Just some random musings about Steelers topics that have been going through my head.
Okay, honestly I don’t care about this. I’m sure Ben doesn’t actually run the freaking foundation in his spare time and things like this happen. I’m sure Fort Worth will get their grant and this will just go away. Ben is not a bad guy for this, and people shouldn’t criticize him.
Mike Wallace was tendered instead of franchised. The Steelers would have the right to match any teams offer to Wallace, but if he did leave they would be compensated with that team’s original first round pick.
Would that be so bad?
First off this would possibly allow the Steelers to cut Hampton because they could draft Dontari Poe in the first round with one of those picks. He would become the Steelers nose tackle of the present and future and help the cap situation at the same time.
They could then lessen the blow of losing James Farrior (which might not be a blow at all) by then drafting Dont’a Hightower.
I get that it’s two defensive guys, but the unit is old, and has some holes. Those two players are probable studs and would fill them quick.
It’s rare indeed that needs and Best Player Available match up. With two first rounders they very well could for the Steelers.
But what about Mike Wallace you ask? Well I would definitely be giving Plaxico Burress and Randy Moss a long look. You have plenty of room for either after losing Wallace’s hit, let alone Hampton’s as well.
Which takes me to another way to free up some money, I would cut Rashard Mendenhall. This team will live or die with Isaac Redman this year. Mendenhall is hurt and will miss at least six weeks, but probably longer. His number, injury, and effectiveness don’t justify the $2+ million dollar cap hit. Add in to that the fact that the Steelers probably aren’t going to bring him back anyway and it just makes a ton of sense to cut him.
Your wideout in the draft to replace Mike Wallace? Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech. Big but very fast. Could be the steal of the class in the third round.
I spoke about Ben earlier, and I think it’s time to start looking for another guy to back him up/possibly replace him in a few years.
They can afford a B.J. Coleman if he is around later because he will need time to learn but would probably suffice this season if need be. Besides, I’m just a believer in always developing a backup. Worst case scenario the guy busts and they wasted a pick. Best case scenario he shines in spot work and the Steelers get a pick out of it, or if Ben’s career is cut short due to injury they have someone in the fold already.