Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Clark Haggans Moving On?

"He had a good run, won a Super Bowl, enjoyed the people, the fans. He loved being a part of the old Steelers."

"[O]ld Steelers"?

So says Jeff Sperbeck, the agent for linebacker Clark Haggans, in an article from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

This item underscores just what a tumultuous offseason the Steelers face. Because while much of the free agency hand-wringing attention has focused on Alan Faneca but the Steelers' also have to be concerned about re-signing unrestricted free agents Max Starks and Travis Kirschke as well as restricted free agents Nate Washington (who had five touchdown receptions, three behind leader Santonio Holmes, and two behind Hines Ward and Heath Miller), Chris Kemoeatu and Trai Essex (at least one of whom is likely to replace a starting offensive lineman).

So not only are the Steelers almost certainly going to lose a Hall-of-Fame offensive lineman (please, enjoy Arizona) but they will also be losing a Pro Bowl caliber linebacker, and lots of depth in the trenches.

And of course next season they play seven playoff teams -- sounds like fun, doesn't it?

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