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Eric Steinbach | Guard

Team: Miami Dolphins
Age / DOB:  (38) / 4/4/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 295
College: Iowa
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 2 (33) / CIN

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Dolphins OG Eric Steinbach has retired from football.
32-year-old Steinbach was attempting a comeback of sorts after missing the entire 2011 season with a back injury. He couldn't get off the shelf in Dolphins camp, and decided to hang it up after eight seasons played. Steinbach started 124 games in the NFL, spending his first four years with Cincinnati and his last four with Cleveland. He was a solid NFL starting left guard in his prime. Wed, Aug 22, 2012 01:40:00 PM

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Dolphins agreed to terms with OG Eric Steinbach on a one-year contract.

After letting Vernon Carey walk, Miami had a need for veteran insurance with the unreliable RG John Jerry battling Artis Hicks at right guard. Steinbach is said to be fully recovered after missing the entire 2011 season following back surgery.
Thu, Jul 26, 2012 01:18:00 PM's Jason La Canfora reports free agent OG Eric Steinbach is "recovered" from his back problems, and will work out for the Ravens on Tuesday.

Per La Canfora, there are also "other AFC teams interested" in the former Brown's services. Steinbach would likely battle fellow veteran Bobbie Williams for left guard duties in Baltimore.
Mon, Jul 23, 2012 09:39:00 PM

The player rep for OG Eric Steinbach says three teams have been in contact about the free agent.

Steinbach was cleared April 1 to begin full work in his recovery from a bone fragment on his spinal cord nerves. The 32-year-old is down to his playing weight of 295 pounds and estimates that he's "85 percent" recovered. Steinbach will be ready to work out for teams in mid-July.
Tue, Jun 12, 2012 06:57:00 PM

The Browns are not interested in re-signing free agent OG Eric Steinbach.

They're moving forward with Jason Pinkston at left guard. "Never say never, but right now I think we're okay," remarked GM Tom Heckert. Steinbach, 32, has drawn little to no interest in free agency and may be forced into retirement.
Mon, May 21, 2012 11:40:00 PM

The Seahawks and Bears have expressed interest in free agent OG Eric Steinbach.

They may be interested in signing Steinbach to a low-risk deal for the veteran's minimum. Steinbach turns 32 today and missed all of last season due to back problems. His days as a starter in the league are likely over.
Wed, Apr 4, 2012 02:26:00 PM

Coach Pat Shurmur believes it's "realistic" the Browns could re-sign free agent G Eric Steinbach.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer recently reported the Browns appeared "set" on 2011 fifth-round pick Jason Pinkston at left guard, but Steinbach will apparently be welcomed back for a ninth year in Cleveland if his price is right after missing all of 2011 with back issues. He hasn't taken any visits since his March 14 release.
Tue, Mar 27, 2012 08:45:00 AM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer does not expect the Browns to re-sign free agent G Eric Steinbach.

The Browns released Steinbach and his $6 million salary earlier this month, and are reportedly "set" on 2011 fifth-round pick Jason Pinkston at left guard. Steinbach hasn't generated any known interest in free agency after missing all of 2011 with back issues.
Sun, Mar 25, 2012 12:26:00 PM

Browns released LG Eric Steinbach.

Cleveland's long-time left guard was set to earn a prohibitive $6 million after missing all of 2011 with a back injury. Steinbach's agent tells the National Football Post he'll remain in contact with the Browns about returning at a lower price. Before 2011, Steinbach had missed just three games in eight years.
Wed, Mar 14, 2012 04:17:00 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer believes LG Eric Steinbach could be a candidate for release if he isn't amenable to a pay-cut.

Steinbach missed all of 2011 after undergoing preseason back surgery, and is currently set to earn $6 million next season. It's unlikely the Browns will be willing to pay it. If Steinbach refuses to re-negotiate, 2011 fifth-round pick Jason Pinkston is a potential in-house replacement.
Sun, Feb 19, 2012 08:25:00 AM

Browns GM Tom Heckert said Thursday that LG Eric Steinbach is nearly fully recovered from the back surgery that wiped out his 2011 season.

Steinbach had the surgery on August 30, so he's over four months removed. The Browns will have to make a decision on Steinbach's $6 million base salary this offseason. At age 32 with injury red flags, he may have to take a pay cut.
Fri, Jan 6, 2012 01:26:00 PM

Browns LG Eric Steinbach, out for the season, is confident that he'll resume his football career after undergoing back surgery on August 30.

The procedure was to repair a herniated disc. Steinbach was placed on injured reserve immediately after the surgery. Rookie Jason Pinkston will hold down the fort at left guard to start the season. Steinbach will be 32 next year and is due a $6.25 million salary in 2012. He'll likely be cut if Pinkston plays well.
Sun, Sep 11, 2011 11:20:00 AM

Browns LG Eric Steinbach underwent back surgery Tuesday morning.

The procedure will repair a herniated disc. Coach Pat Shurmur was evasive when asked about the possibility of injured reserve, but the Cleveland Plain Dealer cites two sources in reporting that he's done for the season. Due $6 million in 2012 and $6.25 million in 2013, Steinbach will likely have to restructure to remain in Cleveland. Promising rookie Jason Pinkston is expected to take over at left guard, but he may have to hold off former Raven Oniel Cousins.
Tue, Aug 30, 2011 01:28:00 PM

The Browns are expected to decide LG Eric Steinbach's (back) fate shortly, possibly by Tuesday.

If Steinbach isn't going to help the Browns this year because of the herniated disc in his back, they may as well place him on I.R. now to help cut down the roster. The Cleveland Plain Dealer confirms that Steinbach "could be headed for injured reserve." His replacement at left guard is rookie Jason Pinkston.
Mon, Aug 29, 2011 08:54:00 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Browns LG Eric Steinbach and RB Brandon Jackson are both in danger of missing the entire 2011 season with back and turf toe injuries, respectively.

Coach Pat Shurmur conceded that both would miss an "extended period," and Steinbach may need surgery. "There's no real final call yet on whether he'll be back -- or when actually," Shurmur said of his left guard. A back operation would end Steinbach's season. Jackson is in a hard cast, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports he could "take significant time" to return. He was to be the Browns' third-down back. That job will now revert to Peyton Hillis.
Fri, Aug 26, 2011 06:46:00 PM

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