Howard Balzer of ESPN Radio in St. Louis reports Thursday via Twitter that Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free agent guard Ramon Foster has signed his one year restricted tender offer. Foster was one of six Steelers restricted free agents that were tendered one year contracts prior to the start of free agency. Foster was tendered at the lowest right of first refusal level of $1.26 million. Being as Foster had not been drafted, the Steelers would not have received a draft pick as compensation had another team signed Foster to an offer sheet and they decided not to match it.
Foster was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Steelers in April of 2009 and has started 26 games in the three seasons since. Foster saw most if his action in 2011 at right guard, but he did start the second game of the season against the Seattle Seahawks at left guard in place of the injured Chris Kemoeatu.
By signing his one year tender Foster will now look to be an unrestricted free agent after the 2012 season.
Even after they sign their tenders, they could agree to a longer term deal prior to the season, correct?
We all know there is still work to do cap-wise to allow some new signings prior to the season. It might not help with a starter like Foster, but in the case of a guy like David Johnson or Ryan Mundy, I’d think they could be signed to longer deals structured so that their cap hit was less than $1.26M in 2012.
While it can happen, I doubt it will.
Good to see Foster back as he will probably be the opening day starter at RG unless someone else beats him out. Foster is a pretty good run-blocker and should keep a little bit of stability on that side. Hopefully Colon can come back to full strength and the right side of the line should open up decent running anes for Redman and Co. If Foster has a decen season he prob will get a 2-3 yr deal from the Steelers but nothing impressive would be my guess.
He’s a guy that can get better, good deal
Ramon Foster signed his tender…WHATEVER… Here’s a Mock Draft that you might enjoy. 1st M.Barron-SS 2nd J.Crick-DE 3rd A.Taamu-NT 4th M.Martin-FS 5th T.Carder or V.Burfict-ILB 6th R.Turbin-RB 7th T.Streeter-WR 7a A.Datko-OT 7b L.Adcock-OT 7c D.Paige-Moss-DE/OLB
Your way off they will draft OL way before 7th round…..More like first or second I like the 3rd round pick….. But don’t think they will go Safety until later rounds
So when they sign there one yr. tenders another team can’t sign them to an offer sheet correct??
not 1 offensive linemen until the compensatory picks? No thank you. Ta’amu is a 2nd rounder imo.
Good to hear Foster is coming back. I like having lineman that can play mutlipe postions. notjustasteelerfan mock draft would be ideal. I don’t think we go OL early like most of Steeler Nation does and getting Barron would be a steal.
For the love of God, if the Steelers use another premium pick on a 3-4 DE, I might angry crap my pants.
The more Offensive linemen, on the cheap, the merrier. The steelers can use all the help they can get up front. Any news of Legursky?
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