Steelers, Cotchery in talks on new deal; Rams, Panthers showing interest, source says

 

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 coaches pushing for Ike Taylor to return in 2014, management eyes 50% paycut? Miller, Polamalu extension talk

 

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 »

Steelers name Joey Porter a Defensive Assistant Coach

 

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 »

Emmanuel Sanders fires agent, expected to be highly coveted in free agency by teams with a short passing game

 

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.

Seahawks rout Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII

 

SEAHAWKS ARE SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS It was total domination from the get-go and the Seattle Seahawks are Super Bowl XLVIII Champions with a 43-8 win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday night. The saying that defense wins championships lives on and the NFL hasn’t seen a defense as fast, big, and physical as the Seahawks in years. Peyton Manning and Denver’s high flying offense saw it first hand. The Seahawks scored on a safety 12 seconds into the game and outscored Denver 36-0 before the Broncos scored their first touchdown of the game at the end of the third quarter. Peyton Manning had just 10 passing yards in the first quarter and threw two first half interceptions including a pick-6. Manning’s reputation will take a big hit with tonight’s performance but this was a game where the Broncos got punched in the mouth early and just quit. It was oneRead More »

Kirby Wilson in the running for Ravens offensive coordinator job?

 

Could the division rival Ravens be poaching the Steelers coaching staff? Running backs coach Kirby Wilson who became very involved in the Steelers offense this season (in the second half), is among four candidates for the Ravens offensive coordinator position, according to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun. Wilson was once looked at as Mike Tomlin’s hand picked successor to Bruce Arians but Wilson was severely burned in a house fire that winter when Arians was fired by Steelers ownership. The Steelers offense started to take off this season when Mike Tomlin became more involved in the offense that really started going into the Lions game on November 17th where the Steelers started fully coming around to the “no huddle” offense, thanks to Tomlin forcing it on offensive coordinator and making Haley still with it. From there, Wilson also saw his role grow behind the scenes, team sources say. WilsonRead More »

Broncos vs Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII

 

Arguably the two best teams in football are meeting in Super Bowl XLVIII. The game will feature the No. 1 offense in football in the Denver Broncos vs Seattle’s No. 1 defense. Both teams were also the No. 1 seeds in their conferences. All anyone is going to talk about is Peyton Manning’s legacy. The pressure will be on him to get the job done and a second Super Bowl title will secure his place in history as one of the best if not the best quarterback in Super Bowl history. A big storyline is going to be the weather. Manning carved up the Patriots Sunday afternoon and had a ton of zip on his throws like he was 30 years old again. The forecast was sunny, little wind and 60 degrees. There’s no denying that cold weather affects Manning’s throws. Manning is a 56.4 percent passer in cold postseasonRead More »

Will Steelers let Ben Roethlisberger play contract out, then franchise him?

 

LATEST RUMBLINGS Ben Roethlisberger’s camp approached the Steelers last summer about an extension to no avail and it’s no secret that the Rooney’s are not jumping up and down with joy at the prospect of dishing out another $100 million dollar contract. The belief from the Roethlisberger camp for a while now has been that an extension should happen this summer but do the Steelers feel any urgency to extend him anytime soon?