Marshawn Lynch apparently coming out of retirement and being traded to Oakland.
Do the Steelers realize they don''t have enough CB's to even go into camp? Even if they draft 2, they will barely be able to do anything. They need to bring in a decent FA CB and they just watched all the 1st and 2nd tier CB's get taken along with the 1st and 2nd tier EDGE rushers.
I usually don't get too disappointed in what the Steelers do in FA. But, this year is different. With Ben's comments, I really don't expect him to be around for more than 2 or 3 years and probably only 2. They needed to do something in free agency and they got nothing done. We are still weak and very thin at OLB and CB. The draft won't be enough to fix that.
where can i find a list of available FA CBs?
Richard Sherman anyone?
Having him would put us over the top. DO IT!! Big Ben's time is ticking.
Any news on if we are looking at OLB Walden and ILB Minter? Both would add good veteran depth and possibly start. Walden is better than any OLB on the team other than Harrison and Dupree. And, there are few ILB's of any quality in the draft. If the price is right, I would look to sign both.
If they wouldn't even entertain Bouye or Gilmore (who don't have the career of Sherman, but are are top notch CB's who I believe signed for less than Sherman makes) why would they think about giving up probably a 1st and a 3rd and paying that salary?
They do have 4 CB's under contract. And I am counting Cockrell because I don't believe the RFA rumors and someone is going to sign him to good money (more than we're willing to match) AND give up a 4th round pick in a cornerback-heavy draft.
From the roster, they are only missing TWENTY-TWO! cornerback snap counts from last season. Twenty-two.
Cockrell, Gay and Burns accounted for 2679 snaps (including playoffs) for 1046 defensive plays.
Now you guys can all say "we need an upgrade!" at the top of your lungs, but I'm not sure the Steelers are quite as desperate acting as you guys. During our 9-game win streak the pass defense was very good. And I think the Steelers are still hoping Golson comes back and contributes to that group.
Yes, I agree an upgrade would be nice. But it is NOT contractually necessary. It's not like we have a hole on the roster. We have our 4 top cornerbacks (counting Golson) from last year on the roster, under contract and pretty cheap (total salary of all four players is $5.5 million - total salary cap for all four players is $7.7 million).
There is solid room for one more cornerback and possibly another to "push/compete" with Golson & Gay, so that is why I agree we are both looking in free agency for depth signing AND probably in the draft.
But I'm not sure they are shitting their pants about one or going to overspend (in either venue).
Last edited by deljzc; 03-17-2017 at 02:24 PM.
If we don't play any elite qb's I'm comfortable with our pass defense.
Upgrading the secondary isn't "contractually necessary" but to win games and have a chance in hell of beating teams like NE while we still have a franchise QB it is imperative that we upgrade.
You guys are still of the mindset to make a 14-2 team. Of of the mindset to "chase New England".
We don't do that. We are of the mindset to make a 10-6 or 11-5 team. And to make sure we can do that every year. That's all.
If they look at other teams at all (and I don't think they do), then it is only in our division. Winning the division is the only goal. They sell the lowB repuS or bust idea to the fans and even to their own players, but in management, they only care about the division. And they think lowB repuSs will then take care of themselves.
Honestly, I'm not really afraid of what Baltimore, Cincinnati or Cleveland has done this off-season. None of them is setting the world on fire revamping their rosters.
The roster is not set. We still have a ways to go. Let it play out.
Well, the free agent market was never great. I like the idea of Flowers. If I was the Steelers, I would sign him. We are thin and young at that position and even with Gay under contract, I could see how camp works out and keep Gay OR Flowers.
There are very few edge defenders that would work at ROLB (where we need help). It's thin pickings trying to find a good one. We could recycle old cast offs - Howard Jones, Chris Carter. Or double our "old guy quotient" along with Harrison with signing Trent Cole, Dwight Freeny or Chris Long.
But most of the edge guys were out of our price range (is there any you would have paid for at the money they got?)
I don't mind the idea of kicking the tires on Revis. I really don't. Especially if you bring him in and he weighs 200 lbs. again. But that is a lot of money - $8 million.
There are still a lot of guys not on rosters that I would be shocked are not on rosters come the start of training camp.
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