Another day, another restricted free agent signs a one-year contract to stay with his former team.
Steelers offensive linemen Doug Legursky said on his Twitter page (via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) that Legursky has signed his tender and is now under contract for the 2012 season.
Legursky, undrafted out of Marshall in 2008, has become a key member of the line. The starting left guard in 2011, Legursky also serves as the primary backup at the center position.
Injuries limited Legursky to 10 games (all starts) in 2011. In 2010, Legursky appeared in all 19 games, with four regular-season starts. He also started Super Bowl XLV in place of then-rookie Maurkice Pouncey, who missed the game with an ankle injury.
Legursky was tendered at the lowest level, giving him a $1.26 million contract. If he had signed an offer sheet with another team, the Steelers would have had only the right to match, with no draft-pick compensation.
And yet neither Legursky nor any other restricted free agent has signed an offer sheet with a new team.
Maybe teams that would sign restricted free agents now don’t want to lose $36 million in cap space in two years.