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Kelvin Beachum: Moving from left tackle would be crazy

In this Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, photo, Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Kelvin Beachum (68) is helped from the field by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, center left, towards Steelers head athletic trainer John Norwig, left, after he was injured in the NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Pittsburgh. Beachum did not return to the game. The Steelers announced Monday, Oct. 19, that they placed Beachum on the Reserve/Injured List and signed offensive tackle Byron Stingily. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

In this Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, photo, Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Kelvin Beachum (68) is helped from the field by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, center left, towards Steelers head athletic trainer John Norwig, left, after he was injured in the NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Pittsburgh. Beachum did not return to the game. The Steelers announced Monday, Oct. 19, that they placed Beachum on the Reserve/Injured List and signed offensive tackle Byron Stingily. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Kelvin Beachum has a word of advice for any team that may pursue him in free agency this offseason -- don't ask him to change positions.

Beachum started 25 straight games at left tackle in Pittsburgh until suffering a torn ACL in Week 6. Beachum will likely be one of the best offensive lineman on the free agent market this offseason, but he had a funny response when asked by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review about a potential position switch.

"I am not going to say anything. I am just going to look at them like they are crazy. I have played left tackle my entire career, and I was thrust into all kinds of positions when I got here and I was a team player from that perspective, but I made my mark as a left tackle."

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Beachum, a seventh-round pick in 2012, made just over $1.5 million last season. Despite his season-ending knee injury, he's due for a big raise. Alejandro Villanueva played surprisingly well in Beachum's absence and could be a cheaper option to protect Ben Roethlisberger's blind side. Beachum said he values happiness above all else, so perhaps he'd offer a hometown discount to stay in Pittsburgh.

"It would be [tough to say goodbye to Pittsburgh], but the NFL has a lot of turnover. I have never been through free agency before where I get to choose the team I get to go to. At the end of the day, all that matters is that you are happy. This year, I made $1.5 [million], and I was happy. I might get $10.5 [million] next year and be happy. It doesn't matter."

Regardless of where he ends up, Beachum is confident he'll be ready for the start of the 2016 season.