Roundup: Parker reportedly taking business personally

Willie Parker reportedly is taking a strong stance against the Steelers, and it stems from feeling unappreciated.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, citing a source, says Parker is so bitter toward the Steelers about his treatment last season that he would rather sit out the 2010 campaign than play for the team again. That’s saying something when you consider Parker was an integral part of the Steelers winning two Super Bowl titles last decade.

That being said, the Steelers have turned to Rashard Mendenhall — their first-round draft pick in 2008 — as their starting running back. He stepped in last season when Parker, who turns 30 next season, missed significant time because of injury for the third consecutive year.

Post-Gazette columnist Ron Cook writes that keeping “Fast Willie” in Pittsburgh would be good for both parties, if only Parker can look past the personal aspect and understand the nature of the business:

That doesn’t mean there’s not a spot for Parker as long as he can wrap his arms around being a backup. He knows Bruce Arians’ offense. He could step in again if something happens to Mendenhall. He would be a better choice than any of the other backs on the roster — Mewelde Moore, Frank Summers and Isaac Redman. He might be a better choice than the team could find elsewhere, either in the draft next month or in free agency later in the spring. …

Parker owes it to himself to at least re-think his stance on the Steelers.

Here’s a look at other headlines from around the Web on Monday:

  • Are the 49ers targeting Clemson RB C.J. Spiller in the draft?
  • Why are teams, including the Dolphins, avoiding restricted free-agent safety O.J. Atogwe?
  • Philip Rivers’ offseason motivation: a truck decal that features the 17-14 score of last season’s playoff loss to the Jets.
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