Steelers address critical need
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.
“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 »
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.”
Rumors: Steelers all-in on Mason Rudolph? In a flooded QB market where there’s going to be more QB’s available than No. 1 jobs available, someone looks primed to fall through the cracks of being a great bargain as a No. 2. With Ben Roethlisberger coming back from a major injury at age 38, will the Steelers really turn their back to QB market in March? The messaging that continues to come out of Steelers’ headquarters is to bank the same QB room coming back. Team owner Art Rooney II being the latest to double down that the organization is comfortable with the current group of QB’s.
Former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s centennial class Saturday. In a made for TV moment, Cowher was informed of being enshrined by the Hall’s President David Baker live during the CBS NFL Today pre-game show. Last coaching in 2006, Cowher who has always been one of those on the fence candidates, accumulated 149 regular-season wins, 12 playoff wins, 1 Super Bowl title (2 appearances) and appeared in six AFC title games.