The Ladarius Green era is over in Pittsburgh. Entering the second year of a four year, $20 Million contract, Green was cut loose today due to a failed physical. Green appeared in just six games last season and the signing ends up being a bust due to the Steelers failure to investigate Green’s concussion issues during the 2015 season as a member of the San Diego Chargers. It’s a disappointing situation for all parties involved as the Steelers believed they found a unique deep threat from the tight end position and long-term replacement for Heath Miller in Ben Roethlisberger’s final years. It is now all for nothing and Pittsburgh missed out on a deep tight end class in the 17 draft.
Steelers already seeing red flags with Martavis Bryant? The unwritten rule in the NFL is that unless you’re a star player, you better be showing up to VOLUNTARY workouts. Martavis Bryant learned last Wednesday he was officially reinstated by the NFL and it was outlined what he needed to do moving forward. Why isn’t a player who was suspended for a full season in Pittsburgh yet for phase-2 of off-season workouts? He’s yet to take care of business, that’s why. Steelers GM Kevin Colbert appeared on 937 The FAN Tuesday afternoon with the Cook and Poni show and talked at length of Bryant not yet being in Pittsburgh. He said all the right things but you can still get the gist of the situation that the Steelers have their doubts with Bryant. “No
Steelers Draft Buzz The Pittsburgh Steelers in Round 1 stuck to their ‘need board’ with the selection of outside linebacker T.J. Watt, while Rounds 2 and 3 of the draft saw Pittsburgh go with a mix of taking the best player available as was the case with wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and needs in adding cornerback Cameron Sutton and running back James Conner in Round 3. Drafting 30th overall is always unpredictable but the Steelers, notably head coach Mike Tomlin, were keen on adding a pass rusher whether they stood at 30th or moved back. Even with the likes of Takk McKinley off the board, Steelers coaches loved McKinley, it was no surprise the Steelers selected Watt. “He’s worthy of the pick,” Mike Tomlin said of Watt at No. 30. “Boy, we are excited about the potential upside and growth given the short length of time he’s played the position,”Read More »
Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney died at the age of 84 on Thursday, the team announced. Rooney who pretty much ran the Steelers from his late 20’s on, left an incredible mark with the city of Pittsburgh and the NFL. He will not just be remembered as a great owner but most importantly a great human being. How unique was Dan Rooney as an owner? Over a 45 year span beginning in 1969, he would only hire three coaches. Chuck Noll, Bill Cowher and Mike Tomlin. Rooney was officially named Team President in 1975, though, he was running the organization for several seasons before that, starting with the Noll hire in 1969 after Joe Paterno turned down the job and was the Steelers first choice. With four Super Bowls under his belt at the time, in 2000 Rooney was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Two years laterRead More »
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 »
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 »
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 »