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Steelers Free Agency Update Less Than a Month Before the Draft

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We’re now into about phase 5 or 6 of free agency, as just about all of the big name players (Torry Holt and Marvin Harrison aside) are gone, and most teams are now squarely thinking about the April 25th draft with visits from players and what not. With that, here is a little rewind in case you forgot about some of the players the team has re-signed, signed lost, and that are still out there:

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

• CB Fernando Bryant: UFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.

• OT Willie Colon: RFA; $2.198M/1 yr.

• FB Carey Davis: ERFA; terms unknown.

• OT Trai Essex: UFA; $1.94M/2 yrs, $500,000 SB.

• LB Andre Frazier: UFA; $1.375M/2 yrs, $125,000 SB; 2009 cap: $687,500.

• LB Arnold Harrison: Not tendered as RFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.

• OG Chris Kemoeatu: UFA; $20M/5 yrs, $3.885M SB/$6M guaranteed.

• CB Anthony Madison: RFA; $1.01M/1 yr.

• TE/FB Sean McHugh; RFA; (tendered at $1.01M with seventh-round pick as compensation); $2.57M/3 yrs, $390,000 SB.

• OT Max Starks: FFA; $8.451M/1 yr.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED

• RB Stefan Logan: FA CFL; terms unknown.

• WR Brandon Williams: FA; terms unknown.

PLAYERS LOST

• LB Mike Humpal (released/failed physical).

• CB Bryant McFadden: UFA Cardinals; $10M/2 yrs, $1M RB/$5M guaranteed.

• OG Kendall Simmons (released/failed physical).

• S Anthony Smith: Not tendered as RFA/Packers; $1.485M/2 yrs, $100,000 RB.

• OT Marvel Smith: UFA 49ers; 2 yrs, terms unknown.

• WR Nate Washington: UFA Titans; terms unknown.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

• QB Charlie Batch

• P Mitch Berger

• LB Keyaron Fox

• QB Byron Leftwich

• DE Orpheus Roye

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered)

• TE Jon Dekker (not tendered as ERFA) was on injured reserve.

The offseason mostly as you can see was all about bringing back players the team felt fit the rosters, as well as trying to get LB James Harrison re-signed, but that has yet to happen. The backup QB spot still has to be dealt with, and I can see Batch coming back, but Leftwich is talking to the Skins, and I can see him moving on. Overall, it’s been a quiet free agency period for the club, and let’s hope that the draft provides some help and depth.

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.

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