How many former Lions are enough?

Surely Kevin Colbert will see the folly in bringing in yet another former Detroit Lions' player, won't he? <br><br> Now let me set the record straight.

I like Colbert. He's more guarded with his thoughts than former director of football operations Tom Donahoe - something that's probably a good idea considering it was Donahoe's attacks through the media on head coach Bill Cowher that did him in here. But Colbert has proven to be a solid evaluator of talent, both of the NFL and college variety.

But he does seem to have a blind spot when it comes to former Detroit Lions. Now to be sure, it's only natural for Colbert to like a lot the former Lions the Steelers have brought in during his tenure. As a scout for Detroit and a member of that team's front office, he was instrumental in the club selecting many of those players.

And if Colbert didn't bring those players in Ron Hughes, Colbert's mentor in Detroit and now the Steelers' head college scout, did.

But at what point is enough enough?

I'm sure Stockar McDougle is a solid NFL player, though the former No. 1 draft choice never lived up to that lofty status in Detroit.

And had the Steelers not already signed the likes of Jeff Hartings, Clint Kriewaldt, Chidi Iwuoma and Barrett Brooks. And those were just the guys who were on last year's roster.

Since Colbert joined the Steelers in 2000, the team has made a habit of bringing in every player the Lions decide they no longer need.

Some, such as Hartings, have worked out well. Others, like Brooks, are nothing more than end of the roster players.

The Steelers' interest in McDougle, a massive right tackle, wouldn't be that big of a deal - if he had played for any other team than Detroit. But if the Steelers sign McDougle, he'll be under extra scrutiny from media and fans, who have pretty much had their fill of the ex-Lions factor.
  • Are the Steelers seriously considering signing Marcellus Rivers?

    Marcellus Wallace - a little reference for you Pulp Fiction fans - may be a better football player. And he, at least, has shown the ability to take a punch.

    Cowher has been quoted in a number of national media stories in the past year talking about how the tight end position has evolved because so many great athletes now man the position. So why not go out and get one?

    Rumor has it that Heath Miller's stock may be dropping a bit because the former Virginia star is unable to work out because of a sports hernia (Isn't it amazing how things you'd never heard of before suddenly crop up repeatedly?). Because of that, teams may be unwilling to use a high draft pick on Miller, who is easily the top tight end available in this year's draft and is considered a top-15 talent.

    Here's hoping the Steelers wait a month and see if they can acquire Miller rather than sign some also-ran such as Rivers.

  • For those of you keeping track, Mike Harrison didn't last a year as Plaxico Burress' agent.

    Burress fired Harrison over the weekend and plans to replace him with Drew Rosenhaus. This because Harrison was unable to secure Burress a new contract for what Burress considers he is worth.

    It's doubtful, however, that Rosenhaus will be able to get Burress anything better than the six-year, $24-million deal the Giants offered him last week. That deal, which was front-loaded, included an $8-million signing bonus.

    Nice work, Plax.

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