Offseason Analysis: Pittsburgh Steelers

Feb 18, 2009

The Champs are in good shape.  They are fine with Big Ben at QB, but Byron Leftwich will likely test the free agent waters in search of a place to start.  Detroit may be a good fit as a stopgap before Matthew Stafford is ready to take over.  Charlie Batch is also a free agent, but he’ll likely return as the backup as the Steelers groom Dennis Dixon to take over that role.  The Steelers should have a glut of RBs next year with Willie Parker, a healthy Rashard Mendenhall, Mewelde Moore, and Gary Russell.  Hines Ward and Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes will be back to lead the wideouts.  Nate Washington is a free agent and will likely move on for a chance to start.  Limas Sweed will be given the opportunity the opportunity to win that 3rd receiver slot.  Heath Miller was very impressive at TE down the stretch.  He and Matt Spaeth form a solid TE team.  The team needs to improve in the trenches.  Tackles Marvel Smith, Max Starks, and Willie Colon  and Guards Chris Kemoeatu and Trai Essex all are free agents.  They won’t be able to lock them all up so expect changes on that line.  That may not be a bad thing as they allowed 49 last year, which was good for 29th in the league.
 
On Defense they are working to lock up Defensive Player of the Year James Harrison.  CB Bryant McFadden is the only key free agent so the Steelers will make it a priority to get a deal done with him.  No major changes necessary for this team.  They can simply make a few tweaks and will still have a championship caliber club.

KFFL Free Agent Tracker:

Pos Player Name FA Status Previous Team Current Team
QB Charlie Batch UFA Pittsburgh Steelers Free Agent
QB Byron Leftwich UFA Pittsburgh Steelers Free Agent
RB Justin Vincent Re-signed Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers
FB Carey Davis RFA Pittsburgh Steelers Free Agent
WR Nate Washington UFA Pittsburgh Steelers Free Agent
TE Jon Dekker RFA Pittsburgh Steelers Free Agent
TE Sean McHugh RFA Pittsburgh Steelers Free Agent
TE Dezmond Sherrod Re-signed Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers
OG Chris Kemoeatu RFA Pittsburgh Steelers Free Agent
OT Willie Colon RFA Pittsburgh Steelers Free Agent
OT Trai Essex RFA Pittsburgh Steelers Free Agent
OT Marvel Smith UFA Pittsburgh Steelers Free Agent
OT Max Starks UFA Pittsburgh Steelers Free Agent
C Doug Legursky Re-signed Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers
DL Orpheus Roye UFA Pittsburgh Steelers Free Agent
LB Keyaron Fox UFA Pittsburgh Steelers Free Agent
LB Andre Frazier UFA Pittsburgh Steelers Free Agent
CB Roy Lewis Re-signed Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers
CB Bryant McFadden UFA Pittsburgh Steelers Free Agent
SS Ryan Mundy Re-signed Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers
FS Anthony Madison RFA Pittsburgh Steelers Free Agent
FS Anthony Smith RFA Pittsburgh Steelers Free Agent
ST Jared Retkofsky UFA Pittsburgh Steelers Free Agent
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6 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. CK0712
    February 18th, 2009 at 12:25 pm #

    The team needs to improve in the trenches.

    agreed!

    I like Sweed, maybe we will get to see a bit more of him this year!

  2. LestersLegends
    February 18th, 2009 at 12:26 pm #

    I think you will.

  3. Chris
    February 18th, 2009 at 2:10 pm #

    I’m optimistic about my Steeler’s chances… Too bad the Reds can’t be competitive for me during the long summer months!

  4. LestersLegends
    February 18th, 2009 at 2:15 pm #

    #7 isn’t out of the question next year. It sucks that the Reds, the Royals, the O’s, and the A’s, all teams that have great history can’t compete.

  5. Crazy Canton Cuts
    February 18th, 2009 at 2:34 pm #

    they got to address the line of scrimmage, especially on offense

    still, they are primed to go places again in ’09

  6. LestersLegends.com
    February 18th, 2009 at 2:36 pm #

    Totally agree CCC.

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