Steelers strike deal on eve of training camp
The Pittsburgh Steelers today came to terms with former pro bowl tackle Flozell Adams. The deal is a two year contract and the team will make an offical announcement this evening.
The signing was first reported by Jason LaCanfora of NFL.com.
Adams, 35, has been named to the probowl five times and will replace the injured Willie Colon at right tackle or possibly move over to left tackle, a position he played with the Dallas Cowboys.
As the team reports to training camp on Friday, the coaching staff has not ruled out moving Max Starks to right tackle and entrenching Adams as the starter at left tackle.
In February 2008, the 6-foot-7, 340-pound tackle signed a new six-year contract worth $42 million with the Dallas Cowboys. The deal included $15 million in guaranteed money and a signing bonus in the range of $13 million.
Adams was released by the Cowboys in March 2010 as he was due a $6.5 million bonus. Adams worked out for the Steelers last month.
The signing of Adams is a significant move for the Steelers who had a major hole at the tackle position after the loss of Willie Colon.
The Steelers have been active in the past couple weeks looking to bolster their O-line. The team signed veteran offensive lineman Adrian Jones last week and brought offensive guard Chester Pitts in for a visit on Tuesday. Pitts signed with Seattle today. The Steelers did not make him an offer.
The Steelers will enter camp now with only one position battle on their offensive line. 2010 1st round pick Maurkice Pouncey, Trai Essex and Ramon Foster will battle for the starting right guard job.
Although the Steelers are normally patient with their 1st round picks, some say “too patient”, Pouncey projects to win the starting spot out of camp.
The team is very high on 2nd year pro Ramon Foster who provides depth to the tackle and guard positions.