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Steelers CB Terry Carter Released, Josh Victorian Signed

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Less than a day to go, and no RFA offer sheets have been signed

Once upon a time, restricted free agents signed offer sheets with new teams.  Sometimes, those offer sheets were matched.  Sometimes, they weren’t.  Either way, it was a key part of the player movement/contract process. Lately, restricted free agency has dried up.  In 2010, when the rules of the uncapped year pushed eligibility for unrestricted free…

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Report: David Johnson Has Signed His One Year Restricted Tender Offer

Another Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free agent has reported signed his restricted tender today. According to Howard Balzer of ESPN Radio in St. Louis, tight end David Johnson signed his one-year restricted tender that will earn him $ 1.26 million this upcoming season.

Johnson was one of six restricted free agents tendered prior to the start of free agency. Ramon Foster is the only other Steelers player to sign his tender heading into today. That leaves Doug Legursky, Ryan Mundy, Keenan Lewis and Mike Wallace as the only restricted free agents that have yet to sign there tenders.

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Report: Ramon Foster Has Signed One Year Restricted Tender

Howard Balzer of ESPN Radio in St. Louis reports Thursday via Twitter that Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free agent guard Ramon Foster has signed his one year restricted tender offer. Foster was one of six Steelers restricted free agents that were tendered one year contracts prior to the start of free agency. Foster was tendered at the lowest right of first refusal level of $ 1.26 million. Being as Foster had not been drafted, the Steelers would not have received a draft pick as compensation had another team signed Foster to an offer sheet and they decided not to match it.

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Now that William Gay Has Signed with the Cardinals, Who Will Step up to be the Steelers Number Two Corner?

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 30:  Keenan Lewis #23 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates in the final seconds of the game against the New England Patriots during the game on October 30, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The Steelers said goodbye to a number of long-time veteran players in recent weeks, but other than sentimental value, players like Hines Ward and Aaron Smith didn’t figure to have much of an impact or make much of a difference in wins and losses starting next season. One might say that James Farrior is going to be hard to replace as a leader and the inside linebacker. There is some merit to that, obviously, but Farrior is also 37 years old, and his replacement will more than likely be Larry Foote, a player who has started in two Super Bowls and played in a third. Is Foote James Farrior? No, but he’s serviceable.

That brings me to William Gay. Gay became another veteran to leave the Steelers when he signed a two-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals yesterday.

During his time here, William Gay wasn’t exactly revered by Steelers fans in the same way that Hines Ward and Aaron Smith were during their careers. In fact, it was pretty much the opposite, especially in ’09 and ’10.

In ’09, Gay assumed the starting corner job after Bryant McFadden left for Arizona (there’s that team again), but his ’09 season was a disaster, as he was one of the main culprits in the team’s inability to hold 4th quarter leads.

In 2010, Gay was most remembered for his infamous performance trying to cover Rob Gronkowski in a Sunday night game against the Patriots. In that game, a 39-26 New England victory, Gay was beaten by Gronkowski for three touchdowns and looked completely overmatched on every single one of them. Gay was also one of the players singled out for the team’s failure to stop Aaron Rodgers and the Packers passing offense in Super Bowl XLV.

Last offseason, there was much talk that the team should draft a corner as high as the first round in order to address the major need. The Steelers, instead, decided to further address the defensive line by making Cam Heyward the team’s first round draft choice. The Steelers did go corner in back to back rounds when they took Curtis Brown out of Texas in the 3rd round and Cortez Allen out of the Citadel in the 4th round.

Many were wondering if Gay would return to the team last season, and he did re-sign with the Steelers shortly after the lockout ended. McFadden opened the 2011 season as the starting corner opposite Ike Taylor, but Gay would soon be in the lineup following a Mcfadden injury early on. Not only did Gay hold his own, he was part of a passing defense that was number one in the NFL. And he contributed significantly to a win against the Bengals with a couple of big 4th quarter plays, including an interception late to seal the deal. Gay came up big again the following week with another key 4th quarter interception that clinched a victory against the Chiefs on Sunday Night Football. T

The secondary went from an area of great concern to one that was seen as a strength, and William Gay was certainly a key member of the unit.

So, now that Gay is gone, how will the Steelers address the issue?

The good news is the Steelers do seem to have three very talented candidates to replace Gay.

Fourth year corner Keenan Lewis appeared to make significant strides last season after struggling mightily in his first two campaigns, and he did so well, he was the number three cornerback in 2011.

And the team appears to be very excited about the potential of both Brown and Allen. The fact that McFadden couldn’t even sniff the lineup last season after recovering from his injury tells me that there are more than enough candidates to replace Gay. And let’s not forget about the key contributions of new secondary coach Carnell Lake. Lake received rave reviews last year for the work he did with the secondary, including improving the play of both Gay and Lewis, and he might have been the central reason for that number one ranking. Hopefully, he can get both Brown and Allen to make significant strides in 2012.

