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Wakeup Call: Cornered into a column

Some sporting thoughts before sunrise …

>> My Monday column wonders why, if everyone else is so concerned about the Steelers’ corners, the Steelers clearly aren’t. And I’m not just talking about their words in this regard. I’m talking about their deeds, the fact that they haven’t even been inviting looks from possible outside help.

My thanks to Ike Taylor, Carnell Lake and Crezdon Butler, in particular, for their help.

>> Should the Steelers take a flyer on Terrelle Pryor, who knocked on their door yesterday?

I loved beat reporter Mark Kaboly’s take on this: Offer up a second-round pick in the supplemental draft, since the Steelers almost always waste those, anyway. (Apologies to LaMarr Woodley.)

In all seriousness, Pryor is a tremendously gifted athlete, as he showed again at the pro day Saturday. He’s big, fast, strong, everything the Steelers always prefer in their amateur acquisitions over their actual football polish. Their thinking always has been to get the raw product, and they’ll take care of the football. Pryor makes for a fine fit as a temporary guy in any number of situations, even as he could take over the Dennis Dixon spot in the QB rotation before long.

>> This just in: Jose Tabata’s agent will not be invited to the union picnic.

Actually, the way this looks, Tabata and his agency ACES split up right around the time this extraordinarily team-friendly contract was being accepted by the player. That can’t be a coincidence. No agent would want his name or his agency’s name connected to a deal that forfeits three full years of free agency to team control. They used to call these “Carl Crawford deals,” in a very derisive sense, around the agents’ world. But Crawford only forfeited two years to the Rays. Tabata upped the ante on that by a year.

Don’t get me wrong. No one should cry for a still-unproved player being guaranteed around $14 million. We should all be so fortunate. But, in the context of the baseball players’ world, this is very much the exception.

An agent for another player emailed me right after hearing the terms that the Pirates “bamboozled” their player. Sounds a little strong. Tabata knew what he was doing. But I’ve no doubt the Pirates knew what they were doing, too.

>> Please tell me people aren’t worried about Joel Hanrahan. Pretty please.

>> I’ll be spending the day watching lots more football, but I’ll check in here.

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