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Steelers split on whether to match Sanders offer

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The Patriots have made receiver Emmanuel Sanders an offer that the Steelers can’t decide whether to refuse.

John Clayton of ESPN recently reported that the team is 50-50 on whether to match the $2.5 million offer to Sanders, or whether to take the third-round pick (91st overall) from the Patriots.

We were told late Friday afternoon that the situation indeed remains “up in the air.”

If there’s a split, the better approach would be to let Sanders go.  He’ll likely be gone in a year anyway, and if Sanders were part of the long-term plans he’d have a long-term deal by now.  With that third-round pick, the Steelers could end up with a great player who makes significant contributions over the long haul.

So have faith in your scouting department, and seize on the chance to snag a potential star player.

The Steelers have until midnight tomorrow night to make a final decision.

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  1. Iknoweverything says: Apr 13, 2013 12:54 PM

    Fans of all other 31 teams LOL at the Steeler fans.
    GM’s from the other 31 teams LOLOLOLOL at the decisions made by Steeler personnel

  2. greysolon says: Apr 13, 2013 1:08 PM

    Agree with Florio. You’ll get a pretty good player at 91 whom you can control for four years. Sanders will be gone by this time next year.

  3. stillers35 says: Apr 13, 2013 1:09 PM

    The fist 50% is Ben the other 50% is everyone else. Why on earth would we sign him to a one year deal knowing he’s gonna pull a Mike Wallace and go to the first garbage team that offers him more $ next off season. Rent Sanders for one year or draft a rookie who will likely be as good or better considering Sanders injury history, no brainer in my opinion.

  4. threatlevelbob says: Apr 13, 2013 1:11 PM

    Even with how well the Steelers draft, a 1st round pick is never a sure thing, let alone a 3rd round selection. Since Sanders was picked in the third, they have picked Curtis Brown (not a starting corner yet) in 2011 and Sean Spence in 2012 who may never see significant playing time due to the terrible knee injury he suffered last preseason.

    So, trusting a solid scouting department is one thing, but when you have players who are proving to be legitimate starters, I don’t think they should be so easily given up on.

  5. turdfurgerson68 says: Apr 13, 2013 1:12 PM

    “..have faith in your scouting department, and seize on the chance to snag a potential star player”

    OK, since the Patriots scouts found a star player in the 6th rd, they should only give the Steelers a 6th rd pick (I know I know the Patriots must give up a 3rd pick)

    Just pointing out the absurdity of that statement.

  6. weareluckytohavemikeflorio says: Apr 13, 2013 1:25 PM

    only Steeler fans would say something like “he will go to the 1st garbage team that offers more $ next off season’.
    excuse me but i thought this was Professional sports and men should be able to go where they choose to make more money.
    It IS the American way.
    Get over it. Kevin isnt the genius everyone thinks he is. He is now up against the cap and has very little alternatives all because of HIS past actions as the GM.
    Maybe instead of blaming the player for taking a better deal, why dont you manage your cap a little better. When was the last time you heard of the Pats being up against the cap and not able to sign their Own Good Players, if they wanted to.

  7. steelersreallysuck says: Apr 13, 2013 1:29 PM

    stillers35 says:

    “Why on earth would we sign him to a one year deal knowing he’s gonna pull a Mike Wallace and go to the first garbage team that offers him more $ next off season.”

    Hahaha. I got news for you. He IS on the garbage team now!

  8. 8nflfan7 says: Apr 13, 2013 1:38 PM

    I AGREE LET HIM GO . WE NEEDY A TALL WIDE OUT NOT SHORT STUFF.

  9. Stiller43 says: Apr 13, 2013 1:43 PM

    “With that third-round pick, the Steelers could end up with a great player who makes significant contributions over the long haul.”

    I believe they should let him go too, but c’mom man!! You cant state one side of the coin!! That pick could also be a complete bust.

    But agreed. If he has a breakout year, he’ll want more than the steelers can offer and they’ll have cost themselves a 3rd round pick for one year of an oft injured 40 catch guy.

