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Plaxico returning to Steelers and Max Starks fallout (Edited)


Just saw on ESPN that Plax is picking between his two former teams.  Folks, this makes a TON of sense for us if he can come in for a low price.  I will explain more later when I am not on vacation with my family, but our WR corps is strong but precarious.  Without Wallace to take the top off the defense, it is average and inexperienced.  This would also mean ARE and Battle are out, and could be a way of saving Sweed's career if Burris can teach him how to be an NFL big receiver.  Just saying.

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/6809115/plaxico-burress-likely-new-york-giants-pittsburgh-steelers

 

Ed Bouchette is now reporting (and other reporters as well) that Max Starks was/will be released for ballooning up to nearly 400 lbs while recovering from neck surgery.  They could bring him back, but having a immobile LT at 400 lbs is not a good thing.  This does save some money (5.45 mil) but what does it do to our team.  Will we try Marcus Gilbert the rookie at LT, move Flozell over, or clear cap room and shoot for Matt Light, Tyson Clabo, etc to fill a hole.  If we have to clear, it doesn't bode well IMO for ultimate Steeler Aaron Smith.  Think about it, he is due 4.5 mil and with Ziggy waiting in the wings and Heyward as the new guy, it might be a move that is necessary.  I still say if they cut him, they would immediately resign him for a cap friendly number, but it could be.  Right now, I think that is a last resort, cut Larry Foote, ARE, Battle, and Flozell, sign Colon and resign a guy like Jonathan Scott (or tony Hills who they put a RFA tender on) and a Recovered Chris Scott (last years draftee) and next year will be no worse with a line of:

J. Scott/Hills/Gilbert (LT), Kemo, Pouncey, Foster/Colon/Williams (rookie from Nebraska) (RG), and Colon/Gilbert/C. Scott (RT)

 

I would love

 

Gilbert, Kemo, Pouncey, Colon, C. Scott and have it be improvement at LT, RG, and RT but that is wishful thinking

Legursky as inside backup.  Not great per se, but if Gilbert can play LT we could actually see improvement without a big name signing.

 

 

 

Back to Burris, (kids are asleep).  I am not saying I agree with the move, should we make it, but if the Steelers were to win the Superbowl this year, would Ward retire.  If so, would Wallace, Sanders and Brown make you feel secure.  Ward is a little over 200 lbs, the other three aren't.  I am not saying the height is even the biggest concern, I think the durability has to be taken into account.  If Wallace goes down, is Sanders a #1. Burris is a big body, who if healthy and still in football shape, could be a valuable tool for the FUTURE. 

 

With that argument, I invite more comments.  And if the whole, he shot himself and was such a pain to Cowher that we let him go against our QBs wishes, 2 thing.  1.  We still have Arians so the QB is getting what he wants nowadays, and 2.  Would anyone be more happy with this info if a supposedly "best shape of his career" Randy Moss was brought in instead.  Not for this move either, but like the conversations.

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