Fewer more would have expected Ross to receive a signing bonus larger than one the Steelers have ever paid to an offensive lineman.
Ross signed a five-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals
worth $17.5 million, including a $6.3-million signing bonus.
Steelers' starting right tackle the past two seasons, was expected by the team
to leave as a free agent. The Steelers selected Max Starks in third round of
last year's draft and he will be given the first opportunity to replace
Burress has yet to make a visit to another team, though his agent
his been in contact with the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants. Linebacker
Kendrell Bell, meanwhile, has visited the Giants and Kansas City Chiefs without
working out a deal. Bell is scheduled to visit Philadelphia Saturday.
Steelers are in negotiations with one of their own unrestricted free agents,
cornerback Willie Williams, whom they would like to return to be a backup. The
35-year-old Williams started 10 games and both playoff games for the Steelers
last season, but the Steelers expected Ricardo Colclough or Ike Taylor to hold
down that position in 2005.
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