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 Post subject: Re: Cheap Vet FAs
PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2018 6:44 pm 
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Jonathan Hankins is still sitting out there.
He’s a capable run stuffer


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 Post subject: Re: Cheap Vet FAs
PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2018 2:09 pm 
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Cory James (Mentored by current Steelers LB coach Joey Porter while at Colorado St.) was out most of last year with a knee injury. Spent time as an ILB in the Raiders defense. With the Raiders signing Tahir Whitehead and Derrick Johnson, James has become the odd man out released with a failed physical. Drafted in the 6th RND 2016, at just 24 years old from Colorado State he could be an under the radar 'cheap' FA signing for the Steelers. Had 56 tackles last season before injury.

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40-yard dash: 4.59 seconds
Vertical: 35 inches
Broad jump: 10 feet, 7 inches
Short shuttle: 4.5 seconds
3-cone: 6.65 seconds
Bench: 16 reps of 225 pounds

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 Post subject: Re: Cheap Vet FAs
PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2018 2:59 pm 
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bradshaw2ben wrote:
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I am still disappointed that one of the worst linebacking units in the NFL was completely ignored in the draft.
Another year of watching Bud Dupree get pancaked by the ball boy.
I don't know how much he has left in the tank, but I'd sign Derrick Johnson.
His leadership alone makes him worth a look.

Dupree was playing with one arm. Hargrave and Tuiit also had problems. The Steelers FO apparently agreed with me that safety was the biggest issue we had last year and that the draft's ILB prospects largely sucked, especially as Macks.

We're not deep at Mack, and I'm not sure who of this cast can play FS... but we're much better off that we have been at any point of the post-Shazier era.


Truly a shame Shazier got hurt. Man worked so hard and was a legit DPOY candidate (compare the defense with Shazier to the defense without -- he made game changing splash plays weekly and covered a multitude of sins in the short-to-intermediate passing game).


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 Post subject: Re: Cheap Vet FAs
PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2018 4:33 pm 
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Steelafan77 wrote:
Cory James (Mentored by current Steelers LB coach Joey Porter while at Colorado St.) was out most of last year with a knee injury. Spent time as an ILB in the Raiders defense. With the Raiders signing Tahir Whitehead and Derrick Johnson, James has become the odd man out released with a failed physical. Drafted in the 6th RND 2016, at just 24 years old from Colorado State he could be an under the radar 'cheap' FA signing for the Steelers. Had 56 tackles last season before injury.

PRO DAY RESULTS
6'1 235
40-yard dash: 4.59 seconds
Vertical: 35 inches
Broad jump: 10 feet, 7 inches
Short shuttle: 4.5 seconds
3-cone: 6.65 seconds
Bench: 16 reps of 225 pounds


Mentored by Porter is that a good or bad thing


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 Post subject: Re: Cheap Vet FAs
PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2018 4:40 pm 
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steelmann58 wrote:
Steelafan77 wrote:
Cory James (Mentored by current Steelers LB coach Joey Porter while at Colorado St.) was out most of last year with a knee injury. Spent time as an ILB in the Raiders defense. With the Raiders signing Tahir Whitehead and Derrick Johnson, James has become the odd man out released with a failed physical. Drafted in the 6th RND 2016, at just 24 years old from Colorado State he could be an under the radar 'cheap' FA signing for the Steelers. Had 56 tackles last season before injury.

PRO DAY RESULTS
6'1 235
40-yard dash: 4.59 seconds
Vertical: 35 inches
Broad jump: 10 feet, 7 inches
Short shuttle: 4.5 seconds
3-cone: 6.65 seconds
Bench: 16 reps of 225 pounds


Mentored by Porter is that a good or bad thing

It’s not something to highlight on the resume.

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 Post subject: Re: Cheap Vet FAs
PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2018 6:21 pm 
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Tough to say. Just pointing out the college connection there. This fits the Steelers description of cheap vet FA. STFA with a Steelers connection. Can James play? I have no idea. I have not followed his career. Still relatively young in his career it wouldn't hurt to bring him in for a look. Perhaps he would be eligible to attend rookie training camp?

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 Post subject: Re: Cheap Vet FAs
PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2018 9:57 pm 
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Actually upon further review, doesn't really make sense to sign a veteran even if 'cheap'. They're still in cap hell. Even after the Wilcox release they'll be in cap debut and have to eventually create some cap space for the rookie class, practice squad and the season. https://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2 ... ews-update

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 Post subject: Re: Cheap Vet FAs
PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2018 10:59 am 
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Yeah, Steelafan77, I agree not really much left money to play with in terms of free agency.

Even when they give Boswell his official new contract it will probably only free up some $500,000 or less. He is working on a $2.91 million tender, but if he signs say a 4 year $18 million deal with a $6 million signing bonus he probably ends up with a $2.5 million first year cap hit.

That is one of the other reasons why I think Landry Jones might not make the roster if Rudolph shows he is advanced for a rookie. Jones if cut would save $1.9 million.

Coty Sensabaugh would save $1.4 million. You add up those 3 players and that frees up maybe $3.7 million. Throw in a Bey and you can get that total to $4.9 million.

Now, yeah, people always say they will restructure some player and free up money but they have really gone to that well already this offseason, who is left? They restructured Tuitt and Big Al and Antonio Brown, some players have been done too many times and there is not enough years left on their contract to continue to do so, like a Marcus Gilbert for example or a Cam Heyward. There are limits, you can't just restructure and restructure and restructure a player over and over again.

I don't think Bell gets that new contract, so he plays under that high franchise tag of $14.544 million. I don't think they give Ben an extension until next offseason and maybe that does not happen at all, who knows.

Colbert and Omar have done a wonderful job of doing what they did this offseason, to be able to still land Burnett and Bostic and sign a Berhe with the handicaps of having $22 million allocated to Shazier and Bell? That is some good work.

But, there is not much left to work with and Jones, Sensabaugh and Bey have bullseyes on their backs. There are a couple of hail mary's that they could do, give contract extensions to Vance McDonald and Joe Haden, but it may be too soon to do that maybe they want both players to prove themselves this year.

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 Post subject: Re: Cheap Vet FAs
PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2018 1:34 pm 
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Yeah let’s see what bostic does. I forgot about Burnett too. I like when they bring in vet FAs on D. Less guys indoctrinated on the old system the better. By my count there are only 4 left.

No doubt Edmonds is a player they would have taken. Per Colbert their process is to put a first round grade on guys up to where they pick. Means they had 28 players they would have chosen. It basically guarantees they always have an option they like.

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 Post subject: Re: Cheap Vet FAs
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 6:38 pm 
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After six seasons in Philadelphia, Mychal Kendricks is looking for a new home. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap300000 ... m=referral
Only 27 years old. Wonder if the Steelers could be interested. Money will have something to do with it I'm sure.

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