Faneca agrees with Jets

The NFL free agency period opened Friday with millions of dollars being thrown around like Monopoly money.

Alan Faneca, the seven-time Pro Bowl guard of the Pittsburgh Steelers, agreed to terms Saturday night on a five-year deal worth $40 million with the New York Jets. The deal included $21 million in guaranteed money and is the biggest contract for an offensive lineman in NFL history.

Faneca will leave the Steelers, a team he had spent all 10 of his seasons in the NFL with, soon.

The deal tops the deal that Flozell Adams signed to stay with Dallas this week.

The Steelers, meanwhile, have yet to schedule any free agent visits, choosing, as they have done in previous years, to wait until the smoke clears from the initial flurry of signings.

One move the team is considering is to pull the transition tag it placed on offensive tackle Max Starks last week.

The team placed the tag – which gives Starks the option of signing a one-year deal with the Steelers at just under $6.9 million – in order to protect itself in the initial flurry of free agent signings and create some time to work out a new deal with Starks.

But the Steelers – who do want to re-sign Starks – have no intent of paying him that much money to a player who was their third offensive tackle last season.

And Pittsburgh has just $2.4 million free in cap space currently, severely hampering its wiggle room in free agency.

Pulling the tag from Starks would immediately free up nearly $7 million.

Negotiations on a new long-term deal with Ben Roethlisberger are also underway.

In other news Friday, Steelers return man Allen Rossum signed a one-year deal with San Francisco. He was released by the Steelers earlier this week.

Dale Lolley appears courtesy of the Observer-Reporter.

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