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Steelers RFA Steve McLendon visits Packers

4/18/13 in NFL   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

The Pittsburgh Steelers forked out $1.3 million in the form of a low tender to retain Steve McLendon for a fourth season, but they stand a chance of losing the restricted free agent after he visited the Green Bay Packers on Wednesday.
 
Since the Pittsburgh Steelers gave Steve McLendon (as he was a former undrafted free agent), the Green Bay Packers won’t owe the Steelers a draft pick in compensation if they eventually did sign the McLendon.
 
Only two days remain for other teams to sign a restricted free agent to an offer sheet. If the Green Bay Packers make Steve McLendon an offer sheet the Pittsburgh Steelers still hold interest in retaining him, then the Steelers will likely have to restructure another contract since they cap-strapped at the moment. However, only one restricted free agent drew serious interest from another team this offseason. The New England Patriots considered signing wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. But the Pittsburgh Steelers ended up matching the New England Patriots’ offer sheet to keep Emmanuel Sanders.
 
While Steve McLendon has been widely seen as a rotational player to this point he figures to play a larger role for the Pittsburgh Steelers next season. With veteran Casey Hampton being an unrestricted free agent, Steve McLendon will likely takeover at starting nose tackle. Steve McLendon originally signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers an undrafted free agent out of Troy in 2009.
 
A move from the Green Bay Packers to secure Steve McLendon will likely take root from their desire to shore up defensive line. With second-round pick Jerel Worthy coming off an ACL injury he regular-season finale, the 6-foot-4, 325 pound Steve McLendon adds a big body to the rotation. Moreover, Steve McLendon’s experience in a 3-4 scheme, will certainly be a plus for the Green Bay Packers.
 
The three-year pro Steve McLendon has played 37 games (with one start), while recording 22 tackles and three sacks during his NFL career. Last season, Steve McLendon appeared in all 16 games, finishing with seven tackles and two sacks for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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