4 R

TACKLE

Starks 6-8 345 29 3 6.6 6.6
Adams 6-7 338 36 FA 5.0
Scott 6-6 318 28 FA
Gilbert 6-6 330 23 2 x x x x

CENTER/GUARD

Pouncey 6-4 304 22 1 3.6 3.6 3.6 3.6
Kemoetu 6-3 344 28 6 4.0 4.0 4.0
Foster 6-3 344 25 U 0.4 R
Legursky 6-1 315 25 U 0.4 E R
Williams 6-5 310 23 6 x x x x

NOSE TACKLE

Hampton 6-1 325 34 1 7.1 7.1
Hoke 6-2 305 35 U

DEFENSIVE END

Smith 6-5 298 35 4 4.9
Keisel 6-5 285 33 7 3.8 3.8 3.8
Hood 6-3 300 24 1 1.7 1.7 1.7
Eason 6-3 305 31 FA
Heyward 6-5 288 22 1 x x x x

OUTSIDE LINEBACKER

Harrison 6-0 242 33 U 8.5 8.5 8.5 8.5
Woodley 6-2 265 27 2 10.1
Worilds 6-2 262 23 2 0.9 0.9 0.9
Carter 6-1 248 22 5 x x x x

INSIDE LINEBACKER

Farrior 6-2 243 36 FA 3.7 3.7
Timmons 6-1 234 25 1 2.4
Foote 6-1 239 31 4 3.1 3.1
Sylvester 6-2 231 23 5 0.4 0.4 R

CORNERBACK

Taylor 6-2 195 31 4
McFadden 6-0 190 30 2 2.5 2.5
Lewis 6-0 208 25 3 0.5 R
Butler 6-1 191 24 2 0.4 0.4 R x
Brown, C. 5-11 185 23 3 x x x x
Allen, C. 6-1 197 23 4 x x x x

SAFETY

Polamalu 5-10 207 30 1 6.6
Clark 5-11 205 32 FA 3.5 3.5 3.5
Mundy 6-1 209 26 U 0.4 R
Allen, W. 6-1 200 29 FA 1.5 1.5

KICKER/PUNTER/LONG SNAPPER

Suisham 6-0 200 29 FA
Sepulveda 6-3 230 27 4
Warren 6-3 252 29 U

Assumptions: No additional free agents signed (unlikely), and FA rules reflect pre-2010 (uncertain). RB Moore, OT Colon, CB Gay, OT Essex and ILB Fox not re-signed. WR Randle El not making the final 53.

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Oviedo
05-16-2011, 07:52 AM
I think Sweed somehow makes it. Not sure Keenan Lewis does. Spaeth will be on the team.

Other I hope are gone:

Madison--please put us out of our misery and get rid of Tyrone Carter, Part II
David Johnson (sign Henry Hynoski)-Johnson doesn't do anything well

I agree with another poster--no way they keep 11 on the OL. I think Keith Williams ends up on the PS.

StarSpangledSteeler
05-16-2011, 12:11 PM
Projected (a guess) 53 Man Roster with Avg Contract Values

MAY 10, 2011 BY SEAN

NAME HT WT AGE AQ 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015

QUARTERBACK

Roethlisberger 6-5 241 29 1 12.8 12.8 12.8 12.8 12.8
Leftwich 6-5 250 31 FA 1.8
Dixon 6-3 209 26 5 1.1

RUNNING BACK

Mendenhall 5-10 225 24 1 2.0 2.0
Redman 6-0 230 27 U 0.4 E R
Dwyer 6-0 228 22 6 0.4 0.4 R
Batch 5-10 210 23 7 x x x x

WIDE RECEIVER

Wallace 6-0 199 25 3 0.6 R
Ward 6-0 205 35 3 5.0 5.0 5.0
Sanders 5-11 180 24 3 0.6 0.6 R
Brown, A. 5-10 186 23 6 0.4 0.4 R
Grisham 5-11 180 24 U 0.4 E E R
Battle 6-1 208 31 FA 1.3 1.3

TIGHT END

Miller 6-5 256 29 1 5.9 5.9 5.9 5.9
Spaeth 6-7 270 28 5
Johnson 6-2 260 24 7 0.4 R

TACKLE

Starks 6-8 345 29 3 6.6 6.6
Adams 6-7 338 36 FA 5.0
Scott 6-6 318 28 FA
Gilbert 6-6 330 23 2 x x x x

CENTER/GUARD

Pouncey 6-4 304 22 1 3.6 3.6 3.6 3.6
Kemoetu 6-3 344 28 6 4.0 4.0 4.0
Foster 6-3 344 25 U 0.4 R
Legursky 6-1 315 25 U 0.4 E R
Williams 6-5 310 23 6 x x x x

