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Jooser
04-12-2012, 02:30 PM
http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/04/12/legursky-signs-rfa-tender-stays-with-steelers/


Legursky signs RFA tender, stays with Steelers Posted by Mike Florio on April 12, 2012, 2:07 PM EDT
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Another day, another restricted free agent signs a one-year contract to stay with his former team.


Steelers offensive linemen Doug Legursky (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/5262/doug-legursky) said on his Twitter page (via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) that Legursky has signed his tender (https://twitter.com/#%21/EdBouchette/status/190489707333951489) and is now under contract for the 2012 season.

Legursky, undrafted out of Marshall in 2008, has become a key member of the line. The starting left guard in 2011, Legursky also serves as the primary backup at the center position.

Injuries limited Legursky to 10 games (all starts) in 2011. In 2010, Legursky appeared in all 19 games, with four regular-season starts. He also started Super Bowl XLV in place of then-rookie Maurkice Pouncey (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/5706/maurkice-pouncey), who missed the game with an ankle injury.

Legursky was tendered at the lowest level, giving him a $1.26 million contract. If he had signed an offer sheet with another team, the Steelers would have had only the right to match, with no draft-pick compensation.
And yet neither Legursky nor any other restricted free agent has signed an offer sheet with a new team.
Maybe teams that would sign restricted free agents now donít want to lose $36 million in cap space in two years.

squidkid
04-12-2012, 02:34 PM
no surprise but glad to have him back

Shoe
04-12-2012, 03:03 PM
no surprise but glad to have him back

Yup. Legursky is not exactly a hot commodity out there. It's sad though, that plucky small guys like this are losing their place in today's game. Nowadays, it's ALL about mass. Back in the day, we had diversity in linemen. Teams like us, the 49ers, went with quicker, trapping-type linemen. Guys like Legursky are practically extinct. David Molk from this year's draft sorta fits tha bill.

I wish there was a place for smaller, quicker athletic types, ALONG with the big maulers.

flippy
04-12-2012, 03:19 PM
Yup. Legursky is not exactly a hot commodity out there. It's sad though, that plucky small guys like this are losing their place in today's game. Nowadays, it's ALL about mass. Back in the day, we had diversity in linemen. Teams like us, the 49ers, went with quicker, trapping-type linemen. Guys like Legursky are practically extinct. David Molk from this year's draft sorta fits tha bill.

I wish there was a place for smaller, quicker athletic types, ALONG with the big maulers.

I think he could be an effective C. And we should have rolled with him at C and Pouncey at LG until we drafted a better lineman to replace him and eventually move Pouncey over to C and let Legursky be a quality backup.

Eddie Spaghetti
04-12-2012, 03:35 PM
legursky stinks

RuthlessBurgher
04-12-2012, 03:39 PM
legursky stinks

Quality backup swing center-guard on gamedays...nothing more. Do not want to rely on him to be a starter for any significant length of time if at all possible.

Eddie Spaghetti
04-12-2012, 03:45 PM
yeah, you're right.

he does fill that role.

AkronSteel
04-12-2012, 09:48 PM
Quality backup swing center-guard on gamedays...nothing more. Do not want to rely on him to be a starter for any significant length of time if at all possible.

Completely agree 100%....Legursky is the perfect 1st guy off the bench at G/C!!!

Oviedo
04-13-2012, 07:55 AM
Seems like we continue to strive for mediocrity on the OL with the signings of Foster, Essex and Legursky. Ben will see the training room a lot this season and unfortunately when he goes down so does our season.

ramblinjim
04-13-2012, 08:03 AM
I don't think that's necessarily the point. Legursky is the type to have around that can play both guard and center adequately. I put him and Essex in the Nick Eason category. They can go in in a pinch and it's not devastating to your team.

phillyesq
04-13-2012, 08:03 AM
Seems like we continue to strive for mediocrity on the OL with the signings of Foster, Essex and Legursky. Ben will see the training room a lot this season and unfortunately when he goes down so does our season.

If the Steelers plan to go into the season with these guys as the starters and do not draft anybody, then yes, I agree. But I think some perspective is in order here.

Legursky and Foster were tendered -- this is not earth shattering news. This is merely the completion of a formality. Legursky has value as a backup G/C, and I'm comfortable with him starting at C if Pouncey gets hurt. Foster can play both guard spots adequately, though I prefer him as a backup, not a starter. Essex is a very solid 9th/10th guy on the offensive line. He can play any position with at least reasonable competence, and as the season goes on, it never hurts to have a player like that.

Ideally, the Steelers add at least one premium offensive lineman in the draft, whether at tackle or guard, and send one of Foster or Legursky to the bench. Having both in a reserve role would be ideal, but if the Steelers add one premium player, I think you can get away with Foster as one of the starters. If Foster and Legursky are starting at the end of the season for some reason other than injuries, things have not gone well.

steelblood
04-13-2012, 08:17 AM
If we can upgrade at LG, he can go back to short yardage FB at which he was pretty good.

RuthlessBurgher
04-13-2012, 10:23 AM
Seems like we continue to strive for mediocrity on the OL with the signings of Foster, Essex and Legursky. Ben will see the training room a lot this season and unfortunately when he goes down so does our season.

Without those guys, our starters on the interior OL before the draft would be Maurkice Pouncey, Chris Scott, and John Malecki, with no backups. Good luck with that.

Oviedo
04-13-2012, 11:43 AM
Without those guys, our starters on the interior OL before the draft would be Maurkice Pouncey, Chris Scott, and John Malecki, with no backups. Good luck with that.

Yep. And as of now our interior starters are Pouncey, Foster and Legursky. That just shows what a bad situation we have on the OL.