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Steelers shouldn’t match offer for Sanders

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We’ll know no later than Sunday night whether the Steelers will be matching the offer sheet signed by receiver Emmanuel Sanders with the Patriots.

There’s no reason to take that long.  The Steelers should accept a third-round pick and bid Sanders adieu.

The Steelers have shown a recent knack for finding receivers in the latter rounds of the draft.  Sanders came via the third round in 2010.  Mike Wallace was discovered in round three one year earlier.  And Antonio Brown, the team’s MVP in 2011, was a sixth-round pick in 2010.

So instead of paying Sanders $2.5 million for one more year and then watching him walk away in free agency, the Steelers should roll the dice on the 91st pick in the draft and move on.  They’ll have the player for four years, at not much more money than it would cost to keep Sanders for one more season.  (The 91st overall selection in the 2012 draft — Falcons offensive lineman Lamar Holmes — will make a total of $2.63 million through 2015.)

Besides, the Steelers claim to be morphing into a running team.  So why pay to keep Sanders for one more year when that draft pick perhaps will help the Steelers get younger at a position that could improve their running game?

As former Pats V.P. of player personnel Scott Pioli suggested during a recent edition of Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network, the Patriots may have negotiated the offer sheet with an eye toward signing Sanders in 2014, if the Steelers choose to match.  The Pats will have gotten Sanders a $1.2 million raise, and he’ll likely be grateful for that come next year.

Still, the timing of the offer reflects at least a plausible belief by the Pats that it won’t be matched.  If the Steelers pass, Sanders becomes a member of the team on the same day the offseason program launches.

The Steelers should pass.  A year from now, they’ll be glad they did.

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81 Responses to “Steelers shouldn’t match offer for Sanders”
  1. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 12, 2013 10:02 AM

    Take the pick. Sanders is good, but not special.

    Then use the pick to move up and grab a D-lineman or CB.

  2. dangernearing says: Apr 12, 2013 10:03 AM

    This is the correct call. THe Steelers draft better then any other team I remember. This draft seems littered with players of Sanders’ skill set. Roll the dice

  3. Stiller43 says: Apr 12, 2013 10:03 AM

    My sentiments exactly. If the Steelers matched, they’d be giving up the rights to the 91st pick for VERY likely one year of Sanders, a consistently injured 30-40 catch guy to date.

    I really like him, but he’s got to go.

  4. varavens410 says: Apr 12, 2013 10:03 AM

    I’m going to miss the hard hitting, nail bitters between Pitt and Bal. steelers will finish 3rd again, behind Baltimore and cincy

  5. bmoritz2003 says: Apr 12, 2013 10:05 AM

    As a Steeler fan, I agree with you 100% Florio. Take the 3rd rounder and the cap space that’s freed up. Bring back Max Starks, bring in Bradshaw, and draft Ryan Swope with the extra 3rd.

  6. lovefootball4life says: Apr 12, 2013 10:08 AM

    I agree with the logic. Seems to me that tagging Sanders with the same round as he was chosen says the Steelers didn’t think he was great – good but not great. Getting another pick opens options to trade up or simply roll the dice again and get someone great.

    On the other hand this line:

    “Besides, the Steelers claim to be morphing into a running team.”

    Had me literally laughing. With what running backs?

  7. baltimorons says: Apr 12, 2013 10:08 AM

    Look Sanders fumbled again!!

  8. deathonwings410 says: Apr 12, 2013 10:11 AM

    The Steelers need to let this oft injured fumbler go.

  9. jarvis1104 says: Apr 12, 2013 10:12 AM

    I agree 100%. Holmes and Burress are the only receivers the Steelers took in the 1st round recently and neither worked out. The later round receivers have been working. Its not where you pick them, its how you pick them. The team will draft at least 2 receivers this year and will be fine.

  10. brownoholic says: Apr 12, 2013 10:13 AM

    Fingers crossed they find their next Limas Seed….

  11. jjb0811 says: Apr 12, 2013 10:13 AM

    Take the pick!

  12. turdfurgerson68 says: Apr 12, 2013 10:17 AM

    I disagree completely. The Steelers should match the offer asap.

    Sincerely,

    Patriots fan

  13. heisthejuan says: Apr 12, 2013 10:18 AM

    It’s basically a 4th round pick, but the Steelers are rebuilding. Take the cap space and the pick.

