Steelers restructuring deals of Roethlisberger, Timmons to get under cap


Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger to no surprise, is in the process of restructuring his contract. Roethlisberger’s agent Ryan Tollner and Steelers officials met this week to begin the process of restructuring Roethlisberger’s deal to help the Steelers get under the salary cap room. Roethlisberger is scheduled to carry a $19.595 million cap hit and has a base salary of $11.6 million. The bulk of Roethlisberger’s base salary will be turned into a signing bonus. High priced players like Roethlisberger are always fans of restructuring because they get their money for that season upfront. Roethlisberger, 30, has three seasons left on his current deal and seeks an extension, although the Steelers are not believed to be open to negotiating a new deal until next off-season. Roethlisberger turns 31 in March. Meanwhile, Ed Bouchette of the Post-Gazette reports the Steelers are also in the process of restructuring Lawrence Timmons. Timmons has anRead More »

Three Takeaway’s from Steelers – Giants: Pass rush from the edge came alive in 4th quarter


THREE TAKEAWAY’S FROM SUNDAY’S 24-20 STEELERS WIN 1. DOMINATING AT THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE: The Steelers are suddenly a team where there is some buzz about them in the AFC when discussing the top teams in the conference. The sense around the league is that Pittsburgh has the look of a football team that is peaking and two areas that standout over the past three to four weeks is Pittsburgh being a team that is dominating at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the football. Pittsburgh gave up four sacks against the Giants but against the pass rushers New York has on the edge, that is going to happen. Where Pittsburgh’s O-line dominated was in the trenches, opening up huge holes in the running game. Maurkice Pouncey and Willie Colon might be developing into one of the best center/guard combo as punishing run blockers…….. Ramon Foster continues to shine and MikeRead More »

Steelers – Tuesday: On lack of aggressiveness defensively, where has Timmons explosiveness gone & offensive road woes


Steelers – 49ers Fallout — The Pittsburgh Steelers know they squandered a tremendous opportunity last night and you could see it on Mike Tomlin’s face today during his weekly press conference. Tomlin is taking a lot of heat for poor clock management and how he didn’t step in and take Ben Roethlisberger out of the game in the 4th quarter when things were out of reach. “He’s a competitor and I’m not going to deny those guys those opportunities,” Tomlin said today on Roethlisberger’s gutsy performance. “I think his teammates have an appreciation for that and that’s how we’re built.” Tomlin said today that “he never considered” taking Roethlisberger out of the game. [instory] — Offensively, the Steelers moved the ball against San Francisco but what’s been a common scene on the road is the inability to capitalize and put points on the board. The Steelers had drives of 51Read More »

If it comes down to keeping Timmons or Woodley, Timmons will be the priority


The Pittsburgh Steelers have until Friday to place the franchise tag on any of their impending free agents. Whether the franchise tag means anything remains to be seen, because without a new CBA, they don’t mean much as frachise tags might not be in the new CBA. As mentioned last week, the Steelers top priority is cornerback Ike Taylor but the belief around the league is that the Steelers will place the franchise tag on LaMarr Woodley. Ike Taylor though is also under consideration for the tag. Of the two, Taylor is likely to get a long-term deal from the Steelers, once a new CBA is in place, while the chances of Woodley receiving a long-term contract from the Steelers is not strong. Even when a new CBA is in place, indications are the Steelers don’t intend to be aggressive in trying to lock up Woodley long-term this off-season. TheRead More »

Post-Green Bay Judgements: Roethlisberger delivers


Roethlisberger saves Steelers *Great players deliver in clutch situations and Ben Roethlisberger did exactly that as the Steelers franchise quarterback threw for a team record 503 yards and saved the Steelers season with a 19 yard game winning touchdown pass to wide receiver Mike Wallace as time expired. Roethlisberger’s heroics against Green Bay was one of the greatest quarterback performances in the history of the game (10th to be exact) as Roethlisberger became the first quarterback to throw for 500-plus yards in a win since Boomer Esiason in 1996. Roethlisberger’s game winning pass has given the Steelers life, after driving the Steelers 86 yards on 11 plays for the Steelers winning score that included a 4th and 7 and 3rd and 15 conversion. The drive quickly drew comparisons of Super Bowl XLIII “It was obviously pretty reminiscent of the Super Bowl, ” Steelers center Justin Hartwig said. Tomlin makes rightRead More »

Ryan Clark among players whose focus is not where it should be


After a 2-6 start, the Pittsburgh Steelers showed pride in 2006 when they finished 6-2 in their final eight games that included a overtime victory of the Cincinnati Bengals in their regular season finale. In the midst of a five game losing streak, that’s the big question surrounding this years team. Do they have it in them to finish on a high note? Mentally it doesn’t look like it Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark went on a tirade following practice on Wednesday, criticizing the fans and media for what Clark claims to be is harsh coverage of the players. Clark went as far as calling the media turds as frustrations are brewing in the Steelers locker room. “You watch the Eagles, you watch the big plays given up, and I started checking other media outlets and you don’t hear the things about them in their media that you hear aboutRead More »

Wednesday Notebook: No linebacker controversy in Pittsburgh


Starting in place of Lawrence Timmons Monday night, inside linebacker Keyaron Fox led the Steelers with 9 total tackles including 8 solo tackles against the Broncos Fox drew praise from head coach Mike Tomlin following the game and again on Tuesday at Tomlin’s weekly press conference. “Guys like James Farrior and Keyaron Fox really created a lot of disruption,” Tomlin said. Even though neither guy registered a sack, they created disruption. They broke the pocket down. Guys did a nice job complementing that with solid coverage on the back end, and as the evening wore on we were able to gain a significant advantage in that regard.” There is some thought around the Steelers that Keyaron Fox is a better fit for the Steelers system, playing a Larry Foote kind of role but the coaching staff doesn’t see it that way and neither do I. According to sources, when healthyRead More »

Thursday Notebook: Timmons misses third straight practice


TIMMONS STILL QUESTIONABLE Even though he expects to play in Denver, inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons missed his third straight day of practice this week. Timmons suffered a sprained in the win against the Vikings. But because the Steelers don’t play until Monday, they have an extra day of practice this week. So if Timmons can practice Friday, his chances of playing against the Broncos improve. If Timmons can’t go, Keyaron Fox will start. ROETHLISBERGER PRAISES BRONCOS’ DEFENSE. Josh McDaniels, the offensive-minded first-year head coach, and quarterback Kyle Orton have been getting plenty of credit the Broncos’ impressive 6-1 start. But according to Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, the Denver defense is holding up its end of the deal. “They’re the No. 1 defense in the world, that’s what we’ve heard Coach (Mike) Tomlin say 1,000 times this week already,” Roethlisberger said. “It’s going to be an awesome challenge for our offense.”Read More »

Mundy to make 1st career start against Denver?


Safety Ryan Clark will not make a decision on his playing status in Denver until next week. Internally a decision will be made by Monday when the Steelers return to practice. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has given his veterans the entire week off which is a first under Tomlin. As for Ryan Clark, it is very unlikely that he plays against Denver, despite the notion that he hasn’t made a decision. Clark has a sickle-cell trait which was aggravated by the high altitude in Denver during the Steelers – Broncos contest on October 21, 2007. Clark was hospitalized following the game and eventually had his spleen and gall bladder removed and lost more than 30 pounds. It took him nearly 3-to-4 months to recover. Ryan Mundy is under strong consideration to start in place of Clark against Denver. Mendenhall to remain primary ball carrier?