- Now all four are gone.
Steelers Nation Again Experiences the “Sucking Sound” of Free Agency
Free agency has been a fact of life in the NFL for 20 years. And it is a testament to how well run the Pittsburgh Steelers franchise is that fans below, their late 20’s have little memory of free agency as a time where the Steelers lost talent that they’d developed.
- Since the opening of Heinz Field, free agency was largely a spectator sport in Pittsburgh
- But in the 1990’s free agent exoduses were an annual rite of passage in Pittsburgh.
- Something similar is happening again, albeit not to the same degree.
Of the three, Woods is the most problematic, and he’s been discussed elsewhere. Johnson’s lose amounts to a small surprise. Johnson certainly did not get big money thrown at him, and he has been injured for both of the past two seasons.
However, Johnson was blossoming into a solid number 2 NFL tight end. Heath Miller and Matt Spaeth have the Steelers no 1 and no 2 tight end spots locked down, but Johnson certainly could have given David Paulson a run for the third TE slot, and if it came down to blocking, Johnson would have won hands down.
- But Johnson likely found the new start and limited signing bonus which he would not get in Pittsburgh.
But Dwyer follows Bruce Arians to Arizona, where he’ll try to succeed where Joey Porter, Alan Faneca, and Clark Haggans failed before him – namely delivering more for Pittsburgh West than he did for the Steelers.