  14. ravenator says: Apr 12, 2013 10:18 AM

    Does it really matter? Colbert is just going to waste the draft pick. Look at his past results, theyre atrocious. Steeler fans should be more concerned with that oline. Sizzle and Doom are going to have a field day with that group. Steelers stand no chance at winning the division. Best they can hope for is to not finish behind the Browns. Silly steeler fans and their misconceptions of reality. Cheers!

  15. bobzilla1001 says: Apr 12, 2013 10:23 AM

    I live in Pittsburgh yet I’ve NEVER heard anyone from within the organization say the Steelers were going to go back to being a “running” offense. Where did this come from?
    Art Rooney II has said (when Arians was the OC) that he wanted to see the Steelers run the ball “better,” which isn’t the same as saying run the ball more…
    Rooney obviously has grown tired of seeing an offense every season that doesn’t score.
    The only “good” thing about this is that the organization isn’t exactly breaking up “The Greatest Show on Turf.”
    Still …

  16. jarvis1104 says: Apr 12, 2013 10:24 AM

    @ravenator you’re quite objective. Every move the Ravens make is great and every move the Steelers make is bad. You haven’t even seen our entire O line together. 2 first rounders, 2 second rounders, and Foster is one of the best pass blocking guards in the league. Its not 2009. The Steelers O line has been solid with pass blocking for 2 years. Its the run blocking I worry about

  17. flaccotoboldin says: Apr 12, 2013 10:26 AM

    I’m biased because I’m a Ravens fan. First let me admit that.

    But honestly, its a rock and a hard place. If the Pats had done an offer sheet that was multi-year, and I think matching is a viable option. But absent that, yeah, let him go, take the 3rd.

    But letting go just puts a hole in an already porous WR core. And you’re getting back a 3rd round choice that MAY or may not work out.

    The mistake they made was the terrible extension for Antonio Brown. Should have ponied up the money for Mike Wallace.

    Now you’ve spent #1 money on a 2a or 2b type guy.

  18. jarvis1104 says: Apr 12, 2013 10:34 AM

    @flaccotoboldin I see your point. You have to understand that Wallace was offered the deal that Brown got. Wallace wanted much more and the team understood he isn’t worth much more. Brown was coming off of a 1000yd season and being team mvp. It only made sense to give him an extension and his contract wasn’t bad. Its not like its takes up lots of cap space.

  19. rc33 says: Apr 12, 2013 10:36 AM

    Maybe you should check w/ Roethlisberger to find out if he’s good with allowing 2 of his top 3 WR’s to walk for what’s essentially a high 4th round pick.

  20. dsoloaf says: Apr 12, 2013 10:41 AM

    I would match it. For every Wallace they draft, let us not forget Limas Sweed. Even if he leaves after one this year, they might get a compensatory 3rd round pick.

  21. jimmyt says: Apr 12, 2013 10:43 AM

    Take the pick and we can all laugh at another BB blunder.

  22. ravonatorlivesinhismothersbasement says: Apr 12, 2013 10:45 AM

    Take the pick…reloading, not rebuilding

  23. binkystevens says: Apr 12, 2013 10:46 AM

    Man, bird in hand beats [one third rounder] in the bush. I’d keep him.

  24. clarencewhorley says: Apr 12, 2013 10:48 AM

    I hope the Steelers don’t match as a Pats fan. The Donald Jones signing was big (6’0 4.46 Speed) and putting Emmanuel Sanders on the other side 5’11 (4.41) gives Tom two legit speed guys on the outside while the Tight Ends and Danny “Welker” Amendola work the middle.

    Pats needed someone who can stretch the defense. Sanders will sign an extension during training camp so a 3rd for a 26 year old received is fine by me. Kind of like when we traded a 2nd and 7th round pick for Wes Welker (67 catches 687 yards). Next year he had 112 catches.

    So all the Steeler fans saying he only had 44 catches last year should probably draft him in fantasy next year

  25. shnakeriver says: Apr 12, 2013 10:50 AM

    Take the draft pick. Love Sanders when he’s healthy and not fumbling at critical points in the game. Two kind of important points.

  26. citizenstrange says: Apr 12, 2013 10:54 AM

    Sanders will put up monster numbers with Brady, a quarterback who can actually read defenses and hit him in the numbers in stride.

