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    From Dale Lolley's blog, "NFL From The Sidelines"....

    Thursday, February 24, 2011
    Steelers readying for free agency

    The NFL Network reported today that the Steelers won't use a transition tag on any players, including cornerback Ike Taylor, prior to the deadline to do so.

    That means that if/when free agency opens up, Taylor will be an unrestricted free agent.

    Cue the teeth gnashing.

    But nobody knows what free agency will be like if/when a new CBA is put in place. The Steelers wanted to protect themselves with LaMarr Woodley, hence the franchise tag they used on the linebacker.

    But a transition tag has proven to be all but worthless over the years, offering little resistance to players moving about thanks to "poison pills" that some teams put in contract offers to keep their offer from being matched.

    The bottom line is that Taylor, even if he gets an offer from another team, will more than likely give the Steelers a chance to match it or at least come close. Taylor doesn't want to leave Pittsburgh, especially after seeing what happened to Bryant McFadden in Arizona.

    Willie Colon's agent told the Post Gazette that the tackle has probably played his last game in Pittsburgh, but that's posturing.

    It remains to be seen how much money a player coming off an Achilles' tendon injury can command on the open market.

    And it will be a wide open market, with more than 600 players scheduled to hit free agency if/when it happens. We also don't know what kind of cap will be in place if any. It could be more than it was in 2009, the last capped year. It could be less.

    The bottom line is that right now, there is a whole lot that nobody knows when it comes to free agency this year.

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    Lockout aside, I don't expect the Steelers to partake deeply in free agency this year like any other year.

    It's the sole reason why the Steelers are consistently successful.
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    They'll get it done. They are usually successful with the players they target.
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    Lockout aside, I don't expect the Steelers to partake deeply in free agency this year like any other year.
    Then the Redskins will get everybody!

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    Then the Redskins will get everybody!
    Bingo.

    Which is why the deadskins have made the playoffs since... when?
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    I'd really like Jonathan Joseph...won't happen though.
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    I'd really like Jonathan Joseph...won't happen though.
    He'd be a good addition, but has he learned how to catch a football yet?
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