On Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released center/guard Sean Mahan. Mahan was traded by the Steelers to the Bucs exactly one year ago today for a seventh round draft pick. Mahan started all 16 games for the Steelers in 2007 but lost his starting job to Justin Hartwig going into 2008. The Steelers however are still on the hook for 2.4 million dollars of the original signing bonus that counts against the 2009 cap as dead money.
Even though it is highly unlikely they sign Mahan again, it would give the Steelers two swing center/guard players to back up Hartwig. Doug Legursky is a lock regardless to make the roster, but the Steelers could probably release third round guard Kraig Urbik and sneak him on the practice squad as Urbik is a ways away from being able to contribute.
I am not saying it will happen, but if Mahan could be gotten cheap this time around and you are already paying him against the cap for 2009 regardless, it is a scenario that may be considered.