    With Roethlisberger it would have been the same old 21st-24th in the league in scoring offense and 8-8 record despite having the number one defense in the entire NFL.

    You had to feel bad for Santonio Holmes who went from Roethlisberger to one of the only five or six quarterbacks in the league worse than him in Sanchez.

  27. datd00d says: Apr 12, 2013 10:58 AM

    There is definitely an argument to be made for letting Sanders go and taking the pick.

    BUT consider the fact that in 2012, before Roethlisberger went down, the Steelers had a pretty solid squad (9-3). They beat the Super Bowl champs once and almost beat them twice.

    I think this roster has potential but the WR core is looking pretty shotty. Brown is a playmaker but he doesn’t exactly stretch the field. He’s not a true #1 WR that scares a defense. Absent Brown, there is Heath Miller, and nothing.

    In sum: the Steelers had a squad that was in as good a position as any to take it all the way last year, and they’ve now allowed themselves to have an area of gaping weakness.

  28. pgh15212 says: Apr 12, 2013 10:59 AM

    And what will the skill position depth chart look like for PGH.

    Here I will show you:

    WR1-Antonio Brown
    WR-2-Jericho Cotchery
    WR3-Plaxico Burress
    TE-Paulson
    RB-Issaac Redman/Jonathan Dwyer

    They need Manny this year!

  29. tedmurph says: Apr 12, 2013 11:02 AM

    It does seem the correct call for the steelers to take the pick, considering their failure to anticipate the ‘flat cap era’ and having no money. It’s just the double hit of losing their #1 and #3 receiver(if that happens) in the same yr. Don’t know if they would have paid them even if they could have, but extending ESanders would not have cost that much, if they had had the money. Now the choice is renting him for one yr and letting him walk for nothing or taking the pick. Although the steelers have one of the best drafting records in the league, nothing is guaranteed. There are plenty of LSweeds and WReids out there too.

  30. shnakeriver says: Apr 12, 2013 11:09 AM

    Ummm…the steelers were never 9-3 at any point last year, dude.

  31. pgh15212 says: Apr 12, 2013 11:11 AM

    citizenstrange says: Apr 12, 2013 10:54 AM

    You do know Ben is in the top 12 in NFL history for QB rating, ypa and completion percentage right?

    He is also like 14th in comeback wins and has only played 9 seasons.

  32. ravenator says: Apr 12, 2013 11:14 AM

    Take the pick – the Steelers signed Plaxico Burress! What a difference maker that guy is going to make!

  33. steelforce43 says: Apr 12, 2013 11:16 AM

    Loser Ravens fans!!! The Steelers have been measuring stick of the AFC North for the past 10 years since Ben took over. You could only dream of the same success. Your one and done season is over. You will be fighting for our table scraps again. And YES we are relaoding.

  34. edukator4 says: Apr 12, 2013 11:16 AM

    jarvis1104 says:
    Apr 12, 2013 10:12 AM
    I agree 100%. Holmes and Burress are the only receivers the Steelers took in the 1st round recently and neither worked out.

    __________________________________

    i would say holmes catching the winning td in the superbowl would classify as “working out”

  35. ravenator says: Apr 12, 2013 11:17 AM

    pgh15212 says:
    Apr 12, 2013 11:11 AM
    citizenstrange says: Apr 12, 2013 10:54 AM

    You do know Ben is in the top 12 in NFL history for QB rating, ypa and completion percentage right?

    He is also like 14th in comeback wins and has only played 9 seasons.

    —————————-

    He also lost to the Cowboys, Browns, Raiders, and Chargers last year en route to throwing back-to-back pick 6 performacnes to finish off a captivating 8-8 season and miss the playoffs entirely. Cheers!

  36. steelerfanjo says: Apr 12, 2013 11:27 AM

    Sanders… he chose to sign with the enemy – let him walk.

  37. patfanken says: Apr 12, 2013 11:28 AM

    I think the Pats strategy of the one year deal makes taking the pick the right move for the Steelers. Matching would mean having to give Sanders a million dollar raise in a year you don’t have a million to spare for a WR who, is either on the verge of being an above average starter, or a career back up.

