LINEBACKER GROUP IMPRESSING One star on the defensive side of the ball through one week of camp has been second year linebacker Vince Williams. He’s been practicing with a chip on his shoulder and has brought a nasty edge to the table from day 1 and got into an animated scrap last night with Le’Veon Bell which led to LeGarrette Blount in street clothes joining the pile before Joey Porter jumped in and pulled Blount off Williams. In fact all camp tempers have been flying with Maurkice Pouncey and Hebron Fangupo throwing a few punches at each other today. Can’t say that’s a bad thing for a team that has missed playoffs last two years. Williams again today was a beast in drills, blowing up running back Josh Harris in a team drill, than on the goaline was throwing devastating hit after hit on young ball carriers Harris, Tauren PooleRead More »
The Pouncey brothers, Mike and Maurkice have been sued by three people who say the twin brothers attacked them at a Miami Beach nightclub, according to the Associated Press. The lawsuit was filed Friday in Miami-Dade Circuit Court on behalf of Ricquan James, Niya Pickett and Brentley Williams. They are seeking more than $15,000 in damages. In the lawsuit Ricquan James claims he was harassed with homophobic slurs and the Pouncey’s physically attacked him. Niya Pickett who is a woman says she was physically hit by Maurkice Pouncey and posted photos on instagram of a welt on her forehand when the incident happened. Joe Starkey of 937 The Fan had the lawyer for the trio on his show today, which airs 2-6 P.M. The lawyer claims he has eyewitness counts of the Pouncey’s physically attacking his clients, and he doesn’t shed a good light on Maurkice. “I was able toRead More »
STEELERS TO GO OFF THE BOARD? Tight end Tyler Eifert garnered serious consideration from the Steelers last season with the No. 17 pick and likely would have been the Steelers selection if Jarvis Jones went off the board, according to multiple team sources. A year later, could the Steelers go tight end in round 1 this time around?
STEELERS LOOK TO STRIKE DEAL WITH JERRICHO COTCHERY The Pittsburgh Steelers and Jerricho Cotchery are working on a new deal but coming off a 10 touchdown season, Cotchery has drawn interest from up to three teams, an NFL source says. Cotchery is planning to take at least two visits next week. Cotchery has strong interest in returning to Pittsburgh but is seeking around $3 million guaranteed in year one of a multi-year deal. The Steelers right now have under $4 million in cap space. Cotchery parted ways with agent Jack Scharf just before the combine and hired Brian Levy of Goal Line Football. Levy is Mike Tomlin’s agent and former Steeler Larry Foote’s long-time agent. One of the interested teams looking to bring Cotchery in for a visit next week is the St. Louis Rams, a source says. The Baltimore Ravens called on Cotchery prior to free agency “officially” openingRead More »
LATEST STEELERS RUMBLINGS Steelers GM Kevin Colbert met with a group of reporters today and said the Steelers are about $10 million over the salary cap. Releasing Levi Brown for one will save the Steelers over $6 million in cap space and the Steelers feel getting under the salary cap will be manageable. “As always, we have some work to do to be in compliance by March 11,” said Colbert via Steelers.com. “Looking at it, we think everything will be manageable within that time frame. But again, you have to discuss terminations, restructurings, and extensions, and try to accomplish that. Then, are we a dollar under the cap or are we $3 million under the cap? We won’t know that really until we get to March 11. You hope to have maneuverability at that stage.” The Steelers are in discussions with at least two key veterans about taking a paycutRead More »
The Pittsburgh Steelers are bringing Joey Porter back, this time as a coach. Porter has been hired as a Defensive Assistant Coach and is expected to work with the Outside Linebackers. It’s a position of uncertainty moving forward with LaMarr Woodley on the downside of his career and Jason Worilds set to cash in as a free agent whether it’s in Pittsburgh or elsewhere. Porter was one of the NFL’s most feared linebackers during the 2000’s and could be a great mentor for 2013 first round pick Jarvis Jones who needs to get stronger and faster this off-season, in addition to playing with more aggression in his game. “We are excited about having Joey back with the Steelers’ family,” said Head Coach Mike Tomlin in a released statement. “Joey spent a number of years with Pittsburgh as a player, and now he’s back to assist the coaching staff. We lookRead More »
RUMBLINGS: BRONCOS, JETS, EAGLES TO CHASE SANDERS IN FREE AGENCY? Pending free agent WR Emmanuel Sanders has fired his Texas based agent Jordan Woy. High profile agent Drew Rosenhaus who reps Sanders close friend Antonio Brown, is among the shortlist of agents Sanders is considering signing with and the Steelers wide out will be permitted to officially sign with a new agent next week, sources tell Inside Pittsburgh Sports.