Surprise, surprise. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com, the Pittsburgh Steelers have managed to retain unrestricted free agent guard Ramon Foster prior to the start of the free agency signing period.
The financial details aren\’t known as of yet, but Schefter reports the deal is for three years.
Foster has been the Steelers most consistent lineman the last two season and very durable to boot. He has shown that he can play both guard spots as well as right tackle.
Re-signing Foster now puts the future of left guard Willie Colon with the team in question.
Foster might be asked to lose a little weight upon his return to Pittsburgh as new offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. figures to use more of the zone blocking scheme in 2013.
Foster started every game for the Steelers in 2012 and only missed time in the opener against the Denver Broncos after suffering from migraines.
Smart move by the Steelers.
I wonder if this changes the draft strategy? Maybe no more Warmack or Cooper! I would guess it does.
Hmmm… I’d rather see them signing Lewis than Foster.
I doubt this was a depth move. If Foster signed a 3 year deal, it was to be a starter, not a back up
Great move. Welcome back.
Welcome back, Kotter! ( yeah, Mr. Kotteerr!)… Freddy Boom Boom Washington.
Not necessarily if they go with BPA and either one is high on the Steelers board. Those guys are stud and it will be tough to pass up on that kind of talent @ 17
That means so long and good bye to Willie Colon one would think!!!
An undrafted free agent such as Ramon is just a hair under Warmack, Cooper (1st rounder talent), goes to show ya how tight the NFL talent window space is. Hard work in film and wt room pays off.
So do Steelers brass still have one eye on Thaddeus Gibson /waiver wire?
This should not affect the draft strategy of the Steelers…when they are the best at recognizing talent and drafting that talent, they are doing so with the “best player available” strategy…they need to continue this trend…if they are sitting there at 17 and Cooper or Warmack is there and they are at the top of the draft board, they should and I think will draft him…
Good catch. Right tackle I hope. Adams at backup can then get time he needs to learn how to passblock for the NFL.
Glad He’s Back. Always liked Ramon. He needs to shed a few & get stronger but it’s the smartest move. Willie in my opinion was always going to be a post June cut to Save 5 Million.
If Coopers on the board you take him.
Where would you play a Cooper if he was drafted? If it is true that Foster signed a 3 year deal that is a starter contract! Plus nothing has been decided about Colon either.
I hope we can put an end to this drafting an OL in the first now
I am absolutely thrilled, and surprised, by this news! While I really would like to see Lewis resigned as well, this is actually what I considered to be the most important matter to be taken care of.
Doesnt change it, i hope-think, because Foster could be our ok right tackle, not mobile enough for starting guard, wheras Warmack-Cooper are guard only.
Great news! Ramon is the type of inexpensive, dependable guy that we need more of on the roster. Probably not good news for Colon though.
You might trade down to get another 3rd but if he’s there after the trade down you have to take him. However I see Tyler Eifert, Tavon Austin or a WR as the pick. Unless Star L falls.
Gibson was hurt by not being able to participate in off season workouts due to stupid college rule.
No matter what they tried he always becomes the starter.
Willie was always gone. Saves 5 million in June. That money can sign the draft picks before camp.
One has nothing to do with the other. I hope they sign Lewis but I have a feeling he’s following Wallace to Miami because they need a CB also. Miami might get Wallace Mendenhal & Lewis.. Great comp picks for us next year. However I’d sign Lewis & Extend Cortez Allen and I’d cut Ike Taylor to pay for it.
Dude plays LG, RG and RT.. and has stayed healthy, something we drastically need across the whole OLine… Foster earned it, clawing his way from the practice squad, he’s a Steeler for sure
Agreed… I see a post June 1st release now
Best news of this off-season so far.
Yes sir!!! Love it love it love it
I agree.. but something tells me they will still restructure Woodley, in order to sign K.Lewis
I’m sure they’re trying. The problem is at this point Lewis isn’t re-signing with us until he hears ALL the other offers from ALL the other teams. I would probably do the same thing if I was him. It just sucks that we didn’t get him on the field sooner (in place of William F-ing Gay) so we could’ve extended him for less.
I’ll second that opinion!!!
The same dilemma exists today if in fact Foster is signed: Where will you play Foster or Colon (if he is not cut by June 1st) ?
If Cooper or Warmack are drafted I bet Colon is gone.
I would say it absolutely changes our draft strategy. We just paid Foster starter money. Strategically speaking, it makes much more sense to draft a developmental OG who will be ready to start in 2-3 years (like we did with Foster) than draft a plug and play 1st round OG and have him sit while we wait for an injury.
Is Lewis going to play on the offensive line? Signing Foster all but guarantees Colon is gone, which frees up cap space with which to retain Lewis.