    That’s the risk the Pats are willing to take because they have need, the $2.5 to spare, and the hope that Sanders is Deion Branch 2.0 with a bit more size and speed. Pittsburgh is in an entirely different situation both in team building and with the cap. Even if he DOES blossom, the Steelers could still lose him next year, because their cap situation will still be tight in 2014

  38. urbusted2 says: Apr 12, 2013 11:30 AM

    I say match the offer then get on to the important stuff like making the uniform pants stripes even bigger this year.

  39. shaunypoo says: Apr 12, 2013 11:30 AM

    I believe that overall the Steelers are real good at drafting, but they wouldn’t be in the position they are in if they had any success recently. Their last 4-5 drafts have been nothing to crow about. DeCastro needs to show he is healthy. No one from 2011 is showing anything yet. Pouncey, Sanders, and Brown are good from 2010, but now Sanders is gone. Wallace from 2009 but now he will be gone. No one from 08 is a solid contributor. 07 was a decent year.

    I am not saying that it is a bad idea to let Wallace walk and take the pick, just that the recent track record of drafts is not lending itself to a high degree of confidence.

  40. njdet says: Apr 12, 2013 11:31 AM

    I definitely wouldn’t match that offer. Receivers like Sanders aren’t that hard to find.

  41. vaphinfan says: Apr 12, 2013 11:32 AM

    Sanders if he has any talent will prove it this year being a contract year. Why not keep him and draft another WR? A million dollar rasie in the grand scheme of things for the NFL is really not that much.

  42. bobzilla1001 says: Apr 12, 2013 11:32 AM

    pgh:
    You do know Roethlisberger averages about 23 TD passes and three missed games per season?
    His “comeback wins” have usually all been centered around the fact that he did little to nothing for three-plus quarters. When he brings the Steelers back from, say, a 30-10 deficit, please get back to me. Or when he “wins” a 41-40 shootout, look me up.
    I’ve been following SuperBen his entire career. What a shame he peaked during the 2005 postseason and right before Super Bowl 40.

  43. modellforprez says: Apr 12, 2013 11:33 AM

    mike would you go with plax, cotch and brownie after losing wallace and now sanders with heath out an extented period. if they dont replace him in the draft or sign a free agent which they appear to be allergic to they will be too thin at wideout. but colby could pull a rabbit out his hat with a 2nd 3rd round. but it could also be a bust

  44. steelcurtainn says: Apr 12, 2013 11:35 AM

    I agree with most. I would take the pick. They could sign Steve Breaston and use the extra pick for an area of need. Steelers do it best, reload not rebuild.

  45. jarvis1104 says: Apr 12, 2013 11:39 AM

    @edukator4. I’m not saying the guys didn’t work out on the field. They did. Its the overall picture I was saying didn’t work out. Im basically saying we don’t have to pick receivers high because late round guys have been fine. I’m not against a 1st round receiver pick

  46. jarvis1104 says: Apr 12, 2013 11:45 AM

    @bobzilla1001. You sound dumb. Roethlisberger rarely has a game where he does nothing for 3 quarters. Also, he doesn’t have to come back from down 31-10 because the team doesn’t allow itself to be down that much. Its nothing to be proud of. He won a 37-36 shootout against GB in 2009. And he doesn’t win 41-40 shootouts because our defense doesn’t allow that many points. No team wants to have to comeback or win shootouts. Its not exactly an ideal situation

  47. ampats says: Apr 12, 2013 11:45 AM

    The Steelers don’t really have a choice. The Pats structured a one year deal knowing that the Steelers would be crazy to match as Sanders will be a one year rental. And for those who say why would the Patriots sign him for one season, does anyone really think the Patriots front office doesn’t understand the parameters for a long term deal?

    Looking at the receivers drafted every season, it usually takes a couple of season’s before they become effective. The Patriots offense is very complex which makes it difficult for many receivers to pick up .

    Seems that unlike many of the Steeler fans that the talking heads from the NFL think it is a great deal for NE.

  48. bigbenownsthenfl says: Apr 12, 2013 11:47 AM

    As long as big Ben stays healthy, lebeau stays the defensive co-ordinator Steelers will always have a shot! We will load up with a couple receivers in the draft like we usually do.. Colbert is the beat gm in the business ans nobody has done it like the Steelers do it! Write us off like you do every year. But we are always built for success! Steeler nation baby!!

