Latest Steelers Buzz: Sneaky good signing? Surprise target at No. 30

 

The Pittsburgh Steelers signing of defensive lineman Tyson Alualu has the potential to end up being one of those sneaky good low risk depth signings that pays dividends during the season. And what the depth signing does is solidify a position on defense going into the draft where the Steelers have no need to address in the first three rounds. With Cam Heyward – Javon Hargrave – Stephon Tuitt entrenched as the starters, Alualu provides an upgrade over Ricardo Mathews who entered last season as the Steelers top backup and the Steelers are now a good 5-deep at the position with Alualu and the emerging L.T. Walton as the top backups. What the Steelers like is the versatility of Alualu to play all three positions on the line and they’re getting a hungry player who at age 29 wants to win. “I just wanted to be part of something special,”Read More »

Transaction Monday: Steelers make one ‘meh’ signing, one intriguing signing

 

After failed pursuits of big name free agents Dre Kirkpatrick and Dont’a Hightower during the first week of free agency, the Steelers are making the typical zero risk, minimal impact type signings they are accustomed to making after the first, second wave of free agents are off the market. They are signing bodies who could play depth roles but are no guarantees to make the 53-man roster. Pittsburgh inked wide receiver Justin Hunter last week and Monday made two signings, agreeing to a one-year contract with Kansas City Chiefs running back Knile Davis and signing veteran cornerback Coty Sensabaugh to a two-year contract. A 3rd round pick (96th overall) in 2013 of the Chiefs, Davis has become mostly a journeyman type player, spending parts of his four year career with the Chiefs who drafted him, a few weeks with the Packers (traded by Kansas City to Green Bay on 10/18/16 |Read More »

Steelers Rumors: Steelers have pinpointed Dre Kirkpatrick as the missing piece?

 

The NFL combine is tampering central, the unofficial week when free agency pretty much begins. Behind the scenes, Agents and NFL clubs all set the stage for deals this week for when the free agency window opens. The official free agency window period begins March 7-9 where teams can begin negotiating with agents openly. Players can be officially signed at 4:00 p.m. on March 9. The Pittsburgh Steelers were somewhat of a player in free agency last year, signing Ladarius Green to a $20 million contract, while also pursuing safety Eric Weddle. Already giving Antonio Brown a $72 million contract with the likes of Le’Veon Bell and Stephon Tuitt on the docket later this off-season for big contracts, could the Steelers still be a surprise player in free agency? The talk in Steelers circles is the team feels a sense of urgency with Ben Roethlisberger at age 35 and alreadyRead More »

Steelers are all in on Antonio Brown

 

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.

Rumors: Steelers make decision on Ladarius Green for 2017?

 

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 »

Rumors: Steelers plan to offer Timmons a three year deal prior to free agency

 

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 »

NFL clubs believe the Steelers eventually could have a wandering eye to explore Antonio Brown’s trade value

 

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 »

Inside Buzz: Whispers on Big Ben’s frustration with ‘Me First Players’, Todd Haley

 

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 »