As NFL Free Agency first week has come and gone, and it finds the Pittsburgh Steelers poorer one cornerback and one outside linebacker but richer one back up running back and having locked down one franchise quarterback for another five years.
Otherwise its been all quiet on the South Side front, but nonetheless there are still 5 Burning Questions for Steelers Nation to grapple with before this second week of free agency ends.
1. Whether you're looking at Scott Brown's Steelers Mail column or Ed Bouchette's Twitterfeed, its seems like there's no shortage of Steelers fans who wish the Steelers were more active in free agency, even if its never been the franchise's MO, even if someone like MMQB's Peter King has concluded that the best way for teams to "win" free agency is not to play.
In your heart of hearts, what do you really think? Do you wish the Steelers would make more "Splash" free agency signings, or do shake your head as you watch other teams attempt to "Win" free agency?
2. Even if Jason Worild's retirement decision was fueled by his faith and wasn't explicitly tied to fears of head trauma, Chris Borland's was and there've now been almost a half a dozen players retiring in their 20's, leaving hundreds of millions of dollars on the table.
Is this just a momentary blip or are we seeing the beginning of a serious trend?
3. While the Pittsburgh Tribune Review's Mark Kaboly has said the Steelers are wise not to dive head first into the free agency free for all, he has said that the Steelers needs at outside linebacker and cornerback are so glaring that they must make a "priority free agency signing" as they cannot hope to address both positions in the draft.
Given the talent pool available, do you think it's still possible to make a "priority free agency signing?"
4. Maurkice Pouncey recently went so far as to label former teammate Mike Wallace a "Coward." Do you agree or disagree with Pouncey's conclusion? And regardless of that, do you think Pouncey should have called out Wallaceso publicly?
5. Finally, it was with great appreciation but also profound sadness that the community here bid farewell to former Behind the Steel Curtain editor Neal Coolong. Take a moment to share you thoughts on what you think he accomplished as editor and/or what his most memorable article was for you.
That's it folks. Remember the ground rules, show you work to get full credit, use a number 2 pencil, and by all means, look at your neighbor's paper.