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Report: Steelers Interested In Dolphins S Chris Clemons


It’s no surprise that the Pittsburgh Steelers haven’t signed anybody as of yet in the opening hours of free agency, but the sheer lack of information of any kind, outside of the release of LaMarr Woodley, is somewhat surprising.

I find it somewhat amusing that the Steelers on their website instead choose to celebrate the best free agent signings of their history, rather than talk about their free agency plans for the present.

There has been one—exactly one—bit of information that came out today, and it’s not particularly surprising. The Steelers have reportedly expressed interest in former Miami Dolphins safety Chris Clemons.

The information was reported by Adam Schefter and later by ESPN Steelers blogger Scott Brown.

The Dolphins have already signed former Detroit Lions safety Louis Delmas on a one-year, $3.5 million deal. Delmas is the only free agent known to have visited the Steelers in any capacity this offseason.

As with the offensive tackles, the safeties have been flying off the shelves, with former San Francisco 49ers safety Donte Whitner going to the Cleveland Browns, former Browns safety T.J. Ward signing with the Denver Broncos, and former Indianapolis Colts safety Antoine Bethea heading to San Francisco.

Clemons, a former 2009 fifth-round draft pick of the Dolphins, has started all 32 games over the past two seasons, making 98 and 93 tackles in 2012 and 2013, respectively, and has three interceptions in that span, with 12 passes defensed.

The 28-year old has already been linked to several teams, including the Lions, who have to replace Delmas in the starting lineup.

The Steelers, meanwhile must decide if they can replace free safety Ryan Clark from within. Inquiring about a starting safety suggests that they don’t have a concrete answer on that question.

While Troy Polamalu has been signed to a three-year extension, there is no guarantee that he completes that contract. In addition, Will Allen, who was the third safety for the past two seasons, is already over 30.

The Steelers drafted Shamarko Thomas in the fourth round last year, trading a pick in the third round of this draft to do so. He could well be in the starting lineup this season if the Steelers fail to add a body in free agency.

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  • sean mcmartin

    same old ..picking injured guys off the leftover pile. so much for a top safety or CB FA..

  • James Kling

    Clemons has some upside. Yes, injury issues, but excellent speed, someone I think we could get at a modest price and coach up.

  • Nolrog

    They are not going to go after a top safety or top CB in FA. Those guys are making a ton of money. Vontae Davis got 4 years, 39 million for example. Darrell Revis was making 16 million a year. That’s more than the cap space they have.

  • mlc43

    Why do you want to overpay extravagantly for the first of the shelf Free Agents? We just got out of a tight salary cap spot and some people want to jump right back in. We can still get some very good value free agents that can contribute to our team next season. Don’t give up on them yet…it’s way too early.

  • steelster

    clemons, would be a very good signing and we wouldn’t have to overpay for him. He has been durable the past two years and he is only 28. Also, the steelers wouldn’t have to address the free safety position in the draft and this would free up a pick for another defensive pick.

  • Shawn Sobehart

    The Steelers don’t have money for top free agents

  • afrazier9

    Yeah this is getting old man we need to make moves

  • Brian Tollini

    I didn’t realize Shamarko was in the running to be the starting free safety, I always considered him to be a strong safety

  • afrazier9

    We sit back every year trying to be all prideful like we don’t need help. We have been missing in the draft big time we need to take a different approach

  • mlc43

    Agreed, I’m not claiming to be a Clemons expert but as far as durability he’s played 15, 14, 16 and 16 games the past 4 years. This could be a very solid signing if it happens.

  • Nolrog

    They dumped Woodley, made Ike take a pay cut and aggressively went after Worilds. They have already taken a different approach.

  • afrazier9

    I did to but i guess there trying everything now

  • Nolrog

    He probably will slide over when Troy leaves. But for now, he’ll play FS.

  • mlc43

    I don’t think it has anything to do with being prideful. I think it has to do with not having all kinds of money. We’ve had a couple of rough years for us. Though, there are a lot of teams that would love an 8-8 season. Funny thing…most of them are the ones with all the cap room. :)

  • sean mcmartin

    I know they have no money for a top pick FA, I get riled up watching the twitter feed with all the activity. browns get donte whitner and karlos dansby. and the safeties being signed off the board. Its not madden ..I know..I just want the Steelers to be the best at every position, can’t help it

  • steelster

    yes, just like they did with ryan clark and that worked out well, just repeat the same process.

  • steelster

    What do you suggest?

  • falconsaftey43

    Let’s not get all bent out of shape. We all know the Steelers don’t do anything at the start of FA. They use it for adding depth and low end starters/role players. It has worked very well for them over the years. I expect a #2 or 3 level CB (like W. Gay level player), maybe another FS (like Clemons), DE depth/low end starter, and 3rd down back. All of those are guys who get signed after the initial flurry of activity and come at a low price.

  • 20Stoney

    Cleveland fans would be dancing in the streets if they were 8-8. Hell, their fans were talking smack last season when they had won three games.

  • falconsaftey43

    PS, still can’t get over letting Lewis walk for 5 year $25 mill. Would be in such a better position with Lewis, Allen, Gay as our CBs and based on what CBs are getting this year, it would have been a steal. I’d take him of an old Brent Grimes or Sam Shields for half the price!

  • mlc43

    I’ve been wondering about one of the old Houston TE’s for depth. Not the biggest priority but the thought has crossed my mind.

  • mlc43

    Yup..once again they are making all kinds of preseason noise. One of these days they are gonna strike gold! It will be luck but it’ll happen and the whole division will feel sorry lol.

  • grw1960

    According to CBS sports, Steelers have signed 27 year old .Safety Mike Mitchel Panther’s UFA

  • Paddy

    he just tweeted thanking God and Mr Rooney

  • RyanW

    Lewis wanted to go home to New Orleans. Steelers wouldve had to pay more to keep him.

  • steelster

    and almost all of the teams that have a lot of cap room don’t have a good qb so that is why, I’m sure the browns would love to be 8-8.

  • afrazier9

    Really i haven’t hurd that yet

  • mlc43

    I’m a little excited by this signing!

  • Matthew Marczi

    The positions are only increasingly becoming interchangeable.

  • 20Stoney

    If they ever come up with a real QB they might be dangerous. That’s a big if…….

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