This is often my favorite time of the offseason. It’s the point where teams start releasing players as we near the beginning of the free agency period.
When this happens, anytime a former Steelers’ player is cut loose you can bank on a collective call from many in Steelers Nation hollering for said player’s return. For instance, last week it was reported the Minnesota Vikings will likely release Mike Wallace. Cue the “sign Wallace” crowd.
Then the next player that came available was former Steelers’ cornerback Brice McCain who was released by the Miami Dolphins. As is the normal Pavlovian response, “We should sign McCain” comments were all over the place.
If you recall, McCain had a nice stint with the Steelers before heading to South Beach. He had three interceptions including a pick six that saved the Steelers in a tough win over lowly Jacksonville.
The problem is that most fans only recall the interceptions. Look further and you see a guy who was pretty bad against the run. This is in large part why Antwon Blake has seen the field so much recently. He’s far better against the run than he is the pass so therefore he plays no matter how much he infuriates the masses.
Re-signing McCain would mean in my eyes that the Steelers would be settling for average.
Whether through the draft or elsewhere in free agency, the Steelers have to think bigger and they have to think better. McCain would be nothing more than a finger in the hole of a leaky dam on a major river.
While I understand the salary cap will potentially limit what the Steelers can do, they can do better and they must do better.
Besides, I’m sure LaMarr Woodley will be available any day now and then we can focus our attention on him.