A collective sigh of relief was simultaneously exhaled from the Pittsburgh Steelers front office and fans alike today as Ike Taylor agreed tentatively to a four-year deal. Of course he can’t officially sign the contract until Friday, but priority one can be checked off of the Steelers to-do list come Friday morning.
Signing LaMarr Woodley to a long term deal that will free up an enormous amount of cap space, relieving him of a franchise tag that demands he be paid over $10 million dollars in 2011.
As the Steelers begin looking at how to clear space under the salary cap chances are good under the current circumstances that they will look to take a little of that space away with an additional cornerback.
Bryant McFadden proved to be a disappointment after the trade to bring him back to Pittsburgh, and William Gay is a restricted free agent, and quite honestly he has been the biggest disappointment the team has had in recent years.
Looking back at tape from the 2010 season there are several constants, and Gay was one of them. Unfortunately he was consistently bad. Starting experience aside, Gay has not played well in the Steelers coverage schemes, and often found himself beaten on the sidelines. It’s time to cut the chord.
The Steelers have never been a team to go out and sign super star players to big money deals, preferring to grow their own through the draft. This off-season will be no different. So with names like Nnamdi Asomugha, and Johnathan Joseph off the list who are the players that fit the mold for the black and gold?