The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported today that Flozell Adams got ZERO signing bonus, and that Max Starks will stay in the left side.
Both come as welcome developments. The Steelers basically get a chance to see if Adams can help, and if not, they can let him go with no risk.
Adams’ Pro Bowl days are over, he has injuries, and at age 35 not an enticing candidate to protect the quarterback’s blind side. Keeping Max Starts at left tackle minimizes disruption on the line, and allows coaches to focus on the right guard and left tackle positions.
Steelers Set to Stage Competition at Offensive Line
In his post on PG Plus, Steelers beat writer Ed Bouchette lamented the Steelers decision to sign Flozell Adams, saying that it had the potential to undercut the development of some of the younger players the Steelers have on the offensive line.
Inserting Adams into the competition at right tackle mitigates that threat. Having an experienced veteran in the mix could and should spur the younger players on. They know they’re going up against someone who has “been there, done that,” but they also know the competition is real.
Likewise, the news that Trai Essex will stay at guard is also welcome because it means that Pouncey and Kraig Urbik will be forced to compete.
At the outset, it seems like no one is being handed anything. Let the best men win!