I know I have the signing of William Gay as a good signing, but that's only because of the reality that Keenan Lewis is no longer with the team.
If the argument was that Lewis wanted too much money, then that would be one thing, but the Steelers never even made an attempt to make an offer.
It could be seen that the Steelers just showed confidence in Cortez Allen and showed that they intend to sign him to a long term contract.
I see it more like the team choosing Ike Taylor over Keenan Lewis. Although Ike had a solid season in 2012, he is coming off an injury and isn't getting any younger.
I'm not trying to bash Ike because I really think he is one of the more underrated players in the NFL. The team could have had both Cortez Allen and Keenan Lewis in my opinion though with guys like Curtis Brown, Josh Victorian and Demarcus Van Dyke developing on the roster.
Terry Hawthorne looks like a good find from the draft but the real effect of Keenan Lewis leaving will be felt whenever Ike either retires or the team releases him in the next couple seasons. Then we will see if anyone is ready to step up and start opposite Allen on the outside.
I just don’t understand why you would go through the trouble of developing a player just to let him walk away without a fight.