The Pittsburgh Steelers are all in on Antonio Brown and want to make Brown a “Steeler for life”, GM Kevin Colbert said today via Bob Pompeani of KDKA. The two sides are actively engaged in talks on a new mega deal and there is increasing optimism of a new deal being struck in the next couple weeks.
Steelers counting on Green in 2017? The Pittsburgh Steelers are extremely concerned about Ladarius Green’s ability to make it through a season but all signs point to the Steelers not releasing him this off-season as the cap savings would not be more than $2.7 million. Ed Bouchette of the Post-Gazette said this week the decision is believed to have been made that Green won’t be released. “The decision I believe has been made,” Bouchette said in his weekly chat. “He is on their roster and will remain there.” Green, 26, appeared in just six games, producing 18 catches for 304 yards and 1 touchdown. He is due a $5 million base salary in 2017 with a $6.187 million cap hit. Releasing Green would save the Steelers only $2.625 million against the cap. Art Rooney II a few weeks ago was non-committal on the Steelers keeping Green, saying he has aRead More »
Timmons to retire a Steeler? The Pittsburgh Steelers reached out to Lawrence Timmons agent Drew Rosenhaus last week to establish contact on a new a extension and the two sides spoke again Monday to begin laying the initial groundwork on a potential deal before Timmons is scheduled to become a free agent, Inside Pittsburgh Sports has learned. The two sides plan to circle back during the week leading into the combine where negotiations will turn serious, a source says. The Steelers have a history of letting pending UFA’s first hit free agency and see what’s out there first, but will make an attempt to resign Timmons before free agency, the team has decided. Timmons is looking to play for around three more years. He made $8.75 million last season. Indications are the Steelers are preparing to offer a three year deal but will likely look for a front-loaded deal for the first twoRead More »
Antonio Brown trade talk isn’t going away Long-time Post-Gazette columnist Ron Cook who is very connected with the Steelers organization and is closer to Ben Roethlisberger than any media member is, had a column about Antonio Brown last week in arguing the Steelers should trade Brown due to the salary cap. The column had some headline worthy tidbits in the worst kept secret in town that Brown had purposely ran wrong patterns this past season. [“The distractions are a real problem,” Cook said of Brown. “Brown’s three excessive celebrations penalties early in season were bad there. But there was the incident in the first Miami game when he jogged back to the line of scrimmage, delaying his teammates from running their two-minute offense. In more than one game, he wasn’t happy with how he was being used, he frequently ran the wrong patterns, either because of a lack of focusRead More »
TIOPS INSIDE BUZZ Will Ben Roethlisberger really retire this off-season where he would have to pay the Steelers $18 million of his signing bonus back? Financial reasons alone say probably not. However, here are some whispers on where some inside the organization believe Ben’s frustration/retirement talk is coming from: 1. Ben can’t stand ‘today’s player’ as one source close to the situation put it. He loves his offensive line and the long-time veterans in that room, but Steelers officials sense it’s becoming a lot easier for Roethlisberger to potentially walk away 2-3 years earlier than anyone imagined when he feels more of his teammates are about themselves/brand than playing for the logo. He has expressed these concerns to Mike Tomlin all season. To go with that, health didn’t just drive Heath Miller away. Miller a close friend of Roethlisberger, no longer believed the Steelers had a group that was playingRead More »
Few are going to buy it, but a stunning revelation from Ben Roethlisberger moments ago in not fully committing to playing next season. Roethlisberger said on 937 The Fan he is open to retirement and did not commit that he’ll be back. “Uncertain on future, not sure there’s going to be a next season,” Roethlisberger said. “When pressed by the Ron Cook, Roethlisberger still left the door open to retirement, saying he needs to evaluate things with his family, though, he did talk a lot about next season during the course of the interview. “I’m going
The Blame Game A 36-17 loss in the AFC Championship was going to lead to a ton of blame going around in Steelers country. From the local media/talk shows to the national pundits, Mike Tomlin and Keith Butler have been getting crushed for being unprepared and out-coached at every avenue, while Todd Haley rightfully so is also no stranger to criticism for his offense again underachieving on the road and Haley falling into a trap of overthinking things with his play calling. But, who knew the players would join the fray in saying the Steelers were unprepared for things like tempo, trick plays. 2nd year linebacker Bud Dupree came out and said the Steelers weren’t prepared for the Patriots to play with the type of tempo and pace they did from the first snap, indicating the Steelers were caught “off-guard”, though, he did say the Steelers had a “great game plan”. RookieRead More »
Ranking Steelers 2017 Free Agents (Unrestricted Free Agents) 1. RB Le’Veon Bell | 1,268 rushing yards, 7 Touchdowns | Bell the NFL’s top ranked free agent had 1,884 total yards in 2016 and is looking to top Adrian Peterson’s average/year salary of $14 million. As he rapped this summer, he wants that ‘$15 million’. Due to the franchise tag he won’t be going anywhere for 2017. For now, the sense is he’s more likely to come back next season on the franchise tag than a long-term deal. Bell turns 25 in February and the concern for the Steelers doing a significant long-term deal is running backs have a shelf life. Bell has had two major knee injuries. Whether it’s this summer or next, Pittsburgh will be more interested in a $10-$12 million a year type contract than the $14-$15 million per the Bell camp seeks. One thing that will helpRead More »