Onward we go with our player by player look at the Pittsburgh Steelers 2012 Free Agents as I do a complete breakdown of their 2011 season and look ahead to their pending 2012 free agency situation. The post we finish out the Steelers restricted free agents with tackle Jamon Meredith. Please check out the links at the bottom to the other free agent player analysis already completed. Next up in the series will be the Steelers unrestricted free agents.
Player: Jamon Meredith
Experience: 3 Years
Free Agent Status: Restricted
2011 Salary Cap Hit: $600,000.00 (estimated)
2011 Season Breakdown: The Steelers signed Meredith off of the street after Willie Colon was lost for the season in the week 1 game against the Baltimore Ravens. Meredith had spent the preseason with the New York Giants but failed to make their 53 man roster. He had a link to the Steelers after playing for offensive line coach Sean Kugler when both were with the Buffalo Bills. Meredith saw no snaps on the Steelers offensive line in 2011 and only dressed four 4 weeks in total due to other injuries on the offensive line. Basically there is no season to breakdown.
Free Agency Outlook: Meredith is a restricted free agent and I do not expect the Steelers will tender him at all. There is no need to and there is no money salary cap wise to throw his direction even on a minimum contract for his accrued years. The Steelers will turn to either the draft, a 2011 practice squad player like Trevis Turner or an undrafted free agent to fight for the roster spot that Meredith held last season. Should Meredith get any attention from a team during free agency, it will be as a camp body and it will not be the Steelers.
Other 2012 Steelers Free Agent Player Analysis Mike Wallace – Restricted Free Agent Keenan Lewis – Restricted Free Agent Doug Legursky – Restricted Free Agent Ramon Foster – Restricted Free Agent David Johnson – Restricted Free Agent Ryan Mundy – Restricted Free Agent Jerricho Cotchery – Unestricted Free Agent Max Starks – Unestricted Free Agent Mewelde Moore – Unestricted Free Agent Byron Leftwich – Unestricted Free Agent Charlie Batch – Unestricted Free Agent Dennis Dixon – Unestricted Free Agent
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