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Deal between Steelers, OT Adams isn't imminent despite visit

An agreement between the Pittsburgh Steelers and free-agent offensive tackle Flozell Adams isn't imminent, a league source said Wednesday.

Adams visited the Steelers on Tuesday and took a physical, but he doesn't have a deal with the team. Adams' agent, Jordan Woy, told the Steelers that he's drawing interest from at least three other clubs, according to a team source.

Baldinger: Adams still solid

The Steelers have nothing

to lose by signing Flozell Adams. He knows how to play. Adams is limited, because no one has the same legs after 12 years in the league, but he could be

a good insurance policy.

There are certain players that Adams would face that he could still dominate. He has problems with younger, quicker players who can really bend and move, they give him trouble. But the bigger, stand-up guys, he can still wire them up.

-- Brian Baldinger

The Steelers got the impression that Adams isn't ready to make a decision on where he will sign, and money also could be an issue. Adams, who was scheduled to earn over $7 million with the Dallas Cowboys before his release this offseason, is looking for a $4 million deal for 2010, according to the source. The Steelers were hesitant to go that high.

Pittsburgh lost tackle Willie Colon for the season after he tore his Achilles' tendon while working out this week. Adams is the only free-agent tackle attractive to the Steelers right now, according to a team source, and no other visits are planned.

If the Steelers don't sign Adams -- who also has visited the Denver Broncos -- they likely will move guard Trai Essex to tackle. The team believes Essex plays better on the left side, so that means left tackle Max Starks would move to right tackle. Barring a free-agent signing, that's the most likely scenario for Pittsburgh entering training camp next month.

Rookie tackle Chris Scott also recently suffered a leg injury, which likely will put him out for the start of camp but isn't expected to jeopardize his season, according to a team source. Like Colon, Scott was working out on his own when the injury occurred.

Scott, a fifth-round draft pick, is jockeying for a reserve spot with the Steelers and wasn't seen as a possible replacement for Colon.

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