  10. ravensdominate says: Apr 13, 2013 1:48 PM

    All this over Emannuel Sanders??? Obviously not a Steeler fan but even you guys have to be ready to move on…

  11. steelers88 says: Apr 13, 2013 1:49 PM

    Not worth resigning Sanders. I rather have the draft pick!

  12. 84sgl says: Apr 13, 2013 1:57 PM

    I’m a Steelers fan and I want us to match the offer. His talent and potential I believe merits that salary. After this year he may stay or go. A lot of that is dictated by our offenses efficiency. Wallace wasn’t bad last year. After Ben’s injury everyone’s numbers dropped. So who knows what Sanders numbers will look like. A 3rd rounder is NEVER a sure thing. I have been humbled because last year I thought we “Won the draft” We got 2 devastating knee injuries, one guy beating his girl friend, and another guy trying to run over cops (and getting probation which is a slap in a face to a guy like me who struggles to find work over a silly crime 10 years ago)..

    I say we match. Ben has great chemistry with him. If we are all honest with ourselves we all know he would do great things in New England, further degrading the unfair assessment of our franchise QB as mediocre these days.

  13. steelersreallysuck says: Apr 13, 2013 1:59 PM

    8nflfan7 says:

    “I AGREE LET HIM GO . WE NEEDY A TALL WIDE OUT NOT SHORT STUFF.”

    I thought you had Plaxico. Oh yeah…you do. Hahaha.

  14. ravenator says: Apr 13, 2013 2:00 PM

    Steelers front office has no idea what they’re doing. Its actually quite pathetic. Colbert is out of his element.

    Cheers!

  15. wrenches2pipes says: Apr 13, 2013 2:02 PM

    It looks like the Patriots are going to get stuck with Sanders. Bad move. Undersized, injured a lot. Seeing as the Pats braintrust haven’t figured out how to draft a decent receiver in many years this offer makes sense.

  16. Moudabo says: Apr 13, 2013 2:08 PM

    Take the 3rd round draft pick and let him go .
    It wouldn’t surprise me if the Pats rent Sanders
    for this year and let him go the next. The Pats
    are an organization that has had a lot of turn-over at
    the WR spots.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Steelers sign Sanders
    back next year at a reasonable price. The team
    will be in a better financial position to do so
    by then, I hope.

  17. GenXJay says: Apr 13, 2013 2:16 PM

    Seattle wants him.

  18. Deb says: Apr 13, 2013 2:19 PM

    Would love to know the lines of this split–especially when we see which way the team goes in the end. That would give some clues about who’s running this show. Someone posted–I believe on PFT–that Colbert has been virtually the sole decider on personnel issues since Tomlin came aboard. The coaches and scouts act in an advisory capacity only.

    If that’s true, then is Colbert the person who decided Harrison was worth $4.5 million in the opening days of free agency but isn’t worthy of a conversation now? Is Colbert the one suddenly willing to overpay for a mid-level receiver we likely won’t keep more than a season? Is Colbert losing his touch? One thing we know: The coaches didn’t get us into this cap bind.

  19. thesteelers says: Apr 13, 2013 2:22 PM

    We can bring guys off the street and we’d be successful. We have Steeler blood.

    You must be jealous.

  20. bobzilla1001 says: Apr 13, 2013 2:25 PM

    Just because his number is “88,” that doesn’t mean he’s Lynn Swann.
    I’m shocked that such a irrelevant player is generating so much attention. He’s Emmanuel Sanders. He had one TD reception last season. C’mon…
    Take the draft pick and be done with it.

  21. sandy102270 says: Apr 13, 2013 2:48 PM

    The fact that there are disparate opinions among the Steelers’ decision makers over a very replaceable part pretty much sums up the direction that franchise is headed.

    They should have already taken the pick so they can add cheaper replacements for the inevitable roster blow up that is coming sooner rather than later.

  22. guinness021 says: Apr 13, 2013 2:50 PM

    thesteelers says:Apr 13, 2013 2:22 PM

    We can bring guys off the street and we’d be successful. We have Steeler blood.

