Snyder-Rooney, a pair of Dans

The Philadelphia Eagles sign Jevon Kearse and the Steelers sign Dan Kreider. <br><br> In Washington, cornerback Shawn Springs is signed hours after the free agency period begins. In Pittsburgh, tight end/fullback Matt Cushing is brought back for another year.

Welcome to the world of free agency, Steelers style.

This is not to say the Steelers won't be active players in the free agent market, it's just that they won't be playing the game the way some fans would have it done.

Dan Rooney is not Dan Snyder. Never has been, never will be.

That's one of the things that makes the Steelers such a solid franchise. They have stability. They have scruples. They have a plan.

Snyder? He changes coaches like Anna Kournikova changes hockey players.

And for all the money he's spent in free agency since he took over control of the Redskins - remember when the signing of the recently released Bruce Smith to a big deal was considered a coup? - the playoff appearances haven't matched up to the money.

Snyder and Rooney both own NFL teams, they're both short and named Dan, but they are as different as night and day.

It's been proven over and over again in the NFL that you can't buy your way to a Super Bowl. But the next team that brings in six or seven big-name free agents and goes on to win the Super Bowl that season will be the first one. That's not to say it won't happen. It's just to say that it hasn't happened yet.

Throwing big money at other teams' players just isn't the way to go.

And though I hate to point to the Baltimore Ravens as a shining beacon of light, take a look at how they've handled free agency in the past couple of years. They've drafted good players and filled in with free agents around their home-grown stars.

Now, certainly, some of those drafted stars have character flaws - if allegedly trying to become the next Tony Montana can be considered a character flaw - but drafting well will always be the way to go in the NFL because of the nature of the game.

Rip the Steelers for not drafting well. Certainly they deserve some scrutiny for that. Rip them because they made some wrong choices in which players they chose to sign to new deals in the past couple of years. And rip the coaching staff for poor game planning and decisions.

But the old "Dan Rooney is cheap" argument doesn't hold water.

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