News that the Steelers have signed veteran DT Anthony McFarland, who had been released by the Colts after failing a physical. Didn't see any contract details. McFarland had missed the entire 07 season after tearing a tendon at training camp. McFarland is 30, 6-0 300 pounds. Solid veteran for many years in TBay before joining the Colts in 06. A good inside pocket pusher and decent against the run in his prime. Colorful guy, good in the locker room, part of two SB champs and was particularly good for the Colts in their playoff run. Not really any experience in the 3-4 but he figures to share time with Kiesel or perhaps even Hampton. Not sure how healthy he is or how much he has left in the tank. Perhaps this is an indication the Steelers will play more 4-3 than they have before.
This could be the end of FA acquisitions. Four signees, all in areas of obvious need: RB-Returner Moore, LB Fox, C Hartwig and DL McFadden. By Steeler standards a very busy FA period and high marks for the FO responding to Tomlin's wishes. They're obviously committed to his vision of how he wants to build and improve his team. The guy wants to win right now. I don't know how Colbert did it within a tight cap. Now they turn all their attention to unsigned RFAs (especially Washington), Starks and of course the draft. I think each NFL team is permitted 30 visits by draft eligible players and we'll get a good idea of who the Steelers are targeting in early, mid and late rounds.