As some teams spend big money on big name free-agents, the Steelers keep their consistency.
Free-agency is usually boring for a Steelers fan. We see teams spend big money on the big name free-agents. As we sit there and watch this happen, we think to ourselves “Are we going to sign anybody?”
While it can be boring for us Steelers fans, it can also be extremely rewarding for this very reason: the Steelers’ front office is a fortress of consistency (yes, I just used the word fortress). They usually take care of their own before diving into the free-agent pool, and they did so again this year. Guard Ramon Foster, receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, cornerback William Gay, and safety Robert Golden were re-signed to three-year contracts. There’s at least one more player that must be re-signed, but getting these guys locked up for another 3 years is huge.
After the Steelers got some of their own back, they signed a new guy to dawn the Black & Gold. Today, the Steelers signed TE Ladarius Green to a four-year, $20M contract. I didn’t know a lot about Green before we signed him, but I do now, and I’m stoked to have him.
As I’ve said before, the Steelers’ front office is a fortress of consistency, that consistency is not going wild in free-agency. Some teams in this league think just because they turned off their cap on Madden, their cap is turned off in real life, but not the Steelers. Now, obviously, the Steelers have had cap issues for years, and have re-signed players to strange contracts (i.e. LaMarr Woodley). So, I’m not giving them a total pass.
It remains to be seen if the Steelers will land Eric Weddle. Some reports say that Weddle is leaning towards going to the rival Oakland Raiders. These reports have been the most concrete thing we’ve heard on Weddle. It’ll be interesting to see where he goes.