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Old 06-02-2004   #1
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Looks like the Texans have some interest in Gildon.
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On another front, the Packers apparently have some interest in veteran linebacker Jason Gildon, who is expected to be released by Pittsburgh today in a salary-cap related move.

Gildon, who will turn 32 in July, is the Steelers' all-time sack leader.

Peter Schaffer, Gildon's agent, told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette that Houston, Baltimore and Cleveland also were interested in Gildon, along with the Packers. Schaffer could not be reached for comment.
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This should be good to keep an eye on for a day or so. You do have to take anything that an agent says in reference to teams being intrested with a certain amount of salt. I am not sure that we will take a shot at Gildon and jumble the LB picture. I can't see him being that much of an upgrade at this point in his career over Wong, and they are not going to bump Babin. Peek and Orr are highly thought of by the coaching staff so I don't see where Gildon fits in.
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id rather we get Trotter
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id rather we get Trotter
me too, but Gildon is good, just old
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Looks like we might be interested in Gildon. Found this on Yahoo.

The 6-foot-4, 255-pound Gildon, coming off two consecutive down seasons after making All-Pro in 2001, is expected to sign shortly with another team. The Texans, Redskins, Packers, Ravens and Browns are believed to be interested in Gildon.
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If I were the Texans, I would bring in Gildon more for the veteran leadership and knowledge more so than actual play on the field. He could be a great mentor to our young LB crew, Babin, Peek, Orr. He has been playing in the 3-4 his entire 11 year NFL career, so the experience he would bring would be unmatched. There is no doubt he can still be a solid pass rusher for another year or two, but if he helps to improve our other young LBs, especially Babin, we could benefit from him in other ways for years to come.
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Just found this article. Thought that it would be useful: From houstonprofootball.com
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"On Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette quoted Peter Schaffer, the agent of linebacker Jason Gildon, saying that the Texans were one of four teams that have contacted him regarding the recent Steelers castoff. Gildon, 31, was released by Pittsburgh after efforts to trade him never materialized.

Rated by Peter King of Sports Illustrated as the top available player among the June 1st cuts, Gildon is a two-time Pro Bowl player and the Steelers' career sack leader. He has not missed a start in the past seven seasons, and he is a veteran of the 3-4 defense.

The Texans' interest in Gildon is intriguing, given the recent release of Charlie Clemons last month and the attention given to his position during April's draft when three projected outside linebackers were taken, including the trade up to select current starter Jason Babin. Should Gildon be willing to sign for compensation equivalent to that of an experienced situational pass rusher, he may soon find a new home in Houston's 3-4 defense.

Gildon's agent also said that the Packers, Ravens, and Browns had contacted him regarding their interest in his client."
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Good post. I hope if in the off chance we did sign Gildon it would be for no more than 2 years and not a crazy amount of money.
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hmm tough call. There are defintite plusses and minuses involving Gildon, but I'm leaning towards pass.

I like the idea of having a proven vet OLB on the team to teach (by example) the position. Peek, Babin, Orr 1&2, Anderson, and even Wong could learn a lot from a guy whose been successful at the position for 10 years. I also think that Gildon would perform better then Babin in 2004, but I still feel that the 2004 season falls into the developmental category.

Given that, I think that in the end Babin learns more playing the postion then he would from watching Gildon play it. As the top-rated June 1 FA, and with several teams switching to the 3-4 I don't think we'll get a bargain on the guy (I'd take him if we did.) So for now I think we need to be patient, save some cap room, and see how Babin, Peek, and Wong have performed by the end of the season and re-evaluate at that time.
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PLEASE MY TEXAN BROTHERS< FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, WE DONT WANT JASON GILDON!!!! I've seen this guy his entire pro career. Schemes in pittsburgh mean everything, and this guy is WAY OVERRATED!!!!!!! PLEASE, If we keep wishing, you'll get what you ask for. NONE PRODUCTION!!!!!!!!!
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I think we would get Gildon because:

He is accustomed to the 3-4 system, he could be a good situational pass rusher and mentor for the younger OLBs, we did switch the positions of Wong and Babin at OLB.

I think we will not get him because:

We have much invested in Babin, we got some good depth in Orr and Peek, given the other teams mentioned that are interested in Gildon we don't have much bargaining power against the other teams with our current cap space.

I say pass and let the young guys get in on some of the action. For all we know Peek may have a pretty good year.
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Old 06-07-2004   #12
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Jason Gildon and Jeremiah Trotter would and excellent addition to the Texans defense. This way it would give Babin at least a year to learn the 3-4 scheme from Linebacker stand. What do you think?
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"ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- Former All-Pro linebacker Jason Gildon arrived in Buffalo on Monday to meet with the Bills, a team needing to bolster its pass rush.

Gildon's agent Peter Schaffer said his client's visit is scheduled to last through Tuesday. The Bills are an attractive stop for Gildon, who was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers for salary-cap reasons two weeks ago, Schaffer said."
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I would say that since Mike Mularkey was hired as the new coach from the Steelers organization that it would be a done deal. The Bills would have the strongest influence in aquiring Gildon based on the fact that Mularkey has working relationship with him. He's a Bill.
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Jason Gildon and Jeremiah Trotter would and excellent addition to the Texans defense. This way it would give Babin at least a year to learn the 3-4 scheme from Linebacker stand. What do you think?
Gildon is washed up and Trotter has maybe one good year left in him and would ask for too much money. Plus, I would rather have Babin learning the job on the fly.

Does Gildon useat Posey or switch between DE and LB?
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How so? Played in all 16 games and had 6 sacks, was a leader on one of the better defensive teams in the league.

Be prepared for Babin to take some time to learn the position, 3-4 linebackers usually take a couple of years to start to show some greatness.
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How so? Played in all 16 games and had 6 sacks, was a leader on one of the better defensive teams in the league.
His sacks have declied each of the last 3 or 4 seasons, he has lost some speed. He is at the end of a great career, IMO.
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