Pittsburgh 32 – Arizona 20
The Steelers have yet to give the Arizona Cardinals permission to interview linebackers coach Keith Butler, the Steelers defensive coordinator in waiting, and it appears the Cardinals could now be turning their attention to Steelers defensive backs coach Ray Horton. Phoenix radio host Mike Jurecki is reporting that Horton will be the Cards next defensive coordinator. It is expected that the Steelers would give Horton permission to leave, as they have given him opportunities to seek other jobs in the past.
April 22, 2010 Steelers select Maurkice Pouncey The Pittsburgh Steelers have selected Florida center Maurkice Pouncey with the No. 18 selection in the NFL draft. 49ers select Mike Iupati The San Francisco 49ers have selected offensive guard Mike Iupati with the No. 17 overall selection. 9:11 p.m. Pouncey over Iupati? Word out of Steelers headquarters is that the team has Maurkice Pouncey rated higher than Mike Iupati. Steelers are very high on both players. Bryan Bulaga is also now surprisingly in play but the pick will likely be Pouncey.
The Pittsburgh Steelers offered more years but Bryant McFadden agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals this afternoon. John Clayton of ESPN reports the entire salary is guaranteed in 2009. A source tells Inside Pittsburgh Sports, the Steelers offered a 5 year deal with close to $10 million guaranteed over the course of the contract. McFadden went with a shorter deal with the opportunity to cash in two seasons from now. Pittsburgh and Arizona were the only teams to make offers. McFadden was hopeful to return to Florida and sign with the Miami Dolphins but the Dolphins never scheduled a visit or make a offer to McFadden who went into free agency seeking $16 million in guarantees.
Bryant McFadden visited the Arizona Cardinals today but since Friday, the Detroit Lions, New York Jets, and Denver Broncos have all dropped out of the McFadden sweepstakes. Sources tell inside Pittsburgh Sports that the Steelers have made a new 5 year offer and are willing to move salary to bring McFadden back. Read more for the latest and teams that are still in on McFadden
The Cardinals and the agent for Kurt Warner appear to be creeping toward agreement on a new contract, but there remains significant ground to cover before free agency starts on Friday. General Manager Rod Graves and Warner’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, spoke several times at the NFL Scouting Combine in the past few days, and it appears the gap between their points of view have narrowed, at least a little. Bartelstein is believed to be asking for a deal that put Warner among the top five highest paid quarterbacks in the league, an average of $12 million to $16 million or so. The Cardinals would like to stay in the $10 million range. Bartelstein has returned home to Chicago, but the two sides plan to talk in the coming days. Bartelstein declined to discuss details of negotiations but said “a significant gap” remained. –– Arizona Republic
NFL Mock Draft ¬†1) DETROIT LIONS> MATTHEW STAFFORD, QB, GEORGIA– With Sam Bradford returning to Oklahoma for another season, Stafford holds on to the top selection. Sanchez has closed the gap between him and Stafford, but I still think that Stafford is the better selection. Stafford has a stronger arm and he has greatly improved his decision making this season. Sanchez is more of a project, he has significant injury issues, and he tends to make the stupid decisions that Stafford would make last year. 2) ST. LOUIS RAMS> ANDRE SMITH, OT, ALABAMA-¬†¬†I don‚Äôt see any reason to change this pick as a result of Smith‚Äôs issues at Alabama. They don‚Äôt seem like the kind of behavioral issues that would seriously hurt his draft stock and the Rams are still looking to beef up the O-Line, which they failed to do last year by missing out on Jake Long. ¬†3)Read More »
The Arizona Cardinals boast the league‚Äôs top wide receiver tandem in the NFL with Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald. Boldin who has three years left on the four-year, $22.75 million extension he signed after the 2005 season, demanded a trade in August and claimed he has no relationship with coach Ken Whisenhunt. On Sunday, cameras showed Boldin arguing with offensive coordinator Todd Haley in a heated discussion on the sideline after the Cardinals used only one receiver in 9 of their final 14 plays. According to reports, once the game ended, Boldin left the field quickly without celebrating and was seen leaving out the back door. With all the media coverage during the week leading up to the Super Bowl, Boldin could become a major distraction for the Cardinals as they prepare for the Steelers. Preliminary results reveal no structural damage for Hines Ward
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had an extensive meeting with his offensive coaches yesterday. Roethlisberger doesn‚Äôt believe the coaching staff and players were on the same page Sunday afternoon against the Eagles. The Steelers rank dead last in completions to running backs. During OTA‚Äôs Insiders raved about Mewelde Moore‚Äôs ability to catch the ball out of the back field and some even compared him to Kevin Faulk. With Willie Parker sidelined it will be interesting to see if the Steelers utilize Moore in the passing game.