NOSE TACKLE

Hampton 6-1 325 34 1 7.1 7.1
Hoke 6-2 305 35 U

DEFENSIVE END

Smith 6-5 298 35 4 4.9
Keisel 6-5 285 33 7 3.8 3.8 3.8
Hood 6-3 300 24 1 1.7 1.7 1.7
Eason 6-3 305 31 FA
Heyward 6-5 288 22 1 x x x x

OUTSIDE LINEBACKER

Harrison 6-0 242 33 U 8.5 8.5 8.5 8.5
Woodley 6-2 265 27 2 10.1
Worilds 6-2 262 23 2 0.9 0.9 0.9
Carter 6-1 248 22 5 x x x x

INSIDE LINEBACKER

Farrior 6-2 243 36 FA 3.7 3.7
Timmons 6-1 234 25 1 2.4
Foote 6-1 239 31 4 3.1 3.1
Sylvester 6-2 231 23 5 0.4 0.4 R

CORNERBACK

Taylor 6-2 195 31 4
McFadden 6-0 190 30 2 2.5 2.5
Lewis 6-0 208 25 3 0.5 R
Butler 6-1 191 24 2 0.4 0.4 R x
Brown, C. 5-11 185 23 3 x x x x
Allen, C. 6-1 197 23 4 x x x x

SAFETY

Polamalu 5-10 207 30 1 6.6
Clark 5-11 205 32 FA 3.5 3.5 3.5
Mundy 6-1 209 26 U 0.4 R
Allen, W. 6-1 200 29 FA 1.5 1.5

KICKER/PUNTER/LONG SNAPPER

Suisham 6-0 200 29 FA
Sepulveda 6-3 230 27 4
Warren 6-3 252 29 U

Assumptions: No additional free agents signed (unlikely), and FA rules reflect pre-2010 (uncertain). RB Moore, OT Colon, CB Gay, OT Essex and ILB Fox not re-signed. WR Randle El not making the final 53.

http://colbertnotes.wordpress.com/2011/ ... ct-values/ (http://colbertnotes.wordpress.com/2011/05/04/tentative-53-man-roster-with-avg-contract-values/)

Great post, Hawaiian -

Ward $ 5 million
Adams $ 5 million
Kemo $ 4 million
Hampton $ 7.1 million
Smith $ 4.9 million
Foote $ 3.1 million

That's $ 29 million for those 7 players.

I dare anyone to tell me you wouldn't trade Kemo, Smith, Foote, and Adams for Asomough?

It's time to start some of our younger guys. Even if it costs us 1-2 wins. Let them play. Get them experience. Free up the cap.

Also, how do we not have a Hampton replacement on our roster yet?

papillon
05-16-2011, 01:29 PM
Projected (a guess) 53 Man Roster with Avg Contract Values

MAY 10, 2011 BY SEAN

NAME HT WT AGE AQ 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015

QUARTERBACK

Roethlisberger 6-5 241 29 1 12.8 12.8 12.8 12.8 12.8
Leftwich 6-5 250 31 FA 1.8
Dixon 6-3 209 26 5 1.1

RUNNING BACK

Mendenhall 5-10 225 24 1 2.0 2.0
Redman 6-0 230 27 U 0.4 E R
Dwyer 6-0 228 22 6 0.4 0.4 R
Batch 5-10 210 23 7 x x x x

WIDE RECEIVER

Wallace 6-0 199 25 3 0.6 R
Ward 6-0 205 35 3 5.0 5.0 5.0
Sanders 5-11 180 24 3 0.6 0.6 R
Brown, A. 5-10 186 23 6 0.4 0.4 R
Grisham 5-11 180 24 U 0.4 E E R
Battle 6-1 208 31 FA 1.3 1.3

TIGHT END

Miller 6-5 256 29 1 5.9 5.9 5.9 5.9
Spaeth 6-7 270 28 5
Johnson 6-2 260 24 7 0.4 R

TACKLE

Starks 6-8 345 29 3 6.6 6.6
Adams 6-7 338 36 FA 5.0
Scott 6-6 318 28 FA
Gilbert 6-6 330 23 2 x x x x

CENTER/GUARD

Pouncey 6-4 304 22 1 3.6 3.6 3.6 3.6
Kemoetu 6-3 344 28 6 4.0 4.0 4.0
Foster 6-3 344 25 U 0.4 R
Legursky 6-1 315 25 U 0.4 E R
Williams 6-5 310 23 6 x x x x

