The Pittsburgh Steelers offered more years but Bryant McFadden agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals this afternoon. John Clayton of ESPN reports the entire salary is guaranteed in 2009. A source tells Inside Pittsburgh Sports, the Steelers offered a 5 year deal with close to $10 million guaranteed over the course of the contract. McFadden went with a shorter deal with the opportunity to cash in two seasons from now. Pittsburgh and Arizona were the only teams to make offers. McFadden was hopeful to return to Florida and sign with the Miami Dolphins but the Dolphins never scheduled a visit or make a offer to McFadden who went into free agency seeking $16 million in guarantees.
The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports “An NFL source has told them safety Anthony Smith agreed to a contract with the Packers on Friday. Smith, 25, played in the Pittsburgh Steelers‚Äô 3-4 defense the past three years and is well known to the Packers‚Äô new safeties coach, Darren Perry, who was Smith‚Äôs defensive backs coach with the Steelers in 2006.” The Steelers did not offer Smith a contract following the season. Bryant McFadden will make a decision very soon on where he will sign Where will he end up?: McFadden has only visited the Cardinals and Lions. The Lions have dropped out and went after cheaper alternatives. Many teams including the Jets, Patriots, Lions were turned off by McFadden‚Äôs asking price. McFadden currently has offers on the table from the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals. Drew Rosenhaus, Bryant McFadden‚Äôs agent claims four teams including the Steelers and Cardinals are in onRead More »
Bryant McFadden visited the Arizona Cardinals today but since Friday, the Detroit Lions, New York Jets, and Denver Broncos have all dropped out of the McFadden sweepstakes. Sources tell inside Pittsburgh Sports that the Steelers have made a new 5 year offer and are willing to move salary to bring McFadden back. Read more for the latest and teams that are still in on McFadden
The Pittsburgh Steelers top target has been Titans kick returner/CB Chris Carr for the past few weeks since Carr’s agent announced his client was going to test free agency. The team reached out to Carr as soon as free agency began and the team has scheduled a visit with Carr on Tuesday according to sources. Improving the kick return game has been the Steelers top priority in FA Carr averaged 28.1 yard per kick return in 08 and would be a great addition to the Steelers. The issue the Steelers are going to have is Carr wants to have the opportunity to be a starter on defense. He visited the Lions today and is also being pursued by the Minnesota Vikings. Titans also want him back. Nate Washington is currently visiting an AFC South team. Read more for updates on Bryant McFadden, Nate Washington and Byron Leftwich
Live Updates 9:02 a.m. – Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth reached agreement Friday on a seven-year, $100 million with the Washington Redskins according to reports. 9:38 a.m. – Reports indicate the Ravens will lose Ray Lewis. Linebacker Bart Scott signed with the Jets. 10:23 a.m. – It’s believed Anthony Smith has received calls from atleast 6 teams. Cardinals and Falcons showing significant interest. 10: 25 a.m. – Steelers remain in discussions Chris Kemoeatu and have a offer on the table. Kemoeatu has a received a 4 year-offer from the New York Jets. Kemoeatu is still considering the Steelers but the Steelers offer is around $3.8 million per season. 10:29 a.m. – Steelers have made a two year deal to Trai Essex. 10:33 a.m. – Sources indicate Bryant McFadden has scheduled visits to Arizona and Detroit. Six teams are showing significant interest. The others are
Photo Courtesy of SteelCityHobbies The Pittsburgh Steelers have placed the franchise tag on left tackle Max Starks. The move guarantees Starks a salary of $8.451 million. The Steelers are currently in talks with Starks on a long-term deal in the 5 year range. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports, “The franchise tag placed on Starks was non-exclusive, meaning he is allowed to talk with other NFL teams about a contract.” If Starks were to sign elsewhere, the Steelers would be compensated with two first round picks. The Tribune-Review first reported this afternoon that the Steelers were considering placing the franchise tag on Max Starks or Bryant McFadden A source tells Inside Pittsburgh Sports
Free Agency begins on February 27th The Steelers have been involved in contract talks with James Harrison for about 7 days now. Reports indicate Harrison‚Äôs agent will meet with the Steelers at the combine. Talks with Heath Miller will begin in March once the Steelers priorities in free agency are taking care of. Miller is just as much of a priority for the Steelers as anyone. They have no intention of him entering 09 without a long-term extension. Jason Witten received a $6 year – $28 million contract a few seasons ago. Miller doesn‚Äôt put up the numbers Witten does but is regarded as the most complete tight end in the game. Here‚Äôs some new stuff on Nate Washington, Bryant McFadden and Penn State’s Derek Williams Steelers to meet with Drew Rosenhaus the agent for Bryant McFadden this week.