    You must be jealous.

    everyone is jealous of the steelers. we all wish our team finshed 8 and 8 last season. be lucky if you finished that good this year

  23. steelcurtainn says: Apr 13, 2013 3:02 PM

    Take the pick, Take the pick!!!!! I like Sanders when he’s not injured but the guys not irreplaceable and a replacement can be found via free agency or the draft. If they do decide to sign him, Id be okay with that as well. My vote would be take the pick and either sign breaston as his replacement or pick up two receivers in the draft as Patterson/or Austin early and Swope/or Bailey Late.

  24. morganstan100 says: Apr 13, 2013 3:12 PM

    Steelers just became the first team eliminated from the playoffs. Congrats!

  25. stillers35 says: Apr 13, 2013 3:39 PM

    fellow Steeler fans we need to stop biting on the ignorance being spewed by all the haters. Yes the Steelers were 8-8 which is thankfully about as bad as it gets for us.All of these people (besides Ravenator) will disappear by November. Enjoy our mediocre injury ravaged 2012 season and prepare to be silenced in 2013.

  26. sschmiggles says: Apr 13, 2013 3:46 PM

    Since when is a 3rd round pick used to draft star players? You’re lucky if you get a decent backup. The Mike Wallace-type picks are the exception, not the rule.

    Yeah, you theoretically get a player for 4 years, but how many 3rd round picks actually last that long?

  27. ampats says: Apr 13, 2013 4:02 PM

    Steelers are in a tough bind. If Sanders leaves,they are left with A. Brown. Sorry Cothery is not a starting receiver. If they keep him,he is a one year rental and they won’t recoup the draft pick( won’t get a 3rd supp)

    The draft is a crap shoot and the Steelers have made some good WR picks and some not good ( L Sweed).

    This Pats fan is hoping we lose the pick and get TB another experienced receiver with upside.

  28. clarencewhorley says: Apr 13, 2013 4:08 PM

    Probably would be am easier decision if Troy Palomalu was not making 10 million and hurt all the time.. I love listening to Moving the Chains on Sirius, Tim and Pat have finally started putting Steelers fans in their place about the talent on the team. Where are your sacks coming from next year?

    Who is playing safety the 6 games Troy misses and the 3 others he is limping around in.

  29. steel2372 says: Apr 13, 2013 4:16 PM

    sschmiggles says: Apr 13, 2013 3:46 PM

    Since when is a 3rd round pick used to draft star players? You’re lucky if you get a decent backup. The Mike Wallace-type picks are the exception, not the rule.

    Yeah, you theoretically get a player for 4 years, but how many 3rd round picks actually last that long?

    The Steelers plan on using the 3rd round pick to shore up other areas. If we lose Sanders, We will more than likely draft a receiver in the first round. But by getting the 3rd rounder We can address other needs also. I personally think the Steelers will draft two receivers in the first 5 rounds if they lose Sanders

  30. vincentbojackson says: Apr 13, 2013 4:17 PM

    The Steelers let Santonio Holmes go for a fifth round pick. They used that pick to select Antonio Brown who became a pro bowler and their team MVP two years later.

    Sanders is a quality receiver, but he was their third receiver last year and with his injury history the Steelers should take the third rounder and never look back.

  31. steel2372 says: Apr 13, 2013 4:18 PM

    morganstan100 says: Apr 13, 2013 3:12 PM

    Steelers just became the first team eliminated from the playoffs. Congrats!

    Dude We havent even played a down yet. This is all April talk. Wait till the fall when the pads start popping. On paper, Any team could look entirely different from what they will look like on the field. Its a wait and see. I personally think they will make the playoffs next year. Dont sleep on the Steelers, They have too many battle tested vets even with all the losses. This franchise is still in good shape just reloading. They will be fine.

  32. steel2372 says: Apr 13, 2013 4:29 PM

    Colbert has been the gm of the Steelers since 2000
    he has been doing this for a number of years. He has two titles under his belt. He isn’t out of his element. Every GM has a few draft picks that are bust. Yes we are reloading this year and might be another 8-8 season. This happens to any team that has been dominated for a number of years. Always comes a time to change the guard. Most franchises would be happy to win one championship much less two in a 8 year stretch.

