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Monday, April 24, 2006

No defensive end early

A number of mock drafts recently have had the Steelers selecting a defensive end in the first round of the draft, namely Rodrique Wright of Texas. It's not going to happen.

Follow the money folks.

The Steelers just re-signed Casey Hampton to a new deal before last season began and signed end Brett Keisel to a nice deal this offseason. Add to that Aaron Smith's hefty contract and you have three defensive linemen making a big buck.

Backups Chris Hoke and Travis Kirschke are also pulling down nice salaries.

If the Steelers add a defensive lineman, it won't be in the first half of the draft.

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