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Steelers Free Agents for 2012 – Who Should Stay and Who Should Go?

Now that the 2011 season is officially over following last night’s Super Bowl, now we can all look ahead to free agency.

The Steelers have a number of players that will be unrestricted come March 13th when they can sign with other teams. You can see the complete list below, and give your thoughts about what players the team should keep, and what ones they could let go.

Exclusive Rights Free Agents (3)

RB Isaac Redman
DT Steve McLendon
P Jeremy Kapinos

Restricted Free Agents (7)

WR Mike Wallace
TE David Johnson
OT Jamon Meredith
OL Ramon Foster
OL Doug Legursky
CB Keenan Lewis
S Ryan Mundy

Unrestricted Free Agents (11)

QB Charlie Batch
QB Dennis Dixon
QB Byron Leftwich
RB Mewelde Moore
WR Jerricho Cotchery
OT Max Starks
OL Trai Essex
NT Chris Hoke
CB William Gay
CB Anthony Madison
P Daniel Sepulveda

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  1. Charles Spooner

    February 7, 2012 at 2:05 am

    RB Isaac Redman keep
    DT Steve McLendon keep maybe
    P Jeremy Kapinos bye!
    WR Mike Wallace yes i guess not a real fan of mr. invisable
    TE David Johnson BYE!!!
    OT Jamon Meredith bye
    OL Ramon Foster on the fence. played better likemore as a back up
    OL Doug Legursky KEEP! play well at guard but a DAMN good backup
    at center
    CB Keenan Lewis bye but after camp
    S Ryan Mundy bye see above
    QB Charlie Batch RETIRE ALL READY!
    QB Dennis Dixon KEEP. a good back that Tomlin HATE’S so hes gone
    QB Byron Leftwich bye nothing nice to say here
    RB Mewelde Moore bye but will be back at some point
    WR Jerricho Cotchery bye if the younger wr’s step up or
    if Ward is back
    OT Max Starks KEEP! 2nd best lineman the Steelers had last year
    OL Trai Essex bye never panned out
    NT Chris Hoke retired. sorry to se him go. great career backup
    CB William Gay bye i like the younger cb’s but if they don’t
    contune to step up i think he will be back
    CB Anthony Madison keep good on special teams not good on the d.
    P Daniel Sepulveda keep hurt every other year but plays at a
    pro bowl level when he does play

    • Lynne

      February 7, 2012 at 12:55 pm

      I agree with the previous comments on who should go or stay,definitely Max deserves it!!!!!!!!

      • George H

        February 8, 2012 at 1:13 am

        McLendon will definitely be back bc theres no one else on the roster that will play DT. I suspect Hampton will be a cap casualty especially coming off an injury and a down year. Plus he became a pretty decent backup.

        Batch will be back and be number 2 and Troy Smith will likely be 3.

        Kapinos gives almost the same production as Sepulveda but can stay healthy so he’ll stay and Sep. is gone.

        I like Moore but we have a younger and cheaper version of him in Byron Batch. Watch out for him this preseason.

        Hopefully Haley gets Wallace to become complete. Keep in mind that Wallace demands the double which allows Brown, Sanders, ect. to get openb on their routes.

        I’d honestly like to keep Cotchery and see Ward retire although I doubt that will happen. Cotchery will want a chance to be a starter or atleast a 3 somewhere and want to get paid accordingly. If he can come back for cheap I would love to have him.

        Gay will only be back if someone doesnt offer him a multi-year decent money deal. Lewis Brown and Allen will round out the DBs opposit of Taylor. Perhaps another mid-round cb will be picked up in the draft too.

        Starks was solid for sure, however, coming off an ACL injury and a good season, he might want more than hes worth or what his knee allows him to be. I would rather go out and spend in the draft on a gaurd to play opposite of Foster since Foster’s play was good enough this year to warrant a starting job, and go out and find another diamond in the rough to play LT.

        Legursky… I dont care if he can play multiple positions, he was awful at center and frequently got manhandled by bigger d-linemen. Cut him.

        Mundy is a decent backup. He can stay, however, I would like to see the Steelers go after a ballhawk safety somewhere in the draft that can atleast fill in the ST, and be a quality backup until Clark and Troy hang it up.

        Hoke… you will be missed. Terrific backup.


        Hopefully cut Suisham!!

    • Know The Game

      February 24, 2012 at 4:00 pm

      Get off the couch in front of the tv and LEARN THE GAME PLEASEEEEE!

  2. BlackNGold Luvr

    February 8, 2012 at 1:40 am

    RB Isaac Redman – Pay this man!!!
    DT Steve McLendon – Keeper if he gets his weight up
    P Jeremy Kapinos – Keep…I don’t like to see Sepulveda go due to injury, but it is what it is.

    WR Mike Wallace – keep
    TE David Johnson – let him be someone else’s problem
    OT Jamon Meredith – Really???
    OL Ramon Foster – keep as a backup, but upgrade needed.
    OL Doug Legursky – keep
    CB Keenan Lewis – Keep
    S Ryan Mundy – Keep

    QB Charlie Batch – He’ll be kept cuz Dixon’s gone.
    QB Dennis Dixon – Bye-bye D.D.
    QB Byron Leftwich – Keep
    RB Mewelde Moore – Gone…to few good moments last yr.
    WR Jerricho Cotchery – Keep…could be difficult
    OT Max Starks – Keep, torn acl could keep him gone.
    OL Trai Essex – Backup, but sad he’s been on scholarship for 5yrs.
    NT Chris Hoke – retired. Quality of life after football more important
    CB William Gay – keep, only cuz no better FA’s to replace him.
    CB Anthony Madison – Gone Special teams guy only.
    P Daniel Sepulveda – gone most likely due to salary & injury.

  3. Ellie Mae

    February 8, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    RB Isaac Redman – Keep and give him more carries
    DT Steve McLendon – Keep
    P Jeremy Kapinos – Keep
    WR Mike Wallace – Keep
    TE David Johnson – Keep
    OT Jamon Meredith – Don’t know enough about – let walk – look for OT 1st round in draft
    OL Ramon Foster – Keep
    OL Doug Legursky – Let walk
    CB Keenan Lewis – Keep
    S Ryan Mundy – Keep
    QB Charlie Batch – Keep
    QB Dennis Dixon – Let walk
    QB Byron Leftwich – Let walk – drsft developmental QB in late rounds (Kellen Moore for example)
    RB Mewelde Moore – Cut after training camp if Baron Batch is healthy and plays as well as before injury
    WR Jerricho Cotchery – Try to keep – although not likely
    OT Max Starks – Keep if healthy – could be signed at vet minimum – no interest from any teams last year
    OL Trai Essex – Keep – versatility
    NT Chris Hoke – Retired
    CB William Gay – Keep (showed improvement and played decent last year + Brown/Allen probably another year to be starters)
    CB Anthony Madison – Keep (special teams ace can be had for vet minimum)
    P Daniel Sepulveda – Let walk – knee is a liability

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