The Steelers have released 29-year old OG Chris Kemoeatu. He played in 13 games (8 starts) for the Steelers last year. He played in 75 games (53 starts) in his seven years with the Steelers. The Steelers are probably better off without Chris Kemoeatu, as he didn’t block too well last year.
The internet is abuzz with news that PlayStation Norway has begun teasing something suspiciously Uncharted-like, but what does it all really mean? PlayStation LifeStyle investigates. – PSLS
I’m currently writing you from the good ‘ole No. 55 train from New York City to Washington, DC. Looking outside the evening window right now, I can confirm that New Jersey is still really, really crappy (Sorry NJ Chiefs Fan. We love you but dammit if my friend didn’t wake up on an old, used condom two weekends ago in an Atlantic City hotel room. Story to come later).
This is your open thread for the evening. Use it to talk about whatever you’d like. I may or may not be in DC by the time this posts so I will follow up on any comments tomorrow.
Ouch. Okay kids, let’s do this so I can go back to bed. Here is your Kansas City Chiefs news.
The Chiefs filled two of their biggest roster holes Saturday, signing veteran right tackle Eric Winston to a four-year contract and agreeing to terms with backup quarterback Brady Quinn. Financial terms were not disclosed for either deal.
Chiefs Pick Up QB Brad Quinn, Tackle Eric Winston from KC Star
Winston was in the fourth year of a million, five-year deal when he was cut by the Houston Texas to save salary cap space. He instantly became the most coveted right tackle on the market, and Kansas City quickly swooped in to line up a visit.
Their likely sales pitch include a chance to block for one of the most dynamic running backs in the league in Jamaal Charles, play for a team on the rise, and sample some of the world’s best barbecue – Winston tweeted during his visit on Friday that Chiefs brass had taken him to Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue for lunch.
Kansas City Chiefs Sign Free Agents OT Eric Winston, QB Brady Quinn from SportingNews
Winston’s arrival doesn’t just fill a need for the Chiefs. It patches a gaping hole. The Chiefs entered free agency with offensive tackle undoubtedly ranking as the club’s biggest need from both a talent and depth perspective. Prior to signing Winston, the Chiefs had just two tackles under contract for 2012 and neither had NFL experience playing on the right side.
With Winston, the Chiefs are getting a player who’s made 86 career starts and is still in his prime at 28-years old.
Chiefs Sign T Eric Winston from The Mothership
Quinn, once selected 22ndoverall by Cleveland in the 2007 NFL Draft, reunites with former Browns head coach Romeo Crennel in Kansas City.
The Browns traded up to select Quinn out of Notre Dame. If they hadn’t, former Chiefs President and General Manager Carl Peterson was prepared to make Quinn a Chief.
Instead, the Chiefs chose WR
Chiefs Agree To Terms With QB Brady Quinn from The Mothership
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily Newsreports that Cotchery is scheduled to visit the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday and Tuesday.
Jerrico Cotchery To Visit The Chiefs Early Next Week from ProFootballTalk
And then there’s the personal work on his ACL that has occupied his time, which he estimates is “80 or 85 percent” done.
“I’m really excited about where I’m at, ahead of schedule,” Berry said. “Right now, I feel very comfortable with where I’m at, running, cutting, starting to do plyometrics as well, and the process is going really well.
Love Affair Between Eric Berry And Vols Still Going Strong from Go Vols Xtra
That road led to western Kansas and a semester at Dodge City Community College, but he didn’t play football there, ultimately ending up at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. But it’s there in the Ragin’ Cajun program that Bentley showed the NFL he deserves serious consideration on draft day.
Top 100 Prospects – No. 87 CB Dwight Bentleyfrom Bob Gretz
Tolbert, 26, who played four seasons in San Diego, visited the Kansas City Chiefs last week and also has drawn interest from San Francisco and Pittsburgh.
Source: Tolbert Visits Carolina Panthers This Weekend from The Rock Hill Herald
What should have been the charming story of Peyton Hillis, the everyman running back voted onto Madden NFL 12‘s cover, turned into a farce by year’s end. Hillis bickered with Browns management over his contract, which was off-putting to Browns fans, who are noted for their loyalty. He sat out a game on the advice of his agent, which further soured their opinion of him, and last week he signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.
He is the first Madden cover star to be traded in the offseason following his appearance.. He becomes the second athlete to change teams in the offseason immediately after his appearance, though Favre’s switch to the Vikings involved retirement and a return late in training camp.
Ten Disasters Under The Covers Of Sports Video Games from Deadspin
Some teams paid a premium to persuade players to make quick decisions, even though both sides might have been better served by taking their time. The Vikings spent as much as million for tight end John Carlson, who caught just 31 passes for the Seahawks in 2010 before missing last season with a shoulder injury. Carlson was in Kansas City, preparing for a meeting with the Chiefs, when Vikings officials called him with an offer so good that he canceled his plans and flew to Minnesota. Carlson arrived at Vikings headquarters and signed a five-year deal that guarantees him million.
Shopping Fast Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Shopping Well from The New York Times
Khaled: I like what the Kansas City Chiefs did on a number of levels, but any time you turn one of your biggest weaknesses into a strength, you’ve done very well. That’s why they did at the right tackle spot by swapping Barry Richardson for Eric Winston.
