With this morning's re-signing of Ramon Foster, the Pittsburgh Steelers will enter the opening of the new fiscal new year with three fewer holes in their starting lineup than they had only 48 hours earlier.
The first hole was filled Monday with the re-signing of strong safety Robert Golden.
On Tuesday, the team re-signed cornerback Will Gay.
This morning they re-signed Foster, the left guard, to a reported three-year deal.
"Not a bad career so far for an undrafted kid out of Tennessee," Foster wrote on his Instagram account. "Let's get it O Line."
Foster has been one of the more underappreciated members of the Steelers' line since stepping in for injured guards Chris Kemoeatu and Doug Legursky in the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
Foster became a full-time starter at right guard in 2012 after first-round draft pick David DeCastro was injured in the preseason, and Foster moved to left guard upon DeCastro's late-season return. Foster even played right tackle for the team that season.
In 2013 he signed a three-year contract the day before the start of the fiscal new year and became the full-time left guard, where he has since remained.
Last season, Foster stabilized a line that could have -- should have -- been wrecked by season-ending injuries to center Maurkice Pouncey and left tackle Kelvin Beachum.
Foster's presence was felt most keenly on the road, where he was the offense's stabilizer and timing mechanism between center Cody Wallace and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger with the silent count.
Foster will enter his eighth season with the Steelers as a leader both on the field and in the locker room, as well as with the local chapter of the Pro Football Writers Association, which voted Foster the winner of the Chief Award this past season.
With Foster in tow, the Steelers now must consider possible lineup holes at tight end, left cornerback and nose tackle. The latter position can be filled by potential free agent Steve McLendon. The Steelers are more likely to add a backup tight end in free agency and a cornerback in the draft.
Teams can begin signing free agents from other teams today at 4 p.m.
(For Matt Steel's complete preview of the Steelers and free agency, click here.)null