There are no guarantees, obviously. Lewis isn’t too far removed from that infamous preseason game in Denver just two seasons ago, and Brown and Allen haven’t shown anything other than raw potential up to now.

How do you think the Steelers will address the departure of Gay? Do you think they’ll just go in the obvious direction and promote Lewis and have Brown and Allen fight it out for the nickle spot?

Or do you think they need to go out and find a veteran player to be the team’s number two corner for at least another year while the young guys get some more seasoning?

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Did the Deals Signed By DeSean Jackson and Marques Colston Price Wallace Out of Pittsburgh, Or Did they Increase the Chances That He’ll be Here Next Year?


Wide receiver Desean Jackson signed a pretty hefty new contract earlier this week that will alow him to stay with the Eagles for the next five years. When you add that deal to the one that Marques Colston signed with the Saintsfive years, $ 40 million–it might have increased Mike Wallace’s value (at least in his eyes) and made it a little more difficult for the Steelers to sign him.

Even though team general manager Kevin Colbert insisted that the Steelers wanted to do everything in their power to keep Wallace, would the team be willing to offer the speedster a contract that averages in the $ 8-$ 10 million range annually? The Steelers had to cut a few veterans and asked a couple of other players to restructure their deals just so the team would be in compliance with the NFL’s salary cap for 2012. Beings that the team declined to make Wallace a franchise player and pay him roughly $ 9 million next season, it seems unlikely that they would be willing to pay Wallace an annual salary that would even approach that.

However, will the Steelers even have to worry about it?

Did the new deals for Jackson and Colston give Wallace leverage, or did they take it away?

Wallace is a restricted free agent, and the Steelers have the right to match any offer sheet that Wallace would receive from another club. Since the Steelers offered Wallace a first round tender of $ 2.7 million for next season, if Wallace signs an offer sheet with another club, and the Steelers decline to match the deal, Pittsburgh would receive that team’s 2012 first round draft choice as compensation.

The question is: Does Mike Wallace think he’s worth $ 8-$ 10 million annually? If he does think that, is there a club out there willing to pay him that kind of money plus lose their first round draft choice?

$ 8 million plus your first round draft choice is a lot to give up, especially for a wide receiver.

I know Wallace is good, but he might not be deemed as valuable outside of Pittsburgh as he is here.

It’ll be interesting to see how valuable teams think Mike Wallace really is, and if the Steelers agree.

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No Surprise Mike Wallace Will Get 1st Round Tender If Not Signed By March 5th

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Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Thursday morning that the Pittsburgh Steelers will not use the franchise tag on restricted free agent Mike Wallace should they not get him signed to a new contract in the next few days. The news comes as no surprise as the Steelers do not have the cap room to accommodate a projected $ 9.4 plus million franchise tag amount.

The Steelers have been in talks with Wallace about trying to get a new deal done before the start of free agency and team president Art Rooney II said after the 2011 season ended that Wallace would be a priority to get resigned. It was announced Read more […]

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Tomlin: Ryan Clark Won’t Play in Denver, Anthony Madison Signed To Replace Rashard Mendenhall


The injuries are piling up as if the Steelers are playing in Charming, California. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin announced Tuesday FS and team’s leading tackler Ryan Clark will not play Sunday in Denver as a result of a blood disorder that nearly cost Clark his life the last time he played there.

The ailment was aggravated in the high altitude of Denver, and he ended up losing his spleen and gall bladder in 2007. He did not play when Pittsburgh traveled there in 2009.

Questions have been flying around about what the Steelers would do in the event of a road playoff game against the Broncos. Tomlin said it was “an easy decision,” and Ryan Mundy would replace him.

Mundy has filled in at both safety positions this season, most notably, in the absence of SS Troy Polamalu. While Clark typically plays more of the strong safety position in Polamalu’s absence, Mundy stepped in with nine tackles in a tough defensive game.

RB Rashard Mendenhall was officially placed on injured-reserve Tuesday, and the Steelers signed veteran CB Anthony Madison to take his place. Madison was on last year’s AFC Championship team, but wasn’t re-signed this off-season. He signed with Detroit, but was released, re-signed and released again by the end of November. He’s spent the vast majority of his six-year career with the Steelers.

The decision to sign a defensive back instead of a running back suggests RB Mewelde Moore will be ready to play Sunday, and will likely be the second RB behind Isaac Redman.

It also suggests the injuries to CB Keenan Lewis (hamstring) and Cortez Allen (shoulder) could be problematic. Denver is not a strong passing team, and Pittsburgh likely will be able to contain Denver’s feast-or-famine passing attack.

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