Page 3 of 5 FirstFirst 12345 LastLast
Results 21 to 30 of 41

Thread: FA who you want after the frenzy?

  1. #21

    User Info Menu

    Quote Originally Posted by steelerkeylargo View Post
    Check 2 off the list.
    Check 6 off the list!

  2. #22

    User Info Menu

    Quote Originally Posted by Ernie View Post
    He appears to be available... no clue what happened to that guy... but his numbers with the Rats are non existent. Would take a flyer on him in a heartbeat though. Super talented guy.
    Letís do it. Iíd love to add Williams. And Iím happy that the Browns have stole all the headlines. If we add Williams behind Moncrief, we could be sneaky good on offense.
    From the 2010-2018 season, (8 years after Cowher's players & coaches had left) Mike Tomlin has only won 3 playoff games. And two of those wins were against back up Quarterbacks. Our history has been defined by what we do in the postseason; not the regular season.

  3. #23
    Pro Bowler

    User Info Menu

    Kevin White, WR
    Here We Go Steelers!


  4. #24

    User Info Menu

    Quote Originally Posted by calmkiller View Post
    Kevin White, WR
    He's a freak of nature. Would love to see him stay healthy for somebody.

  5. #25

    User Info Menu

    We are good; we can add a guy now from the draft to groom.
    From the 2010-2018 season, (8 years after Cowher's players & coaches had left) Mike Tomlin has only won 3 playoff games. And two of those wins were against back up Quarterbacks. Our history has been defined by what we do in the postseason; not the regular season.

  6. #26

    User Info Menu

    Quote Originally Posted by pittpete View Post
    I like Desir but once again probably a big payday coming we wont compete with
    Morris Claiborne (14 passes defensed)
    Steven Nelson (15 passes defensed)
    Eric Rowe (former Pats CB)

    Not much after that

    Nice post pete!!!!
    I wish people would/could leave politics out of a Steelers Football Forum.

  7. #27

    User Info Menu

    Let’s go Colbert!!
    From the 2010-2018 season, (8 years after Cowher's players & coaches had left) Mike Tomlin has only won 3 playoff games. And two of those wins were against back up Quarterbacks. Our history has been defined by what we do in the postseason; not the regular season.

  8. #28

    User Info Menu

    Quote Originally Posted by Steel Maniac View Post
    We are good; we can add a guy now from the draft to groom.
    Im not advocating for signing him. As is Calmkiller... im a WVU fan... and saw what White was capable of as a Mountaineer. Would like to see him stay healthy long enough to live up to his potential, regardless of where he is.

    I agree that its time to draft a WR or two to plug in to the mix. We should be pretty well set.

  9. #29

    User Info Menu

    Why the conservative Steelers just threw $46 million at free agency

    1:30 AM ET

    Jeremy Fowler
    ESPN Staff Writer

    PITTSBURGH -- For a team that traditionally combs through the clearance rack of free agency, even mildly aggressive spending caught the attention of Pittsburgh Steelers fans.

    Pittsburgh used the tampering period to offer cornerback Steven Nelson $25.5 million over three years, the richest contract in franchise history for the first week of free agency. Then it doubled-down with a complementary receiver, Donte Moncrief, at $9 million over two years. And after losing linebacker L.J. Fort to free agency, the Steelers thought bigger. Hybrid linebacker/safety Mark Barron has the pedigree of a former top-10 pick and got $12 million over two years from Pittsburgh after the Los Angeles Rams cut him.

    To be sure, the Steelers aren't exactly locking into $46 million on these three players. The team doesn't guarantee money beyond the signing bonus, and each deal can be escaped after one year with minimal issues. And multiple teams around the league have doubled the Steelers' spending.

    But a combination of draft-day misses, unexpected star-player departures and actual cap space (for once) led the Steelers down this path.

    Cornering the market

    The Steelers' struggles drafting cornerbacks are tough to ignore. They drafted five corners in the first five rounds from 2015-17, including first-round pick Artie Burns, and none of them entered this offseason as a projected starter. Two are no longer with the team.

    Spending such draft capital only to see free-agent pickups Joe Haden and Coty Sensabaugh and undrafted slot corner Mike Hilton handle the bulk of the 2018 work is an indictment of the team's evaluations of collegiate defensive back talent.

    And apparently the Steelers were fed up. So they targeted free agents Nelson and Bradley Roby, armed with three-year deals. Roby took the Houston Texans' one-year, $10 million pact. Nelson, listed as an above-average corner by Pro Football Focus after four interceptions in 2018, instantly becomes the Steelers' starting outside corner opposite Haden.

    Giving an ascending 26-year-old $9 million in Year 1 with hopes of finding a long-term starter is a sensible bet, considering the Steelers' revolving door at the position.

