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phillyesq
04-12-2012, 11:36 AM
A few of the beat writers have reported this, based on reports from Essex on his twitter feed. Essex is a guy who can back up 4 spots on the line and provides solid, affordable depth. Another solid move.

Crash
04-12-2012, 11:58 AM
Essex has slimmed down so much I didn't even recognize him when he posted a pic.

https://twimg0-a.akamaihd.net/profile_images/1963236942/image.jpg

RuthlessBurgher
04-12-2012, 12:02 PM
My reaction to the Jerricho Cotchery signing: :D
My reaction to the Leonard Pope signing: :)
My reaction to the Trai Essex signing: :-|

steelblood
04-12-2012, 01:54 PM
Not a fan of his.

ramblinjim
04-12-2012, 04:03 PM
This is one of those "Meh" signings. Now let's go draft a couple of O-linemen, keep Legursky as the backup swing guard and center, Essex as the tackle and get rid of J Scott. :2c

Discipline of Steel
04-12-2012, 06:45 PM
This doesnt guarantee he makes the final 53 does it??

Oviedo
04-13-2012, 07:58 AM
More mediocrity on the OL.

phillyesq
04-13-2012, 08:10 AM
More mediocrity on the OL.

Essex is the definition of mediocrity, no question. But there is value to having a mediocre veteran as the 9th/10th offensive lineman on the roster, especially when he can play all the positions on the line.

steeler_fan_in_t.o.
04-13-2012, 09:00 AM
We need 3rd stringers just as long as he is counting third string money.

Chadman
04-13-2012, 09:17 AM
Essex is the Swiss Army Knife of Steelers football.

Well, at least- he would be, if they used him in a variety of ways.

So, to ammend...Trai Essex is an untapped fount of potential as a Steeler Swiss Army Knife, capable of playing all the OL positions, TE, FB, RB, WR & QB...with a pinch of K/P if required...

Excellent Signing.

SteelBucks
04-13-2012, 09:29 AM
I'm fine with this signing as long as he never plays. ;)

Djfan
04-13-2012, 09:42 AM
I'm fine with this signing as long as he never plays. ;)

They could have signed me cheaper for that postition.

RuthlessBurgher
04-13-2012, 10:27 AM
More mediocrity on the OL.

You are right...we should have spent 40 gazillion dollars that we don't have to sign Carl Nicks, Ben Grubbs, Eric Winston, Jared Gaither, and Scott Wells instead.

Oviedo
04-13-2012, 11:41 AM
You are right...we should have spent 40 gazillion dollars that we don't have to sign Carl Nicks, Ben Grubbs, Eric Winston, Jared Gaither, and Scott Wells instead.

Ruthless, I didn't say we had a choice but it still doesn't change the fact that we are retaining mediocrity. The reason we can't afford those you mention is that they are actually good offensive linemen. Good offensive linemen get paid a decent price. There is a reason why no one else wanted Esex, Foster and Legursky...they aren't good.

phillyesq
04-13-2012, 01:33 PM
Ruthless, I didn't say we had a choice but it still doesn't change the fact that we are retaining mediocrity. The reason we can't afford those you mention is that they are actually good offensive linemen. Good offensive linemen get paid a decent price. There is a reason why no one else wanted Esex, Foster and Legursky...they aren't good.

Has anybody even attempted to sign an RFA this year?

The reasons that few RFAs get offers is because the original team has the right to match -- why spend the time doing negotiations for somebody else? Foster and Legursky are not great starting options at G, but a guy like Legursky has value as a gameday reserve at all three interior spots, and Foster is an admittedly mediocre starter who, at the least, provides nice depth on the Oline.

Eddie Spaghetti
04-13-2012, 01:46 PM
foster can also play RT in a pinch as he did against the jets for a couple of series in the AFCCG.

RuthlessBurgher
04-13-2012, 03:33 PM
Has anybody even attempted to sign an RFA this year?

Nope. None.

Shawn
04-14-2012, 03:06 PM
Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

:mad:

Shawn
04-14-2012, 03:07 PM
O...retaining mediocrity...I like it...I shall steal that phrase. :)

SanAntonioSteelerFan
04-14-2012, 05:56 PM
A Swiss Army knife ... how sharp are the blades? :-)

I remember nodding in agreement on many a game time chat with the "Es-sux" comments. Now that we've signed him, I hope my and the other guys are just plain wrong!