Steelers made late play for Jake Long

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When an NFL team from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania makes a late play on a free agent, that team typically comes from the Philadelphia area.  With tackle Jake Long, the 11th-hour effort originated in Pittsburgh.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Steelers “made a play” to get Long, just before he agreed to terms with the Rams.

Of course, it’s hard to make a serious play without cap room.  And the Steelers don’t have much of it.  So while it’s nice that the Steelers showed some interest in improving an area of the team that has been in recent years its weakest, it’s impossible to close the deal without the ability to fit the contract under the annual per-team spending limit.

The fact that they jumped in to the Long chase could mean that the Steelers will “make a play” for tackles Andre Smith or Sebastian Vollmer, whose status was believed to be in limbo while the Long deal was worked out.  Absent cap space, however, the only guy they’ll be able to get is Max Starks on another one-year minimum deal.

19 responses to “Steelers made late play for Jake Long

  1. I’m sure it was just a feeler to see his asking price. I think the Steelers are too smart to touch Andre Smith…

    Plus we already have a RT in Mike Adams, and I don’t think Andre has the feet to play on the left side. Gilbert is still young and was a 2nd round pick, so it’s not like the Steelers have nothing there… But an upgrade like Long wouldn’t have hurt.

  2. Adam Schefter needs to check his sources, because there is ZERO chance that the Steelers made any “play” for an expensive OT with a history of injuries. We are extremely tight on our cap, and we just drafted 2 OTs in the 2nd rd the past 2 years.

    If we needed one, we’d draft one.

  3. Are you kidding me? No way Steelers could ever pull off a move like that. Just look at their GM, he’s pitiful. Guy can’t balance a checkbook let alone pickup a marquee player. This Steeler team will be lucky to finish above .500, Cheers!

  4. So Jake, could have played with a proven winner for less money, and been closer to a Super Bowl. Instead he chose the money and a team that will be in 3rd place next season.

    When is the “not worth the money, greedy athlete” commentary going to start?

  5. Yeah, no team has more hardware in their trophy case.

    Clearly the Steelers don’t have any idea what they’re doing.

  6. Steelers will be scraping the bottom of the free agent barrell. They have no money, and why splurge on a star player when the rest of the players could barely pass for a pop warner team.

  7. In making a play for Long, isn’t this essentially conceding that Sanders is all but gone? Allocating what little cap space they have (outside of funds to be allocated to draft picks) to Long would’ve meant substantially less money to match whatever the Pats would bring to the table if Sanders were to sign a tender from NE, thus making Sanders ridiculously cheaper to steal. Just a thought…

  8. If the Steelers truly want to add depth to their offensive line, they should re-sign Starks, the unit’s most dependable lineman last season. He never missed a single offensive snap in 2012.
    While the media continue to spread negative propaganda about the Steelers’ O-line, it should be noted that the team’s quarterbacks were sacked just 37 times last season. Of course, having Roethlisberger out of the lineup for 3 and half games probably helped to keep that total down…
    Nevertheless, the Steelers’ O-line is no doubt a team strength heading into the 2013 season.

  9. Here we go Steelers… Here we go….. NOT !
    Enjoy mediocrity. What goes around, comes around. “No one wants to play for the Steelers”, “the Steelers are a Circus”

  10. ravenator | Mar 18, 2013, 8:32 AM EDT
    Steelers will be scraping the bottom of the free agent barrell. They have no money, and why splurge on a star player when the rest of the players could barely pass for a pop warner team.

    I know you believe in the Easter bunny Santa and Ray’s innocence, but you believe everything you read moron?
    Just another false story to get you posting professionals all worked up…..pathetic little boys.

  11. Why not at least mention the amount of space the Steelers have in an article like this? Im pretty sure they have more space than most people realize. That information seems really important when saying things like “Absent cap space, however, the only guy they’ll be able to get is Max Starks on another one-year minimum deal.”

    Besides, the Steelers have one of the best, youngest OLines in the NFL. They have committed 4 first/second round picks to the line in the last 3 years and as long as they can stay healthy they will be one of the strongest units in the league.

  12. I’m sure that was a real short convo..So go ahead and take the $.. Rams goin nowhere fast! plus his lil Bro already on our roster.

  13. Ravenator so you ever get sick of posting the same thing over and over get a life man… I hate the ravens but I could never see myself posting on a message board on every Steelers post like a 12 year old boy GET A LIFE PLEASE play with your new championship hat or DVD or something….. So sad

  14. We shouldn’t be so unkind to Ravenator. It’s like having an elderly relative with progressive hardening of the arteries, which reduces blood flow to the brain, which produces confused thinking and repetative statements. As I’m sure your mama told you – respect your elders.

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