There were many people in the Steelers’ Nation that were close to a coronary earlier this week when it looked all too possible that nose tackle Steve McLendon could sign with the Green Bay Packers. I know I had a serious moment that probably reminded my wife of this classic scene to be sure but my cooler head has prevailed.
The Steelers announced that McLendon had signed a three-year deal with the team and will be expected to be the starting nose tackle when the Steelers open at home against the Tennessee Titans in September.
Despite the fact the Steelers are razor-close to the salary cap now, this was a must-have signing for two important reasons. First of all, there was no way in the world they could have gone into training camp with Alameda Ta’amu at number one on the depth chart at nose tackle.
Ta’amu’s lack of experience is one thing but the possibility also remains that he may be suspended by Roger Goodell for his drunk driving episode last October.
There other reason why sign...