Those who are frequent visitors to this blog – both of you – know that I haven't been around for the past week. I was on vacation in Florida, taking the family away for a little R&R.
But I'm obviously back now and ready to hit the ground running as we head into the draft.
The big news of the past week was the Steelers' interest and then lack of interest in signing Booger McFarland following his release by Indianapolis.
The big defensive tackle would have been used as a backup with the Steelers, someone capable of filling in at all three line positions.
Of course, McFarland then barely passed his physical with the team's doctors and the Steelers thought better of it, re-signing Nick Eason instead.
It's not a particularly good tradeoff and keeps the very distinct possibility alive that a defensive lineman will be selected by the Steelers fairly early in the draft later this month.
This team will not go into next season with Travis Kirschke, Eason and Chris Hoke as it's only options behind the starters as it did last season.
Hoke is solid, while Kirschke showed he still has something left in the tank - though you don't want him starting. Eason, however, isn't much more than a camp body.
Ryan McBean is entering his second season with the team and needs to take a big step forward if he is to contribute.