The Steelers signed the $7 million man Max Starks to a four-year extension today. So, cause for minor celebration? Sure, I guess. The team has locked down their occasionally adequate left tackle at a rate not as ludicruous as it had been previously.
The team needed to sign Starks to a long-term deal, so as to avoid the messy year-by-year drama of having to stick him with the franchise tag and now they save $3 million for '09 in the process. Now, you could argue there are more pressing players that need long-term deals, i.e. Heath Miller, Casey Hampton, Ryan Clark, but this move was a necessity to free up the franchise tag if they have difficulty coming to terms with one or more of those guys before the season begins.
Also, Rosenhaus' Twitter announced that Fernando Bryant has officially retired. I think I speak for all Steelers fans when I say we will never forget that one pass defense he had in the game against the Cowboys. Big shoes to fill, Keiwan Ratliff.