Steelers pay small price for familiar pair
April, 27, 2010
The Steelers have pulled off a pair of fascinating trades in the past week. They were able to reacquire quarterback Byron Leftwich and cornerback Bryant McFadden for virtually nothing. Leftwich cost them a seventh-round choice, but the Steelers received a seventh-round compensatory choice after he left in free agency in 2009. Three things made the McFadden deal even better. First, the Steelers received a fifth-round compensatory pick after he left for Arizona in 2009. Second, they were able to get him to sign a new contract worth $2.5 million a year, $1 million a year less than what they were willing to pay him in 2009. Third, Pittsburgh's defense missed McFadden because William Gay wasn't ready to replace him.