NOSE TACKLE

Hampton 6-1 325 34 1 7.1 7.1
Hoke 6-2 305 35 U

DEFENSIVE END

Smith 6-5 298 35 4 4.9
Keisel 6-5 285 33 7 3.8 3.8 3.8
Hood 6-3 300 24 1 1.7 1.7 1.7
Eason 6-3 305 31 FA
Heyward 6-5 288 22 1 x x x x

OUTSIDE LINEBACKER

Harrison 6-0 242 33 U 8.5 8.5 8.5 8.5
Woodley 6-2 265 27 2 10.1
Worilds 6-2 262 23 2 0.9 0.9 0.9
Carter 6-1 248 22 5 x x x x

INSIDE LINEBACKER

Farrior 6-2 243 36 FA 3.7 3.7
Timmons 6-1 234 25 1 2.4
Foote 6-1 239 31 4 3.1 3.1
Sylvester 6-2 231 23 5 0.4 0.4 R

CORNERBACK

Taylor 6-2 195 31 4
McFadden 6-0 190 30 2 2.5 2.5
Lewis 6-0 208 25 3 0.5 R
Butler 6-1 191 24 2 0.4 0.4 R x
Brown, C. 5-11 185 23 3 x x x x
Allen, C. 6-1 197 23 4 x x x x

SAFETY

Polamalu 5-10 207 30 1 6.6
Clark 5-11 205 32 FA 3.5 3.5 3.5
Mundy 6-1 209 26 U 0.4 R
Allen, W. 6-1 200 29 FA 1.5 1.5

KICKER/PUNTER/LONG SNAPPER

Suisham 6-0 200 29 FA
Sepulveda 6-3 230 27 4
Warren 6-3 252 29 U

Assumptions: No additional free agents signed (unlikely), and FA rules reflect pre-2010 (uncertain). RB Moore, OT Colon, CB Gay, OT Essex and ILB Fox not re-signed. WR Randle El not making the final 53.

http://colbertnotes.wordpress.com/2011/ ... ct-values/ (http://colbertnotes.wordpress.com/2011/05/04/tentative-53-man-roster-with-avg-contract-values/)

Great post, Hawaiian -

Ward $ 5 million
Adams $ 5 million
Kemo $ 4 million
Hampton $ 7.1 million
Smith $ 4.9 million
Foote $ 3.1 million

That's $ 29 million for those 7 players.

I dare anyone to tell me you wouldn't trade Kemo, Smith, Foote, and Adams for Asomough?

It's time to start some of our younger guys. Even if it costs us 1-2 wins. Let them play. Get them experience. Free up the cap.

Also, how do we not have a Hampton replacement on our roster yet?

I only swap those guys for Asomough if Ike plays opposite Nnamdi. Replacing Nnamdi for Ike still leaves us with a glaring weakness on the other side at cornerback (probably more so, because Nnamdi isn't getting picked on by NFL quarterbacks, at least, the smart ones). Any deal for Nnamdi has to include Ike being a Steeler or you're just swapping interchangeable parts with a slight upgrade.

Ike, Troy and Nnamdi would help provide ample coverage in secondary. :P

Pappy

Snatch98
05-16-2011, 02:30 PM
I think the Steelers are going to give Sweed every opportunity to make the team. I personally doubt he gets cut and felt he would have been a contributor last season had it not been for his untimely injury.

Oviedo
05-16-2011, 02:43 PM
I think the Steelers are going to give Sweed every opportunity to make the team. I personally doubt he gets cut and felt he would have been a contributor last season had it not been for his untimely injury.


:Agree They could have got rid of him last year if they wanted to. I also think he would have made the team and played if not for the injury last year.

Lebsteel
05-16-2011, 11:32 PM
Any deal for Nnamdi has to include Ike being a Steeler or you're just swapping interchangeable parts with a slight upgrade.

Pappy, a slight upgrade? :shock:

Nnamdi = Four-time NFL All Pro Team/Four-time Pro Bowler vs. Ike = a CB who has never even made a Pro Bowl? I might be going out on a limb, but I think that is much more than a slight upgrade.

BradshawsHairdresser
05-16-2011, 11:58 PM
Any deal for Nnamdi has to include Ike being a Steeler or you're just swapping interchangeable parts with a slight upgrade.

Pappy, a slight upgrade? :shock:

Nnamdi = Four-time NFL All Pro Team/Four-time Pro Bowler vs. Ike = a CB who has never even made a Pro Bowl? I might be going out on a limb, but I think that is much more than a slight upgrade.

