Steelers Notebook from Tuesday’s OTA

 

By Mike Bires So what did James Harrison have to say about his pit bull dog biting his son? The star linebacker isn’t saying. Harrison, whose 2-year-old son was bitten by his pit bull dog last Wednesday, evaded the media who attended Tuesday’s organized team activity. Harrison’s son has been in UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh recovering from a severe bite to the thigh. He’s expected to be released from the hospital any day now. James Harrison III has been in Children’s Hospital since the incident. He’s may be discharged any day now. The boy was bitten by Harrison’s pit bull “Patron” when the child’s mother, Beth Tibbott, left the dog out of its cage. Tibbott does not live with Harrison and his son. The incident happened at Harrison’s home in Franklin Park, a community in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. Triangle Pet Control Services of McKees Rock has custodyRead More »

Latest Rumblings from Monday’s OTA workouts

 

Mike Tomlin‚Äôs top project this off-season is wide receiver Limas Sweed. Tomlin is very high on Sweed and expects him to make a significant jump from year 1 to year 2. Project #2 is 2008 third round draft pick Bruce Davis. Davis has bulked up this off-season and the Steelers have hopes of him making strides in year 2. There continues to be some rumblings that Davis needs a stronger commitment to be a successful NFL player. Big off-season for him Hines Ward approached the Steelers in late March, expressing a strong interest in working out a two year extension before the season. The two sides will talk as training camp gets closer. No progress on the Max Starks front. Talks are on-going and the two sides are hopeful that progress will be made following the draft. Steelers want to get that cap hit in the $5.5 million range. WeRead More »

NFL: Steelers to turn attention to Starks, Miller

 

With James Harrison locked up, the Steelers focus has now turned to Left tackle Max Starks. The two sides have been in negotiations since March but talks have yet to reach the serious stages. Starks is due 8.451 million for the 2009 season, the average of the top five highest-paid tackles in the NFL. The Steelers want to get that cap hit in the $5.5 million range but the difficult task is giving Starks enough guaranteed money to satisfy him as he is due a guaranteed salary of $8.451 million this season. Talks will pick up later this week according to sources with the Steelers and the Steelers would love to get a deal done by the middle of May. Negotiations with tight end Heath Miller will begin

The Latest Steelers Buzz

 

A lot of buzz going around right now that the Tennessee Titans will be the team that comes to Heinz field for the NFL‚Äôs Thursday night season opener in 2009. The San Diego Chargers are believed to be the second choice at this point. The opportunity will be presented to the Baltimore Ravens for a rematch of the AFC Championship game to open the 2009 season but it is likely that they will decline like the Denver Broncos did in 06. Steelers 2009 Schedule Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Tennessee Titans, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions An Inside Look at players who will be entering the final year of their contract in 09. Who will receive an extension and who likely won’t Harrison to commandRead More »

Defensive Line NFL Draft Rankings

 

Defensive Line and Offensive Line will be two areas the Steelers will look to address at this April‚Äôs draft, In 2009 Casey Hampton will be 32 years old and will be entering the final year of his contract. Aaron Smith will be entering his 11th NFL season and will be 33 years old at the start of the 2009 campaign. Brett Keisel is signed through 2009 and will also be 30 years old in 2009. The Steelers will look to get younger and add some depth. DEFENSIVE ENDS: 1. Michael Johnson- Georgia Tech, Sr- Johnson is incredibly explosive and he is the best pass rusher in the country right now. He is somewhat undisciplined and plays a little bit too upright. I still have him as my top D-End right now. 2. Ben Orakpo- Texas, Sr- Orakpo is a big guy with no character issues. He is a very hardRead More »