Baltimore Ravens 1st round pick Michael Oher expects to make an immediate impact with the Ravens and he already knows the importance of beating the Steelers. During his introductary news conference on Sunday, Oher told Baltimore reporters “I’m going to do everything I possibly can to get them to beat Pittsburgh,.” Source: Baltimore Sun
The Latest Steelers Buzz The Pittsburgh Steelers will miss out on one of the teams top targets in free agency as Titans cornerback/kick returner Chris Carr will sign with the Baltimore Ravens on Monday. Carr who visited the Steelers on Wednesday was offered a multi-year contract by the Steelers but the Steelers were outbid by the Ravens. Carr is expected to sign a two or three year deal worth $2.5 million per season. Sources tell me the Steelers offered $1.8 million per season but more years than the Ravens offered. Pittsburgh and Baltimore were Carr’s top two choices. Last season Carr was fourth in the NFL on kickoff returns (28.1 yard average) for the 13-4 Tennessee Titans.
Wide Receiver Torry Holt is still a member of the St. Louis but his release is believed to imminent as he is due a $1.25 million bonus in the middle of March. ESPN’s John Clayton reports that the Jets and Titans are the most likely suitors, but that two or three under the radar teams will emerge as bidders when Holt is released.
The Baltimore Ravens and Oakland Raiders are expressing some interest in Steelers left tackle Marvel Smith. Both teams have demonstrated early interest in the former Pittsburgh Pro Bowler, who missed the final 11 weeks of the regular season and the playoffs this year after injuring a disc. Still just 30, Smith says that the problems, finally, have been alleviated. Source: Sportingnews
Live Updates 9:02 a.m. – Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth reached agreement Friday on a seven-year, $100 million with the Washington Redskins according to reports. 9:38 a.m. – Reports indicate the Ravens will lose Ray Lewis. Linebacker Bart Scott signed with the Jets. 10:23 a.m. – It’s believed Anthony Smith has received calls from atleast 6 teams. Cardinals and Falcons showing significant interest. 10: 25 a.m. – Steelers remain in discussions Chris Kemoeatu and have a offer on the table. Kemoeatu has a received a 4 year-offer from the New York Jets. Kemoeatu is still considering the Steelers but the Steelers offer is around $3.8 million per season. 10:29 a.m. – Steelers have made a two year deal to Trai Essex. 10:33 a.m. – Sources indicate Bryant McFadden has scheduled visits to Arizona and Detroit. Six teams are showing significant interest. The others are
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 »
Steelers injury Report Running back Willie Parker, wide receiver Hines Ward, defensive end Aaron Smith and cornerback Deshea Townsend were given the day off from practice, but aren‚Äôt injured. Justin Hartwig and Troy Polamalu also did not practice today. Both are going to be limited throughout the week. Polamalu (calf) will play and the same for Justin Hartwig (knee). If Hartwig were to suffer a set back, Darnell Stapleton will move
The Tennessee Titans outgained the Baltimore Ravens 391 ‚Äì 211, including a 21 ‚Äì 9 advantage in first downs but the Ravens still found a way to beat the Titans 13-10 and advance to the AFC Championship, thanks to Matt Stover’s 43-yard field goal with 53 seconds remaining. If the Steelers take care of business tomorrow like they should, they will host their third AFC Championship game this decade. My quick thoughts on this game — Tennessee was the better team but they turned the ball over three times and twice inside the Ravens 25 yard line. The Ravens defense looked tired and vulnerable but the difference in the game was the three turnovers. I was never a believer in Kerry Collins. If Pittsburgh gets past San Diego, it will come down to Ben Roethlisberger vs Joe Flacco like it has during the first two games between these two rivals.Read More »