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Steelers Come to Terms w/ Guard Chris Kemoeatu

Good news on the free agent front for the Steelers, as guard Chris Kemoeatu and the team came to terms today on a deal that will pay him $20 million over the next five years according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Reports came out Friday in the NY Daily News that the Jets were looking at Kemoeatu, but reports are that deal was about for the same amount that the Steelers were offering, and he decided to stay with the Black and Gold.

“Obviously, he’s very happy,” said his agent, Ken Vierra. “The Jets were extremely aggressive and professional. At the end of the day, it was an opportunity to win another Super Bowl and stay with his teammates, along with a good, aggressive, solid offer from the Steelers. That was enough to keep him there.”

Kemoeatu became a starter last season when Alan Faneca left to sign with the Jets. He was the teams sixth round pick in the 2005 draft.
Kemoeatu will receive a $3.885 million signing bonus as part of his new contract with the Steelers.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. mark

    February 27, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Not a bad move. This will not be a bad signing even if after a few years he doesnt work out. The cap hit will not be as bad as the Kendall Simmons hit we just took.Like I said the other day, there is still a bit of room for Kemo to improve. I doubt he can improve to pro-bowl levels, but he can be solid and this o-line needs to play together longer. They did play better as the season wore on. I think the o-line suffers from bad schemes and coaching than it suffers from lack of talent.

  2. MIK3Ysfv

    March 2, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Obviously you guys want Ben dead. Did you vote Bruce Arians as the best OC, too?

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