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 Post subject: Re: J_C_Steel's Tentative Post-Lockout Plan
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 10:21 am 
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Roethlisberger and Harrison already restructured their contracts, RTJR. Also, the Steelers are currently under the cap, as they had to be as of 4:55 p.m. yesterday when the players ratified the CBA and the new league year officially started.

The Steelers are under the cap, and the best way to create more cap room is to come to a long-term deal with LaMarr Woodley. That could open up as much as $6-7 million of cap space. That would allow the Steelers to, if they wish, approach the Eagles about a trade for Asante Samuel (cap hit ~ $5 million). If the Steelers acquired Samuel, they could cut McFadden (cap savings ~ $2.5 million).

Casey Hampton will not be cut, as the only backup nose tackle on the team is Chris Hoke.

Oh, and the Steelers can't restructure Polamalu's contract, because he is entering the final year of his deal. The Steelers should be negotiating an extension with Polamalu, which would ensure that he's a Steeler for life and would also reduce his cap hit for 2011.


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 Post subject: Re: J_C_Steel's Tentative Post-Lockout Plan
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 10:32 am 
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Good news, everyone -- Woodley's here to stay:

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11217/1165410-100.stm

Not only that, by halving his cap hit, the Steelers are now MORE than $5 million under the cap. The team has some wiggle room now if they want to shake up the secondary or look at offensive line options.


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 Post subject: Re: J_C_Steel's Tentative Post-Lockout Plan
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 12:55 pm 
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They will never sign Samuel. He can't tackle and the Steelers want their corners to support the run. Not saying he is a bad idea, but he is not their type of corner.

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 Post subject: Re: J_C_Steel's Tentative Post-Lockout Plan
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 12:59 pm 
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bucco boy wrote:
They will never sign Samuel. He can't tackle and the Steelers want their corners to support the run. Not saying he is a bad idea, but he is not their type of corner.


They wouldn't have to sign him; just trade for him.

I also think it's unlikely, but Samuel would vastly improve the Steelers' secondary. He's not a particularly good tackler, that's true. Yet this team requires more pass defense, not more run-stopping support.

Here's hoping that one of Keenan Lewis, Crezdon Butler and Curtis Brown steps up BIG this season...


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 Post subject: Re: J_C_Steel's Tentative Post-Lockout Plan
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 1:16 pm 
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I knew they had to be under, but I couldn't find anything at the time they said they made the deadline. Good that they did.

I know they've signed Hayward, but I haven't seen where they've signed any of the other draftees. There's a couple million there.

With FA happening after the draft this year, I think they're going to be signing cheaper than they would have under normal conditions. A CB might still be possible.


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 Post subject: Re: J_C_Steel's Tentative Post-Lockout Plan
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 1:34 pm 
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All drafted rookies have been signed, RTJR. The last to sign was Curtis Brown, who signed earlier this week.


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 Post subject: Re: J_C_Steel's Tentative Post-Lockout Plan
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There it is then. I haven't been able to find anything about the Steelers lately for some reason.

Anyway, there really doesn't seem to be any CBs left that would really be the upgrade we need. Looks like we're stuck with what we have, unfortunately.


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 Post subject: Re: J_C_Steel's Tentative Post-Lockout Plan
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Only Asante Samuel via trade, RTJR. And it's unlikely that the Steelers would acquire him.

Our hopes are pinned on the Lewis/Butler/Brown trio. Step up, kids!


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 Post subject: Re: J_C_Steel's Tentative Post-Lockout Plan
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 2:02 pm 
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I'm not enthused.


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