It’s been a typical Steelers off-season in the early stages of free agency. They’ve stayed out of the big money impactful signings and have been low to mid-tier buyers like they often are. The signing of Steven Nelson, 3 years – $25.5 million, has been met with mixed reviews, a tweener type of signing where Nelson could be anywhere from an adequate starting corner opposite Joe Haden to just another whipping boy among the fan base. He’s the type of corner who has his strengths or weaknesses where it could go either way. Some in NFL circles really like him, others just see him as another guy. Scouring the wide receiver market where they looked hard into Tyrell Williams who would have been an excellent fit, but felt the price got too high. The Steelers on Wednesday night made a Steelers type of signing in taking a flier on WRRead More »
On the heels of top free agent target Brandon Roby declining a 3 year, $27 million contract and accepting a one year, $10 million offer from the Houston Texans, the Steelers moved quickly this afternoon in signing Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Steven Nelson to a three year contract. The total value of the contract is 3 years, $25.8 million. A third round pick in 2015, Nelson started every game for the Chiefs in 2018, producing a breakout season with 4 interceptions. The 25 year old was the targeted cornerback in football last season and graded out well by Pro Football Focus, ranking by the publication as the 28th best cornerback. Will it be money well spent? Time will tell as Pittsburgh feels it’s found their starter opposite Joe Haden for 2019 and what they hope is the foreseeable future as the Steelers will make an attempt to extend Haden’s contractRead More »
The Pittsburgh Steelers made a push to resign tight end Jesse James, offering a four year deal worth around $12 million in total value. The offer was declined last week as the James camp smartly knew based on feedback from teams at the combine his market was going to be more in the $4-$5 million a season range and James has cashed in. The 24 year old has agreed to a 4 year deal worth $25 million from the Detroit Lions. James will receive $11 million in guaranteed money, per NFL Networks Ian Rapoport.
The Pittsburgh Steelers announced today Ryan Shazier’s contract will be tolled into the 2019 season. Shazier will remain on the team’s roster this year and eventually be placed on the reserve/physically unable to perform list. The significance of the gesture from the Steelers is by doing this Shazier will still be able to receive regular medical insurance and player benefits.
Steelers ship Antonio Brown to Oakland The Antonio Brown nightmare is finally over for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Unfortunately for the Steelers, there’s a ton of ramifications on getting such a low return for the best receiver in the game who was on a good contract. The Steelers have traded Brown to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for a 2019 third-round pick and 2019 fifth-round pick. There’s more. This really is wild. Antonio Brown skipped work, disparaged the Steelers publicly, said he wouldn’t play on a contract with three years left, then got a raise of almost $20 million with $30-plus million in new guarantees on his way to a new team. Savage power play. — Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 10, 2019 Brown not only sabotaged his trade value so bad in that the best receiver in the game netted just a third round pick, a laughable return, Brown and theRead More »
Ultimate Power Move by Steelers Falls Through The Pittsburgh Steelers in the ultimate power move, had a deal in place to send Antonio Brown to the Buffalo Bills which for the way Antonio Brown lives his life, would be going to football Siberia. He would rot in Buffalo. It was just too good to be true and unfortunately it is. Sources: The #Steelers are closing in on a deal to send star WR Antonio Brown to the Buffalo #Bills. There it is. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2019 NFL Network Reporter Ian Rapoport broke the news just before midnight that Brown was heading to Buffalo, also doubling down it was going to get done after the initial tweet, but the reporting would end up blowing up in Rapoport’s face Friday morning as he pretty much forget in his reporting to take into account that there would be a veryRead More »
As the Pittsburgh Steelers continue to struggle to find one legitimate landing spot for Antonio Brown, the team today signed center Maurkice Pouncey to a new three year extension and resigned Ramon Foster to a two year, $8.25 million contract. Pouncey who had one year left on his contract with a base salary of $7 million, receives $22 million in new money, bringing the total value of his deal to 3 years, $29 million. The $11 million AAV in new money makes him the highest paid center in the NFL. The next big extension for the Steelers will be Ben Roethlisberger as the two sides are putting the finishing touches on a 3-4 year extension. Roethlisberger has informed the Steelers he plans to play until at least 40.
After weeks of speculation that the Steelers planned to place the transition tag on Le’Veon Bell, GM Kevin Colbert speaking for the first time this off-season threw cold water on that notion and said the Steelers will not use any tag on Bell, thus making Bell a free agent. Colbert and Co have come to their senses as tagging Bell made zero sense from the start and would have just been petty, used up cap space again and brought unwanted drama this team doesn’t need.
A day after looking like a lunatic again on social media, Antonio Brown had his meeting with Art Rooney II and the Steelers brass this morning. Both sides, as expected, have agreed to move on. This coming from Brown himself. Had a great meeting with Mr.Rooney today we discussed a lot of things and we cleared the air on several issues! We both agreed that it is time to move on but I’ll always have appreciation and gratitude towards the Rooney family and @steelers organization! #CallGod #Boomin pic.twitter.com/DEgURchvhW — Antonio Brown (@AB84) February 19, 2019 Whether he gets released or traded in March, the Steelers have been 100% done with Antonio Brown for a few weeks now. This meeting wasn’t going to change that. The decision to move on had already been made and the Steelers meeting with Antonio Brown today only enhanced their view that the man is bat-shitRead More »
Whether it’s a trade or an out-right release, the Pittsburgh Steelers are 100% done with Antonio Brown. The decision has been made from ownership to move on from Brown in March. Antonio Brown and his agent Drew Rosenhaus are fully aware Brown has played his last down as a Steeler. Today’s social media post in saying “time to move on” from Brown was him just trying to continue to get out in front of things as the ultimate goal for Brown is to be released. Brown’s agent Drew Rosenhaus informed the Steelers in late January that Brown preferred to move on with an official trade demand in writing happening over the last couple days.