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.
According to a Tweet from Chris Harris, he’s an ex-Chicago Bears.
If he’s healthy, he could be considered a top-notch pickup … Any thoughts Packers fans? Would he fit in Green Bay?
Here’s his Tweet:
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RB Chris Johnson and the Tennessee Titans finally agreed on a contract extension that will pay the running back .5 million in new money and between -56 million overall in the next six years. The extension includes million in guaranteed money.
This makes the deal RB Jamaal Charles signed with the Chiefs look like a bargain. (Of course, we have to include the caveat that these contract numbers can be interpreted in so many ways because of some of the funny language in there.)
Charles signed a five-year, .5 million extension last December that included million guaranteed. Charles’ average per year is reportedly around .4 million while it appears Johnson is getting about .5 million per year.
Which deal is better?
The Chiefs got the better end of this, I think. Charles didn’t hold out at all and they got him at a cheaper rate. I don’t think you can say Johnson is that much better than Charles, if he’s better at all.
The Steelers have picked 22-year old OLB Chris Carter out of Frenso State with the 162nd overall pick (5th round) of the 2011 NFL Draft. Carter is 6’1″, 245 pounds and he runs a 4.7 40. Carter was a defensive end in college but he’s too small to play there in the NFL. He is a good enough athlete to convert to OLB for the Steelers. The Steelers will need to get him to play better run defense and to adjust to playing in space. Carter played in 13 games (all starts) for Fresno State last year and he had 55 tackles, 16.5 tackles for a loss and 11 sacks. Carter played in 49 games (36 starts) in his four years at Fresno State and he had 205 tackles, 38 tackles for a loss, 19.5 sacks and he broke up 1 pass. This was one of the classic Steelers’ picks as Carter was a college DE who will convert to OLB in the pros.
We haven’t talked much about Kansas City Chiefs WR Chris Chambers this year, not even in our look at free agency and players who could be cut. That’s because many people expect the Chiefs to part ways with Chambers once the NFL lockout is lifted.
Chambers surged in the 2009 season when he joined the Chiefs earning himself a nice three-year contract extension. The 2010 season certainly didn’t go as expected as Chambers was disappointing all-around. It got to the point where WR Kevin Curtis was signed off the street before the Baltimore Ravens wildcard playoff game and inserted into the lineup before Chambers.
You know how we said that what teams say matter very little, and what they do matters a whole lot more? This is a good example of that.
The Chiefs can say whatever they want about Chambers but signing someone off the street a week before a playoff game and inserting him into the lineup doesn’t bode well for the player that was replaced.
So, we know it was a disappointing season for him.
But just how disappointing was his 2010 season? So much so that Bill Barnwell, writing for Bill Simmons’ Grantland, puts him as the 11th least valuable player in the NFL. The ranking is based on playing time, expectations and salary so Chambers and his nearly-six-million-guaranteed are probably ranked about right.
With the 162nd pick in the 2011 NFL draft the Pittsburgh Steelers took Chris Carter from Fresno State. Carter projects to be an outside linebacker in the Pittsburgh’s 3-4 defense. Carter was extremely productive last season and won the Western Athletic Conference defensive player of the year award after notching 11 sacks. Carter was a key piece to an improved Bulldog defense after matching the same amount of sacks the entire team recorded a year earlier. Carter also had 16.5 tackles for a loss and ended his collegiate career with 200 tackles and 19.5 sacks.
Carter is probably a bit smaller than the Steelers are used to in terms of their outside linebacker position coming in at 6’1, and 248 pounds. Carter is closer to James Harrison (6’0, 242lbs) than Lamarr Woodley (6’2, 265lbs) in terms of size but his strengths have been noted as his intelligence and his non-stop motor. Carter was a player that I have seen in mock drafts as high as the second round to the Houston Texans. Perhaps the second round was a bit high for the Fresno State product, but it appears that Pittsburgh has another solid player that should at least be able to contribute on special teams next year. Welcome to Steeler Nation Chris Carter.