The big stories of the day were the Steelers placing the franchise tag on linebacker LaMarr Woodley - no duh – and defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau signing a one-year deal to remain with the team - double no duh.
Neither move comes as any surprise.
The Steelers' plan all along has been to franchise Woodley. Without a new CBA, the Steelers' hands were tied with Woodley in terms of negotiating a new deal.
Any deal he signed would have to have a base salary of no more than 120 percent of his base salary in 2010 – $550,000.
That meant the Steelers, to get a deal done, would have to give Woodley a ridiculous signing bonus to make up for the base salary.
That wasn't going to happen. So until a new CBA is in place, Woodley keeps the franchise tag.
As for LeBeau, the stories at the Super Bowl that said the Arizona Cardinals were going to make a pitch for his services were ridiculous.
LeBeau's intent has always been to finish his career with the Steelers. And since he still wanted to coach in 2011 after losing the Super Bowl, he was going to be back in Pittsburgh.
LeBeau wasn't going anywhere. Will he be back beyond 2011? That depends on what the Steelers do.
If they win the Super Bowl, LeBeau will walk away.
If they come close but lose, I expect him to return again.
If they fail to make the playoffs, I look for LeBeau to call it a career.