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Back to the Future: Pittsburgh Steelers' Roster Moves Bring Back Memories of Old

PITTSBURGH - SEPTEMBER 23:  Bryant McFadden #20 of the Pittsburgh Steelers returns an interception against the San Francisco 49ers on September 23, 2007 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers won 36-17. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Charlie CoxCorrespondent IApril 24, 2010

As if the Steelers organization wasn't already busy enough this off season with uncharacteristic and surprising moves, they've yet again outdone themselves.

In the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft, they traded their second pick in the fifth round to the Arizona Cardinals for ex-Steeler cornerback Bryant McFadden, who is only one season removed from the team.

McFadden is the third player to return to the Steelers after leaving this off season, following in the footsteps of wide receiver Antwaan Randle El and linebacker Larry Foote. In addition, the New York Jets have released guard Alan Faneca, whom has been reported to have spoken to Steelers' personnel. 

What is even more surprising, given the speculation of the Steelers' draft picks, is they have drafted almost entirely defensive. Much speculation was that the Steelers would draft offensive-line heavy, and it even appeared they would do so after drafting Florida center Maurkice Pouncey in the first round.

However, with their second round pick, they drafted defensive end/linebacker Jason Worlids. The team then proceeded to pick outside linebacker Thaddeus Gibson, cornerback Crezdon Butler, and linebacker Stevenson Sylvester.

The results of last season seem to have seriously drilled their way into the minds of the Steelers organization. With the return of three ex-Steeler players and five defensive selections in this year's draft, it's hard to not have an inkling that the Steelers are finally returning to their previous identity of a smash-mouth football team.

In addition to the defensive picks, the Steelers have added wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders in the third round, who strikingly resembles rookie phenom Mike Wallace, and Antonio Brown. They added another offensive tackle in Chris Scott and running back Jonathan Dwyer.

Long time Steelers fans have to be excited about the off season moves by the organization and should be really excited for how the team is going to look come the start of the season.

A word to the NFL: buckle up your chin strap boys, the Men of Steel are back.

 

 

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