  33. jharmon64 says: Apr 13, 2013 4:33 PM

    As a Steeler fan I’d only keep him if you have a verbal or intent to sign him long term.

    Good news is if you intend keep him, there wasn’t a huge market for him.

    A third rounder would be fine, but Pitt is thin at WR now. Hate to start with Brown and a bunch of average players opening day.

    Never know what you’ll get in the draft.

  34. vinsanitynow says: Apr 13, 2013 4:46 PM

    A team has an 8% chance of drafting a solid (not game breaking) WR past the 3rd round.

    According to research from ESPN Florida’s Charlie Bernstein (http://tinyurl.com/6t6w9um),

    * 40% (18 of 45) of wide receivers drafted in the first round from 2000-2010 have panned out.
    * Second-round receivers have a 22.4 percent (11 of 49) hit rate
    * Third round succeed at just 15 percent (8 of 55).
    * Of the 215 receivers drafted from Rounds 4-7, only 14 (6.5 percent) have emerged as solid contributors. Solid does not mean Top 10.

    Last year I took several top 25 lists and a few couple of years of receiving stats to come up w/ a current Top25 receiver list. The break down by round: Drafted in Rnd1 – 12 of the top 25 wrs, Rnd2 -5, Rnd3 – 2 (Wallace & Steve Smith), Rnd4 – 2 (Lloyd & Marshall) , Rnd5 & Rnd6 – 0, Rnd7 – 2 (Colston & Johnson), UFA – 3 (Wes, Cruz, Austin). Using the above numbers from Bernstein the Top25 percentage becomes:

    * 1st Rnd | 26.67%
    * 2nd Rnd | 10.20%
    * 3rd Rnd | 3.64%
    * 4 thru 7 | 1.86%

    Over the last 10 years the chances of drafting a Top25 beyond the second round were less than 6%.

  35. pftaddict says: Apr 13, 2013 4:49 PM

    The Steelers need to let Sanders go and take the third rounder. Past third rounds picks have included players that have been important contributors. These players inclued: Sanders, Wallace, Porter, Gilden, Steed, Merriweather, amd Blount.

  36. dingess300 says: Apr 13, 2013 4:55 PM

    Here is something for you all to think about. Let Sanders go and take the 3rd round pick because he isn’t worth the 2.5 million. Then sign Brandon Lloyd to a one year deal for 1.5-2.0 million. I think most would agree that Lloyd is a better player than Sanders. In fact the only thing Sanders has on him is youth.
    I laugh daily at all the Ravens fans who talk about how the Steelers have mismanaged their cap. Is that not the pot calling the kettle black? The Ravens just lost more starters than any other team this year to free agency. Why? Because they are in the same situation as the Steelers. I wonder if Buffalo or Philadelphia or even Cincinnati fans would love to be in the same situation. At least both the Steelers and Ravens have got championships to show for it.

  37. japmen says: Apr 13, 2013 5:02 PM

    Love to see the highly overrated Steelers FO stumble so badly this year. Sure, keep getting rid of Rapist’s WRs and draft another rolling turd RB and watch the Ravens make you look stupid for another year. I’d enjoy that quite a bit.

  38. bobzilla1001 says: Apr 13, 2013 5:05 PM

    steel2372:
    Why are you people so championship obsessed?
    I personally couldn’t care less if the Steelers don’t ever win another championship. I’ve seen them do so six times.
    My concern is keeping the team competitive and ENTERTAINING.
    There wasn’t much “entertaining” about watching the Steelers go 8-8 last season against the weakest schedule in the league.
    Even in 2011, they weren’t dominant, owning only one significant win the entire season, a season they ended by losing as prohibitive favorites to the Broncos.
    The Steelers will never be as good or as dominating as you think they are (or were) until they do something about a scoring offense that ranks consistently in the bottom 10.
    And to those who believe that the Steelers always rise to the occasion when counted out, know this: Last preseason, both ESPN and Sports Illustrated picked them to finish third in the AFC North and out of the playoffs.
    How inspirational were those predictions?

