Mike Tomlin Will Get You Fired Up For Football Season

It’s official: football is back and turds are about to start hitting the fan on Tuesday morning in the form of undrafted free agents, trades and teams having the ability to negotiate with free agents. Are you ready? If not, allow Mike Tomlin to fire you up.

Time to start discussing and arguing about what the Steelers should/will do.

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  • Rob D

    Man ..its going to be great to talk football again..I can’t remember half the guy’s names we drafted this year.

  • Anonymous

    Let me begin the discussion:

    1)  Cap room.  Where are the Steelers?  I will admit that I know next to nothing about this subject or how these numbers are calculated.  What will the signing of our FAs do here?
    2)  Ike.  Will we keep him (I hope so) can we afford him (not sure).
    3)  Is anyone else as pumped as I am about Steelers v. Ravens in week 1?

    Oh man, RobD beat me to it!!!

    • Rob D

      I give you the top seed since you actually had content in your post…lol

      1/ I haven’t followed the money at all.
      2/ WE really need to keep him. Or sign someone else like Joseph to replace him. Talk about a thin position without Ike..
      3/ Can’t wait…I like an early season test as long as we don’t have any injuries. As if..that game always leaves many walking wounded.

      I hope being married settles BB down off the field. He’s in his prime and has a very good team around him with a legit great center.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UR6KXGPFIFYZSVJNCXCJNHDQJQ Bob Costas

      Last I heard the Steelers were over the cap.

    • Randy Steele

      Steelers are at least $10 million over a cap of $120 million. They have lots of work to do, but it can be done.

  • Anonymous

    1) Sign the rookie draft picks.
    2) Extend Woodley.
    3) Extend Polamalu.
    4) Restructure or (gulp) cut Smith.
    5) Resign Taylor.
    6) Resign Colon (maybe).
    7) Look for fits on the free agency market. I like Brent Grimes, David Akers, Jonathan Joseph, and Zach Miller.
    8) Decide on other players with contracts coming up depending on how the above items shake out.
    9) Look at the UDFA pool for raw talent or potential backups in needed areas. I like Ian Williams, Mark Herzlich, Deunta Williams, Kai Forbath, and Chas Henry.

    • Rob D

      LOVE the idea of Akers. Joseph will have to be considered if Ike leaves, I think..

      DO you have any other info on the UDFA’s you mention? Just curious..

      • Anonymous

        Ian Williams is a nose tackle prospect. As is common for UDFAs he’s a long shot player, but I think he’s the best NT not taken and was projected to be a mid to late round selection. The Steelers could use a nose tackle to train up with Hampton and Hoke both being up there in years. He may not work out, but it’s worth a shot at camp at least. http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1265473

        Mark Herzlich gets a lot of press because he has the cancer survivor story. He was a good OLB both before and after the cancer. He’s obviously a health risk which scared people away from drafting him, but he probably had the talent to go in the fourth or so otherwise. The risk is much less when no draft pick is used, and the Steelers like to (and have been successful) take shots at linebackers. http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1243115

        Deunta Williams is a free safety prospect. He suffered a particularly nasty broken leg in his bowl game last season, which likely scared teams off. Again when no pick is on the line that risk is drastically reduced. Skill-wise he was probably one of the better free safeties in the draft. The Steelers could use an upgrade at backup and a player to replace Clark down the line. Deunta Williams could be the guy, and I think he’s worth a better look. http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1117403

        Kai Forbath was widely regarded as the #2 kicker in the draft after Alex Henery. Suisham was a fine mid-season replacement, but the Steelers need a kicker to compete with him, in addition to which Suisham is himself a free agent. The top guy not taken seems the logical choice. http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1117835

        Chas Henry was often regarded as the #1 punter in the draft. I don’t think any punters were taken. Sepulveda is a free agent now, and while quite good, his injuries have been a liability. It’s time for the Steelers to shop for a punter, and like above, the top UDFA should be near the top of that list. http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1273178

        • Rob D

          Holy crap! Excellent writeup, Intropy…I am in your debt.

          Will have to check those guys out…I wonder if we are going to have a new kicker AND a new punter this year? I was solidly in RoboPunter’s corner, but he looks to have a serious and recurring injury that might well cut short his career. I’d love a kicker than can boom the ball on kickoffs since we haven’t had one in like ..forever. I guess the rule changes might help in that regard.

          • Anonymous

            Thanks, Rob. I’m glad to be talking football again. The next few days could be interesting.

    • Anonymous

      Add Todd Heap to the interesting free agency list. I suspect he’ll be too pricey on the market, but picking him up and letting Spaeth walk would be nice.

    • Mike L

      It looks as if Ian Williams is going to sign with SF and Anthony Grey of Southern Miss is going to sign with the Steelers.  This is a prime example of UFA rookies looking for a weak position to compete for sizable playing time, with Aubrey Franklin moving on it opens a spot for a rookie UFA.  By the same criteria Herzlich could move into Farrior’s spot in the near future, Williams could compete with Mundy/Allen as a less expensive safety and both Forbath and Henery have good chances of winning starting jobs in Pittsburgh.  The Steelers sit about 10 mil over the cap http://www.steelersdepot.com/2011/02/steelers-2011-salary-cap-total-current-roster/comment-page-1/  so a few more restructures might be in order; Big Ben (it is time to help the team financially) cut Randell El (hate to say it) save 1.4 mil, cut Foote save 1.8 mil, cut Arnaz Battle save 588,000, cut B-Mac save 2.175 mil.  These might all need to be done to resign Ike.  With a lower cap it should (should) lower the value of FA.  Don’t think the new 99% cap floor is for all teams it is for the league total.  If teams use the ability to be over the cap then teams can be lower.  Each team has a floor of 89% of the cap (from what I have read online) which is just over 107 million so some teams will be in FA/resigning mode like TB.

      • Anonymous

        Herzlich signed with NYG. Henry signed with Philadelphia.

  • Gretz

    They apparently report to training camp on Thursday with the first open to the public practice on Friday. 

  • B Meekins

    RESIGN IKE. /discussion

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UR6KXGPFIFYZSVJNCXCJNHDQJQ Bob Costas

    Cut city down in Baltimore.  Mason, Heap, McGahee and Gregg are all gone, at least for now.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, I’m looking forward to the season, but no, don’t bother me with all the usual details of this time of the year.  Right now anything that detracts from the Buccos can wait. Lockouts have consequences.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah and who saw THAT one coming…I mean the Pirates!?!

  • Anonymous

    Ike Taylor has reached an agreement with the Steelers for a four year deal: http://twitter.com/#!/AdamSchefter/status/96055769908260864.