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Steelers Free Agency 2013: will James Harrison back?

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Keenan Lewis clears the air about misquote of contract intentions and free agency

On Tuesday afternoon, word spread around the SteelerNation’s Twittersphere that Keenan Lewis was apparently headed for the free agent market. Hopes of getting the high priority free agent back in Pittsburgh immediately came into question more than before, but Lewis cleared the air later Tuesday evening.
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NFL, NFLPA battle could spread to 2012 restricted free agency

With the NFL and NFLPA suddenly getting along even worse than the Hatfields and the McCoys, it makes sense to think about other ways in which the fight could manifest itself. The union now claims that the teams engaged in collusion two years ago, establishing a secret $ 123 million per-team salary cap.  Though that claim…

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Steelers Activity in Free Agency Continuing to Buzz, Host Three Veterans

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The significance of the visits of veteran free agents K Dave Rayner, ILB Brandon Johnson and OLB Matt Roth aren’t exactly earth-shattering.

They do represent a push to solidify training camp competition, if not add depth to the 53-man roster.

At least with the two linebacker candidates, Johnson and Roth, the Steelers could use some depth, and both Johnson and Roth could be spot starters.

Having a player like Johnson, a savvy 4-3 outside linebacker who would play inside in Pittsburgh, may have helped the Steelers midway through last year, when James Farrior went down with injury, and depleted their ILB depth.

Having a fiery, physical player like Roth in 2011 would have helped keep the unit afloat during a season in which both James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley missed significant time.

Roth seems more of a viable candidate to join the team than Johnson or Rayner (probably just a lead horse to push incumbent Shaun Suisham, who’s contract is probably too much to jettison, but the savings aren’t enough to bring in anyone significantly better than he is). A tough, heady player, Roth has battled some injuries while playing on doormat teams throughout his career (Miami, Cleveland and Jacksonville).

It wouldn’t be surprising if the Steelers may look at him as a defensive end (which is what he played in Miami last season) but likely, in the event of his signing, he’d be an insurance policy on the prize OLBs the Steelers currently have as well as solidify depth behind their young defensive ends. He can contribute on special teams as well.

Johnson, though, has a great combination of size (6-foot-5, 245 pounds) and experience (64 games played since 2008, all with Cincinnati), and could help push Stevenson Sylvester as the buck back-up to Larry Foote.

Both Roth and Johnson are the right kinds of free agents the Steelers should be looking at; Roth in particular. He’s big, tough and nasty. He can get after the passer as an OLB in a 3-4 defense, and holds up fairly well at defensive end.

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General manager Colbert, Steelers not in free agency rush

On the same day the team lost William Gay to Arizona, GM Kevin Colbert said the Steelers are hoping to bring back a number of their own free agents.

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History Of Steelers Free Agency Signings Under Kevin Colbert

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The 2012 NFL free agency signing period is in full swing now and a lot of the major signings are now behind us. The Pittsburgh Steelers have yet to lose any of their own unrestricted free agents up until this point and as usual they have yet to sign any unrestricted free agents to no ones surprise.

General Manager Kevin Colbert has been on board since 2000 and I thought it would be fun to go back in time to look at the unrestricted free agents that he did sign since that time. The table below only represents free agent signings during the key signing periods. It does not reflect players that Read more […]

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Steelers’ Aim Small, Miss Small Stance in Free Agency Has Served Them Well


As many of you may know, I live in enemy territory, Redskin Country. At this time of the year the differences between the Steelers Way and the Redskins Way are never more stark and distinctive. As folks down here are fond of saying, if the Super Bowl could be won between the months of March and August, the Skins would be world champions every year.

The level of excitement in these parts is off the charts. Washington has traded up to the second pick of the draft, and unless Indianapolis has a serious change of heart, the Redskins will land Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III. Following up on that move, the Skins have also landed free agent wide receivers Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan, with Eddie Royal also being a possibility. Ticket sales are already up and a financial windfall for owner Daniel Snyder is guaranteed.