  39. nickster31 says: Apr 13, 2013 5:12 PM

    Deb says:
    Apr 13, 2013 2:19 PM

    If that’s true, then is Colbert the person who decided Harrison was worth $4.5 million in the opening days of free agency but isn’t worthy of a conversation now? Is Colbert the one suddenly willing to overpay for a mid-level receiver we likely won’t keep more than a season? Is Colbert losing his touch? One thing we know: The coaches didn’t get us into this cap bind.

    Deb, I usually love your comments, really. But lets be honest, it is not Kevin Colbert that makes the decisions, and I think you know that.
    Every decision is thumbs up’d or thumbs down’d before it is made. Rooneys said we were going to run the ball BETTER, and we have spent 4 picks in the last 3 years on our offensive line (1st 2 rounds). And, amazingly, all of them are better at run blocking than they are pass blocking?

    We are preparing for life after Ben, because lets be honest, he is getting old to be getting hit as much as he does. If we can put this line together, and become a power running team, Ben will look like the next Terry Bradshaw. Being able to rush for 200 yards per game, and have Ben able to do what Ben does? This offense will be scary.

    Then there were rumors here that the Steelers tried a last minute run to get Jake Long before he signed with the Rams? Are you kidding me? Do you not think there is a VERY real chance of us taking one of the top linemen if they fall to us? Not because Colbert or Tomlin want him, but because the Rooney family wants him.

    Colbert was given the title GM, and this is the first GM the Steelers have ever had, other than a Rooney.

    Next year, don’t be shocked if we use our 1st or 2nd round pick on a RB. It is the last piece of the puzzle for us. With a lineman and WR taken this year in the first 3 rounds, which there is a VERY good chance of that happening, we are totally set up. Think about it.

  40. nickster31 says: Apr 13, 2013 5:19 PM

    steel2372:
    Why are you people so championship obsessed?
    I personally couldn’t care less if the Steelers don’t ever win another championship. I’ve seen them do so six times.
    My concern is keeping the team competitive and ENTERTAINING.
    There wasn’t much “entertaining” about watching the Steelers go 8-8 last season against the weakest schedule in the league.
    Even in 2011, they weren’t dominant, owning only one significant win the entire season, a season they ended by losing as prohibitive favorites to the Broncos.
    The Steelers will never be as good or as dominating as you think they are (or were) until they do something about a scoring offense that ranks consistently in the bottom 10.

    WHAT?! Are you kidding me?

    If the Cleveland Browns or the Cincinnati Bengals won the AFC North you would see those fans walking around wearing an “AFC NORTH CHAMPIONS” hats and shirts. If the Ravens would have lost the Super Bowl, you would be seeing the “AFC CHAMPIONS” shirts and hats.

    Pittsburgh wins those, we don’t even MAKE the hats. We won’t wear them. Why? Because those honors mean NOTHING to us. It is championship or it is a losing season.

    We understand that we are not going to win every year, but you can be confident that the Steelers are either one of the best, or building towards that. We COULD win the Super Bowl THIS YEAR. We have the talent, the best defense in the NFL last year, and Ben is healthy with an offense he knows now, instead of learning it. He was in the MVP discussion before he got injued.

    “I personally couldn’t care less if the Steelers don’t ever win another championship” Are you kidding me? What kind of fan are you?

  41. kelvinmchale says: Apr 13, 2013 5:30 PM

    “With that third-round pick, the Steelers could end up with a great player who makes significant contributions over the long haul.” Or they could end up with a dud who doesn’t even make the team. That’s what can happen with the 91st pick, and that’s why the Pats are willing to give it up for a proven commodity.

  42. si1m says: Apr 13, 2013 5:40 PM

    he’s a realistic Steeler fan. He knows that you can’t tie up your entire life’s worth into how many rings your team gets, which is what 99% of you Steeler idiots do, counting rings from 40 years ago like they matter to fans who are younger than 30 or fans of teams that have only been around 20 years.

    Fans enjoy when their team is a contender – you can’t win every championship, we can’t always go to the Super Bowl. if you get one here and there, that validates the effort (instead of wondering what if like the Chargers) but the key is to have a team entertain you by being competitive – not to win every single year. The idea that if you do anything but win the SUper Bowl then the season is a failure, is a cliche for NFL players giving interviews to the media because its what the moron fans at home need to hear so they don’t commit suicide because they’re not well adjusted.

