clark has had more impact plays on defense over the past two years than anyone else. he's one we need to keep (if healthy).
if its health related, I can understand it.
but golden hasn't shown anything remotely close to clarks play and his salary isn't a crazy number, as someone already pointed of. Kind of a head scratcher, if true.
Keeping Troy also means more for marketing dollars. You have to look at all aspects of the business, not just pure football decisions.
Another point that must be made: You can't have certainty at all positions in the NFL now days. Golden is an unknown. Will Allen is not. They may figure to draft a safety in the first three rounds and go with a rookie, Troy, Golden, Allen.
We've had unparalleled success as a franchise the past decades (Pats only team more successful). There will be a brief period of mediocrity.
who said anything about having certainty at all positions? I only said that goldens play this far is nowhere near what we have come to expect from ryan clark. Losing clark also robs you of another one of your leaders which seemed to be an issue with last years team, so it hurts in that way as well. As far as drafting a safety, I wouldn't be at all shocked if we drafted 2 in the first 4-5 selections.
the change is coming on defense, everyone realizes that. I'm just not sure that jettisoning clark at this point is wise, if he is healthy.
I think the team knows something about Clark injury wise that suggests they are willing to make the cut now versus taking the chance he gets injured next season.
New leaders have to step up just like Clark did.
Seems like a lot of conjecture at this point, and it's out of character for the Steelers to cut a starter without a genuine progression plan in place.
If even close to true, put Safety at the top of your mock drafts.