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Dee Dub
01-16-2012, 03:44 PM
D’Qwell Jackson ILB Browns
Carl Nicks G Saints
LaRon Landry FS Redskins—back to back injury years could mean a discount. When healthy he is elite.
E.J. Henderson ILB Vikings played for Tomlin
Stephen Tulloch ILB Lions
Curtis Lofton ILB Falcons
Paul Soliai NT Dolphins played in Miami’s 3-4 at NT and is said to be one of the best.
Tracy Porter CB New Orleans
Michael Griffin FS Titans
LaDarius Webb CB Ravens
Cortland Finnegan CB Titans
Brent Grimes CB Falcons—a solid cover corner
Dan Connor ILB Panthers

steelblood
01-16-2012, 04:00 PM
Most of those guys will be pretty expensive. Given our cap woes, I don't see up offering big bucks for a UFA.

Dee Dub
01-16-2012, 04:05 PM
Most of those guys will be pretty expensive. Given our cap woes, I don't see up offering big bucks for a UFA.

Some one here said, "we have Omar Kahn, it can be done."

If you look at most lists (2012 unrestricted free agents), these guys I have listed (except for Nicks and Finnegan), arent in the top 15, so although they may not come cheap, they arent going to be the bank breakers.

Chavezz
01-16-2012, 05:18 PM
20 mill over the cap? Before a mike wallace contract? The only improvement we will have is through the draft. If anything our overall talent level on D is going to drop before it improves.

NJ-STEELER
01-16-2012, 06:13 PM
i'd take a look at some of those ILBs before drafting another LB high, again (is this groundhog day)

i dont think they'll be getting a lot of money on their contracts either

Steelgal
01-16-2012, 07:51 PM
There's no way I want Cortland Finnegan. Isn't he the one who punched Andre Johnson last year during game? if he's the one I'm thinking of, he's a thug and dirty player. The refs already hate us, don't need another reason to throw flags when the D is on the field.

BradshawsHairdresser
01-16-2012, 08:46 PM
It'd be nice if about four of these players wanted to be Steelers so badly, they would sign for a bargain rate!

I know, that won't happen. :(

phillyesq
01-16-2012, 09:16 PM
Of that list, I'd probably rank the options Nicks, Soliai and Grimes, but I don't see any of those happening because of the money. The Steelers have some serious cap issues, and as always, I'd imagine that they'll begin by trying to retain their own.

Some names that I think could make sense include:

Jason Snelling - complement to Redman, being pushed aside for Rodgers as primary Turner backup
Michael Bush - will likely be overpaid by somebody if not retained by Raiders

Mike McGlynn, OG or Jeffrey Zuttah, OG. McGlynn provides depth at OG and C and I remember the Steelers showing interest in Zuttah before the draft a few years ago. A mid-level veteran at OG is more likely than a premium guy like Nicks.

I don't know the depth types at DE, NT or ILB very well, but I could see the Steelers adding a young, inexpensive veteran for depth at any of these positions.

pick6
01-16-2012, 09:26 PM
D’Qwell Jackson ILB Browns
Carl Nicks G Saints
LaRon Landry FS Redskins—back to back injury years could mean a discount. When healthy he is elite.
E.J. Henderson ILB Vikings played for Tomlin
Stephen Tulloch ILB Lions
Curtis Lofton ILB Falcons
Paul Soliai NT Dolphins played in Miami’s 3-4 at NT and is said to be one of the best.
Tracy Porter CB New Orleans
Michael Griffin FS Titans
LaDarius Webb CB Ravens
Cortland Finnegan CB Titans
Brent Grimes CB Falcons—a solid cover corner
Dan Connor ILB Panthers


How does the saying go, "there are many ways to skin a cat." There may not be as many ways to win the superbowl but htere are more than one.

Carl Nicks with a great 1st round G/C type on the level of pouncey or even the kid coming out named Cory Glenn, would help to put us over the hump. We would go back to beating the ravens twice a year and securing the 1 or 2 seed and all the needed benefits that go with it. I really think that we have to repair this team around beating the ravens. The have quietly built a team the last 4-5 years with intention of beating us.

Nicks, pouncey, and glenn/maybe the center from wisconsin, would completely neutralize ngata and company. If we can run up the middle on them, even for 2-4 yards consistently, with very few no gainers or losses they can not beat us because of our QB and our recievers. Not to mention the pass protection boost. Our short yardage and red zone game would also be improved by nicks. An effective running game with Ben and we
at least attend the attend the AFCCG as an annual event. We don't even need new CBs they just need a technique change that calls for them to simply turn around, locate the ball, and try to make a play. I undertand the life of a corner but if they used this technique and still got burned I would never complain. But look at the times when our collectives hearts have been broken and you will see our corners in good to excellent position but with their backs turned to the friggin ball. Change this an we have a new defense.

Chadman
01-16-2012, 09:39 PM
Mike McGlynn, OG or Jeffrey Zuttah, OG

Perfect, Steeler-like pick-ups. They won't have much money to spend, but guys like these 2 upgrade the unit & allow the Steelers to not 'reach' to fill needs in the draft.

