RISKY FOR STEELERS TO PART WAYS WITH STARKS?
Offensive Breakdown The Steelers will come out of the lockout, almost $11 million over the salary cap and will have to say goodbye to some key contributors from last season. While on the defensive side of the ball, extending Troy Polamalu, LaMarr Woodley and Lawrence Timmons are top priorities, we take a look on the offensive side of the ball today with top candidates to be released or have their deals restructured. Antwaan Randle El, Flozell Adams and Arnaz Battle are among the top candidates to be released, while Max Starks who carries a $7.9 million cap hit, is a top candidate to have his deal restructured. Here is a look at the Steelers depth chart, salaries, buzz on each position and top candidates to be restructured or released due to cap reasons: Quarterbacks 1. Ben Roethlisberger (29) – Signed through 2015 | $11.4 million salary in 2011 | 2.Read More »
Post-Game Analysis: Pittsburgh 27 – Cleveland 14 Ben Roethlisberger was 23 of 35 for 417 yards and two touchdowns and the Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2) amassed 543 total yards of offense en route to a 27-14 win over the Cleveland Browns Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field. Roethlisberger was spectacular throwing an NFL high in yards and tied Steelers hall of fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw for 31 career games with a 100.0 quarterback rating or higher.
By Mike Bires Photo: David Hague – Inside Pittsburgh Sports LATROBE _ Ben Roethlisberger gave the Steelers quite a scare Thursday afternoon. But the bottom line is that the injury to the star quarterback’s right foot is not serious. He will, however, probably be held out of Saturday’s pre-season game against the Washington Redskins.
By Mike Bires One by one, the Pittsburgh Steelers will pull into St. Vincent College today for what figures to be a most interesting training camp. This is the 43rd straight year they’ve settled into their summertime digs in the Laurel Highlands, but seldom, if ever, have they come to Latrobe with so many intriguing issues on the table.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed six year veteran offensive tackle Max Starks to a new four year contract today that will keep him with the team through 2012, the team has announced. Starks had been designated the Steelers transition player prior to the 2008 season and the team’s franchise player in 2009. By signing his new contract, Starks no longer carries the team’s franchise designation. John Clayton reports, Starks will receive $10 million in guaranteed money. Starks will have a cap hit of $6.5 million, down from his potential cap hit of $8.5 million, if the two sides were unable to strike a deal before the 09 season.
By Mike Bires “Big Ben” was back on the job Thursday. Just one day after injuring his left knee at an organized team activity workout, Ben Roethlisberger returned to practice. Obviously, the tweak or bruise he suffered Wednesday was not serious. Roethlisberger, the Steelers’ star quarterback, did wear one of those black rubber sleeves on his knee. But he showed no signs of pain or discomfort like he did when missing the second half of Wednesday’s OTA. Neither Roethlisberger, coach Mike Tomlin or anyone from the Steelers’ media relations staff would comment on the injury. *** Max Starks doesn’t want to talk much about his upcoming wedding, but his teammates keep hounding him about it. One of the Steelers wrote on the locker room bulletin board, “Only 23 days left in Max’s life as he knows it.” “I’m getting a lot of ribbing over it,” the mammoth left tackle saidRead More »
By Mike Bires James Harrison didn’t want to talk to the media Wednesday. He’s apparently tired of explaining why he’s not accompanying his teammates to the White House on Thursday. The star linebacker probably also wanted to avoid questions about his uneasiness when flying in an air plane. That angle was brought up in some media reports Tuesday when trying to figure out why Harrison was so adamant about skipping the ceremony with U.S. president Barack Obama. But some of Harrison’s teammates just laughed when asked if Harrison really is afraid of flying. “Yeah, when we fly, he closes his eyes,” tackle Max Starks said tongue-in cheek. “Really, no, he’s not afraid of flying. He’s just fooling you guys (in the media).” Actually, Harrison never said he’s afraid of flying. But someone from the Steelers’ organization told a handful of reporters Tuesday that Harrison is terrified when he has toRead More »
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 »
Photo Courtesy of SteelCityHobbies The Pittsburgh Steelers have placed the franchise tag on left tackle Max Starks. The move guarantees Starks a salary of $8.451 million. The Steelers are currently in talks with Starks on a long-term deal in the 5 year range. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports, “The franchise tag placed on Starks was non-exclusive, meaning he is allowed to talk with other NFL teams about a contract.” If Starks were to sign elsewhere, the Steelers would be compensated with two first round picks. The Tribune-Review first reported this afternoon that the Steelers were considering placing the franchise tag on Max Starks or Bryant McFadden A source tells Inside Pittsburgh Sports