Day 2 Buzz: By design, Steelers add a different type of receiver to their young mix

 

Steelers go WR, OLB on Day-2 The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Notre Dame wide receiver Chase Claypool (6-4, 238) with the 49th overall pick and capped off the night in going outside linebacker in the third round, selecting Charlotte’s Alex Highsmith. Claypool was the 11th wide receiver drafted and while no one had Claypool linked to Pittsburgh, the player himself didn’t think he was on Pittsburgh’s radar. “Pittsburgh would have been my last guess,” said Claypool in a conference call with reporters. In an extremely deep wide receiver group, Claypool despite Calvin Johnson type measurables, was a player in the teens on many draft insider boards. Mel Kiper had Claypool ranked as his 11th best receiver in his draft rankings and Claypool was on nobody’s board as a sure-fire second round type talent. At Notre Dame in 2019, Claypool caught 66 passes for 1,037 yards and 13 touchdowns. The knock onRead More »

Draft Rumblings: Steelers had a top-15 grade on Utah State QB Jordan Love

 

Steelers Draft Buzz — Utah St QB Jordan Love being off the board increases chances of Steelers going desired playmaker route in RD 2– The Pittsburgh Steelers gladly took a back seat Thursday night in Round 1 of the NFL draft after turning what ended up being the 18th overall pick into Minkah Fitzpatrick with last September’s trade. Pittsburgh doesn’t have to live in the game of so and so has ‘great potential, we think he can be a contributor soon’. Fitzpatrick is already a cornerstone one of the NFL’s up and coming defenses with T.J. Watt for years to come. Tank for Tua? Despite a belief among NFL insiders Miami was going to pass on Tua because of the medicals with speculation of trading up to #3 for a tackle, the Dolphins after all got their quarterback at No. 5 in Tua Tagovalioa, but was interesting how trading twoRead More »

Steelers to avoid Hard Knocks?

 

The Pittsburgh Steelers seemed destined to be on Hard Knocks this summer but not so fast. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports if there are training camps, Hard Knocks will consist of the Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams.

Ramon Foster retires after 11 seasons

 

After 11 seasons in the Black & Gold, @RamonFoster has announced his retirement. MORE: https://t.co/q7h8vsynFH pic.twitter.com/2fO8svW6sZ — Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) March 16, 2020 — It was a great run for Foster who joined the Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2009 —

Steelers part ways with Mark Barron

 

The Pittsburgh Steelers most notable cut of the day will be Mark Barron in their attempt to get below the salary cap by 4:00 p.m. Wednesday. By releasing Barron, the Steelers will create $5.25 million in cap space and have created around $11.075 million in cap space by releasing Barron, Chikillo, and WR Johnny Holton late this morning.

Steelers cut Anthony Chikillo

 

OLB Anthony Chikillo has been an expected salary cap casualty today at the start of the new league year. The Steelers will save $5 million in cap space by cutting Chikillo who was far too expensive to keep on the roster for his limited upside and ability.

Steelers officially place franchise tag on Bud Dupree

 

“Make no mistake, Bud Dupree is a priority for us,” — Steelers head Coach Mike Tomlin said in January The Pittsburgh Steelers have been operating all off-season with the mindset that one way or another, OLB Bud Dupree would be a Pittsburgh Steeler in 2020. So to the surprise of no one, the Steelers today placed the franchise tag on Dupree. If the two sides can’t agree to a long-term extension, Dupree will play on a $15.8 million tag in 2020, something the Steelers are cautiously optimistic they’ll avoid. It took a while, but the Steelers finally got rewarded for selecting Dupree in the first round of the 2014 draft as Dupree exploded in 2019 with a breakout season, registering a career-high 11.5 sacks, 16 tackles for loss and added four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Dupree and All-Pro T.J. Watt formed the best 1-2 outside linebacker combo inRead More »

Antonio Brown on JuJu: I am who he wants to be

 

Is Antonio Brown over JuJu Smith-Schuster winning Team M.V.P in 2018? It sure doesn’t seem like it. The Fan Morning Show did a great job in getting Brown to actually commit to something and Brown appeared on 937 The Fan around 8:00 a.m. this morning. Among the BS Brown said: Brown doesn’t know if he wants to play in the NFL again, while apologizing for his actions towards the likes of Kevin Colbert, Mike Tomlin and Ben Roethlisberger. What he’s certainly not over is some ill feelings towards Juju Smith-Schuster. “I have nothing against JuJu Smith-Schuster. Why would I? I am who he wants to be,” said Brown. “I’m in a position to what he’s describing to be. He’s running around with 550 yards and everyone thinks he’s the world. Steelers didn’t make the playoff.”