Steelers Not Sold On Knight ?

Put the quarterbacks away and float those safeties back up to the top of the Steelers' draft wish list. Not only has Sammy Knight returned to his pregnant wife without a contract, but the Steelers don't believe they'll sign the veteran free agent before the draft, if at all.

Steelers officials have put the prospect of signing Knight at less than 50-50, citing Knight's overinflated opinion of his financial value.

Whereas linebacker James Farrior was interested in playing for a playoff contender and accepted minimum wage and a $1.7 million bonus for a three-year contract prior to last year's draft, Knight still believes he's worth more than the $1.9 million salary he was due before opting out of his contract with the New Orleans Saints.

Farrior signed with the Steelers last April 12 after linebacker Earl Holmes received a similar offer from the team and "shopped" it with the Cleveland Browns. The Steelers turned immediately to Farrior to fill the hole before the draft. This year, the Steelers aren't expected to turn to Kwamie Lassiter, another veteran free-agent safety, prior to the draft. Instead, they're expected to fill the opening in the draft.

So put Troy Polamalu's name back on your spellcheck; re-calculate Mike Doss' 40 time on the lightening-fast Ohio State track; and wonder again whether Andre Woolfolk or Rashean Mathis can help the team at cornerback or safety or both as a dime back, because it doesn't appear as if the team will fill the hole through free agency.

By Jim Wexell
Steel City

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