Hines Ward - he is obviously willing to take pretty much any kind of pay cut we offer him. This is a move that is a no brainer to me. There is no telling if Cotchery will come back or not. There is no telling if our 3 starting WR's will get hurt. We need leadership with Wallace/Brown/Sanders. I like all three of them, but they are still very young and immature. Hines can keep them in line and continue to teach them the tricks of the trade. There is no denying he lost a step last year, but for a very cheap salary, the positives of keeping him heavy outweigh the negatives.
Rashard Mendenhall - the negative aspect that revolves around this guy in this city amazes me. I'm sorry, but he doesn't get the respect he deserves as a player. This is a feature back that just two seasons ago put up 13 TD's and 1300 yards. Sure he didnt have his best season last year, but he was coming on in the last part of the seaon before he got injuried. I just dont understand the fans that want to write him off. Without Rashard, this RB group is very average at best.
Casey Hampton - his contract needs to be reworked, but the Steelers still need Casey Hampton. The Steelers really dropped the ball in not finding a stud replacement sooner. I'm sorry, but I just dont see the talent in Steve McClendon to even put him near the same level as Casey. To me McClendon is just like Hoke, a nice backup to have. The NT position is just too important in the Dick's defense to have an average player play there. I understand that money is an issue right now, but Casey needs to stay.
Cutting the following players frees up about $12.5 million dollars....Kemo, Foote, J. Scott, W. Allen, and Aaron Smith's retirement.
Steelers Draft 1st Round Pick Options (Which one would you draft?)
OG - Glenn
OT - Adams
NT - Poe
ILB - Hightower