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Steelers eye free agents

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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

John Harris is a sports writer for the Tribune-Review.

By John Harris

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007

A list of the NFL's unrestricted free agents:

Quarterbacks

Jeff Garcia, Philadelphia Top free agent QB deserves starting job.

Damon Huard, Kansas City Possible starter with right team.

Shaun King, Indianapolis Former starter wants to make comeback.

Tim Rattay, Tampa Bay Solid No. 2. passer.

Anthony Wright, Cincinnati Can start in a pinch.

What will the Steelers do: Pass. Desire a young No. 3 quarterback, but the best free agents are all older.


Running backs

Chris Brown, Tennessee Rushed for over 1,000 yards two years ago but can't stay healthy.

Cornell Buckhalter, Philadelphia Averaged more than 4 yards per carry in 2006.

T.J. Duckett, Redskins Steelers favorite available at right price.

Ahman Green, Green Bay Biggest name on list comes wth biggest (injury) risk.

Dominic Rhodes, Indianapolis DUI arrest could offset Super Bowl heroics.

What will the Steelers do: Might pursue Duckett a year after they considered trading for him. Also don't discount Baltimore's Ovie Mughelli, a blocking back with a burst.


Wide receivers

Drew Bennett, Tennessee Big receiver has big-play potential.

Kevin Curtis, St. Louis Ten touchdowns catches in past two seasons.

Bobby Engram, Seattle Former Penn State star is excellent possession receiver.

Keenan McCardell, San Diego Getting up in age.

Donte Stallworth, Philadephia Can't be covered, but can't stay healthy.

What will the Steelers do: Consider Cincinnati's Kelley Washington, who's one of the taller free agent WRs and has playmaking ability.


Tight ends

Kyle Brady, Jacksonville More blocker than receiver.

Daniel Graham, New England Produces when called upon.

Eric Johnson, San Francisco Caught 82 passes in 2005.

David Martin, Green Bay Good receiving skills.

Jerramy Stevens, Seattle Joey Porter's favorite tight end beginning to blossom.

What will the Steelers do: Probably nothing. Steelers are strong at tight end.


Tackles

Jordan Black, Kansas City Opened holes for Larry Johnson.

Leonard Davis, Arizona Pro Bowl potential.

Mike Gandy, Buffalo Decent NFL starter.

Damion McIntosh, Miami Started 13 games in 2006.

Roman Oben, San Diego Veteran backup.

What will the Steelers do: Steelers don't want to spend a lot of money here. Gandy and Black are possibilities, but only if price is right.


Guards

Kris Dielman, San Diego Tenacious run blocker.

Derrick Dockery, Washington Started 61 of a possible 64 games.

Todd Steussie, St. Louis Understands his role.

Eric Steinbach, Cincinnati Turns 27 in April and already has 62 career starts.

Floyd Womack, Seattle Backup in the right system.

What will the Steelers do: Addressing the guard position isn't a priority, but Dockery is the type of player the Steelers like. He lines up and plays.


Defensive ends

Chris Kelsay, Buffalo All-around play his No. 1 asset.

David Bowens, Miami 18 sacks in the past three seasons.

Bryan Thomas, New York Jets Former first-round pick had 8 1/2 sacks in 2006.

Juqua Thomas, Philadelphia Gets after the quarterback.

Dewayne White, Tampa Bay Pass-rusher would be perfect fit for Steelers.

What will the Steelers do: Consider White, who stepped in for the injured Simeon Rice. It's in White's favor that he played for Steelers coach Mike Tomlin in Tampa Bay.


Defensive tackles

Aubrayo Franklin, Baltimore Stuck on bench in Baltimore.

Michael Myers, Denver Productive reserve

Alvin McKinley, Cleveland Veteran insurance.

Michael Myers, Denver Rotating member of Broncos' tough defense.

Hollis Thomas, New Orleans Recorded 3 1/2 sacks in first season in New Orleans.

What will the Steelers do: Pursue young prospects such as Franklin who are part of a winning system.


Linebackers

E.J. Henderson, Minnesota Played one season under Mike Tomlin.

Cato June, Indianapolis Playmaker in his prime coming off Super Bowl win.

Kawika Mitchell, Kansas City Second-round pick in 2003.

Adalius Thomas, Baltimore Rushes the quarterback, plugs the run and chases receivers.

Demorrio Williams, Atlanta 92 tackles last season.

What will the Steelers do: Add a potential starter from group including Henderson, Mitchell and Williams.


Cornerbacks

Phillip Buchanon, Tampa Bay Underachieving corner.

Nate Clements, Buffalo Top unrestricted free agent will command top dollar.

Nick Harper, Indianapolis Market value will never be higher.

Tory James, Cincinnati Showing signs of wear and tear.

David Macklin, Arizona Cardinals defense came on late.

What will the Steelers do: Sign a veteran CB for little or nothing


Safeties

Tyrone Carter, Steelers Versatile and effective.

Deon Grant, Jacksonville Played for one of league's strongest units.

Ken Hamlin, Seattle Defensive quarterback.

Kevin Kaesviharn, Cincinnati Getting better and better.

Germone Sapp, Baltimore Needs opportunity to play.

What will the Steelers do: Nothing. They are solid at safety, and Carter could be the odd-man out.

 

 

 
 


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