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    Re: Marvel Smith doubtful in '09...

    Lets hope Tony Hills is the answer.
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    Re: Marvel Smith doubtful in '09...

    Quote Originally Posted by blacknblue80s
    Lets hope Tony Hills is the answer.
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    Re: Marvel Smith doubtful in '09...

    I had Hills in high regard early on in the draft cycle. The injury concerns and poor testing happens, but usually at the expense of draft status. If he is fully healthy, I think Hills will be even more of a steal than Sweed or Mendy.

    Smith is at that borderline where the Steelers typically just let players of his age walk. If he has a good camp, I would expect that he would get an extension prior to the start of the season.

    So many players on the Steelers have looming contract issues that is appears to be a cause for alarm. I think signing Smith would be a leap of faith, but may be necessary to keep some form of continuity on the roster.

    Based on the past track record of the Steelers FO, that 40% is no surprise. But since the Steelers haven't been as active in drafting help in the trenches, it becomes more necessary to toss a little more at established commodities. Smith being a proven commodity at T, the Steelers may not chafe quite as hard at his looming contract bid as they did at Faneca who has spent most of his career at G. Fair or not, Ts typically get better love in contract dealings than Gs.
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    Re: Marvel Smith doubtful in '09...

    Quote Originally Posted by BigLebowski

    On the topic at hand. I don't expect Marvel back either. I don't think the FO wants to take a risk on guaranteed money until they see if he is indeed healthy. And since they don't negotiate during the season, that would have to be after this year. And if he returns to his healthy self, he will be too expensive on the open market, And if he sucks we won't want him back anyways. So I agree this is most likely Marvel's last year in the Black and Gold.

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    Re: Marvel Smith doubtful in '09...

    I give Marvel about a 0% chance of being re-signed.
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    Re: Marvel Smith doubtful in '09...

    Quote Originally Posted by ShawnMedGuy
    I give Marvel about a 0% chance of being re-signed.
    I agree with you. Although, I would like them to resign him. I feel that when Smith is right, Big Ben would not trade him for anyone.
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    Re: Marvel Smith doubtful in '09...

    Quote Originally Posted by birtikidis
    We need to sign at least one of them before the season starts. Are there any prospects for next years draft?
    I'd say at least a half dozen OT's go in the first round (Michael Oher, Andre Smith, Ciron Black, Max Unger, Phil Loadholt, and Alex Boone), plus you have some interior linemen like guards Duke Robinson and Jeremy Perry and center Alex Mack that will merit first day considersation as well.

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    Re: Marvel Smith doubtful in '09...

    Quote Originally Posted by BigLebowski
    Quote Originally Posted by ShawnMedGuy
    I give Marvel about a 0% chance of being re-signed.
    I agree with you. Although, I would like them to resign him. I feel that when Smith is right, Big Ben would not trade him for anyone.
    The problem with Marvel is that he has only been able to stay healthy every other year since 2002.
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    After this year he is due to miss at least 4 games in 2009 and be hampered by what ever ailment when he actually does play.
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    Re: Marvel Smith doubtful in '09...

    I am not worried about Marvell's motivation this year -- being a contract year and all. He will show up in shape and play well. The big IF being -- if his back is better.

    If his back is toast and he wears out, the Starks signing will seem brilliant.

    If he plays well the entire year - then we get a good year out of him. My belief is he will either walk or we will transition him for the following year.

    So, we may have zero, 1, or 2 good years out of Smith.
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    Re: Marvel Smith doubtful in '09...

    Quote Originally Posted by ShawnMedGuy
    I give Marvel about a 0% chance of being re-signed.
    ditto... but, we already knew that... and that's why some of us wanted a whole gang of offensive linemen drafted... early and often.

    Tony Hills better prove to be a steal or we'll be stuck over-paying in free agency next year. Or trying to find a way to get an o-lineman early in this next draft... to go along with the LB we'll need to replace Farrior.
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