  49. pittsburghfan71 says: Apr 12, 2013 11:49 AM

    We can afford to let him go but WR needs to be addressed heavily in the draft. Cotchery and Plex has a combined 20 catches last year and with Brown taking the other teams best DB we wont be able to move the ball… Sign a FA running back fior a year or 2, address the WR this year and hopefully better backs will be in the draft next year.

  50. bigbenownsthenfl says: Apr 12, 2013 11:52 AM

    Wait til the patriot fans are crying about Sanders dropping passes and fumbling at crucial times in the game! Ohhh is it gonna be funny! Then bb won’t look so bright playing reindeer games now Will he??

  51. iamapatsfan says: Apr 12, 2013 11:57 AM

    I agree. At that price, it would be better for the Steelers to draft. The Pats have had trouble drafting WRs effectively lately, so for them, with the current cap space, it’s not a problem really. And at that price, he is a better fit for the Pats than the Steelers, who apparently draft quite a bit better at WR than the Pats anyway.

  52. joe6606 says: Apr 12, 2013 12:03 PM

    This is a classic example of how people WAY overvalue the draft. The tempting lure of hitting the jackpot with a draft pick who ends up being a 10 year all-pro has blurred the minds of many.

    Not matching would be a horrendous mistake. We have no WRs other than Brown. We already have more holes than we can possibly hope to fill via the draft. Why add another one? We’ve had attrocious drafts over the past 5 years. What are the odds that this 3rd round pick would make the team, much less turn into a starter? I have NO faith in Colberts picks anymore. Even when he was drafting well, his record for picks after the 2nd round is disatrous.

    Honestly, even if they only get 1 more year out of him and he leaves after this year, it’s better than dumping him now for essentially nothing.

  53. olcap says: Apr 12, 2013 12:04 PM

    If you are implying that taking the pick and letting Sanders go is the smart thing to do, (which I agree with completely), then you can depend on ole Mike to do the opposite.

    Mike’s one of those guys that we have all known at some point in life. He thinks he’s right all the time, but, in reality, rarely is. When it becomes obvious that he has decided on a path that will only lead to failure, he doubles down, and still goes ahead with the errant plan, in some sort of misguided belief that he can prove he’s right, when there is no chance of that happening.

    So look for Sanders to be in a Steeler uniform in 2013, as all signs point to ole Mike not attempting to fix stupid.

  54. kgb108 says: Apr 12, 2013 12:16 PM

    Crotchety and Plax only had a handful or receptions Bc plax was signed more than halfway through the season and Wallace was there ahead of Cotchery Watch Cotchery have a big season as the man across the middle, ESP with miller out at the start. Gilreath will step up and do some returning and the steelers have a second year big guy like Plax was in the pipeline. One receiver in the draft. Free safety or linebacker 1st round.

  55. cylondetector says: Apr 12, 2013 12:23 PM

    Maybe this offer shows value for both teams – the Patriots sure struggle to draft WR’s and the Steelers seem pretty adept.

    Has to be said that the Steelers are going to struggle alot on offense next year – they certainly aren’t going to be revisiting the ground and pound days of Bettis anytime soon and their WR corps has taken a huge hit this off season.

    I look forward to a year of constant (and none too subtle) crying by Ben.

  56. nickster31 says: Apr 12, 2013 12:24 PM

    ravenator says:
    Apr 12, 2013 10:18 AM
    Does it really matter? Colbert is just going to waste the draft pick. Look at his past results, theyre atrocious. Steeler fans should be more concerned with that oline. Sizzle and Doom are going to have a field day with that group. Steelers stand no chance at winning the division. Best they can hope for is to not finish behind the Browns. Silly steeler fans and their misconceptions of reality. Cheers!

    Clueless. Seriously. How atrocious have we drafted the last 3 years?

    2010
    1st – Maurkice Pouncey – All Pro / Pro Bowl
    2nd – Jason Worilds – Starter
    3rd – Emmanuel Sanders – Only RFA to sign an offer in a decade.

    2011
    1st – Cameron Heyward – Starter
    2nd – Marcus Gilbert – Starter
    3rd – Curtis Brown – Nickel Back this year

    2012
    1st – David DeCastro – Steal where we picked
    2nd – Mike Adams – Steal and starter
    3rd – Sean Spence – Would be starting if not injured.

    YOU don’t need to have faith in Colberts picks. You need to be worried about Ozzie and how he allowed your team to be pillaged, traded away your best WR and signed a bunch of cast offs hoping they can replace the guys that left.

