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 Steelers to meet with Harrisons agent at the combine
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.¬†
Steelers haven’t ruled out re-signing Marvel Smith
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. 
Rosenhaus to meet with Steelers at the combine
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.
Steelers to offer Max Starks a four year deal?
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.    
Player News

QB Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger threw for 256 yards and 1 touchdown Р1 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.
WR Santonio Holmes
The 3rd year pro recorded 9 receptions Р131 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.   
LB LaMarr Woodley
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.
Injury News
RB Rashard Mendenhall
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.

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William DePaoli is the President/Founder of Inside Pittsburgh Sports LLC and can be reached at wdepaoli@insidepittsburghsports.com

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