Look at it this way...teams have avoided Ike with their passing game. If we lose Ike and bring in Nmandi, they will avoid Nmandi. So our opponents would be avoiding a four-time Pro Bowler instead of a no-time Pro Bowler...but will it really make that much of a difference to our D? If our #2 corner still sucks, what will we have really gained?

I say, that while we need to MAINTAIN the level of play we've had at Ike's position, it's the OTHER cornerback position that we need to UPGRADE.

We need a FS who can cover, too, but that's probably expanding the conversation too much at this point...

fordfixer
05-17-2011, 01:07 AM
Addition of Gilbert adds intrigue to Steelers' O-line

By Mike Wilkening

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The Steelers' addition of OT-OG Marcus Gilbert in Round Two of the NFL draft was a clear signal Pittsburgh envisions him having a key role on their offensive line, but where — and when — will he play regularly? Those issues remain to be sorted out, from all appearances. Though Gilbert played left tackle at Florida, the Steelers think he can play inside. "He has pulling skills, and we can envision him at the guard spot as well," Steelers OL coach Sean Kugler said during the draft, according to the team. "Right now, I couldn't tell you where he is going to line up. We are trying to get the best five and the best two game-day guys behind it. He'll be in the right spot when it comes time to go." The Steelers seem likely to go with Max Starks at left tackle. At right tackle, Flozell Adams and Willie Colon (an unrestricted or restricted free agent, given whatever rules govern free agency when the NFL re-opens for business) are the top veteran options. At guard, Chris Kemoeatu (left) and Ramon Foster (right) are the incumbents. If nothing else, the Steelers have plenty of options at tackle and guard, but how the depth chart will be filled out bears watching.

Lebsteel
05-17-2011, 11:00 AM
Any deal for Nnamdi has to include Ike being a Steeler or you're just swapping interchangeable parts with a slight upgrade.

Pappy, a slight upgrade? :shock:

Nnamdi = Four-time NFL All Pro Team/Four-time Pro Bowler vs. Ike = a CB who has never even made a Pro Bowl? I might be going out on a limb, but I think that is much more than a slight upgrade.

Look at it this way...teams have avoided Ike with their passing game. If we lose Ike and bring in Nmandi, they will avoid Nmandi. So our opponents would be avoiding a four-time Pro Bowler instead of a no-time Pro Bowler...but will it really make that much of a difference to our D? If our #2 corner still sucks, what will we have really gained?

I say, that while we need to MAINTAIN the level of play we've had at Ike's position, it's the OTHER cornerback position that we need to UPGRADE.

We need a FS who can cover, too, but that's probably expanding the conversation too much at this point...
I do see what you and others are saying about the need to upgrade our #2 position. Maybe a better way to say the same thing is that Nnamidi would be "overkill" for the #1 CB position. However, if we can get an upgrade at the #2 without spending a tremendous amount (or one of our young guys stepping up) then the quality of our #1 will become more important and we would definitely benefit from having an All-Pro CB there.

Oviedo
05-17-2011, 11:58 AM
Addition of Gilbert adds intrigue to Steelers' O-line

By Mike Wilkening

http://www.profootballweekly.com/2011/0 ... elers-o-li (http://www.profootballweekly.com/2011/05/16/addition-of-gilbert-adds-intrigue-to-steelers-o-li)

The Steelers' addition of OT-OG Marcus Gilbert in Round Two of the NFL draft was a clear signal Pittsburgh envisions him having a key role on their offensive line, but where — and when — will he play regularly? Those issues remain to be sorted out, from all appearances. Though Gilbert played left tackle at Florida, the Steelers think he can play inside. "He has pulling skills, and we can envision him at the guard spot as well," Steelers OL coach Sean Kugler said during the draft, according to the team. "Right now, I couldn't tell you where he is going to line up. We are trying to get the best five and the best two game-day guys behind it. He'll be in the right spot when it comes time to go." The Steelers seem likely to go with Max Starks at left tackle. At right tackle, Flozell Adams and Willie Colon (an unrestricted or restricted free agent, given whatever rules govern free agency when the NFL re-opens for business) are the top veteran options. At guard, Chris Kemoeatu (left) and Ramon Foster (right) are the incumbents. If nothing else, the Steelers have plenty of options at tackle and guard, but how the depth chart will be filled out bears watching.

Whenever training camp opens, it will be fun to watch the OL competition. Both our Guards are barely adequete and there are so many possible scenarios that could play out, i.e. Colon goes inside, Gilbert gets a shot at OG to OJT, the OG from Nebraska is better than his draft position would indicate, etc, etc.

