BJ Finney to the Seahags
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03-18-2020, 11:35 PM

While it was not a surprise that the Pittsburgh Steelers lost unrestricted free agent offensive lineman B.J. Finney, some were surprised by the price for which they lost him. According to reports, the fifth-year interior offensive lineman agreed to a two-year, $8 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks that includes some incentives that could raise the total value a bit.

After Ramon Foster retired, wouldn’t $4 million per season have been a fair price to pay for a starting left guard? So why didn’t the Steelers try to retain him? According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, they did, but the Seahawks outbid them.

He wrote on Twitter late last night that the two parties “had planned to work out an extension, but the team wasn’t ready to reach Seattle’s two-year, $9.5 million deal”. In theory, this means that that Finney could still change his mind, or the Steelers could as well. Deals cannot be finalized until this evening. And we see almost every year that at least one or two players change their minds following an early report on an agreement.

So, again, until 4PM today, whenever the Seahawks actually finalize a contract with Finney, it’s still a theoretical possibility that he could end up remaining with the Steelers, though I would not expect that to happen at this point.

With that said, I would like to walk back the narrative that has surfaced which suggests that, because the Steelers did not retain him at this price, it’s clear that they were not ‘high’ on him or did not view him as a long-term starter.


Read more: https://steelersdepot.com/2020/03/fowler...tbid-them/


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03-19-2020, 05:58 AM

$4mill a year for a starting guard seems fairly reasonable, especially one with position flexibility.
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03-19-2020, 07:13 AM

(03-19-2020, 05:58 AM)dbsfgyd1 Wrote: $4mill  a year for a starting guard seems fairly reasonable, especially one with position flexibility.

Especially G/C versatility. A little surprised on this, I guess the Steelers were going to give him and offer and the Seahags beat them to the punch. Not signed yet (fingers crossed).


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