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Free Agent Targets Who Could Fit Into Steelers Plans for 2013



OFFENSE :

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  • RAMSES BARDEN (NYG) WR: OK , we are now facing the reality of speedy Mike Wallace's all but inevitable exit from Steeler Nation. He obviously lost his "focus" on playing for a winning and legendary franchise and is running for the $$ . While we won't be able to replace his speed , we can definitely add to this receiving corps. Barden , listed at 6' 6 " could become a legitimate red zone threat for the Steelers in 2013 . He would give Ben the red zone threat he has been clamoring for and is both one inch taller and 7 years younger than another option of bringing back Plaxico Buress. Barden could be had at a bargain price if the Steelers convince him of a change of scenery that would benefit him.

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  • ANTHONY FASANO (MIA) TE: Heath Miller's injury to his ACL and other ligaments in his knee leaves the Steelers with David Paulson and Leonard Pope as the tight ends on the Steelers depth chart . Both have a combined 11 catches between them . Fasano has sure hands ( never dropped a pass last season) and can block very well as needed. Fasano will not be a high priced Free Agent and the Steelers could sign him and he would immediately be able to start and bridge the gap until Heath is back .

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  • LAROD STEPHENS-HOWLING (ARI) RB: With Rashard Mendenhall on his way into the free agent market and Chris Rainey released due to his "hands on " approach to his former girlfriend , the Steelers will need depth at running back. Drafting a starter will possibly occur in the draft , most likely in the third or fourth round, so the Steelers could look to Stephens-Howling as both a dynamic third down back or kick returner. Stephens- Howling had 4 Td's rushing last year , the same amount as both Redman and Dwyer had . He can also catch out of the backfield and has returned 3 kicks for TD's in his career. Mike Tomlin also is reported to be very high on him.

DEFENSE:

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  • LORENZO ALEXANDER (WAS) LB: The Steelers usually have a great history of finding very good special teams guys . Names like Keyaron Fox and last year 's find Brandon Johnson come to mind . Alexander , coming off a Pro Bowl selection last season can be lured to the Steelers through their special teams coach Danny Smith . Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com says Alexander "can instantly upgrade any team's special teams." Alexander led all special teamers in 2012 with 21 special teams tackles.

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  • JOHNATHAN CASILLAS (NO) & BRAD JONES (GB) LB'S: With the future of the linebacking corp due to be addressed in the draft and the depth at a question mark recently , here are two guys that could make an immediate impact and could even challenge for a starting job . Casillas is a pass rusher who can make things happen as he recovered 2 fumbles in 2012 and at 26 , is a good young player Coach "Dad" can mold into the type of great Steeler linebackers we are used to seeing . Jones is a versatile linebacker who started 10 games for the Packers and had 2 sacks and 4 passes defended . Jones could fill the void created with the uncertainty of Sean Spence's return and the release of Stevenson Sylvester.

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  • RASHAD JOHNSON (ARI) S: Johnson , known more as a valuable special teams player who could start if needed , would be a valuable option for the Steelers if they cannot draft Troy and Ryan's replacements in the draft. Johnson , at the very least would be both an option and upgrade over Ryan Mundy and Will Allen . Starting three games for Arizona , Johnson has 2 interceptions , returning one for a TD and at 27 is a 4 years younger option than Will Allen .

Now, obviously these are suggestions that are not written in stone . Some of these players will be available and hopefully not looking for "Fitzgerald" type money. All could be viable options for the Steelers and they wouldn't have to break the bank or get into bidding wars with other teams to sign these guys and strengthen the depth and skill of the roster and team for 2013 . Your comments are welcome and once again I thank you for reading this post .

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