Am I the only one who is highly confused by the signing of Antwaan Randle-El ? What is he coming here to do ? Certainly not be the #3 reciever, we already have someone who is better suited to that then Randle-El ever was. Does this mean goodbye Stefan Logan? Limas Sweed?
It's pretty clear that the Steelers have had a shift in philosophy since MT has taken over, and I for one am a little concerned by it. Signing a Ryan Clark to a lucrative deal, and now bringing back Randle-El suggests the Steelers are no longer holding to the philosophy of player turnover like they did in the past. The Steelers have been successful the past 20 years precisely because they did not hold an emotional value to their players once they got into their thirties. They lost players, and they replaced them, that's the way it was. Sure, once in awhile we said goodbye to a player who still had good years left (Rod Woodson), but more often then not, it saved us in the long run, and allowed us to remain a constant contender.
I had faith in the Steelers FO when they adhered to this strategy. It allowed them to be flexible, and somewhat youthful. They now have the appearance of an aging team, and seem to be embracing it. This has not been what the Steelers have been about, and I don't think this philosophy will succeed. In my opinion, 2 superbowls the last 5 years have clouded the Steelers path.
Nothing against Randle-El, he was great to have in his prime, but that prime has passed.