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ESPN says the Steelers have their attention on Buccaneers center Ryan Jensen in free agency


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The Steelers definitely need to upgrade the interior of their offensive line, whether it's through free agency or the draft. Kendrick Green starting at center as a rookie last year just simply didn't work out. There's been talks that Green would be better at guard, which is his more natural position. Green had just four starts at center in college.


With the center position still being a weakness, ESPN reported that the Steelers are one of at least four teams who have their attention on Buccaneers center Ryan Jensen, who's set to become a free agent in a few weeks. The three other teams are the Jets, Bengals and Ravens.


"So many teams are looking for offensive line help, and Jensen is viewed as a nasty tone-setter who could help a line with his attitude and ability," Dan Graziano said. "If multiple teams are as interested as it sounds they could be, Jensen could be a hot commodity and rake in a nice payday."


Jensen, 31, is one of the best centers in the league and is known to play with a nasty demeanor. The Steelers have the cap space to sign Jensen, but it will come at a hefty cost. Jensen could command a contract that's worth $15 million per year. He also might stay with the Buccaneers.


"I'm told the Bucs will try hard to get something done with Jensen," Jeremy Fowler said. "They feel he's among the best centers in the league, maybe the best, when in their system. If that costs $15 million per year -- which it very well might -- then that might be worth it."


"So many teams are looking for offensive line help, and Jensen is viewed as a nasty tone-setter who could help a line with his attitude and ability," Dan Graziano said. "If multiple teams are as interested as it sounds they could be, Jensen could be a hot commodity and rake in a nice payday."


Graziano also noted that the Steelers are among several teams who will be interested in 49ers guard Laken Tomlinson in free agency. The Steelers have a big need at right guard, as it's unlikely they'll re-sign Trai Turner.


"He's emerging as a top guard available and could spark a bidding war closer to free agency. The Bengals, Panthers, Vikings, Steelers, Jets and Seahawks are among teams that will be in the guard market. Austin Corbett is also a buzzworthy name just below Tomlinson."


If the Steelers don't land Jensen in free agency, this year's draft is deep with talented centers, according to Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network.


"I can't remember a draft where we've had this many guys I think that can plug and play at center," Jeremiah said. "Usually you have two or three of them in a draft, we've got a handful."




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