The Steelers have leaned on offensive guard Ramon Foster several times in his four-year tenure in Pittsburgh, and they're asking him to hold out a little while longer before they make him an offer. Other teams are pursuing the versatile guard, though.
Mark Kaboly of the Tribune-Review reported the Steelers told Joel Segal they would eventually make unrestricted free agent guard Ramon Foster an offer when the Steelers have a better grasp on their current finances.
Reports circulated about the possibility of moving second-year lineman Kelvin Beachum from tackle to guard this coming season, amid the possibility the Steelers would be without both players who started at the two guard positions in Week 1 of the 2012 season. Left guard Willie Colon wasn't released before the beginning of the contact period of free agency, but still could be a post-June 1 cut.
The selection of David DeCastro in the 2012 NFL Draft led to the logical assumption Foster would not be retained after his restricted free agency year in 2012. DeCastro was injured in the third preseason game, and missed nearly the entire season. Foster started all 16 games for the Steelers - 13 games at right guard, and three at left guard.
Arizona, Tennessee and the New York Giants are allegedly interested in Foster's services, and he may sign with any of them or any other team come Tuesday, the official start to the free agency period.
Teams may negotiate with representatives of players between Saturday and Tuesday, but no contracts can be signed.