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The Pittsburgh Steelers initiated talks with James¬†Harrison’s representatives¬†and the two sides are expected to meet at the combine according to the Tribune-Review. Harrison is believed to be seeking¬†$20 million in guarantees.¬†
The Pittsburgh Steelers have not ruled out re-signing left tackle Marvel Smith. Smith, 30, missed the Steelers final 13 games after having a second back surgery. Steelers are interested in a deal slightly above the league minimum with a lot of incentives.¬†
The Steelers are expected to meet with Bryant McFadden’s agent Drew Rosenhaus at the scouting combine this week. The two sides have yet to begin discussions on a long-term contract. Free agency begins on February 27th.
A source tells Inside Pittsburgh sports that the Steelers are¬†prepared to make left tackle Max Starks a four year offer prior to free agency. The front office has indicated that Starks is one of the teams priorties. Early indications¬†from last weeks senior bowl is¬†the Steelers are focused on upgrading the interior of their offensive line. ¬†¬†¬†
Ben Roethlisberger threw for 256 yards and 1 touchdown – 1 INT¬†in Super Bowl XLIII. Roethlisberger drove the Steelers 78 yards with 2:36 reamaining in the fourth quarter including a 6 yard touchdown pass with 35 seconds left to Santontio¬†Holmes to seal the Steelers 6th¬†Super Bowl title.
The¬†3rd year pro recorded 9 receptions – 131 yds and 1 touchdown in Super Bowl XLIII. Holmes had a final¬†drive for the ages¬†with 4 receptions for 73 yards including a¬†6 yd touchdown reception with 35 seconds remaining. Holmes established himself as the games next¬†rising star in the playoffs. ¬†¬†
Woodley had¬†six sacks in three playoff games including a forced fumble on the Cardinals last offensive play in Super Bowl XLIII. Woodley could be the steal of the 2007 draft. He has 8 career sacks in 4 playoff games.
Status: (shoulder) Out for season
Mendenhall has been working out at the Steelers facility ( here and there) for the past¬†5 weeks and is expected to be ready for spring drills. Mendenhall, 20, has a bright future and if healthy will be a big part of the Steelers offense in 09.