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#1 Posted on 10.3.04 0852.23
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Running back Duce Staley signed a five-year contract worth $14 million with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday.

Staley spent the last seven seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, and is expected to boost the Steelers' running game, which ranked 31st last year. That was the worst ranking under coach Bill Cowher.

The deal includes a $4 million signing bonus.

Staley's agent, Leigh Steinberg, said the Steelers were a favorite because his client rooted for them as a child. Steinberg also was negotiating with the Detroit Lions.

The 5-foot-11, 220-pound Staley, a 1997 third-round draft pick out of South Carolina, has rushed for 4,807 yards on 1,200 carries. He's also caught 275 passes for 2,498 yards.

Last season, Staley held out of training camp trying to renegotiate the final year of his contract with the Eagles. When he returned, Staley found himself in a three-man rotation at halfback with Brian Westbrook and Correll Buckhalter and gained only 463 yards on 96 carries; he also caught 36 passes.

Staley will compete with Jerome Bettis for the starting job.

The Steelers may release running back Amos Zereoue to make room for Staley. Zereoue is due to make $2.2 million this season.
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#2 Posted on 10.3.04 0953.12
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    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    Running back Duce Staley signed a five-year contract worth $14 million with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday.


Geez, they got him pretty cheap as far as I'm concerned.

His yards per touch rivalled any other back in the league and he always brought everything he had to the table this season for us, when many would have sulked about not getting more action.

I wish him well with the Steelers, and at least with him being out of the NFC theres less chance of him ever coming back to haunt us.
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#3 Posted on 10.3.04 1212.26
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Damn. I was really hoping we would grab Greg Jones in the second round of the draft. Guess this means we are going the quarterback direction in round one and cornerback in round two. But if Pittsburgh jumps up and grabs Couch then we will go cornerback in round one.

Lets face it- who knows what the Rooney's and Cowher are thinking.
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#4 Posted on 10.3.04 1302.50
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Well they certainly improved over Amos Zeroue! I owned him in Fantasy last year & he absolutely sucked! Plus they still have Bettis to grind out a few yards too. Are they pursuing a QB or are they sticking with Maddox?
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#5 Posted on 10.3.04 1855.37
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    Originally posted by edge2333a
    Are they pursuing a QB or are they sticking with Maddox?


They have to pursue a quarterback. Maddox is old. They wasted years on Kordell Stewart and not preparing a quarterback for the future. Before this season ever started Cowher was high on Roethlisburger. All signs were that we would take him, but then his stock soared and now he is out of our hands. Apparently now Cowher likes Phillip Rivers a lot.

Personally If I am Pittsburgh I hedge my bets on Tim Couch. Now we have Staley so we can spend the draft stocking up on much needed defensive backs and offensive lineman. And if they really want to appeal to the Kentucky mark in me they will sign Couch AND draft Jared Lorenzen! WOHOO!
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#6 Posted on 10.3.04 1914.28
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The Eagles are going to be so unrecognizable next year. Damn!

The funny thing is I spent a season trying to trade Staley for Zereoue after he ran all over me in Madden recently.

I'll miss the Chrysanthemum commercial.
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#7 Posted on 10.3.04 1956.14
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    Originally posted by EddieBurkett
    The Eagles are going to be so unrecognizable next year. Damn!

    The funny thing is I spent a season trying to trade Staley for Zereoue after he ran all over me in Madden recently.

    I'll miss the Chrysanthemum commercial.


Staley's the only guy that's leaving the offense though I'll grant you things won't be the same without him, Vincent and Taylor.

And funny as chrysanthemums were I was still always more partial to 'Doe not. Panic' :)
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#8 Posted on 11.3.04 2317.23
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The thing about Duce that I'm going to miss most is that the drunk next to me at Eagles games won't be able to yell "We're not Booin', we're Dooin'!" anymore.
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