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As Of Monday Evening, Bills Free Agent DL Alex Carrington Still Remains Unsigned


As of Monday evening, we still have no idea where Buffalo Bills free agent defensive lineman Alex Carrington will play in 2014.

Carrington, who has visited with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Browns so far this offseason, reportedly has the St. Louis Rams interested in him as well, but has yet to visit with them, according to reports last week.

In addition to the teams listed above, Field Yates of ESPN.com wrote on Monday that he thinks Carrington would be great fit with the Seattle Seahawks, but we have yet to hear that they have any real interest in him.

Now that the Steelers have signed former Bills linebacker Arthur Moats and former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore, we know they have less than $1.7 million in available salary cap space to work with until June 2nd, unless they create more via a restructure or extension.

Depending on what Carrington is looking for salary wise and assuming the Steelers still have eyes for him, they might still have enough cap space to sign the Arkansas State product. However, being as the team also looks to be serious about adding a free agent running back prior to the draft, available cap recourses are dangerously thin.

The Steelers signed former San Diego Chargers defensive lineman Cam Thomas on the same Friday that Carrington visited Pittsburgh and since then, he’s been characterized by general manager Kevin Colbert as a player that can play both defensive end and nose tackle. Still, the Steelers could use another true defensive end, but it’s starting to look like Brett Keisel has a better chance of being re-signed than Carrington being added.

Just the same, we will continue to monitor Carrington’s situation until he signs with a team.

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  • gene mann

    i was curious to see where he ends up and there should be a starters spot open here.

  • Mark McHugh

    How can the even be considering MJD with our current cap situation? They have to be restructuring someone. I think they made an offer to Alex Carrington and its still on the table.

  • Smashmouth

    IMO i still think it’s more likely they sign Legarret Blount than MJD and he would be much cheaper

  • 243546

    In had the same thought. I imagine that the FO has already spoken to someone about the possibility of a restructure, and have everything set up to pull the trigger if they need the extra space.

    I’m not as concerned about having to do a few restructures this season. It’s not being done just to get the team in cap compliance, and the cap situation looks to be significantly better after 2014. As long as the Steelers are able to add some quality talent, no harm done.

  • Steelers12328882

    As much as I think we NEED to sign Carrington NOW, I’m starting to get annoyed that a decision hasn’t been made. I’m about to say forgetaboutit and sign a RB instead.

  • Matt Manzo

    What am I missing?
    I think a starting DE is more important than a back up RB?
    Steelers must not be that high on him, right?
    I can understand Keisel coming back if we get a high pick DE, or if the FO really believes in Arnfelt and Williams, but I’d rather see Carrington and Blount signed than MJD and Keisel!

  • Steeler Fanatic

    It is about patience. I think the Colbert comment about Thomas playing DE could have been a hint to Carrington’s camp that the team can move on. I think if he doesn’t sign, they draft two DEs late or sign Keisel in the summer.

  • patrick Mayfield

    Maybe no news is good news? Could he have some understanding and be waiting for June to get Woodley’s cap room?

  • george

    If it comes down to a choice between Carrington and Blount Id take Carrington. It would be easier to find a solid back up RB in the later rounds than a starting DE. I dontthink eithe Thomas or Arnfelt would be solid starting DEs.

  • steelster

    Not sure if Carrington cares about what team he goes to it seems like he is looking for the highest bidder. You think he would want to be a starter. He won’t start for the rams.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Unless they would rather not restructure anyone. Something new for the Steelers perhaps?

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Imagine that the newly added Cam, Arnfelt and Williams fight it out for the right to start. Even if there is no clear cut winner, they can perhaps rotate in and see what happens. What happens if one of them shines? That’s a huge bonus, right? That’s why I said last year that they should give the young guys playing time. Look what happens — You get a better understanding of who will be help and who needs to go.

    Your scenario is plausible. Although they certainly seem to want Carrington, as I think he could work out well.

  • Paul Hoover

    I know I would feel a whole lot better filling the DE spot with Carrington and worrying about everything else in the draft… I think we will be set to go !!!

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I love Arnfelt’s potential, but you make a solid case and it seems they do not have enough choices yet.

  • steelster

    yes, extensions are ok and restructure’s aren’t

  • dkoy85

    I think if money was the deciding factor he’d have signed with another team by now. I think he’s got a tough decision to either take starterish money and play backup or take backup money to be a starter. Could they already have a gentlemans agreement and sign him post June 1st? Dont know if that fits into the Steelers charachertistics or not.

  • Nathaniel Sullivan

    In June, since we set woodley as a june 1st cut, we get 8 mil in cap space, plus we could possibly seeing a extension of bens contract which will lower his cap hit, and we could restructure timmons contract to get an extra 4 mil. so all in all after all of those we will have about 15 mil in cap space.

  • steelster

    don’t know if there is such a thing as a gentlemans agreement. I would think both parties would want it in writing.

  • gene mann

    i agree the steelers will not overpay for a guy who has not shown much

  • Matt Manzo

    I too, would rather have the young guys play more, and I’d bet that between the three of Arnfelt, Williams and Thomas that one will shine, but I don’t think the FO will take that chance.
    I think they want someone solid next to Mclendon.
    If they really think Thomas can compete at DE then all we need is a back up NT. Which is easier than finding a starting DE.
    I also get so confused with our DL now when u think about moving Mclendon, or Thomas sticking at DE, or bringing in Carrington. There’s so many options it’s driving me crazy!

  • Tom

    I don’t believe for a minute that they are or have ever seriously considered signing him at his current asking price. Same thing with Blount. Eventually, they will find someone at the bottom of the barrel, willing to play for minimum. .

  • CW

    The longer Carrington remains unsigned the better. He’s taken his trip around the league and either hasn’t gotten a better offer than the Steelers gave or found out that he might make a little more but also have little hope of getting to start which probably means less money in the long run since he would probably get only a one to three year deal and have another shot at getting a big contract in a few years if he’s got starting experience.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Yup. I would rather they consider getting Heyward locked up for a long time now. Imagine if he goes nuts this year and proves to be a stud that they imagine. He would then cost much, much more. The same with CB Allen.

  • OIF3gunner

    Regardless of Carrington signing, I do NOT want the beard back. I want Williams and Arnfelt to actually do what they are paid for. In my opinion Brett would be a waste of a roster spot.

  • Melly

    Carrington JUST signed w/ the Rams!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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