I don't see any other unit that could see more change even though DB would hopefully be a good second choice.

hawaiiansteel
05-21-2011, 01:26 PM
How Latest Court Rulings May Affect Steelers' Free Agents: Offense

Posted on May 19, 2011 by ted


I will gladly defer to Jeremy of the Lounge Legal Department to explain what I contend was a flawed decision by the Eighth Circuit. Regardless, that decision likely greatly increased the chance of cornerback Ike Taylor re-signing with the Steelers and also bettered the odds of Pittsburgh playing in its fourth Super Bowl in seven years assuming there is a 2011 season.

It also greatly decreases the likelihood offensive tackle Willie Colon remains with the Steelers for 2011, and makes tight end Matt Spaeth 50-50 to return. Whereas the owners now appear to have the upper hand, court decisions have gone both ways which makes it more likely that fourth- and fifth-year players like Colon and Spaeth will become free agents this offseason.

While the labor strife has been and remains confusing and unpredictable, there were really only three likely scenarios as they pertain to potential free agents this off-season:

1. The lockout would be lifted by the courts system (a victory for the players) and football would resume under 2010 rules, since no CBA would be negotiated before the 2011 season begins. That would mean Taylor would be among a smaller, less-talented pool of veteran free agents, while the Steelers would retain the rights to Colon, Spaeth, cornerback William Gay and punter Daniel Sepulveda since those four would be restricted free agents as fourth- and fifth-year players. Moreover, there would be no salary cap for 2011 or the foreseeable future.

Through this scenario, Taylor would rival the younger but more injury-prone Carlos Rogers of the Redskins as the second most sought after free-agent cornerback on the market behind Oakland superstar Nnamdi Asomugha. Taylor would have also been among the 15 most coveted players on the overall market.

Knowledgable and connected Steelers beat writers like Ed Bouchette, Jim Wexell and Scott Brown have all predicted that Taylor would return; Taylor clearly wants to stay in Pittsburgh; and the Steelers are reportedly prepared to spend up to $8 million per year to retain his services.

However, his price tag might have gone much higher under scenario No. 1, especially with no salary-cap restrictions. Moreover, the Steelers do no fare well in bidding wars, particularly against the deep pockets of NFC East owners, all of whom but the Giants are seeking cornerbacks in free agency.

Whereas most fourth-and fifth-year players could still theoretically be denied unrestricted free agency before a 2011 season begins, scenario No. 2 below is now more likely due to the Eighth Circuit indicating the owners will again prevail in the next round of litigation.

2. A CBA is reached that allows fourth- and fifth-year players to join the list of unrestricted veteran free agents like Taylor. Through this scenario, the Bengals’ Jonathan Joseph, Antonio Cromartie of the Jets and the Panthers’ Richard Marshall would become unrestricted free-agent cornerbacks. All are considerably younger than Taylor, with Joseph and Cromartie probably as good on the field, although Cromartie has major attitude problems and should be required to undergo a court-ordered vasectomy.

This scenario would likely include a salary cap restored beginning in either 2011 or 2012. Either way, other teams would be less inclined to break the bank for the 31-year-old Taylor. Finally, the owners will likely insist upon and almost assuredly get (now that they won the last round in court) the franchise tag in a new CBA. That means linebacker LaMarr Woodley would remain with the Steelers for 2011 while the front office negotiates a long-term deal to lock up its stud pass rusher.

Regardless of how late a deal is reached, scenario No. 2 now seems most likely to occur. That is because scenario No. 3 is now implausible due to the players winning the lower-court ruling in Minnesota.

3. Through this scenario, no CBA would be reached until very late. With the owners having the upper-hand in negotiations due to guaranteed television revenues, teams would have the right to retain any of their own free agents for 2011 by offering them 130-140% of their 2010 salary on a 1-year deal.

However, the owners’ television guarantees may still be lost as the Eighth Circuit is not tackling that issue yet. Moreover, the chance of this dream scenario for the owners went by the wayside, because in requesting an emergency stay from the Eighth Circuit, the owners guaranteed in writing that there would be some form of free agency this offseason regardless of how late a deal is reached between the two sides.

Now, while it was always a crapshoot, I had long been guessing a 2011 off-season would proceed under scenario No. 1 from above, but now am projecting scenario No. 2.

Assuming there is eventually free agency for the large pool of fourth- and fifth-year players as the same time as veterans like Taylor, here is how that may affect potential Pittsburgh free agents on the offensive side of the ball this offseason:

QB Charlie Batch: Any of these scenarios would likely have no impact on Batch. I doubt any other team would sign him or that he has much interest in leaving Pittsburgh.