    And Nelson wants all the smoke, which always helps. He welcomes the challenge of going up against new Cleveland Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

    "Twice a year, all year," Nelson said.

    Over the middle

    The Steelers began free agency by placing several calls to receivers in the market, including Tyrell Williams, John Brown and Phillip Dorsett.

    But Williams got more than $10 million per year from the Oakland Raiders, and Brown got close to that from the Buffalo Bills. The Steelers weren't willing to go that far. But they had to do something after Antonio Brown forced his way out of Pittsburgh and into the home of Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr.

    They needed a player who was capable enough to prevent the franchise from reaching in the draft but not good enough to price them out.

    Along came Moncrief, who underwhelmed in one season with Jacksonville but has three touchdowns in his last five games against Pittsburgh and showed off his size and speed with Indianapolis, which drafted him in the third round in 2014. His two-year deal is manageable if things don't work out, or if second-year receiver James Washington supplants him in the starting lineup.

    Moncrief isn't expecting to replace Brown, but to simply be himself.

    "I'm looking forward to playing with Ben [Roethlisberger]," Moncrief said. "Hall of Fame guy. Chance to play some years with him and catch a lot of balls."

    Roethlisberger is always looking for red-zone targets, and Moncrief's size (6-foot-2, 216 pounds) can help in this area.

    'Strong and smart'

    The Steelers basically had two needs at the same position. They never truly replaced Ryan Shazier at inside linebacker, and last year's free-agent pickup Morgan Burnett has made it clear that he doesn't want to be a dime linebacker. He asked for his release because he wants to play safety full time.

    Now the Steelers hope a two-position player can satisfy both spots. Signing Barron, a 230-pound hybrid, gives the Steelers an every-down option. He can play in the box or in the dime spot on third downs, thus making Burnett's contract expendable.

    Barron entered the league as a safety and top-10 overall pick in 2012. The Rams moved him to the inside a few years back when Alec Ogletree went down with an injury.

    Though Barron was affordable after taking a pay cut and getting released in back-to-back years, he has street cred after seven years as a full-time starter.

    "I feel a lot of coaches and a lot of players have respect for me in this league, and they don’t feel they can just run at me like that," said Barron about life as an undersized inside linebacker. "If a guy is a smaller linebacker, he has to be tough, he has to be physical, he has to be strong. He also has to be smart. ... You've just got to know how to use your body. If you’re a smaller guy and you’ve got a 300-pound linebacker coming at you, you probably have to use your leverage or you're going to use your speed. You're probably not going to overpower them."

    Barron was eager for the chance to play with a coach like Mike Tomlin, who's known to be blunt and honest with his players. And since the Steelers entered March with nearly $20 million in cap space -- a lot for them -- getting Barron after two bigger signings earlier in the week was possible.

    Now it's time for rare money spent to improve three major areas of need.
    Plan A: Trade 1.20/3.66/5.141 & 2020 3rd to BUF for 1.9 (ILB Devin White)

    Plan B:
    1.20 TE T.J. Hockenson, Iowa 6-5 251
    2.52 ILB Mack Wilson, Alabama 6-1 240
    3.66 OLB Chase Winovich, Michigan 6-3 256
    3.83 WR Hakeem Butler, Iowa State 6-5 227
    4.122 ILB David Long, West Virginia 5-11 227
    5.141 RB Miles Sanders, Penn State 5-11 211
    6.175 FS Marquis Blair, Utah 6-1 195
    6.192 OG Beau Benzschawel, Wisconsin 6-6 309
    6.207 CB David Long, Michigan 5-11 196
    7.219 DE Albert Huggins, Clemson 6-3 305

  10. #30
    Pro Bowler

    User Info Menu

    Tre Boston

    All we have at FS is Sean Davis. Boston would be an upgrade. Besides, if Davis goes down, who takes that position?

    Go get Tre.

    Still hoping for Justin Houston, too, but I think it's doubtful when you consider the salary he will likely command.

    Austin Seferian-Jenkins is an intriguing FA TE, but I'd imagine that he, too, will go for more than what the Steelers want to pay.
    Last edited by Buzz; 03-21-2019 at 12:15 PM.
    Post First Wave FA Mock

    Trade picks 1, 3a and 6b to move up in round 1
    Trade Artie Burns for 5th round pick

    1--Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan
    2--Juan Thornhill, FS/CB, Virginia
    3--Amani Hooker, SS, Iowa
    4--Justice Hill, RB, Oklahoma St.
    5--Miles Boykin, WR, Notre Dame
    5--Porter Gustin, Edge, USC
    6a--Foster Moreau, TE, LSU
    6b--Khalil Hodge, LB, Buffalo
    7--Jordan Brown, CB, South Dakota St.


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts