It is now officially 7am, EST, on the first day of the NFL league year. Let the insanity begin!
Ma'ake Kemoeatu, the older brother of Steelers Guard Chris, has been released by the Carolina Panthers. Kemo-2 (as I will call him from this point forward), is a 365 lbs DT, similar to Casey Hampton.
Kemo-2 has played for the Ravens and the Panthers, and was lost early in the 2009 season with a torn Achilles tendon.
Could Kemo-2 be joining his brother in the Steelers trenches?
The Steelers have tendered T Willie Colon with a first round tender, meaning if someone signs Colon, and the Steelers decide not to match the offer, they will get their first round pick.
Is ANYONE really going to give up a first round pick for Colon? I sure hope so. Where is Al Davis when you need him?
I recently wrote a series of articles about things the Steelers may do once free agency starts, knowing full well, that they were not going to do any of them.
Here is a list of the players I suggested the Steelers should look at, and where they are really going to be playing next year.
Dunta Robinson—The one player I REALLY wanted the Steelers to go after, and the report is, Robinson will be signing with the Atlanta Falcons, possibly before the ink dries on this article.
Antonio Cromartie—Traded to the New York Jets. It is probably a good thing that he has not fathered a child there yet (he reportedly has seven kids to six different women), because the Jets are going to allow Cromartie to play out the last year of his contract before giving him a new one.
Antrel Rolle—Though the Cardinals are still somewhat interested, Rolle has plans to visit the Giants and Dolphins. The Dolphins reportedly have a contract ready for Rolle to sign when he gets to Miami, that will make him the highest paid safety in the NFL. That is right, more money than Polamalu, Reed, and even Darren Sharper (unless the Saints change their mind).
Oh, the joy of the uncapped year.
Other NFL Notes:
It is looking like the Redskins may be taking a pass of DE Julius Peppers. There was a lot of talk that Peppers would sign a deal like Albert Hayesworth did last year, hours after the new league year started.
Turns out, maybe Mike Shannahan really is calling the shots, as it looks like Peppers is heading to Chicago.
Nate Burleson has agreed to sign with the Detroit Lions, only two hours into free agency. The contract is reportedly for five years, and $25 million, with $11 million guaranteed.
I am normally skeptical about signings that happen in the wee hours of the first day of free agency. How can anyone agree to such a contract without even looking around, to see what anyone else has to offer?
In this case though, if Burleson was shown this contract at 12:02, he should have signed it, because he is not going to get a better deal anywhere else.
On a side note, after the Lions got rid of Matt Millen, didn't they say they weren't going to be going crazy for receivers anymore?