Prediction under Scenario No. 2: My guess is the Steelers sign Batch to a one-year veteran’s minimum contract with no guarantees. He would be the No. 4 quarterback entering training camp and seemingly the odd man out behind Ben Roethlisberger, Byron Leftwich and Dennis Dixon. But I have learned to never count Charlie out.

RB Mewelde Moore: A veteran free agent under either of the first two scenarios, the Steelers may try to get younger at this position by not bringing back Moore, although he has been a valuable all-around contributor for Pittsburgh over the past three years. It was surprising that the Steelers did not select a running back until the seventh round in the 2011 draft. That draft pick, Baron Batch of Texas Tech, is almost a Moore clone and projects as an NFL third-down back, although many did not expect him to be drafted at all.

Prediction under Scenario No. 2: Moore signs with another franchise and does not receiver an offer from Pittsburgh. The Steelers may still bring Moore or another veteran into camp to compete with Jonathan Dwyer, Batch and James Johnson for the final two running back spots on the roster, but my bet is some other team shows more interest in Moore than the Steelers.

TE Matt Spaeth: Spaeth would only become an unrestricted free agent under scenario No. 2 above. The Steelers would like to have him return as the No. 2 tight end under a Jerame Tuman-type deal averaging less than $2 million per season. However, if any team wants to give him starter’s money, then the Steelers will let him walk without putting up a fight. It would be easy to sign a cheaper veteran to do what Spaeth is mostly asked, which is in-line blocking in the two tight-end set. The risk is that the Steelers would then have no viable receiving threats at tight end if starter Heath Miller was lost to injury. Then again, despite his being touted as a receiving tight end when the Steelers drafted him in the third round in 2007, Spaeth has 36 career receptions in four seasons. He would not be missed much.

Prediction under Scenario No. 2: My guess is that Spaeth will return on a three- or four-year contact, because no other team would deem him as a potential starter and he sees action on nearly half of Pittsburgh’s offensive plays. However, it was a weak draft class at tight end and some franchise may see Spaeth’s size potential as intriguing and make him a better offer. Flip a coin on this one under scenario No. 2.

OL Willie Colon: Colon is the easiest to figure out. Under scenario No. 1, he would be a restricted free agent and the Steelers already tendered him an offer that requires another team to send the Steelers a first-round draft pick if they sign Colon. If he returns, Colon will be tried at right guard (a weak link for Pittsburgh’s offensive line for nearly a decade) and at the very least would provide a proven above-average tackle, a spot where the Steelers’ top players all have major question marks for this fall. Starting left tackle Max Starks is coming back from a season-ending neck injury, Colon is returning from a season-ending torn Achilles tendon, and right tackle Flozell Adams is 36, with his mammoth body seemingly breaking down more regularly as the 2010 season progressed. However, under scenario No. 2, Colon is almost assuredly going to sign with another franchise. He may have to take an incentive-laden, short-term deal to attain fair-market value due to his injury. But he is not going to do so with the Steelers, whose front office has already said they want Adams to be their starting right tackle in 2011. Moreover, the Steelers have made no effort to sign Colon to a long-term deal even after a 2009 season where he was one of the better right tackles in the NFL. Adams, however, replaced him in 2010 with virtually no drop-off at the position.

Prediction under Scenario No. 2: Colon signs elsewhere and Pittsburgh does not even make an offer. Adams is the right tackle of the present and 2011 second-round draft pick Marcus Gilbert is the right tackle of the future.

OL Jonathan Scott: Scott’s fate with the Steelers may be tied to Colon. A journeyman who appeared to have less than a 50% shot of making the roster in 2010, Scott moved up to the top reserve spot at tackle after Colon went down and then became the team’s starting left tackle after Starks was lost, with Scott improving considerably as the season progressed. However, he is best as a versatile and valuable reserve dressing on gameday, since Scott does not have the athletic ability desired of a starting NFL tackle. The Steelers obviously want him to return, since Scott and Taylor were the only players whose agents were contacted about resigning with the Steelers during the 2010 season. However, under scenario No. 1, Scott may not even have a spot among the Steelers’ top seven offensive linemen, which would include the five returning starters from 2010, Doug Legursky and Colon. Moreover, with a small free-agent pool, some other franchise may view Scott as a potential short-term starter and valuable sixth-man, giving him a greater offer than the Steelers would. However, both change under scenario No. 2, which would include a deeper and more talented pool of free-agent offensive linemen. Scott then becomes more valuable to the Steelers, who would want him back on a three-year contact. In 2011 he would provide insurance and depth needed due to Starks’ health and Adams’ age. He could also compete with Gilbert for the right tackle job in 2012 after Adams is expected to retire. Finally, Scott could compete with a 2012 first-round pick (a player like Matt Reynolds of BYU) for the starting left tackle spot in 2013 when Starks is an unrestricted free agent, whom the Steelers are less likely to sign to a third contract. In all three years, Scott would join Legursky as the Steelers’ gameday reserves if he is not starting.

