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Is It Time For Hartwig To Come Home?

Heads are beginning to roll as teams need to get down to 53 players by Saturday evening.

One guy that has been allowed to seek a trade is Steelers center Justin Hartwig.  Hartwig, age 31, weighs in at 312 pounds on a 6’ 5” frame.  He has 95 career starts and has appeared in every game over the last two years.

Given that John Sullivan underwhelmed during his first year as a starter and has now been sidelined for nearly all of the Vikings preseason activities, perhaps it is time for this Mankato native to come home.

The Vikings could surely use a boost to their offensive line, and Hartwig should come at a fairly low price.  If they were to trade for him, he would be owed a base salary of only $2.08 million for 2010.  If he is cut, the Vikings (or any other team) would be allowed to immediately negotiate a contract for his services.

Hartwig has been replaced int he Steelers starting lineup by first round pick Maurkice Pouncey.

As players continue to get cut, expect more stories like this one to be posted.  We have our eye on the offensive line and cornerback positions in particular.

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13 Responses to “Is It Time For Hartwig To Come Home?”

  1. bigjohnny84 says:

    We’ll take him and the Steelers can have Tjack. I’m sure Tomlin remembers how good of a practice player Tjack was just hope he doesnt watch any game film.

  2. Maybe Sage or T-Jack get traded?

  3. Fran the Man says:

    No brainer here, bring that boy home!
    We need him bad.

  4. Purple Charlie says:

    Hartwig, Don’t see how ya could pass him up…
    As Fran said, Need him bad.

  5. VikingsDude says:

    I would love to have a run clearing line

  6. Jughead says:

    even no brainers seem to stump childress…so im not getting my hopes up

  7. CalVkg says:

    they’re sayin’ he can’t run block, but it’s always fun to spend opm (other people’s money)

    “Hartwig was one of the worst run-blocking centers in the league last season”

  8. Fragile Freds says:

    So for those that want Hardwick to come home, who would you cut from the roster to get him? Somebody has to go. Please don’t go with Cook as the easy answer. That won’t happen, Cook can play too many positions (none very well).

    Freds gets the feeling that people think that anyone who is on the market on a different team would be a great fit for Minnesota. Dude got beat out by a rookie in a matter of 3 weeks time, he’s in the prime of his career at 31 and the team drafts his replacement? How good could he be that they don’t even want him as a backup?

    Freds don’t know a damn thing about Harwich, but please, call Waste Management if he is someone elses junk.

    In order to get a front line O lineman, we need to draft him one or give up a great deal. 10 to 1 says most of you in here hadn’t even heard of the name Jusin Harwig before this posting. Your old pal Fragile wouldn’t have said he’s a NASCAR driver if asked.

    That’s all for now, over and out!

  9. Adam Warwas says:

    Interesting stuff here. Let me ask a few questions:

    1. What does it say about the state of the Vikes O-Line that we would consider taking a Steeler lineman, considering they have been a joke for quite sometime?

    2. Is Hartwig better than a hobbled Sullivan or a perfectly healthy Jon Cooper? (I think you know my answer there).

    3. Many people here wanted to see the Vikings draft Pouncey, who also would have beat out Sully within three weeks of preseason. Does that speak equally about Sully as Hartwig?

  10. Fragile Freds says:

    Your old pal Fragile’s answers:

    1) The offensive line is suspect (kinder and gentler), which is why Freds wanted the first 6 picks of the draft to be offensive lineman.

    2) Freds doesn’t know Justin Hartwig from Sid Hartman.

    3)Yes, Freds has no problem with Waste Management picking up Sully at the curb in Winter Park shortly after they arrive from Pittsburgh and get Hardwick. All kidding aside, we don’t know if the Vikes were considering Pouncey, clearly Pittsburgh did. Also under the header of “potential” we don’t know what Sully has to offer YET. A first year starter, a second year player doesn’t a career make, ask TJizzle. If we look back at Birks first two years, the guy was not a star in the making.

    If Freds is the GM ( and we can all be glad he’s not) Pouncey would be replacing Sully yesterday. That doesn’t speak at all however to Sully Vs Harwig except that neither is as good as Pouncey.

  11. Matt Loede says:

    Hartwig isn’t a bad player, but Pouncey has been unreal for the Sterled, which is why they r looking to dump Justin. One thing about Hartwig is he’s undesized., which is why when pouncey was there, the steelers jumped on him.

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