10 mil is way to high for Smith.
I'd rather have Brent Grimes for that kind of money.
45 mil to spend. minus 7 mil for rookies. 38 mil to spend on FA. smith would take up 10 mil of that... so 28 mil... lets say 4 mil for hartline, 8 mil for jennings, another 5 mil for a TE. now we're at 11m and still have to sign a Safety, ok, lets sign clemons for 3m. 8m left over, might was well sign starks back for 4.5 mil. 3.5 mil left to roll onto next season.
so even paying smith 10 m (not something I want to do...) leaves us with enough money to sign hartline (4), Jennings (8), A FA TE (5), clemons (3), starks(4.5) and roll 3.5 mil onto next year.
Armando is the king of douches. I still remember when he flat out plagiarized one of our Draft Winds pieces on his blog and then essentially tried to tell us to shut up and go away, even threatened legal action.
People here in Pittsburgh are starting to realize how tough their cap situation is: lots of sportstalk either/or's regarding Keenan Lewis with Ike Taylor, Brett Keisel, James Harrison, etc; they'll be faced with cutting key guys to keep Lewis. And the Steelers do have three starting-caliber corners in Taylor, Lewis, and young Cortez Allen whose still under rookie contract, so even if they let Lewis walk they still have guys who can play. That said, people here want Lewis to be the priority, it's just going to be very difficult - cutting Ike Taylor is the popular notion. Keenan played his hand right be not re-structuring last off-season (there was talk of a deal, but he wanted to test the market), playing a lights-out 2012, and is now due to get paid big-time.
I hope we go after him hard.