I think the Bills would be more apt to drop Fred Jackson than C.J. Spiller, but I don't think either is going anywhere. If anything, I can see C.J. getting an extension after his season this year and Jackson (he IS 31) getting cut, even after signing his extension before the season. I would love Jackson, but an older RB that has had a series of injuries doesn't sound like a player I see the Steelers taking a risk on, especially when they need consistency at the position. Also, there are too many guys on the market for the Steelers to waste a pick on a risk.
Also, I realized Chris Ivory is an RFA, so I don't think Pittsburgh will touch him. There is an UFA that I am sure NO ONE is looking at yet: Javon Ringer. He was a Titan and was NEVER going to start over Chris Johnson. However, in the the limited time he played, he was a beast. He runs over people and has an incredible quickness to him. On top of that, I'm pretty sure he would love to get out Tennessee and be a feature back. He would be cheap, as he is coming off an MCL sprain, but he is only 25.
There is a very intriguing player, too, that it wouldn't surprise me to see the Steelers talk with: Dwayne Bowe. Bowe worked with Haley in KC and could seek reasonable money to play for him again. I think it really depends on i if he wants to make a lot of money on a terrible team with a terrible QB, or if he wants to make a reasonable payday and go to a team he has a chance to win a championship with. He would make our WR corp incredible and, if we got a DECENT RB too, could make our offense very difficult to stop.
I could also see the Steelers looking at Brian Hartline, as the Dolphins have A LOT of cap space and are expected to sign at least one of the big WR FA's.
This being said, I am still a huge advocate for building through the draft, but I also think it's a good idea to grab a good player, if the price is right.
But I do know that a team that has historically kept team business in-house suddenly opens up to the media, and I can only think of two reasons:3) it is harder and harder to keep things behind closed doors with the world of social media so rather than let unanmed sources make comments you get out in front and drive the train rather then let it drive itself.
1) Placate the fansNo way. I am sure many employees of the Steelers visit this and other sites inorder to gauge the fans temperature, but to start airing your displeasure about a good deal of different issues is NOT what the Steelers do, especialy to appease fans.
2) Contract negotiations have begun, and the team has publicly delared that nobody is getting paid based on promise, potential, or past performance.True, but that was also address rather belligerently by Kevin Colbert. So I don't think they are trying to gain again kind of leverage via the press.
3) it is harder and harder to keep things behind closed doors with the world of social media so rather than let unnamed sources make comments you get out in front and drive the train rather then let it drive itself.This may be true, but it is also 2013, and what is available now was available 3 years, ago, 6 years ago. I don't think it has anything to do with trying to air dirty laundry as much as it has to do with the big wig truly P.O.'ed.
When and where did Kevin Colbert belligerently address this?“If we don’t change 8-8, if we don’t change the roster that produced 8-8, we’d be silly to expect a better result if we have the same group of guys … We’re not married to any of these guys.”
Dan Rooney can express his displeasure just as well without returning to Pittsburgh.That may be true, but he never was a "media" voiced man. I am confident the informed the others of just how disgustred HE was at the results. I say again, the Steelers have had losing seasons and never came out and aired this much distain and disappointment. Somebody still has a bit of leather remaining in their ass (es) from Rooney's shoe.
Hate to admit that what you said is true.Have heard lots of concern about coaching and Tomlins handling of the team.The truth is it's everything;players out of shape;injuries;the league cracking down trying to make examples out of what used to be steeler intensity!It all sucks;we miss power football. The defense is still at the top of a mediocre league.Our team offense has no definition! We cannot come into a game and say this is what we are going to do,now stop us!Not certain how to fix it.Cower left when he lost the team;not sayin thats where the team is at but as fans we shouldn't have to take mediocrity either.Been away from board for awhile raising kids;but not gone so long as to know big fat-er cat frank is a douche !!