If Jason LaCanfora’s report is accurate, the Steelers just took a big step forward. LaCanfora is reporting that the Steelers have signed ex-Cowboys tackle Flozell Adams.
Adams immediately becomes the clear favorite to start at right tackle, replacing Willie Colon who has been lost for the season to a torn Achilles’ tendon. The signing comes on the same day that Chester Pitts, the Steelers’ other free agent offensive line target, signed with the Seahawks.
Adams was released by the Cowboys because he is a declining talent and the Cowboys are happy with the potential of his replacement, Doug Free. But Adams was still an excellent run blocker last year, and the move to right tackle should be a slightly easier job in pass protection–which was his biggest problem last year.
This isn’t to say that Adams is an above-average offensive lineman any more. But the Steelers don’t have any adequate right tackle options on the roster right now, so Adams is an instant, and much-needed upgrade.
There are some questions about whether Adams will play left or right tackle. In my opinion moving Max Starks back to right tackle where he struggled would be a poor choice. In sliding Adams over, the Steelers would minimize the disruption to a line that is already going to see some shakeups.