  43. picalo65 says: Apr 13, 2013 6:33 PM

    Can we just get one thing straight here,the decision the Steelers have to make is nothing to with so called “caphell” they are in,its all about the value they place on that 3rd round pick vs the embarressment of admitting they placed the wrong value on a player.
    I think they would really like to take him back but that would mean telling everyone,”hey guys,we said he was only worth a 3rd round tender, but s@£!,he is actually worth more than that.”
    It doesnt matter how good you think Sanders is…or not,the Steelers got it wrong.If they had put a second on him,do you think the Pats would have been even slightly interested in him?
    I dont.
    from the Pats side of things,you look at what BB does and its like he has called the Steelers out on this,and put the rest of the NFL on notice at the same time.
    Undervalue your players at your own risk,cause someone else may take em from you.

  44. jrfrom508 says: Apr 13, 2013 6:39 PM

    I can’t believe one steelers fan just said Brandon Lloyd is comparable to Emmanuel Sanders. Blows my mind… This guy must not have seen one reception of Lloyds all season. YouTube it. He has like five YAC for the entire season. He catches the ball and falls down immediately. It looks like narcolepsy. Sanders on the other hand actually runs after he catches the ball, you know, like he’s supposed to. I’d love to land him. Huge upgrade from Lloyd. Very, very obvious upgrade.

  45. Deb says: Apr 13, 2013 6:47 PM

    @nickster31 …

    Funny you should say that about me knowing who really calls the shots. For some inexplicable reason (but aren’t they all?) this was censored when I tried to post it a few weeks ago, but my biggest concern in the last couple of years has been that Art II doesn’t have the football mind his dad does. Yes, they finally started addressing the offensive line and brought in an OC that would get us back to a balanced run/pass attack–but it seemed to take forever to implement that strategy. If we do bring in a Bettis-type back this season–especially if we draft someone like Eddie Lacy in the first round–I’ll be doing the happy dance.

    My question here is why there’s even an argument over keeping Sanders. He’s just not worth the price–and the Rooneys never overpay for receivers. That would be out of character. And since Harrison has finally accepted that he’s not going to command the salary he’d like, I wish they would agree to meet with him. He’s still a great pass-rusher who brings leadership and strong work ethic to the locker room. As I posted on another thread, we just need a couple of things to fall into place, and we’ll be in great shape for the coming season. But news items like this one leaving me scratching my head.

  46. steelcurtainn says: Apr 13, 2013 7:10 PM

    @bobzilla
    I have agreed with some of your post in the past and also disagreed with some. Obviously, you have the right to your opinion, but I see things a little bit differently. Although, its great keeping the team competitive and entertaining. It’s about winning championships, and thats all its about…….To take a quote from Herm Edwards”Thats why you play the game”. To win championships…. not to just be competitive and entertaining… I do agree with you tho that the steelers have to score more points consistently every week and be a better scoring offense if this team wants to win the stairways to #7. Todays NFL seems to be all about the offense, so hopefully the steelers can get some better talent offensively come draft day.

  47. ravenator says: Apr 13, 2013 8:00 PM

    Deb you’re on no shape for the upcoming season except to be selecti g I the top 10 of next years draft. Your team is on a downward spiral and we both know this. Stop lying to yourself and these fanboys

  48. thepittsburghkid says: Apr 13, 2013 8:01 PM

    We still own the AFC North and everyone knows it. You’re either afraid or jealous of us, Pick one. Why do you think every Steelers story is a top story? Most likely we have beaten your team (some 3 times in one season) on the way to a league leading 6 Super Bowls and you cried about it like a woman. Well, we love your tears, it makes us stronger. It’s Steeler Nation for life.

  49. descendency says: Apr 13, 2013 8:02 PM

    (As a Patriots’ fan) I’m split on whether I want them to match it. Sanders for a 3rd and a decent contract is a lot to give up for a guy.

