Wide receiver position figures to be a period of transition in 09

 

For a team that lines up two past Super Bowl MVPs at wide receiver, this figures to be a period of transition for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ pass receivers. Yes, change is in the air. Santonio Holmes may finally unseat Hines Ward as the No. 1 option in the passing game. With Nate Washington gone, there is a need for a new No. 3 wideout. With the addition of rookie Mike Wallace, the Steelers are a step faster at wide receiver than they were last year. And finally, if 6-foot-4 Limas Sweed progresses as expected in his second pro season, Ben Roethlisberger will have that tall target he’s coveted since Plaxico Burress left after the 2004 season. In time, this can be an outstanding group of wide receivers. “We can cast a big net in that regard because of the versatility of a Hines Ward and the growth and maturity ofRead More »

Source: Titans, Nate Washington could finalize deal on Monday

 

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Nate Washington met with the Tennessee Titans tonight and the two sides will meet again in the morning. A source tells Inside Pittsburgh Sports, the Detroit Lions balked at Washington’s asking price¬†but are waiting for the Titans to make a offer before putting another re-vised offer on the table. Washington visited Detroit on Friday. Washington had a scheduled visit to Tampa Bay on Monday but¬†the Bucs re-signed Michael Clayton and they are now out. A source says the Titans and Washington are hopeful to get a deal done tomorrow that will likely be a four – five year deal in the range $7-$8 million guaranteed. Washington has also drawn interest from the Bengals and Ravens. Washington’s loyalty to Pittsburgh for taking a chance on him, makes it unlikely he will seriously consider the Ravens or Bengals. If the two sides are unable to finalize a dealRead More »

NFL Free Agency begins at midnight; Live Updates appear at the bottom of the page

 

Live Updates 12:00 a.m. – The Pittsburgh Steelers released guard Kendall Simmons and free safety Anthony Smith today. The Steelers did not offer Smith a tender offer. The Steelers offered RT Willie Colon a one-year, $2.198 million deal. The Steelers have the right to match any deal for Colon and would receive a first round pick if he signed elsewhere. Significant interest in Nate Washington as the free agency period begins. There is no chance Washington returns to Pittsburgh. The Steelers did not make an offer prior to free agency. The Bucs, Titans, Rams, Vikings are reportedly interested in Washington. Sources have indicated that the Bengals, Lions and Bears have also reached out to Washington. 12:27 a.m. – The Redskins and CB DeAngelo Hall has agreed to a deal worth a maximum of $55 million over 6 years. He will receive roughly $23 million guaranteed. 12:31 a.m. – Fred TaylorRead More »

NFL: Nate Washington to test free agency

 

With four days until free agency begins, all signs point to Nate Washington testing the free agent market. The Tribune-Review reported on Sunday that the Steelers have yet to reach out to Washington’s agent Thomas Tafelski. The two sides spoke briefly at the Super Bowl according to the report. Have the Steelers closed the door on Nate?

The Latest Steelers Buzz

 

Photo courtesy of SteelCityHobbies The Pittsburgh Steelers held their victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh today. Mike Tomlin and defensive coordinator Dick Lebeau deserve a lot of credit for the team’s success on the field but Kevin Colbert deserves a lot of credit for constructing a Super Bowl champion. The Steelers got minimal production from their 08 draft but Colbert make key draft picks in 07 such as Lawrence Timmons, William Gay who didn’t make much of a impact in 07 but were unsung players on the 08 team. I doubt there are many fans questioning the team drafting Lawrence Timmons now. He’s going to be a special player next year. 2007 Second round pick LaMarr Woodley who has 8 sacks in four career post-season games is developing into one of the games top linebackers. The Steelers 07 draft class is looking very good. In 2006 Colbert moved up seven spotsRead More »

NFL: Steelers Cap Situation: Steelers to be about $25 million under the cap

 

The Steelers are in great position as they will be about $25 million under the cap when free agency begins in four weeks. Among the teams top free agents are WR Nate Washington, CB Bryant McFadden, LT Max Starks, LT Marvel Smith, RT Willie Colon (RFA) and LG Chris Kemoeatu (RFA).

Practice Report: Number of players miss practice

 

Mike Tomlin’s main goal this week is to keep his players focused on the main prize. Tomlin stressed that at yesterday’s press conference and the Steelers will practice this week like they have a game on Sunday. The Steelers went through a normal workout today, and will do the same on Thursday, Friday and Saturday before they depart for Tampa Bay on Monday. In today’s practice a number of players were out with injuries and others took the day off. Injured players WR Hines Ward (Knee Sprain) ,Lt Max Starks (knee), RB Mewelde Moore (ankle), Patrick Bailey (Hamstring), C Justin Hartwig (Knee) did not practice.

Washington to play elsewhere in 09? Law on Steelers radar?

 

Nate Washington entering the final year of his contract has 8 catches for 151 yards and two touchdowns in the past two games. Washington has responded to Mike Tomlin who challenged Washington to become more consistent. Regardless of how Washington plays the rest of the season, he is likely auditioning for a contract elsewhere. The Steelers remain very high on Limas Sweed and want to go into next season with Sweed as their #3. Keeping Washington around hinders Sweed’s development.