I don’t have to tell you that things are very different for Steeler Nation. For me, and I suspect many others no news is good news. I check the various websites and media outlets on a regular basis and breathe a sigh of relief when there is no news involving the Steelers. In fact, as I am writing this, the only news related to the free agent process is an article in the Trib where William Gay is expressing hope that he can stay with the Steelers. There is greater significance in this considering the fact that a lot of defensive backs have been claimed in the first hours of free agency.

What explains this difference? I’ve been around this site long enough to know that there are a number of Steelers fans who wish that our approach were more like that of the Redskins and a number of other teams. Why aren’t we trading up for high level draft picks? Why aren’t we chasing after a Carl Nicks in free agency? The answer is we don’t have to.

Brian Billick wrote an interesting article last week explaining how many teams engage in free agency as a means of making up for key failings in other aspects of their operations. If, for example, a team drafts a player who may be talented but doesn’t really fit into their scheme, or drops the ball in terms of coaching a player to the point where he can effectively contribute, then the solution is to obtain a developed player from someplace else. Teams that have a better sense of who they are; and are more competent at development, like the Steelers, use free agency in a much more limited manner. More often than not, the team simply resigns its own free agents. When they do pick up free agents from other teams, it is usually never the high profile splashy players that get all the publicity. Who would have known enough to lobby for the likes of a James Farrior, Jeff Hartings, Mewelde Moore, Ryan Clark or Jerricho Cotchery? Yet all have made valuable contributions, and three (Farrior, Hartings and Clark) have turned in Pro Bowl performances.

Billick’s theory seems particularly accurate when applied to the Redskins and the Steelers. At first glance Washington’s maneuvers would seem to be pretty much idiot proof. But if you have been paying attention, you now know that the Skins are incapable of staying out of their own way. Washington Post sports columnist Sally Jenkins has laid out how Snyder (along with Cowboy owner Jerry Jones), reneged on an agreement with other league owners to not take unfair financial advantage of the conditions surrounding the lockout. Of course, being the kind of people they are, Snyder and Jones did. The retaliation has come in the form of salary cap reductions. The problems for the Skins over the past generation (and for that matter the Cowboys as well) has not been bad luck, but incompetence on a mind blowing scale. It remains to be seen if RG3 and supporting cast have the capacity to overcome it.

And what about Pittsburgh? For many, the sense of this team has been determined by how the 2011 season ended. Let me suggest a little experiment. On the front page of this site is a Steelers roster. Take a few minutes to look over the roster. Art Rooney II said this specifically in regard to Ben, but it could just as easily apply to the entire team, there is a need for tweaking, but to suggest that there are great needs to be addressed or that the team is in any manner seriously flawed would really be overstating the case.

A few questions. What if Maurkice Pouncey was actually available to play and be reasonably healthy at the end of the season (something that hasn’t happened before)? Additionally, what if Willie Colon, rated one of the top right tackles in the league was also available at the end of the year (something that hasn’t happened in two years)? What if Gilbert who was thrown into the fire due to injuries improves significantly for his sophomore campaign (and also is relatively injury free)? And what if a Todd Haley offense and a more prudent Ben can lessen the stress and predictability that help make the O line seem less capable than it actually was? Finally, for this set of questions, what if we get a little help in the draft or free agency at guard, not superman, just some skill, stability and depth?

Who could we obtain in the draft or free agency who would be as good as or better than Mike Wallace? So why would anyone be happy or sanguine about letting him go? Is there any reason not to believe that with a season free of injury and grief that Manny Sanders doesn’t have the potential to match the level of performance of Antonio Brown? Would there be a better #4 receiver in the league than Jerricho? If Antonio Brown was the receiving star of training camp last year, might there be similar expectations for the running back star of last year’s camp, Baron Batch?

