His deal is worth $40 million over five years, with $21 million of that guaranteed. It was originally reported that the Jets offered Faneca four years, $32 million, and somewhere between $20 and $23 million guaranteed.
As Scout Ernie Capadino says, "Well this would be MORE then, wouldn't it?" He still would have been the highest paid lineman in the game in terms of overall money and guaranteed money.
If the offer came in Friday evening as it was reported, and Faneca's agent Rick Smith did confirm that it existed, it's interesting to wonder whether Smith took the Jets offer and shopped it around to San Francisco and St. Louis - the other two teams who were bidding for the 10-year veteran's services. The extra year could have been added on to the original deal.
It's the secret the Steelers have known for quite some time now. While most might suggest there is a significant problem among the offensive line, others who watch the team play may dare to suggest that Faneca's seventh trip to the Pro Bowl this past season was purely ornamental. While the ground game didn't necessarily suffer over the course of the year (RB Willie Parker would have been the NFL's rushing champion if he didn't break his leg on the second play from scrimmage in Week 16), the interior line play was suspect at best. C Sean Mahan was brought in to replace former All-Pro Jeff Hartings, and failed by a considerable margin in that goal.
Faneca has played among poor offensive linemen before, and has stood out far more than he did in 2007.