Steelers RFA NT Steve McLendon visits Packers

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As Mike Florio noted earlier Wednesday, we are running out of shopping days in restricted free agency.

Could the Packers — the Packers? — be last-minute shoppers?

According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, Steelers nose tackle Steve McLendon has visited with Green Bay, which employs a 3-4 front just like Pittsburgh does.

Adam Caplan of TheSidelineView.com, who also reported news of the visit, said Green Bay met with McLendon on Wednesday.

The Steelers tendered the 27-year-old McLendon a contract before the start of the 2013 league year and can match any offer sheet. However, if they declined to match a deal, the signing team would not have to surrender any draft-pick compensation.

The Packers’ interest level in McLendon is unclear, but he is a scheme fit for Green Bay, and he has the bulk to contribute as a reserve throughout a three-player defensive line. Though he’s listed at 280 pounds by the Steelers and NFL.com, McLendon was 325 pounds last August, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said.

With long-time starting nose tackle Casey Hampton an unrestricted free agent, McLendon could have a bigger role in the Pittsburgh defense in 2013. The question now is whether the Packers — hardly known for their free agency activity — make a play for McLendon.

20 responses to “Steelers RFA NT Steve McLendon visits Packers

  1. No one outside Pittsburgh knows this guys name, but wavers of the terrible towel would be VERY disappointed if McClendon is lost.

  2. can’t see Colbert not matching without there being any pick compensation. And with Hampton gone, this is the only NT on the roster with significant experience.

  3. With Pickett’s time running down, Raji nearing FA, and Jerel Worthy recovering an ACL, this could provide some much needed help if they pull the trigger.

  4. Wow. I didn’t realize McLendon was also a RFA. With Hampton already removed from the depth chart, I assumed McLendon would be his replacement.
    This is more serious than anyone could’ve possibly imagined. I know. I know. Big Ben will save the day. But please forgive me for not subscribing to that inane theory.

  5. They need an eventual replacement for Pickett who is likely in his last year. They also need insurance agains Raji thinking he’s worth more than he is and leaves next offseason as well. Why not do it? Even a modest offer probably can’t be matched at this point.

  6. McLendon playd really well when he was on the field at NT and DE.. Casey is done and Te’amu is untested..yet Another predicament for the Steelers

  7. McLendon is tender his original round (which is none, since he was undrafted). That’s a 1-year, $1.3 million contract.

    The Steelers have $740k in available cap space.

    Do the math…. a $2 million 1st year cap number makes it very hard for the Steelers to match.

  8. 4thqtrsaint says:
    Apr 17, 2013 9:21 PM
    Can you tell us what round he was tendered at?

    ————————————————————————————————————————————————– The Steelers tendered the 27-year-old McLendon a contract before the start of the 2013 league year and can match any offer sheet. However, if they declined to match a deal, the signing team would not have to surrender any draft-pick compensation.

    by not having to surrender a draft pick that means the lowest tender there is. no round tender. all the steeler’s get for tendering him is a right to match any offer he might get.

  9. Wonder if Raji or others are on the out list? Worthy is hurt but he also did nothing before getting hurt and basically was a bust as a second rounder. IMHO I think the coaches were very unhappy with Worthys play or lack of for a second rounder.
    Raji sucked the frist half the year and came around in the later games but the O line’s were beat up by then. Pickett is 33 and on his last legs.
    Jolly will get a chance to show what he has but is a very long shot.
    There are some decent NT’s in round two and three so I don’t get it. I would not be surprised if its just talk and only talk. This guy is probably using the Packers as leverage for a better deal. Just like others did this season.

  10. The window for GBay opened when the steelers had to use most of their available cap room to match the ESanders offer sheet. Even though GB rarely does this, and it’s late in the game, they saw their opportunity. Another feather in Colbert’s cap if another young player walks for nothing.

  11. Wonder if Raji or others are on the out list? Worthy is hurt but he also did nothing before getting hurt and basically was a bust as a second rounder. IMHO I think the coaches were very unhappy with Worthys play or lack of for a second rounder.
    Raji sucked the frist half the year and came around in the later games but the O line’s were beat up by then. Pickett is 33 and on his last legs.
    Jolly will get a chance to show what he has but is a very long shot.
    There are some decent NT’s in round two and three so I don’t get it. I would not be surprised if its just talk and only talk. This guy is probably using the Packers as leverage for a better deal. Just like others did this season.
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    I have read MM and TT were happy with Worthy, which is why i believe he played the most snaps of any DL before injured. Plus, he’ll probably miss the season. Worthy in my book was just ok.

    Pickett i had heard early in UFA was a possible cut candidate since he carries a high salary. Much like the restructured AJ Hawk was. I would assume you’ll see most of Pickett’s money go to Raji in an extension.

    Wilson is really just a guy. Daniels is small for a 3-4 and mainly will be a rotational pass rusher. Neal seems to be hurt all the time.

    In my option DL is the Packers #1 need, followed by LT, RB and then OLB. The secondary actually isn’t bad but when the good teams run at will against you its darn hard to pass defense. Not saying i would be against a S/CB addition but its not the biggest issue. Packers need to get stronger up front.

  12. The Patriot’s coach always has his team competitive, even when his main players are injured or traded away. Can Tomlin do the same? A lot will be riding on his coaching skills this year!

  13. 4superbowls says:

    “Packers don’t make many FA moves, but they seem to make good ones when they do. And this s from a Vikings fan.”

    For a team that doesn’t make many FA moves, how do you explain all these Packer FA busts?

    1. Joe Johnson

    2. Adrian Klemm

    3. Mark Roman

    4. Mark O’Dwyer

    5. Anthony Hargrove

    6. Phillip Merling

    7. Marquand Manuel

    8. Marc Boerigter

    9. Pat Terrell

    I’m sure there are others, but take this list and compare it to the list of “good one’s” over the same time period and I think you’ll change your tune…

  14. I understand that many of us actually enjoy talking about our teams, players, amongst each other.

    However, surely you folks do realize that all we really do is ‘make noise’.

    None of this stuff matters at the end of the day. Fans usually overreact tremendously, and with too much emotion, involving teams’ business decisions.

    Does it truly matter if ‘your team’ wins the super bowl this season, or next? Does it truly matter if you, a fan, are able to reap the joys of a super bowl victory now, or 4 years, or even 10 years down the road?

    Answer: No.

    No team wins the super bowl every year. So relax, shut the mouth, and enjoy watching the games.

  15. 1mommicked1: You do realize that the sole reason the New England Patriots stay competitive as they have, is due to one player.

    When #12 can’t play anymore, look forward to reverting back to a mediocre franchise as you were before #12 came on board.

    The New England Patriots will never even match the Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl Trophy Count in our lifetimes.

    I smile at that..

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