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« on: Sep 02, 2007 at 10:33 »

Steelers' Simmons signs 4-year contract
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Guard Kendall Simmons signed a contract extension with the Steelers today that will keep him on the team through the 2011 season.

Mr. Simmons' four-year extension is worth $24 million, $8.5 million of which is guaranteed.

Mr. Simmons, the Steelers' first-round draft pick in 2002 from Auburn, has been the their starting right guard since his rookie season.

His missed the 2004 season with a knee injury.

Mr. Simmons' signing likely means that there will be no new contract for Pro Bowl guard Alan Faneca. Both guards were in the last year of their contracts.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07245/814233-100.stm
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« Reply #1 on: Sep 02, 2007 at 10:54 »

I wouldn't have said this last year as I was down on the right side of the line,  but, faced with the line issues we'd have next year- good signing.

If he has a great year, then it beats a 50mil contract another team would have shelled out for him.  

I guess Kemo will be groomed for Left guard now?
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« Reply #2 on: Sep 02, 2007 at 14:53 »

Considering the current market for guards that's probably right where he should be.  
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« Reply #3 on: Sep 02, 2007 at 15:15 »

Awful, just awful.  IMHO the worst signing the Steelers have made in I don't know how long.  $8 million gauranteed to a man who has had 1 OK year out of 4 is beyond mind boggling, especially when said player has often been beyond bad.  

Rarely do I disagree with a move the Steelers make, but I cannot fathom how this is defensible in the salary cap era.
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« Reply #4 on: Sep 03, 2007 at 08:47 »

I agree with harding on this one.  

Even with another good year, I don't think Simmons was going to be the cream of the OG crop this offseason.

At the very least, I think they could have waited until 8 games into this season, to see if he could follow up his solid performance from last year.

Doing it now is a big risk, and while I'm not defending Alan Faneca, as I think he's been a bitch about the whole contract thing...

...if you wanted to do one thing to take Alan Faneca's head totally out of the game, this was probably it.


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« Reply #5 on: Sep 03, 2007 at 08:49 »

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« Reply #6 on: Sep 03, 2007 at 09:41 »

I'm worried about what I percieve as a lack of concern for weaknesses on the O-line.

I don't understand how committing to simmons addresses that weakness.  
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« Reply #7 on: Sep 03, 2007 at 09:44 »

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I'm worried about what I percieve as a lack of concern for weaknesses on the O-line.

I don't understand how committing to simmons addresses that weakness.
Simmons is depth at this point.  He's a serviceable starter, nothing more or less, and he got serviceable money.

Pretty much everyone here is baffled about the lack of attention given the OL in the draft, however.
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« Reply #8 on: Sep 03, 2007 at 09:46 »

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I'm worried about what I percieve as a lack of concern for weaknesses on the O-line.

I don't understand how committing to simmons addresses that weakness.
At least it locks up a starting lineman so we don't lose two in the offseason. I agree though we have an issue on the OL, my guess is the 2008 draft will be OL heavy in the first two rounds much like the 2007 draft was LB heavy. Just a hunch, but you are absolutely correct to have concern over the OL.
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« Reply #9 on: Sep 03, 2007 at 10:57 »

I don't think the $$$ of the deal is bad.  Nor the length of the extension.

But I do wonder if Simmons is a guy that you extend an investment to.  Or if the money could be spent better elsewhere.

Though, considering the market this past off-season, it would be tough to believe that to be true.

The Steelers are in a crunch though with both Faneca and Simmons up as UFAs.  WIth the price for scrubs like Dockery set to go beyond 7/$50M next year, the idea was probably to 1) secure on of the guard spots for 2008 and 2) do it while the bidding was cool.

This extension reduces the knee jerk reaction of drafting OL through the first couple of rounds next year.  I would hope to avoid that as we missed out this year by not taking Grubbs/Woodley.  Porter was cut and a sense of urgency and uncertainty took hold and really led the first two rounds of the draft.  Maybe both guys turn out to be great but I think it set the Steelers up for a knee jerk draft in '08 too.
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