If by mid- season the starting defensive line were Keisel, Hampton and Hood, with Hayward and McLendon being the principle backups, would that be terrible? With three potential Pro Bowl linebackers in the starting lineup would Larry Foote being the weak link be unacceptable?

Let me be clear; I am not suggesting that the Steelers would not benefit from upgrades and improvements, but as Ryan Clark stated on the NFL Network a few days ago, this is a playoff, perhaps championship team as is. Most of the players are happy to be here and, if given a reasonable choice in business terms would prefer not to leave. The organization does not have as great a need for free agency as a springboard to improvement. And that is why I for one hope this storm just passes us by.

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No Steelers Free Agency News Here – 2012 NFL Free Agency Day Two Recap

Ho-hum. Another busy day around the NFL as teams continued to sign free agents. The Pittsburgh Steelers of course were not one of those teams and this should come to no surprise to anyone. Perhaps the biggest news involving the Steelers on Wednesday was that Chicago Bears free agent tight end Kellen Davis, who was reportedly scheduled to visit the Steelers, re-signed with the Bears on a two-year, $ 6 million contract that included a $ 2.7 million signing bonus.

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Agree to Disagree – Free Agency I

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This episode finds the guys delving into free agency, which officially opened for business on Tuesday, March 13

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Wide Receivers Steal Headlines in Day One of Free Agency

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It was an active, if not a generally uninteresting, first day of free agency. The wide receivers group stole the headlines, both proving their high value in the eyes of the league (Pierre Garcon, Vincent Jackson and Robert Meachem all quickly signed lucrative contracts), and Brandon Marshall and Miami looked to pull the wool over Chicago’s eyes.

As reported early Wednesday morning, Marshall, for whom the Bears just traded two 3rd round draft picks, is being accused of punching a woman in the face at a New York City night club.

Chicago felt pretty good about picking him up for so relatively low of a price. If the allegations are true, Marshall, who’s had several reported incidents of similar nature, would almost assuredly be sat down for a game or two.

Former Chargers WR Vincent Jackson signed a five-year, $ 55,555.55 million deal with Tampa Bay. The gratuitous amount of 5s apparently is out of homage to QB Josh Freeman, who wears the No. 5.

No word yet on whether Steelers WR Mike Wallace is planning to honor Ben Roethlisberger in his future contract negotiations.

Pierre Garcon must have held a gun to Redskins owner Dan Snyder’s head, demanding $ 17.5 million guaranteed over a five-year deal. Snyder made it $ 20.5 million, probably just because he could.

Snyder’s Skins signed WR Josh Morgan and are closing in on a deal with Eddie Royal as well, likely due to Snyder’s desire to pack as many fourth-option receivers on his roster as possible.

Former Saints receiver Robert Mechem will replace Jackson in San Diego after signing a four-year, $ 25 million deal with the Chargers. He’ll join Malcolm Floyd in San Diego as part of the only team in the league with great vertical threats, but zero short-route ability and a long history of injuries.

If former Steelers WR Hines Ward is still looking for work, the Chargers could really use a receiver who catches passes inside the numbers. Ward probably isn’t fast enough to go anywhere else on the field.

Indianapolis managed to hold onto free agent WR Reggie Wayne, inking him to a 3-year, $ 17.5 million deal. He’ll pretty much be the only Colts player left from the Manning Era after owner Jim Irsay slashed every other player who contributed to one of the most dominant teams in the league over the last 12 years (before last year).

So it’ll kind of like be playing for a new team. Just seems strange, free agency wasn’t even 12 hours old yet, if the Colts were his only option, why didn’t he just sign back with them earlier?

Atlanta managed to retain WR Harry Douglas, but no one seems to care enough to report his contract numbers. Or maybe that’s just me.

There are plenty of signings coming, and although Steelers fans are like the people who meet up with friends at a buffet when they’re trying to lose 20 pounds, thinking they’ll enjoy themselves anyway, we’ll talk about who’s doing what and why (if we can figure it out) throughout the day.

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