The Pittsburgh Steelers examined their internal options this summer to replace injured right tackle Willie Colon (Achilles). But in the end, they wisely decided it was best to add a proven commodity at such an important position.
AdamsPittsburgh agreed to a two-year contract on Thursday with veteran offensive tackle Flozell Adams. This is a team that already has a lot of question marks on offense, and it was able to patch at least one hole before players report to training camp on Friday.
The Steelers will be without star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (suspension) for at least a month to start the season. Receiver Santonio Holmes was recently traded to the New York Jets and leaves another hole that needs to be filled. The last thing Pittsburgh needed was instability on the offensive line.
Adams, a five-time Pro Bowler, gives Pittsburgh a veteran starter who can step in right away and put an end to the team's question marks at right tackle. Before that, the coaching staff was looking to shuffle the offense line in a variety of ways to get players such as Trai Essex, Jonathan Scott and Ramon Foster reps. With an offense still searching for its quarterback, having another competition at right tackle would not have been ideal.
Getting Adams in camp on time also was a good move and will help make for an easier transition. Adams didn't have his best season in 2009 with the Dallas Cowboys, but he should be an upgrade over any of Pittsburgh's backup options.