|Danario Alexander, a restricted free agent|
NFL free agent signings start today. Nothing that happens today is likely to change the Steelers' draft plans. Like all Steeler fans, we'd like to see them sign certain free agents, but we expect little.
|Dennis Pitta, RFA|
- Joey Porter's Pit Bulls would investigate signing LaRod Stephens-Howling to take over the Chris Rainey role.
- We would seriously consider pursuing Baltimore restricted free-agent tight end Dennis Pitta, although it would mean sending a second-round (?) pick to the Ravens -- unless, that is, Baltimore was forced to match our offer; which, if they do, would be a win for us anyway, as we would have just driven up their cost of keeping him, which would further complicate their already complicated cap picture. Pitta's a good player.
- We'd also take a close look at what it might take to sign San Diego restricted free-agent wide receiver Danario Alexander, who would not cost a draft choice. The last we saw him, in December, he was a nightmare-matchup for the Steelers' secondary at Heinz Field. There will be competition for him, one would think.
One thing for sure: More than a few 2012 Steelers won't be 2013 Steelers, and that list probably includes Rashard Mendenhall, Casey Hampton, Willie Colon, Ryan Mundy, Byron Leftwich, Stevenson Sylvester, Leonard Pope and several others.
The free-agency carousel begins today.
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