    I think more of Sanders than most (apparently), though. Honestly – I’m not sure either move helps the Steelers much. They either have to add over 1 million to their already strapped cap or let their 3rd best WR go in a year they’ve let their #1 WR go and won’t see their #1 TE for quite some time.

  50. boyshole25 says: Apr 13, 2013 8:47 PM

    Wallace gone
    Sanders gone
    Miller out tbd

    With no mendenhall and crap line the steelers will be lucky to finish 8 and. 8

  51. steel6curtain says: Apr 13, 2013 8:53 PM

    did ravenator really just call someone else a fanboy?!?!? well if thats not the pot calling the kettle black! idk if hes really as immature as he sounds or if he really is that stupid and ignorant. either way his hypocrisy is pathetic

  52. dietrich43 says: Apr 13, 2013 8:53 PM

    If the Steelers thought he was worth $2.5 mill, they woukd have tendered him at a higher level.

    I would rather have Sanders than the 91st pick, but unless they can work out a 3 or 4 year deal, they are better long term by letting him walk.

  53. morganstan100 says: Apr 13, 2013 9:52 PM

    Steelers have definitely gotten themselves into a salary cap pickle and that’s only going to get worse unless they sign only rookies and retreads. But I firmly believe this team is cursed and the reason for the curse is Big Ben. He knows it. Otherwise he wouldn’t be groveling in front of Rooney with his tail between his legs agreeing to take pay cuts or whatever else they make him do. He knows no other team would touch him or his history. He’s a Steeler for life and not necessarily by choice. That kind of stigma can really infect the locker room and the infection is spreading each year.

  54. Deb says: Apr 13, 2013 9:53 PM

    ravenator,

    Would I lie to you? We have some cap issues–and a front office that has demonstrated its ability to work around cap issues. The team has proved adept at finding gems among late-round receivers. Roethlisberger was getting MVP buzz before his injury last season. He’ll begin this season ready to go in the new offense–and this time we’ll have a viable backup if he takes a fall. We could use a power back, but we still have good runners in stock. Yes, I’d like Harrison to return, but the defense managed to shine despite losing Farrior and Aaron Smith. No one’s irreplaceable.

    Just two seasons removed from a Super Bowl, still the top-ranked defense, still have a top-tier QB, returning to the offensive ways that built a dynasty … I can’t wait for the season to begin :cool:

  55. steelcurtainn says: Apr 13, 2013 11:32 PM

    The steelers have never drafted in the top 10 in Big Bens era, why would it change now. Even, In the event the steelers EVER did pick in the top 10 in Big Bens era, the ravens will be right along there with them. The Ravens will not even come close sniffing the SB this year and I’ll be surprised if they even make the playoffs. You’ll be learning alot after this year.

  56. jprcox says: Apr 14, 2013 1:19 AM

    Steelers need to look at going through what every team must do ever so often – a rebuild. At some point Ben should be worried about his job, as the last generation of steelers that made up some great seasons are no longer viable players. steelers need to re-invent themselves.

    Move on with draft picks.

  57. jtbsteeler says: Apr 14, 2013 2:08 PM

    Can’t wait until 12 midnight when the Steelers take that pick. Then next week go and have a very good draft. Then the haters will twist and turn some more. Nothing will make them squirm more than the Steelers picking studs.

  58. pitt9292 says: Apr 14, 2013 3:12 PM

    I like Sanders but let him walk and take the 91st pick and take Stedmon Baily with one of our 3rd round picks.

  59. steel2372 says: Apr 14, 2013 4:24 PM

    I truly believe the Steelers will take the draft pick. They have too many holes to fill not to take it. Stedman Bailey or Tavon Austin or Cordarelle Patterson would all be great additions.

  60. steel2372 says: Apr 14, 2013 4:32 PM

    I like Sanders but not sure he is worth 2.5 mil. He is still somewhat unproven and has had some major injuries to his feet. In the end, A third round draft pick in this middle rounds heavy draft was too great to pass up. I cannot say I blame them at the possibilities we could draft. I would love to see Eifert or Austin fall to us in the first round. I doubt if Austin will be around past the first 15 picks though.

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