Monday, March 26, 2007

Steelers Awarded Two Compensatory Draft Picks

Today the NFL announced that the Steelers have been awarded compensatory picks at the end of the fourth round (132nd overall) and fifth round (170) of the upcoming NFL draft (April 28-29), giving Pittsburgh nine selections. A total of thirty-two compensatory picks were distributed based on a formula involving free-agent signings and losses from last year. Fans will recall that the Steelers signed FS Ryan Clark but lost FS Chris Hope, WR Antwaan Randle El and DE Kimo von Oelhoffen.

Meanwhile, the 2007 schedule has not yet been released, but the Steelers will NOT be appearing in any of the opening weekend's prime-time games. Nor will the Steelers be playing in any of the three games scheduled on Thanksgiving Day. The Steelers' opener will not be against a divisional opponent, unless it is versus Cleveland.

Finally, Pittsburgh solidified its depth at safety on Monday by re-signing Tyrone Carter to a three-year contract worth $2.4 million.


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