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    flaccotoboldin says:
    Apr 12, 2013 10:26 AM
    I’m biased because I’m a Ravens fan. First let me admit that.

    One of the most intelligent comments I have ever read from a Ravens fan.

    Could you teach Ravenator how football is played so he can understand? Please? He makes your fans look like idiots. Steelers fans can respect people like you. Congrats on the Super Bowl.

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    clarencewhorley says:
    Apr 12, 2013 10:48 AM

    Pats needed someone who can stretch the defense. Sanders will sign an extension during training camp so a 3rd for a 26 year old received is fine by me. Kind of like when we traded a 2nd and 7th round pick for Wes Welker (67 catches 687 yards). Next year he had 112 catches.

    They CAN NOT sign him to an extension until the season is over. Then they can sign him, tag him, or let him walk. If they lose him next year, this will be a VERY costly mistake.

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    patfanken says:
    Apr 12, 2013 11:28 AM

    Even if he DOES blossom, the Steelers could still lose him next year, because their cap situation will still be tight in 2014

    Actually, with the release of Harrison and Colon, we have already cleared up close to $15 million against next years cap, as all cap hits took place this season except I believe $2 million from Colon.

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    shaunypoo says:
    Apr 12, 2013 11:30 AM
    I believe that overall the Steelers are real good at drafting, but they wouldn’t be in the position they are in if they had any success recently. Their last 4-5 drafts have been nothing to crow about

    Please see above comment. The Steelers may have had ugly drafts, but we completely rebuilt both the offensive and defensive lines in those drafts, which NEEDED to be done.

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    modellforprez says:
    Apr 12, 2013 11:33 AM
    mike would you go with plax, cotch and brownie after losing wallace and now sanders with heath out an extented period

    Now Pittsburgh can use their 1st or 2nd round pick on a WR and still have the picks we need to address the FS, SS and LB positions in the first three rounds.

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    bigbenownsthenfl says:
    Apr 12, 2013 11:47 AM
    As long as big Ben stays healthy, lebeau stays the defensive co-ordinator Steelers will always have a shot

    There is a reason we pay Keith Butler like a DC, because he is the heir apparent to LeBeau. He is going to be amazing.

  57. pgh15212 says: Apr 12, 2013 12:48 PM

    ravenator says:Apr 12, 2013 11:17 AM

    pgh15212 says:
    Apr 12, 2013 11:11 AM
    citizenstrange says: Apr 12, 2013 10:54 AM

    You do know Ben is in the top 12 in NFL history for QB rating, ypa and completion percentage right?

    He is also like 14th in comeback wins and has only played 9 seasons.

    —————————-

    He also lost to the Cowboys, Browns, Raiders, and Chargers last year en route to throwing back-to-back pick 6 performacnes to finish off a captivating 8-8 season and miss the playoffs entirely. Cheers!

    ________________________

    The guys wins 70% of his games and you cherry pick the few losses that come his way. I am pretty sure BB has built up enough equity over his career to make up for a couple bad games. I am embarrassed for you.

  58. stillworker says: Apr 12, 2013 12:50 PM

    DING!DING!………………..we have a winner.
    “Let him walk.”

  59. jtbsteeler says: Apr 12, 2013 12:53 PM

    Ozzie Newsome supplements his poor draft history with a bunch of FAs. The FA’s were basically responsible for the run in the playoffs.
    Pollard, Jones and Boldin. Without them you’re done. Jimmy Smith is garbage. And you still don’t have any cornerbacks.
    Ozzie Newsome is a poor draft evaluator and Ray RIce is on the downside.

  60. tedmurph says: Apr 12, 2013 1:01 PM

    @nickster31:

    A fountain of misinformation. Worilds, Hayward, Gilbert, CBrown, although most are starters, are ave at best that would not be drafted as high if those drafts were held today. Too early to tell, but Adams and Spence don’t exactly look like world beaters either.

    The Pats absolutely could sign ESanders to an extension this yr if the steelers don’t match and I believe their intention is exactly that.

    A lot can change before then, but the steelers are still up against it on next yrs cap, partially due to restructuring and pushing money into later yrs and bad contracts. They are on the books for 117mil next yr plus rookies, as well as 4.3 mil of dead money for Colon.

