Ever wish and pray something you knew would happen wouldn’t happen? Ever hope things might go a certain way even though deep down inside you know they won’t?
That’s how I felt yesterday when the Pittsburgh Steelers announced the resigning of RG Chris Kemoeatu. Yes the man who my astute readers overwhelming didn’t want back next year is coming back for more. And not only is he coming back, his resume full of suck earned him a massive raise. Hey it works for the auto industry, why not the NFL? Why oh why didn’t my mother fall in love with a 6’5 Tongan instead of a 5’5 Italian? Evidently a massive body with no neck nor talent is enough to be paid top dollar by the Super Bowl champions these days.
It’s a 5 year contract for $20 million. Luckily, only $6 million of it is guaranteed so if Kemo performs like he did this year, he can be cut with very little repercussion. But that’s not the point. The point is when there are better players out there for the same price, it boggles my mind why they’d bring this guy back. Loyalty? Potential? Whatever it is, I don’t see it. All I see is him standing motionless as he gets beat for a sack (team high 7.5 surrendered) or flagged for a holding penalty (2nd on the team with 11).
With Kemo locked up and Max Starks franchised, it appears the Steelers are done working on their OL until the draft rolls around in April. They’re about $10 million under the newly adjusted cap but they have to address depth in CB and WR due to impending losses in those areas (Sorry, Maxine). I would have liked to at least bring in one FA lineman to provide some options. I’m not as down on this current bunch as many of you readers are but when any group allows 50+ sacks two years in a row, that’s not good. Let’s be honest, QB Ben Roethlisberger is the franchise. Every time he’s sacked, you’re playing Russian Roulette with your entire season.
I would think the Steelers would be interested in cutting that number down a bit but evidently not. Mark it down right now, your starting Offensive Line for the defending champion 2009 Steelers will be Max Starks, Chris Kemoeatu, Justin Hartwig, Darnell Stapleton, and Willie Colon. Looks like Ben will have to be beheaded before Kevin Colbert and the Steelers braintrust realize our line isn’t very good and make an attempt to fix it. In the meantime, Big Ben should look into purchasing Icy Hot in bulk. He’s definitely gonna need it.
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