Per PFT, the Steelers signed former Indy Colts CB, Keiwan Ratliff to a one year deal. With the draft one day away, does this change the strategy for Radio City Music Hall tomorrow? Many a mock draft had us taking a CB in the first round to replace Bryant McFadden. Consider him replaced. The front office clearly feels comfortable with William Gay filling in for McFadden as the starting CB opposite Ike. With Ratliff, we add depth in the defensive backfield from a player who has a decent amount of experience. We rarely draft a CB in the first round to begin with. After this development I defintely don't see it happening this year either. Or maybe it's a smokescreen to make other teams think we won't draft a CB in the first round.
Speaking of CB's, Ike restructed his deal again to give us more cap space. Before the restructuring, we only had $440,000 worth of space which amounted to the least in the league. This is one reason people have been suggesting for the release of Gary Russel so we could resign Batch. I think we should have released Carey Davis instead but maybe Russel counted for more against the cap. Or we just enjoy carying useless fullbacks on the roster.
Stay tuned for a pre-draft post coming tonight and come back for a post-draft analysis after day1 and at the conclusion of the draft.