With the first day of free agency in the books, there were a lot of big-time moves made by several teams. However, none of those moves were made by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Of course, their salary cap woes had something to do with that. Even though the Steelers didn’t draw much attention to themselves, they did, however, manage to keep some familiar faces around.
Pittsburgh did re-sign linebacker Larry Foote and wide receiver Plaxico Burress to a three-year deal and a one-year deal, respectively.
Not long after re-signing Foote and Burress, the Steelers also decided to keep guard Ramon Foster around for next season. Foster started all 16 games for Pittsburgh in 2012, and did a fairly good job filling in at both guard positions.
Having the 2009 undrafted free agent stay in the Steel City will give the Steelers’ young offensive line some veteran leadership. Assuming that Foster will be the starter at left guard in 2013, Pittsburgh’s offensive line should have Marcus Gilbert at right tackle, David DeCastro at right guard, Maurkice Pouncey at center, and Mike Adams at left tackle.
Last season, injuries kept the Steelers’ offensive line from playing their best football. Constant shuffling across the O-line didn’t give anyone a chance to get fully acclimated to one position for the entire season.
If the injury bug stays away from the offensive front next season, Foster and the rest of the offensive line could vastly improve the team’s pass protection and run blocking, and possibly could become one of the best O-lines in the NFL.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google