Besides, we have draft stuff to chat about now..
The Steelers are on the verge of being a complete mess. At the same time, they could easily turn this around and be competitive.
I don't know what the problem is. I think it might be Rooney in Ireland. Colbert/Tomlin deserve their share of accountability.
Taylor will make $9,454,166. If you cut him before June 1st, it creates $6,908,334 of dead money with a $2,545,832 cap savings. Personally, I don't think Ike is going anywhere.
The Steelers will have the ability to tender all their RFA and keep one of the three URFA below who will get attention.
Since it appears Wallace priced himself out, Lewis looks like the target. I don't believe they will pay Foster even close to what another team will offer. Retaining Lewis isn't a difficult task if they want to keep him. It may involve additional cuts but it should be a priority signing.
More than just additional cuts, re-signing Lewis will likely require restructuring of some of the big $$ contracts some of our older veterans are under. How much more can you afford to do those kinds of restructures, and "kick the can down the road" with those aging players?
As I said, the Steelers may decide that they really can't afford to re-sign Lewis.
I think they'll allow him to test the market...I think a team or two will recognize his talent, and offer him a big $$ contract...and I'm not optimistic that the Steelers will then choose to match it.
It could also be the result of pushing all those contract restructures around. At some point, the piper has to be paid. It looks like now is that time.
"Because nice guys don't play football." "That's why girls don't play football."I don't think you can avoid headcases. I think you have to weigh the good with the bad. Anyone in here who strapped a helmet on knows there is a "demeanour" to be a football player. You are going to come across athletes with an unhealthy level of confidence, attitude, or aggressiveness. This isn't golf. To be honest, at this level, teams wouldn't survive without it. So you will always have your "head cases" or risks in the NFL. That will never change. That doesn't mean all of the players are like that. You could hand pick the "Troys" or "Millers" of the league but believe me....They aren't thinking about being courteous or Godly when they get lined up for a play. There are many personalities that play this game but I would say it is impossible to get all choir boys on a team and be comeptitive. That includes the Steelers. It is just the nature of the beast for a deliberate man.
Remember...First year of deal can be structured where it won't be a big hit on Lewis. But...If you have to cut Clark or Keisel to hold on to Lewis...You do it. This will be there last year. Yes, they were both very productive last year but this is business. Last resort would be a restructure of Taylor or Troy. You pick the one who you will part ways with in 2013 and take the hit.
You are all worried about cutting vets to invest in the future. Don't get too attached to things. This is about the Steelers not the name on the back. "The Steelers would never cut Aaron Smith, James Farrior, or Hines Ward until they were ready to hang it up." How quickly we forget.