Steelers Free Agent NT Steve McLendon Visited With The Packers On Wednesday

Restrictive free agents have until Friday to sign their tender offers, and in an interesting development, Howard Balzer reports Wednesday via Twitter that Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Steve McLendon has visited with the Green Bay Packers today.

McLendon, who was originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Troy in 2009, was given an right of first refusal tender in the amount of $1.323 million before the start of free agency.

Being as McLendon was not drafted, should the Packers sign him to an offer sheet and the Steelers decide not to match it, Pittsburgh would not receive anything as compensation.

The Steelers currently have $742,760.00 in cap space at their disposal while the Packers now have $17,459,553.00 in cap space.

McLendon is currently penciled in to be the starter this year as Casey Hampton is not expected to be re-signed. Last season, McLendon played less than 150 total snaps and recorded 7 total tackles, 2 sacks and 1 forced fumble.

  • Guest

    Wow, know what you think of Sanders

  • James

    Wow, would McClendon bolt for Green Bay to play behind B.J, Raji if he’s the front runner to be the starting NT for the Steelers?

  • David Edward

    Will be interesting to see if GB thinks of him as a 34 DE too.

  • Lamarr56

    Don’t they ren a 4-3?

  • Shawn

    damn damn damn that just sucks. but maybe

    they’ll be smart enough to play him

  • TJimmy

    Steelers can’t hide their talented up-and-coming players anymore. Other teams are looking closely at the team and catching on.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Packers making a smart move…will force our hand to get a NT in the draft.

  • zyzak

    Not a big deal Steelers have lots of NT, Hood will play there anyway

  • If push comes to shove, we have Hampton on speed dial. This could definitely change the dynamics of the draft a bit. Dom Capers still up there right?

  • dgh57

    No, they switched to a 3-4 defense about 5 years ago when they drafted B.J. Raji to play NT and Clay Matthews to play OLB. More teams are switching to the 3-4 every year it seems like.

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    Presumably, they could get Hampton back at the tender price, but the Steelers really need to get a handle on their cap. Otherwise, they will continue to be raided of the talent they develop.

    I understand we are thin at safety, but that Polamalu contract is an albatross. You can’t let young players leave who could start for years at a reasonable price just to get 1 more year out of Troy. He needs to take at least a $2M cut,

  • zipposteelers

    Seems like the Steelers are once again. a good place for NFL teams to get good talented players on the cheap. Yet the Steelers can’t afford to sign anyone or keep any young draft talent. Why not grab some FA worth starting and give Troy P a paycut, he collects a huge salary for half a season of play.

  • Phil Heidenreich

    I would think it would be under control if we hadn’t made some of these deals before the new CBA (something that might be cool to see a write-up of..?) which resulted in a flat cap for a few years. Polamalu needs to be dealt with but it’s probably not worth it until after this season. The re-structures have backed us into a hole with certain players, I think.

    Edit: Not if we hadn’t made them before the new CBA, but if we’d known what the new CBA would entail.

  • SteelersDepot

    um, no he won’t.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    He’s one guy I really was looking fwd to see start thisyear for us nice move gb they was waiting patiently.

  • zyzak

    well see

  • Tom

    If the money is right, Yes.

  • Tom

    Even with a 2 million dollar cut, Troy would be grossly overpaid.

  • This is embarrassing.

  • walter mason

    “Why? McClendon cant beat out Hampton” quote Paul McCarthy

    Hampton is not signed.

  • hergieburbur

    Where do you come up with this stuff?

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    I agree that the Steelers did not do a good job anticipating the ramifications of the CBA. Teams all over the league are cutting salaries and I don’t think the Steelers can afford to continue to overpay. Every dollar saved this year helps next year. The CBA excuse is a way for players to save face when they take pay cuts.

  • hergieburbur

    They have no way to force Troy to take a pay cut. It would only be if he wanted to. Since he and Clark as basically the only safeties we have with any experience, they can’t exactly threaten to cut him.

    NEXT year, especially if we draft a SS this year, Troy is probably looking at either a pay cut or a release.

  • dgh57

    I was going to ask zyzak the same question but I see you beat me to it!!!!

  • Ahmad

    So close but yet so far! I knew McLendon wasn’t gonna last past the deadline. I had a good feeling some team would come in and try to swoop him up at the last minute. This puts the Steelers in a REALLY tight bond here, but they have to match. If they don’t then they have to re-sign Casey Hampton which I was hoping they could avoid.

  • James

    Well, he’s not gone yet, so maybe he’ll stick around. I hope so. I’m with you…I was looking forward to seeing what he could do this coming season. If he goes, NT becomes the #1 need for the Steelers in the draft.

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    The choices are not having a nose tackle vs. not having a safety. If you keep the nose tackle, he is younger and far cheaper and your cap is better. Besides, the Steelers can keep McLendon and still offer Polamalu far more than anyone else at this point in his career.

  • hergieburbur

    It doesn’t matter if they can offer him more than anyone else can, they have no leverage to offer him less than he is making now.

  • TsarPepe

    Let’s see who blinks first! Are the Packers really going to pay 2.5 or 3 million for a back-up NT?