Thursday, April 18, 2013
Packers miss on Steve McLendon (Oh no!)
By Kevin Seifert
Steve McLendon, we had barely heard of you, and now hardly knew you.
McLendon, a backup defensive lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers, spent Wednesday taking a visit at Lambeau Field as a restricted free agent. Thursday, the Steelers signed McLendon to a three-year contract worth a maximum of $7.25 million.
Perhaps McLendon used the Green Bay Packers as leverage against the Steelers. Maybe the Packers decided after the visit not to pursue an offer sheet. The most we can take out of this episode is the Packers genuinely want to upgrade their defensive line this offseason.
The Packers' cautious approach to free agency makes every visit noteworthy, and McLendon joined at least one other defensive lineman, Chris Canty, as veteran visitors to Green Bay. The Packers don't host such visits for fun. It's fair to read some level of interest into each one.