Prediction under Scenario No. 2: Scott re-signs a three-year contact with the Steelers for $1.5-1.8 million per year.

OL Trai Essex: During the five games he started at right guard during the first half of the 2010 season, Essex showed again that he is not an NFL starter at any position. During the second half of the season, however, he again showed that he is a valuable gameday reserve who can fill in at four different positions. As such, I would like to have Essex’ versatility and experience added to the 2011 roster. But it is hard to see that happening under either scenario, where the Steelers top seven linemen (the number that dress on Sundays) would likely include LT Starks, LG Chris Kemoteau, C Maurkice Pouncey, RG Ramon Foster or Colon, RT Adams, with either Jonathon Scott, Colon or Foster as the sixth man, and Legursky as the seventh man. Afterward, Gilbert would likely be the eighth man with the chance of moving up during the season, while youngsters Chris Scott and Keith Williams battle for the ninth and final roster spot on the offensive line, or both play well during the preseason and the Steelers keep 10 offensive linemen. Regardless, Essex’s presence would be less needed for depth and may keep younger players off the 53-man roster.

Prediction under Scenario No. 2: Essex signs a multi-year deal to be a reserve with another team.

K Shaun Suisham: While he has mostly had a mediocre career, Suisham was outstanding after replacing Jeff Reed in week No. 11 last season. He made 14 of 15 regular-season field goals. Suisham was more shaky in the postseason and was not very good on kickoffs. However, the new kickoff rules should aid him in the second area. Suisham deserves to be re-signed for a one-year contact and will enter camp as the favorite to hold on the place-kicking job. However, look for the Steelers to sign a rookie kicker adept at playing in cold, windy environments to compete with Suisham in training camp.

Prediction under Scenario No. 2: Suisham re-ups with the Steelers on a one-year contract.

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Mister Pittsburgh
05-22-2011, 12:16 PM
For some reason I thought there was a limit to how many years a player could be on the practice squad.....and Tyler Grisham has been on there a few years. I personally like the dude as a quick little slot type but we got no room for him. Seems like a tough little WR.

Oviedo
05-23-2011, 08:30 AM
For some reason I thought there was a limit to how many years a player could be on the practice squad.....and Tyler Grisham has been on there a few years. I personally like the dude as a quick little slot type but we got no room for him. Seems like a tough little WR.


Practice Squad Eligibility
According to league policy, only certain types of players are allowed to sign to the practice squad. Players cannot have played more than nine regular season games or been on the active roster for an entire year, nor can players be allowed to spend more than two seasons on the same team's squad unless that team's active roster never dips below 53 players.



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steelblood
05-23-2011, 10:10 AM
Addition of Gilbert adds intrigue to Steelers' O-line

By Mike Wilkening

http://www.profootballweekly.com/2011/0 ... elers-o-li (http://www.profootballweekly.com/2011/05/16/addition-of-gilbert-adds-intrigue-to-steelers-o-li)

The Steelers' addition of OT-OG Marcus Gilbert in Round Two of the NFL draft was a clear signal Pittsburgh envisions him having a key role on their offensive line, but where — and when — will he play regularly? Those issues remain to be sorted out, from all appearances. Though Gilbert played left tackle at Florida, the Steelers think he can play inside. "He has pulling skills, and we can envision him at the guard spot as well," Steelers OL coach Sean Kugler said during the draft, according to the team. "Right now, I couldn't tell you where he is going to line up. We are trying to get the best five and the best two game-day guys behind it. He'll be in the right spot when it comes time to go." The Steelers seem likely to go with Max Starks at left tackle. At right tackle, Flozell Adams and Willie Colon (an unrestricted or restricted free agent, given whatever rules govern free agency when the NFL re-opens for business) are the top veteran options. At guard, Chris Kemoeatu (left) and Ramon Foster (right) are the incumbents. If nothing else, the Steelers have plenty of options at tackle and guard, but how the depth chart will be filled out bears watching.

Whenever training camp opens, it will be fun to watch the OL competition. Both our Guards are barely adequete and there are so many possible scenarios that could play out, i.e. Colon goes inside, Gilbert gets a shot at OG to OJT, the OG from Nebraska is better than his draft position would indicate, etc, etc.