Remember, Steeler drafts of late have been about getting guys to sit & learn & take-over a role within 2-3 years, very rarely are they after immediate impact (Pouncey was supposed to learn behind Hartwig...but he outplayed him).

With this in mind, it is entirely possible that the Steelers feel Sylvester is the ILB of the future.

focosteeler
01-16-2012, 10:00 PM
if Soliai can be had for a lower cap hit than hampton I think he is the one big name guy i want. Cut hampton sign Soliai

pick6
01-16-2012, 10:17 PM
If those guys can hang with the big boys and give redman/batch a chance to get a minimum of 2-4 yds, on the cheap then Im all in. It has often been said that the game is won and lost on the line of scrimmage. overused but so true. We are good enough in the skill positions on offense, we have to be a threat on the line.

For us I think, we should go trench beast early (1 to 3) and skill guys later (4 to 7). But somehow we might have to find a way to land a solid free agent for this oline. We are just a player or 2 away but we need one of those guys to be ready now. Pouncey started his rookie year and Gilbert did a good job his rookie year.

Bottom line we've got to turn the tide on the ravens in the trenches. Right now they are pushing us around much too much.

pfelix73
01-16-2012, 11:02 PM
Might be out of reach with $, but I'd like to see us try and sign Ben Grubbs. Immediate fixture at LG. Then Legs can compete with Foster at RG.

:tt1

SS Laser
01-17-2012, 01:08 AM
I read some were that there a 2 big contracts were the steelers can save 8+ million towards the cap if bonus or money is guaranteed. So that will add to all the old players redoing there contracts if they still want to stay a steeler. Also any players retiring.

steeler_fan_in_t.o.
01-17-2012, 12:08 PM
There's no way I want Cortland Finnegan. Isn't he the one who punched Andre Johnson last year during game? if he's the one I'm thinking of, he's a thug and dirty player. The refs already hate us, don't need another reason to throw flags when the D is on the field.

Yes, thats him. Top notch CB, but I agree. I also think that at least one of Lewis, Brown, or Allen steps up and claims the spot opposite Ike next year. I also believe in Ike wholeheartedly. There is a site (can't think of the name right now) that takes stats for every play in every NFL game. They put out the stat for CBs and Ike was second to Revis in completion percentage and was right up there in many other categories as well. I know that there are some times when open receivers were missed this year but that happens for every CB - sometimes QBs miss. Considering the lack of pass rush this season Ike had to really step up his game every week, and for the most part he did.

BigRob
01-17-2012, 07:24 PM
Personally I would like them to take a look at Dan Connor. Him and Farrior have some similarities in their game and have had similar career trajectory.

Farrior had 160 Solo tackles, 42 assist in his first four years. He broke out in year five, which of course he used for Free Agency to land with the Steelers.

Connor has 113 Solo tackles 43 assist in his first four years. He lost one of those years to injury. I think he would be a good fit at Farrior's spot in our 3-4.

RuthlessBurgher
01-20-2012, 06:48 PM
The best free agent linebacker you've never heard of ILB David Hawthorne from Seattle (Height: 6'0" Weight: 246 Age: 26). He was an UDFA out of TCU in 2008, but has been a starter for the last 3 years up in the Pacific Northwest (he's the guy who filled in whenever Lofa Tatupu got hurt, and the reason why they ultimately sent Lofa packing). He's racked up triple digit tackles in each of his 3 seasons as a starter, plus he added 6 sacks, 15 passes defensed, 7 interceptions, and 5 forced fumbles in those 3 seasons.

BigRob
01-20-2012, 07:06 PM
The best free agent linebacker you've never heard of ILB David Hawthorne from Seattle (Height: 6'0" Weight: 246 Age: 26). He was an UDFA out of TCU in 2008, but has been a starter for the last 3 years up in the Pacific Northwest (he's the guy who filled in whenever Lofa Tatupu got hurt, and the reason why they ultimately sent Lofa packing). He's racked up triple digit tackles in each of his 3 seasons as a starter, plus he added 6 sacks, 15 passes defensed, 7 interceptions, and 5 forced fumbles in those 3 seasons.

I like him quite a bit, but will the Steelers see him in Farrior's position when he has never played in a 3-4 before?

RuthlessBurgher
01-21-2012, 12:36 AM
The best free agent linebacker you've never heard of ILB David Hawthorne from Seattle (Height: 6'0" Weight: 246 Age: 26). He was an UDFA out of TCU in 2008, but has been a starter for the last 3 years up in the Pacific Northwest (he's the guy who filled in whenever Lofa Tatupu got hurt, and the reason why they ultimately sent Lofa packing). He's racked up triple digit tackles in each of his 3 seasons as a starter, plus he added 6 sacks, 15 passes defensed, 7 interceptions, and 5 forced fumbles in those 3 seasons.

I like him quite a bit, but will the Steelers see him in Farrior's position when he has never played in a 3-4 before?

Farrior never played in a 3-4 before when we brought him over from the Jets.