Mike Tannenbaum was asked yesterday if he would be trading up this year, and he didn't even try to be cagey about it.
"I told these guys we are not trading up this year," said Tannenbaum, flanked by head scout Joey Clinkscales and Terry Bradway. "No matter what happens, grab the phones! I don't want to trade up, but we'll see what happens. I think we're happy with where we are, but we'll let the board dictate what we do. I like where we are. I want to keep our first two picks where we are.
"We should get two good football players that can help us. We know what their salaries reasonably should be. We try to put that into the budget the next two or three years. As we make these other acquisitions, those picks are going to be important for us for strategic planning purposes moving forward."
But can Tannenbaum help himself? For the right pass rusher? For the right safety?
There are certain players we identify as guys that within reason if they got to a certain point we'd consider to try to go up and get," Bradway said. "So you play that out in the first round, because you don't know who is going to be there in the second or third round. It's interesting. We have some good conversations. Mike's done a great job in being aggressive and getting players. I think at one point he was a quantity versus quality guy, now he's come around to the other side."
In other news, The Smoking Gun documents from the Ben Roethlisberger investigation are disturbing. If Pittsburgh dropped WR Santonio Holmes for his substance and other off-the-field issues, it's hard to think they keep their QB given what's in there.
Fans can be pretty tolerant regarding the misbehavior of their own players (see Barry Bonds), but Roethlisberger may have crossed even that line.