I don't see any other unit that could see more change even though DB would hopefully be a good second choice.

I agree that neither G spot is in good hands.

If there is no new CBA and Gilbert proves himself able to play LG. I'd be ok with the team cutting Kemo and getting his salary and potential future cap hits off the books. He has not progressed as I'd hoped. I've never seen him as a good drive blocker and he is simply terrible in pass pro. I like Foster better than Kemo. Heck, I'd rather have Legursky out there.

hawaiiansteel
05-25-2011, 08:26 PM
One possible plan for roster expansion

Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on May 25, 2011


We mentioned earlier Wednesday that Commissioner Roger Goodell didn’t rule out the possibility of expanding rosters when the lockout ends.

And since there’s not much else going on, we’re going to follow up with one potential plan that has been floated out there. Greg A. Bedard of the Boston Globe reports that one of the ideas would be to expand the 53-man roster and the gameday roster by three players apiece.

That would leave 48 players available on Sundays, and 56 men on team rosters.

The idea here would be to help coaches keep some young players that may not have the proper time in a shortened offseason and training camp to get ready to play. Coaches would then be able to retain more rookies without feeling pressured to play them.

We think a plan like this makes sense, especially if the lockout knocks out most of training camp. Presumably, a more permanent set of roster roles would be part of the next CBA.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/20 ... expansion/ (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/05/25/one-possible-plan-for-roster-expansion/)

RuthlessBurgher
05-25-2011, 09:26 PM
One possible plan for roster expansion

Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on May 25, 2011


We mentioned earlier Wednesday that Commissioner Roger Goodell didn’t rule out the possibility of expanding rosters when the lockout ends.

And since there’s not much else going on, we’re going to follow up with one potential plan that has been floated out there. Greg A. Bedard of the Boston Globe reports that one of the ideas would be to expand the 53-man roster and the gameday roster by three players apiece.

That would leave 48 players available on Sundays, and 56 men on team rosters.

The idea here would be to help coaches keep some young players that may not have the proper time in a shortened offseason and training camp to get ready to play. Coaches would then be able to retain more rookies without feeling pressured to play them.

We think a plan like this makes sense, especially if the lockout knocks out most of training camp. Presumably, a more permanent set of roster roles would be part of the next CBA.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/20 ... expansion/ (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/05/25/one-possible-plan-for-roster-expansion/)

Holy crap! It's a potential rule change from the NFL that I actually favor! Did someone move April Fool's Day to late May?

hawaiiansteel
05-26-2011, 02:40 AM
Five Steelers That Will Have to Fight to Make the Roster in 2011

May 19th, 2011 Matt Loede


There’s more than a few Steelers that will have to fight to make the roster once the 2011 season finally gets under way (whenever that is), and today we’re going to take a look at a couple players that could have issues being employed by the Steelers:

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Limas Sweed - The former Texas WR is going to have issues making the roster for sure at the WR spot. He’s been known for big drops in big games (AFC Title Game in 2008), and last season he was hurt in the preseason and it cost him the whole year. With Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders playing big parts in last years Super Bowl run, Sweed could easily be on the outside looking in.

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Dennis Dixon – The starter for the first two games a season ago clearly wants to start somewhere this next season, and it’s not going to happen in the Steel City. He was hurt last season which ended his year on IR, and when he did play he was OK, but never made the huge plays some felt he would. The Steelers have Charlie Batch and Byron Leftwich still backing up Ben Roethlisberger, which is enough to possilby move Dixon if they can find someone that would want him for few picks.

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Larry Foote – The veteran linebacker only had 22 tackles a season ago, and while he was a voice of experience in the locker room, he may have played his last season in the black and gold. He will have to fight some of the younger hungry players at the LB spot, and may have to play a big role on special teams to keep a spot on the team.

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Keyaron Fox – He’s a vet that Mike Tomlin seems to like, but while he’s supposed to be the special teams captain, last season he committed a number of major errors in that department, including a hold on what could have been the game-winning drive in Super Bowl XLV that cost the Steelers decent field position. Fox isn’t much of a threat when in the game at the LB spot, and that shows in the fact he’s had 83 tackles in three seasons. Again, the SB error could have cost him his job. That will be up to the coaches in 2011.

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Antwaan Randle El – Another vet who came in had to fight two rookies for playing time in Brown and Sanders. He did have some big plays during the Super Bowl, but overall one has to wonder if the team is going to continue to rebuild that position, and if Randle El is going to be a part of that or not for 2011.

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