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    Quote Originally Posted by SidSmythe View Post
    I don't see how that's relevant?? We always carry 2 extra OLB's and Moats might be more of an ILB like Brandon Johnson was who could play OLB also
    Arthur Moats described as 'back-up outside linebacker' by Steelers web site

    By Neal Coolong on Mar 24 2014



    Along with being a "core" special teams player, Steelers.com is describing the newest Steelers free agent signing as a "back-up outside linebacker" who "also can play inside linebacker."

    Perhaps it's a sign of confidence in second-year linebacker Vince Williams.

    Ex-Bills linebacker Arthur Moats was signed by the Steelers Monday, but not, as written by Steelers Digest editor Bob Labriola wrote, as an inside linebacker. Labriola referred to the fifth-year pro as a "back-up outside linebacker with core special teams guy who can also play inside linebacker."

    Moats played both outside and inside linebacker while in Buffalo, and in the scheme-diverse Bills's defense, even rushed the passer as a defensive end (his collegiate position). If his end-all position in Pittsburgh is as a back-up outside linebacker, the Steelers appear to have added the veteran they usually have at the position, and possibly ended talks about bringing back ex-Steelers and Bengals OLB James Harrison.

    Or perhaps begin talks about the depth at their inside linebacker position. There's veteran Lawrence Timmons, and then there's the rest. Vince Williams, the default starter in 2013 after the injury of Larry Foote, is the only player the Steelers have with more than a spattering of plays under his belt. Also in there is Sean Spence, who hasn't played a down at the pro level, and Terence Garvin, who appears more of a sub package utility player.

    That's a long way of saying Williams can likely be placed in as the starter opposite Timmons, as the Steelers have a little under $2 million in cap space remaining. Barring another contract move, the team probably wouldn't be able to afford a starting caliber player at the position. Not that anything can be ruled out this offseason in Pittsburgh.

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    I was hoping this signing was going to be more than one year. Damn!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rara View Post
    I was hoping this signing was going to be more than one year. Damn!
    I like the one year prove it contracts, the player is hungry to prove he belongs in the NFL and the Steelers get a player that if he pans out they get the first shot at signing him long term. If he doesn't pan out there is absolutely no financial ramification next year. Until the Steelers cap situation clears up a bit this is good contract and pickup for the team, particularly since he plays STs as well.

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    This is a qualified contract, which lowers the cap hit a bit, too. I thought he'd be more of an inside guy, but either way, adding a backup capable of playing both inside and outside is a solid move.

    I don't see how this precludes a Harrison signing later. If you needed James Harrison or Chris Carter to fill in for a game, James is still the better option, and it isn't close.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawaiiansteel View Post
    Arthur Moats described as 'back-up outside linebacker' by Steelers web site

    By Neal Coolong on Mar 24 2014



    Along with being a "core" special teams player, Steelers.com is describing the newest Steelers free agent signing as a "back-up outside linebacker" who "also can play inside linebacker."

    Perhaps it's a sign of confidence in second-year linebacker Vince Williams.

    Ex-Bills linebacker Arthur Moats was signed by the Steelers Monday, but not, as written by Steelers Digest editor Bob Labriola wrote, as an inside linebacker. Labriola referred to the fifth-year pro as a "back-up outside linebacker with core special teams guy who can also play inside linebacker."

    Moats played both outside and inside linebacker while in Buffalo, and in the scheme-diverse Bills's defense, even rushed the passer as a defensive end (his collegiate position). If his end-all position in Pittsburgh is as a back-up outside linebacker, the Steelers appear to have added the veteran they usually have at the position, and possibly ended talks about bringing back ex-Steelers and Bengals OLB James Harrison.

    Or perhaps begin talks about the depth at their inside linebacker position. There's veteran Lawrence Timmons, and then there's the rest. Vince Williams, the default starter in 2013 after the injury of Larry Foote, is the only player the Steelers have with more than a spattering of plays under his belt. Also in there is Sean Spence, who hasn't played a down at the pro level, and Terence Garvin, who appears more of a sub package utility player.

    That's a long way of saying Williams can likely be placed in as the starter opposite Timmons, as the Steelers have a little under $2 million in cap space remaining. Barring another contract move, the team probably wouldn't be able to afford a starting caliber player at the position. Not that anything can be ruled out this offseason in Pittsburgh.

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    I get that. but we carry more than 1 backup OLB. as of right now MOATS is the only decent one we have.
    So there is room for HARRISON
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    I think it's open competition at ILB including Moats, Garvin, Vince Williams and Sean Spence. That will be one of the most interesting competitions in training camp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawaiiansteel View Post
    Arthur Moats described as 'back-up outside linebacker' by Steelers web site

    By Neal Coolong on Mar 24 2014



    Along with being a "core" special teams player, Steelers.com is describing the newest Steelers free agent signing as a "back-up outside linebacker" who "also can play inside linebacker."

    Perhaps it's a sign of confidence in second-year linebacker Vince Williams.

    Ex-Bills linebacker Arthur Moats was signed by the Steelers Monday, but not, as written by Steelers Digest editor Bob Labriola wrote, as an inside linebacker. Labriola referred to the fifth-year pro as a "back-up outside linebacker with core special teams guy who can also play inside linebacker."

    Moats played both outside and inside linebacker while in Buffalo, and in the scheme-diverse Bills's defense, even rushed the passer as a defensive end (his collegiate position). If his end-all position in Pittsburgh is as a back-up outside linebacker, the Steelers appear to have added the veteran they usually have at the position, and possibly ended talks about bringing back ex-Steelers and Bengals OLB James Harrison.

    Or perhaps begin talks about the depth at their inside linebacker position. There's veteran Lawrence Timmons, and then there's the rest. Vince Williams, the default starter in 2013 after the injury of Larry Foote, is the only player the Steelers have with more than a spattering of plays under his belt. Also in there is Sean Spence, who hasn't played a down at the pro level, and Terence Garvin, who appears more of a sub package utility player.

    That's a long way of saying Williams can likely be placed in as the starter opposite Timmons, as the Steelers have a little under $2 million in cap space remaining. Barring another contract move, the team probably wouldn't be able to afford a starting caliber player at the position. Not that anything can be ruled out this offseason in Pittsburgh.

    http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com...er-depth-chart
    The bills we should have signed is in that picture too

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    Quote Originally Posted by K Train View Post
    The bills we should have signed is in that picture too
    Yup... Carrington! I would like to see Carrington, MJD, and Harrison all signed but we don't have the $$ until June 1st.

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    Carrington, Harrison (after June 1st) and a veteran RB (unlikely to be MJD) will be our only additions.

    Unless someone interesting gets cut after June 1st.
    Here We Go Steelers, Here We Go...
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    Quote Originally Posted by K Train View Post
    The bills we should have signed is in that picture too
    He's still in play...nobody has signed him yet...

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