  61. clarencewhorley says: Apr 12, 2013 1:02 PM

    Hey @nickster31 completely wrong about the Patriots not being able to sign him to an extension. The ONLY restriction is the first year salary CANNOT be less than the signed offer sheet.

    Probably should know the rules before you try to bash someone.

    ClarenceWhorley 7 nickster31 0

  62. Deb says: Apr 12, 2013 1:12 PM

    Great take on this, Mike–thanks. Agree with your assessment. With our cap issues, we can’t afford to pay Sanders $2.5 million to stick around for a year when we can likely replace him in the draft. We have other, more pressing needs.

  63. scoobies05 says: Apr 12, 2013 1:15 PM

    jbsteeler..if you really believe that you should never be allowed to post because you clearly know nothing about football

  64. spedman24 says: Apr 12, 2013 1:27 PM

    Steelers have quickly turned into a laughingstock. Very sad. Rooney is too old, soon the nfl will step in & help out. NYG, Pitt & NE are all in bed w/Roger

  65. jjerkoffwagon says: Apr 12, 2013 1:46 PM

    thats because the steelers are the cheapest team in the nfl

  66. ravenschick says: Apr 12, 2013 1:54 PM

    jtbsteeler says:Apr 12, 2013 12:53 PM

    Ozzie Newsome supplements his poor draft history with a bunch of FAs. The FA’s were basically responsible for the run in the playoffs.
    Pollard, Jones and Boldin. Without them you’re done. Jimmy Smith is garbage. And you still don’t have any cornerbacks.
    Ozzie Newsome is a poor draft evaluator and Ray RIce is on the downside.

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    Put down the crack pipe, jtb.

    Lets see, Joe Flacco SB MVP, drafted by Ozzie. Ray Rice, drafted by Ozzie. Dennis Pitta, Michael Oher, KO, Courtney Upshaw, Haloti Ngata, Suggs, all drafted by Ozzie. As were Ray & Reed (both of which, while future HOFers, played no major role in the Super Bowl victory). Any of those guys could start on almost any NFL, including the Steelers.

    And Jimmy Smith is still better than any CB the Steelers currently have on their roster. Colberts drafts in the past 5 years, has failed to replace the talent that was on the Steelers roster. And the salary cap problems have continued.

    The Steelers have a LOT of holes to fill and not enough draft picks or salary cap space to fill them. I’d be worrying about your own team instead of being jealous of mine.

  67. ravenschick says: Apr 12, 2013 1:56 PM

    And geez, how could I forget about Torrey Smith!

  68. steelerben says: Apr 12, 2013 2:01 PM

    Pump the breaks on the laughingstock talk guys. The team was .500 last season. I can think of at least five fan bases that would be crowing about that right now.

    Letting Sanders go is a tough pill to swallow, but it makes sense for the team. The third rounder pegs in at a much lower dollar amount and leave breathing room in the cap. No one is saying that you have to use the 91st pick to take a WR, either.

    The team needs to draft a WR, RB, TE, and fill out the defense with some youth. You are telling me that at 91 overall there aren’t going to be any pass rushers? Remind me where Harrison was(n’t) drafted again?

  69. Deb says: Apr 12, 2013 3:06 PM

    spedman24 says:

    Steelers have quickly turned into a laughingstock. Very sad. Rooney is too old, soon the nfl will step in & help out. NYG, Pitt & NE are all in bed w/Roger
    ————————————————–

    Art Rooney II, who has been running day-to-day operations of the Steelers since 2003, is 60. That’s too old? And all NFL teams are in bed with Roger. At least the Steelers were the only team whose players voted against the NFLPA contract because of its provision giving Goodell unilateral powers. But clearly, from your comment, you’re not exactly up on these things.

  70. shaunypoo says: Apr 12, 2013 3:24 PM

    Sorry, Nickster, but Pouncey is the only guy that is truly panning out. 1st and 2nd rounders SHOULD be starters or starting by the end of their rookie contract.

    I wouldn’t be terribly happy if Worilds, Heyward, and Gilbert were the starters you are counting on long term. They are all serviceable but none of them are lighting it up. Pouncey is turning out to be the only pick that is fantastic.

    DeCastro and Adams are too young to tell, but neither one of them are considered a steal by anyone but Steeler fans. They could anchor the line for a decade. But Adams had issues in college and DeCastro gets an incomplete for the injury this season, but one more good one and he will be labeled injury prone.

