Notebook: Faneca Reflects on Stint in Pittsburgh

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Notebook: Faneca Reflects on Stint in Pittsburgh


Brown, Scott, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Pro Bowl guard Alan Faneca has almost certainly played his last game as a Steeler at Heinz Field.

Faneca will be a free agent after the season, and it doesn't look like he and the Steelers will reach a contract agreement before one of the best offensive linemen in team history hits the open market in March.

"I think if it was going to happen it would have happened," Faneca said last week. "Doors never close, but there is a point when reality sets it."

Reality hit Faneca hard during the offseason when he and management never came close to consummating a long-term deal that probably would have allowed him to retire as a Steeler.

Faneca, 31, blasted the organization for not making what he considered a serious offer last May and said this season would be his last in a Steelers uniform.

Whatever hard feelings he had toward the organization did not affect Faneca on the field.

He started all 17 games at left guard and was voted to the Pro Bowl for a seventh consecutive season.

Despite what he's done in Pittsburgh and the reality that the Steelers need to add quality offensive linemen, not subtract them, Faneca isn't expecting a breakthrough in regards to a contract.

That is why the 10th-year veteran took some time to reflect before Saturday night's AFC wild-card game against the Jaguars.

"You know," Faneca said, "to think back when the game is over, my last time on the field, stuff like that you just take it and enjoy it."

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