PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – Steelers offensive lineman and free-agent-to-be Ramon Foster joined Chris Mueller, Josh Miller, and Jim Colony on “The Fan Morning Show” on Tuesday to put a bow on the team’s 2015 season and look ahead to what the future holds for him.
The Steelers’ exit from the playoffs has elicited mixed feelings from players and fans alike because it likely had as much to do with injuries as it did with the team’s performance against the Broncos. It’s difficult to put into words exactly what everybody in Pittsburgh is feeling right now, but Foster felt that fellow offensive lineman Cody Wallace encapsulated it best.
“The next day (Monday) is when I really kind of processed it,” Foster said. “Me and Cody Wallace, he and I went and got breakfast together, and he said it as best as anybody. He said it’s like it always ends too soon, but this year really felt like the season was just getting started again…you know, there’s a lot of football left out there for us. And a lot of it falls on us the way we ended the season. We just should have capitalized when we had the opportunity to early in that game against the Broncos.”
There was a sour feeling for fans after the game because the Steelers actually had a leg up on the Broncos for much of the contest, only to have Fitzgerald Toussaint fumble late in the fourth quarter and the Broncos storm down the field to take the lead. However, Foster doesn’t blame Toussaint for the loss.
“We felt like we could win that game, and for the most part, we did,” Foster said. “We just got into the red zone, for the most part, and then ended up putting ourselves out of it, or having small mistakes happen. That game should have been won before we got to that last drive and we had the fumble. I don’t think that fumble had anything to do with it. We should have capitalized earlier in the game.”
Even though he has been with the Steelers for his entire career, Foster’s time with the team may be coming to an end. Foster said that any impending free agent is going to have their future on their mind during the season, although the Steelers do their best to limit that distraction.
“I think most players, whenever they’re going into their free agency, they think about it, to be truthful, all year long,” Foster said. “The way we work here in Pittsburgh, nobody gets contracts here during the season. My job was to play as best as I could and stay healthy. So, hopefully, the tape that I’ve put out there warrants some good situation, and maybe it’s here in Pittsburgh, but that’s yet to be talked about so far, because we’ve just been playing football all year long. So, it’s a wait-and-see type of thing for me.”
Foster said that he hasn’t been approached about signing a new contract with the Steelers yet.
“I don’t think any of the free agents this year ended up talking to them in any kind of way,” Foster said. “I think Kelvin [Beachum] might have had some talks…but for the most part, it’s been play out the season and we’ll see what happens. Will they come to me? You know, there’s a lot to determine that type of stuff. There’s free agency coming up – not sure if they’re going to sign somebody outside – but there’s also the draft. There’s a lot of variables…it’ll be interesting to see what happens and what they’re thinking in exit meetings and stuff like that.”
After saying that, Foster was then asked if he would sign with the Bengals.
“Is this comedy hour right now?” Foster said with a laugh.
And of course, speaking of the Bengals, Chris Mueller asked Foster to address a number Bengals players taking shots at the Steelers on Twitter after the Broncos’ win on Sunday.
Mueller was particularly interested in Foster’s reaction to the following tweet from Jeremy Hill:
Foster just chuckled.
“Hey, we moved on to the second round, and they didn’t,” Foster said. “And I’m sure he’s going to have to say some things going into their offseason, too, about the play that he gave up. So, [if] you’re going to sip tea with Kermit, check your house first.”
The interview can be heard here: