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Steelers’ Foster signs RFA tender


Guard Ramon Foster signed his restricted free-agent tender that ensures that he will return to the Steelers for another year.

Foster will earn $1.26 million and will become an unresticted free agent next year unless he signs a long-term deal with the Steelers in the interim.

The undrafted free agent out of Tennessee was offered a low tender last month meaning that the Steelers would not have received any compensation if Foster signed with another team.

Foster did have strong interest from other organizations, but had no offers as of yet. He decided to sign with the Steelers now rather than wait until the April 20 deadline. The Steelers would’ve matched any offer Foster received.

Foster has been one of the most reliable lineman on the Steelers’ roster. He started 26 games in three years including 22 of the last 24. Foster has also started four postseason games including Super Bowl XLV.

Foster will head into training camp as the starting right guard, but could also play left guard or either tackle positions.

The Steelers are expected to retain their remaining five restricted free agents — Doug Legursky, Keenan Lewis, David Johnson, Ryan Mundy and Mike Wallace.

Mark Kaboly



Author: Mark Kaboly

Mark Kaboly is the Pittburgh Steelers beat writer for the Tribune-Review. Mark has covered more than 300 NFL football games in all 32 NFL cities as well as three Super Bowls -- XL in Detroit, XLIII in Tampa and XLV in Dallas. A Belle Vernon Area graduate, Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a specialization in journalism from California University of Pennsylvania. Mark lives in Port Vue with his wife, Jennifer; daughter Briella; and boys Rocco and Bugsley Pug


  1. Paulie Raspa says:

    Big #73 is a Relaible guy with a Nasty Football Attitude on the field and a Very Nice Guy off the field!!!
    This Man is ready to roll in ’12-’13 and he appears to be in Great Shape!!
    Way to go Ramon ……!!!!

  2. Leefoo says:


  3. Scott P says:

    I believe the O-Line will appear much improved this year. I expect the sack totals to go down, the average yards per rush, and rushing yards per game to go up.

    It is the classic case of addition through subtraction. By getting rid of Arians, the Steelers have improved their offensive line immensely.

  4. W. B. Senter says:

    That’s great for the Steelers they need to get some breaks sometime. so far they have been lucky they haven’t lost Wallace.

  5. Sweet Williams says:

    I am glad you believe the O-line will be much better Scott. The Steelers have added NO one so far on the O-line and are VERY injury prone. Nothing from nothing equals nothing. If they don’t add someone through the draft, I don’t see them being any better then last year! BIG Ben better do a lot of running and get his wheels adjusted cause he is not getting any younger. He either better get rid of the ball quicker or get a better running game, where they also have not made any additions, but had subtractions with Mendenhall being on the Pup list for the first part of the season. The Steelers have some good receivers and I believe Ben is tops at the QB position, but without blockers the (O-line) and a running game, we are doomed, unless we pick someone up in the draft or free agency.

  6. james says:

    i feel we are thin on the o-line, and we need some long-term depth, B-Ben can’t take much more punishment, so we need some key personnel installed in the o-line for the next 12yrs!! a good offense, needs an amazing defense, so why not trade for ed reed??? can you imagine if reed is not respected in baltimore…….he would be an improvement with troy p in our secondary!!! you can forget dontari poe…..lets move up and snatch decastro, our new left guard!!!! since we got foster for another year!!! we need to take an aggressive approach and sign decotchery…for cheap….last time i checked, marcus mcneill is still unsigned, what is the hold-up, kevin colbert??? hey, what do you guys think??

  7. naland says:

    MCneil looked real weak whem debo punked him but that is not an insult per se
    But i dont see us spendinbig in fag

  8. Lizard pus says:

    Lets stop candy coating the situation. We need to add some O-line talent or we are doomed for offensive mediocrity. Ben cannot sustain 40-50 sacks a year ant longer and we HAVE to run the ball more effectively to open up the passing game. We have been singing this tune for 5 years.

  9. 6 TONS OF STEEL says:

    I am in agreement with Sweet Williams. Are O line is dog shit. Here’s hoping for a good draft.- 6 Tons

  10. Imp'n'Arn says:

    Here’s to Jimmy Pol! Salud! (quaff). No other city could have pulled that off and made it cool like the ‘Burgh! I hope the Steelers honor him this season, somehow.

    How about a Jimmy Pol bobble head that sings the Super Steelers Polka?

  11. SteelHeart says:

    #5 Sweet Williams is a really pessimist…

    Besides Colon coming back, Gilbert has a year of experience. This should mean the Steelers are very solid at both tackles and center. They also have 3 guys who can play guard well enough that we should be very productive again in 2012 !

    BUT, enough can’t be said about a new Offensive philosophy. Play-Action doesn’t work if the other team knows you only run in certain formations. Haley will make them much more unpredictable – and hence more productive.

    Use the early draft picks on the DEFENSE especially ILB, NT, CB

    Go Steelers !

  12. Paulie Raspa says:

    I think that with our inactivit in Free Agency we will draft O-LINEMAN 1ST 2ND & 4TH RDS….Obviously we have not spoken with Free Agents, maybe they are bringing in Starks at the 12th hour….. Our O-LIne if healthy can do a descent job but in my opinion Ben needs to be a little smarter… I am all for “throwing” deep to our wr’s but sometimes you need to throw the ball away to avoid the hit.
    Most of all we need a strong running game. The other night I was watching a replay of Steelers-Giants Ben vs. Eli 2004…. It was great watching the BUS & Verron Haynes tear off chunks of yards..But most of all, I loved the way Dan Kreider led the way!!! If they do not keep David Johnson go after Owen Schmitt!! Look at what Neal did for Ray Rice last year in Baltimore…

  13. […] to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review’s Mark Kaboly, Foster did get interest from other teams, but opted to remain in Pittsburgh. Kaboly […]

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