Nathan: I’ll go with Peyton Hillis to the Chiefs. If both Hillis and Charles can return to their 2010 form, then that offense can be very dangerous. I think that move can help the team win the division in 2012.
Free Agency Day 5: 5 Questions, 5 Analysts (3/18/12) from Pro Football Focus
Most of “Steeler Nation” would agree that Guard, Nose Tackle, and Inside Linebacker are the positions with the most issues surrounding them entering the 2012 season. All three positions need either upgrades and/or talented bodies to fill the vacated spots on the roster, and Pittsburgh will likely be looking at all three spots early and/or often this April in the Draft.
While the Steelers’ most glaring needs exist at Guard, Nose Tackle, and Inside Linebacker, there exist some other holes/needs for upgrades at different positions on their roster which the Front Office might consider filling and upgrading this April as well. Thus, I would like to do a short breakdown of six other positions which the Steelers could look to target in this April’s Draft, and why Pittsburgh would consider going in those different directions.
The strength of this year’s draft class is in the middle rounds. This year’s class features numerous starters and potentially outstanding players likely to be taken in the second and third rounds.
There are two scenarios in which a draft can be spoken of highly due to the talent available after the first 32 picks. The first is it being a really top-heavy class, full of elite prospects. That’s partially true this year. The second, however, is the talent available after the first round is worthy of a first-round pick, but size or experience cause them to fall.
That’s a bit more fitting with this year, but each year brings with it more and more high-level talent not possessing prototypical physical stats (see: Brown, Antonio, 6th Round Steal).
Here are a few prospects I can see getting selected in the second or third rounds, and making an impact in the NFL.1. Doug Martin, RB, Boise State - Martin is a very good RB prospect with all the tools to be a dominant back. He has good speed (4.47 was his fastest time), great power, great vision, and a violent, violent stiff arm. He has the build of Ray Rice and the vision of Maurice Jones Drew and could be one of the biggest steals in this years draft. Some mocks even have him falling into late first round consideration.
2. Tommy Streeter, WR, Miami - if Stephen Hill is the most physically gifted WR in this class, Tommy Streeter is a close second. He ran a 4.40 at the combine which is incredible because he is 6’5″ 220 pounds. He is an above average route runner, has good hands, and knows the game but for some reason his production at Miami was not very good. However, as a mid second round pick a team is getting a player with top 10 potential.
3. Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers - Unlike Streeter, Sanu had a “bad combine” according to the experts. He ran a paltry 4.65 on both attempts. However, that does not really mean anything. This is a guy who caught 115 balls at Rutgers (a Big East receptions record) while being double or triple teamed on every single play and catching passes from one the worst QB in Division I football for half the year. ESPN’s Todd McShay says he can’t get open. That’s not what I see. While Sanu may never be the elite No. 1 receiver that Hill, Blackmon and Floyd might become, he should be a very good No. 2 WR and a possible landing spot for him is back with his college head coach Greg Schiano in Tampa Bay.
4. Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin - Here is a Steelers prospect. Zeitler is the No. 2 rated guard in this draft and has all the tools to be dominant guard in all the phases. He is an excellent run blocker, a good pass blocker and has great strength. He is also versatile and has been working out as a center for some teams. Due to that versatility and talent, as well as the four-year body of work he has, he is a very likely pick for the Steelers if he makes it to them in the second round.
5. Mychal Kendricks, ILB, California - Kendricks is about as safe as they come in terms of Day 2 prospects. He has the game film, production and the Combine performance to make scouts and GMs comfortably believe they are getting a good player with elite upside. The one knock on Kendricks is that he is only 5-foot-10, but he should be able to make up for that with a 38-inch vertical. Kendricks is also very versatile and can play really and of the linebacker spots in a 4-3 or a 3-4 but the Buck in a 3-4.
6. Dwight Bentley, CB, Louisiana Lafayette - Bentley is flying up draft boards and for good reason. He has the potential and ability to be an absolute lockdown corner at the next level. While at Louisiana Lafayette, he simply dominated the weaker competition he faced. Time after time after time he lined up in one on one coverage with a WR with no safety help and stone walled them every time. He could very well end up being a first round prospect and the second cornerback taken. He has no personal baggage and it’d be a steal to get him in the second round.
The Steelers have released 35-year old DE Aaron Smith. Smith played in 4 games for the Steelers last year and he had 8 tackles. Smith played in 160 games in his 13 years with the Steelers and he had 453 tackles, 44 sacks, 40 tackles for a loss, 7 forced fumbles, 9 fumble recoveries, 1 interception and 20 passes defensed. The Steelers will likely let Ziggy Hood and Cameron Heyward duke it out in training camp to replace Smith.
“In a pre-draft blockbuster trade, the St. Louis Rams have agreed in principle to send the second overall pick in this year’s draft to the Washington Redskins for three first-round draft picks and a second-round pick as well, according to a source in Cleveland familiar with the terms of the deal.”
That’s… expensive. At least they’re guaranteed to get a potential franchise QB – presumably RGIII.