I don’t know, Steelers haven’t seen enough of Adams yet. He only started 6 out of 10 games played. Unless all parties agree that Foster is a backup then they could still draft a Cooper or Warmack.
He’ll get cut after June 1st probably.
Good Foster is a reliable hard working guy he isn’t always injured and getting penalties like Colon.
Now the team just needs to cut Colon.
Hopefully people will stop talking about drafting a guard in the first round. I doubt the team had any intention of doing that anyway.
I think that is generally true, however if the top athlete on the board happens to play G, e.g. Warmack or Cooper, when the Steelers are up, I think it is still possible Foster may be a bit of an underdog for the starting role. That being said, I am perfectly fine with him as a starter and looking at defense with our #1 pick.
WoooooHoooooo!!! Great move. Goodbye Colon. Hello 1st rd. receiver.
Could someone help me here? I thought the money freed up after Harrison’s release was just enough for the RFA tenders. Does this mean that the hit of the Foster contract is the same (more or less) as his tender? That would be amazingly cheap. It cannot be much higher, because they’d be over the cap tomorrow.
I believe they were almost $3million under cap after tendering the RFA’s.. more than enough to sign Foster (or atleast his first year cap hit) he was an Unrestricted FA, so there was no tender involved, he was tendered before last season
Plus they can still restructure Woodley between now and 4pm tomorrow
He’s a guard…Adams will start at LT
Good news now they won’t waste their #1 pic on a guard
Totally agree w/ Steeltown! Comes in as a rookie FA, starts some games due to injury, then he’s due to be replaced every year, but winds up starting. Plays LG, RG & RT. Gotta root for a guy like that! Good teams win b/c of guys like that.
Agreeing. & apparently the tradeoff is favored by most fans on here.
Foster is just as important than Lewis; I think they could definitely use both. However, if Lewis agent gets greedy, say goodbye. I like this move, Colon isn’t worth what they have been paying him the past three years. Either agree to a hefty paycut, or see ya!
I agree, I think for sure they are looking at an OLB/WR/S in that order. If an OLB is there, I think they will take him. However, I think they are comftorable with Worilds, they just might be looking at a Safety or WR. They need some talent on the offense.
Both those Guys are really good players but just like the OLB position, its not an urgent need, we have starters and a nice level of depth, at those positions we should only draft for depth and value our higher round picks. WR, RB, S, and TE are needs for the future
Stop dissing Colon. He was a beast. This is why Dirtbag Suggs ignored the ball carrier and went for Colon’s knee. That ended Willie’s season in 2012. Colon should take a pay cut until he proves his value for 1 consecutive year, I’m sorry, but Legursky is the one who has to go.
Now we need to ink Legursky. Lego is versatile and while maybe not as talented as some of the new blood he certainly holds his own and is as reliable as morning breath.
yes!!! sign’em young, strong, and before there contract year…!
maybe Worilds next?!
This was Foster’s contract year
TE is another option, agree they should be looking for more talent on Offense
would’ve rather had Lewis resigned first
they have had a few chances to get him back and have passed, don’t think they’re very interested
yeah they will probably need the cap space to get a deal done, I dont like the idea of giving Woodley more guaranteed $, but if it means that Lewis is resigned its worth it.
I think his position versatility make Foster a good depth move, regardless of if he starts at G, he will most likely be moved out to RT if either Adams or Gilbert get hurt
I think he might be gone..we have John Malecki on roster who is basically a Legursky type player (backup OG, backup Center) and at this point he’s a cheaper version. Also if given some snaps in practice I think Beachum could be an emergency Center as well
I could be wrong about Legs though because he wont have much value in FA market, he’s a mediocre OG, his value lies as a backup Center, so maybe he comes back for cheap
We now have our starting OL: Adams, Foster, Pouncey, DeCastro, Gilbert.
Amen! Why spend a high pick on the OL now?
Eifert in the first round would be great!
Draft cooper and sit him? Or pay foster and sit him? I would be shocked to see any high pick on the OL this draft.
Yep. This means they can look elsewhere in the first round.
Would love a first round WR or TE!
Im glad, i still think we need a LG, woul like to pick up warmack or cooper. But non the less glad to have him on the team. I dont get certain players though. Wallace for example, he will leave, and the odds of him getting to a SB r terrible. And tbh serves him right. He is greedy and doesnt care. With that going said lol cant wait to see him not beimg able to end his carrer with a ring. As far as lewis, he needs to understand that is what will happen if he leaves. I hope he stays.
Unless you know for sure Colon is gone, then you will have the same dilemma with Colon (even if he takes a pay cut) and Foster fighting for one spot.
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