A few months ago, the Pittsburgh Steelers indicated they had no intention of letting either Casey Hampton or Ryan Clark hit free agency which begins tomorrow at 4pm EST.
Well, the Steelers locked up Hampton, first with the franchise tag, then with an extension. But Clark, as of this writing, remains unsigned and poised to become a free agent tomorrow afternoon.
Now, we all know Ted Thompson's predilection in free agency is to wait, let the market settle, and then sift through the rubble for possible bargains. And, overall, I tend to agree with that approach. But Clark would be the rare time I would advocate jumping into the bidding early. The guy is a monster hitter who stays healthy, for the most part (unlike Atari Bigby who doesn't hit nearly as hard as his press clips make out and who can't stay healthy to save his life) and, of course, would fit Dom Capers' 'Pittsburgh West' defense like a glove.
Like I wrote a little over a month ago, my hunch is that a veteran presence across from Collins would open up the free safety to be even more of a playmaker than he already is. Not only that, but he would no doubt help solve some of the communication issues we saw come to the fore against the likes of the Vikings, Steelers and Cardinals.
Of course, as we all know, the above won't happen and the King will retain his crown... ;)
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