Scott Brown of ESPN today blogged that they Pittsburgh Steelers have contacted agents of at least three free agent cornerbacks. Alterraun Verner, Captain Munnerlyn and Nolan Carroll all appear to be targets of the Steelers’ front office.
As much as I’d like Verner, I believe he will be too costly of an option.
As Brown points out, Munnerlyn and Carroll would much more likely fit in the financial plans of the Steelers. Whether any of these three come to fruition as Steelers’ signees is uncertain, but what is clear is that the Steelers may be narrowing their focus for the upcoming draft.
It may also signal that negotiations with Ike Taylor may not be going so well. Taylor needs to take a drastic pay cut in order to stay with the team or else he’ll be released. Should this occur, the need for a free agent corner will grow tremendously because it’s highly doubtful that Dick LeBeau will start a rookie cornerback should one be chosen in the first round of the draft.
UPDATE: Ike Taylor signed a one-year deal for $2.75 million this evening. This will save the Steelers about $4 million in cap space.
With the signing of Will Allen, that solidifies the safety spot a little bit more while a free agent cornerback would do the same for that position.
What that means is that the Steelers could be targeting receiver, linebacker or defensive lineman in the first round of the draft.
Any position short of QB and RB is an option but I think these potential moves show the Steelers are trying to zero in on certain spots in round one.
There are many ‘what-ifs’ at play here but looking at the forest through the trees I can’t help but wonder if the front office strategy is starting to come together.
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