    IMO drafting is almost as much luck as it is homework, and sometimes you have down years, no matter where you are drafting.

    Was Cowher that much better at drafting than Tomlin?

  71. stairwayto7 says: Apr 12, 2013 3:47 PM

    Let him go. It is for 1 year and who knows he might come back to Pitt in 2014! Need rb, wr, dl and safety..

  72. tigerlilac says: Apr 12, 2013 3:58 PM

    If the Steelers do not match, a team with very few open roster spots will have used its 2013 3rd (91st) and 4th (126th) round picks to secure the services of Sanders and Talib. That seems like good value to me.

  73. ravenator says: Apr 12, 2013 3:59 PM

    Nickster – Besides Pouncey (who can’t stay healthy come playoff time), your draft picks wouldn’t even make our practice squad. Colbert has been so bad as of late that your blinded fandom has made it incapable of seeing reality. I’ll be here all season to say I told you so – you’ll be gone mid season when all hope is lost. Cheers!

  74. ravenator says: Apr 12, 2013 4:00 PM

    And the fact is I stopped reading after you wrote that Mike Adams was a “steal” and a “starter”.

    Cheers!

  75. stillers213 says: Apr 12, 2013 4:38 PM

    I want to marry Deb!

    Well, at least watch a game with her. :)

  76. steel086 says: Apr 12, 2013 7:50 PM

    We need a WR but we don’t need Sanders. The part of this deal that I don’t like is Sanders obviously wants to leave or he would not have signed the offer. Business is business, but at some point loyalty is important. The money is not that much different in the long run, if he wanted to stay in Pitt he would have not signed such a cheap offer (in NFL contract terms)

  77. dragonrider2300 says: Apr 12, 2013 10:56 PM

    Sanders has averaged about 30 receiving yards per game over his 3 seasons, with a total of only 5 TDs. He is a decent possession-type WR and will likely not be more than that in the NFL, with the Pats or any other team. The cap-strapped Steelers will have a hard time justifying a 1-year rental of a possession WR.

    The Steelers should let Sanders go, then take New England’s 3rd round pick and run quickly in the other direction. The Steelers can use the pick, or trade around as necessary, to draft WR and TE with potentially more talent and a much lower price tag (for players later than round 1). Ben R is not a GM and should just shut up already.

  78. dragonrider2300 says: Apr 12, 2013 11:09 PM

    Comment from Footballpros.com: “I don’t know exactly if the steelers have to match the exact contract or just the total years and money, but if its the latter then this way the steelers can’t push any of his 2013 cap hit into future years to fit him in the 2013 cap.” –Article ‘Patriots Try To Nab Sanders’ by R. Gapinski

    Good point-and someone else muses that there is likely a ‘wink and nod’ agreement between the Pats and Sanders that a long-term deal is forthcoming – for more $$ than the Steelers are willing to pay. I still think the Steelers gain more by letting Sanders go to NE and getting that 3rd rounder. The talent is getting a bit thin, especially on offense, and most of this draft’s real value is in the mid-rounds.

  79. bobzilla1001 says: Apr 13, 2013 1:02 AM

    Jarvis:
    Funny you should mention that meaningless 2009 game against the Packers. The week before — with the season on the line — the defending Super Bowl champion Steelers lost to the 1-11 Browns, 13-6. That’s right. SuperBen and his amazing Bruce Arians Offense managed just two field goals against a one-win team.
    I’ve been watching Roethlisberger’s every game since he came into the league in 2004, and for every great performance you can think of, I can remember 10 performances that were average to below average…
    Try me.

  80. clarencewhorley says: Apr 13, 2013 1:40 AM

    He is getting more than a million more dollars, you don’t think thats a lot for someone who hasn’t made a lot of money in he NFL. What if he got hurt and could never play again, think that extra million might make a difference?

  81. morganstan100 says: Apr 13, 2013 6:28 AM

    Sanders wants out because he wants to go with a contender. 8-8 teams only get worse and nothing tells me Steelers are heading anywhere but deeper in the basement. I doubt they win a single game in the AFC North this year. Green Bay, the Bears and Vikes are write offs. There’s not even a reason to travel to NE and Oakland is going to devour them. That leaves just five games they MIGHT win. Might.

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