Meadows might fit the bill

It's no secret right tackle is one of the positions the Steelers have to upgrade in 2004 if they hope to make a run at the playoffs again. <br><br> But how to do it? <br><br> Certainly with the 11th-overall pick in April's draft, the Steelers could select a player capable of playing right tackle for them in 2004.

But given the fact they already had three first rounders and a second-round pick playing on their offensive line, and that they need a running back to work behind that line, it's more likely they'll look elsewhere to fill their offensive line needs.

One player who intrigues the team is soon-to-be former Indianapolis Colts right tackle Adam Meadows.

The 30-year-old Meadows will be released by the Colts before the start of the free agency period March 3 to help Indianapolis get under this year's cap, saving the team $5 million under the cap.

The Colts have reportedly given other teams, including the Steelers, permission to speak to Meadows' agent Don Henderson in an effort to land him a deal quickly in free agency.

The 1997 second-round draft choice lost his starting job in 2003 to Ryan Diem, but started five games at guard. Prior to that, the 6-5, 290-pound Meadows started 91 games in six seasons, including 16 at left tackle as a rookie.

The fact he's started at several different positions strengthens his status with the Steelers, who like to have a player or two on their line who are comfortable sliding to a different spot.

Despite the fact he lost his job for the Colts last season, Meadows would move right into the starting lineup at right tackle for the Steelers, who split time at that position last season between journeymen Oliver Ross and Todd Fordham.

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