Monday, March 2, 2009

Saying goodbye

We haven't kept up with the football free agency because, to be quite honest, we hate it. From losing players to seeing those ridiculous contracts (yes, that would be you Albert Haynesworth) it just makes us sick. We know that's bad on our part because that's what we do here and the Steelers have made some moves, but we hate the business aspect of sports in general. Say what you want but we'll never accept the greediness and large sums of money throw at players. Many people will never see a million dollars in their entire lives, but yet several million a year is never enough. Which means we don't buy the whole football careers are so short and I have to take care of my family stuff. Everyone has to take care of their families and they do so without making that kind of money. And like we said, many people will never see a million dollars in their ENTIRE lives, but these players need more and more a year. You could take care of yourself and others on several million dollars, you don't need that Louis Vuitton.

The Steelers signed Chris Kemoeatu for five years, $20 millon and Sean McHugh for three years, $2.57 million. They also released guard Kendall Simmons. A few others were issued contract tenders as restricted free agents.

For us, there were two players this year we interested in and hoped they would re-sign even though it didn't look good. One of those players left today. Nate Washington has signed with the Tennessee Titans for six years, $27 million, and $9 million guaranteed. We thought Nate was really coming into his own and was a real deep threat with a lot of speed. We'll also admit we've like Nate since his early days here, yes, even when he was still dropping balls. So now it's time to say goodbye to Nate, unfortunately. We're really going to miss that mohawk and high-top fade.

The other player we didn't want to see go was Bryant McFadden, although we figured he was one that was sure to go. He has yet to sign elsewhere but he met today with none other than, you guessed it, ARIZONA! Go figure. We thought he was a good player and a good part of the defense but we figured he would go elsewhere because the Steelers wouldn't pay him what he could get somewhere else. We won't even get into that.

The Steelers also kept another one of their players by putting the franchise tag on him for the second year in a row. Max Starks and the Steelers reached an agreement for the franchise tender of $8.451 million for the 2009 season. The Steelers want a long-term deal and have until mid-July to do so or he will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

We also have a link here to an interview with Max Starks on topics such as:

1.Max Starks talks About Free Agency and his Long Term Plans
2.Max talks about what makes Big Ben so Special?
3.Max gives his thought son Albert Haynesworthss Deal
4.Max speaks on the media’s focus on contracts?
5.Max gives his thoughts on Demarcus Ware
6.Max gives his thoughts on the differences between Tomlin and Cowher

The website is and the direct link to listen to the interview is at Enjoy.

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