The long anticipated extension is now official. LETSSssssSSs GOOoOoOoO!!! pic.twitter.com/bWKtt1OYrm — Joe Haden (@joehaden23) September 2, 2019 The Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night signed cornerback Joe Haden to a two-year, $22 million extension. The deal includes a $16.8 million signing bonus for the 30 year old Haden and reduced his cap hit for the 2019 season by over $3 million. The deal is essentially a three year, $32 million contract for Haden as the 30 year old is now under contract through the 2021 season. Hade was due to make $10 million this season after signing a three year, $27 million contract with the Steelers in August 2017. The two sides began working on a new deal just before training camp and parameters of a new deal was on the table weeks ago but it took a little while for the sides to eventually get over the finish line. OneRead More »
KEY STORYLINES OUT OF THE PRESEASON FINALE Rudolph outshines Dobbs Mason Rudolph showed continued growth all preseason that’s what should have been expected for a 24 year old 2nd year quarterback the Steelers took with a third round pick and who the organization claims they had a first-round grade on. The good thing is Rudolph looked the part this preseason of a No. 2 QB. What the Steelers have long-term in Rudolph, if anything, is an obvious unknown, but Rudolph has taken what he was given and ran with it this preseason. Selecting Rudolph where they did, this was always a down the road situation of let’s take a chance and try to develop him into a legitimate NFL starter by age 26 or 27. That optimism is still alive based on what Rudolph has put on tape this summer. In the immediate, are the Steelers 100% confident in Rudolph’sRead More »
Mason Rudolph on Thursday night continued to fill up the stat sheet, compared to his counter part Josh Dobbs in the No. 2 QB battle. Rudolph went 7 of 11 for 125 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers 25-19 loss to the Panthers. Rudolph finished the preseason, 28 of 43 for 368 yards, 4 touchdowns and 1 interception. Rudolph who produced a 113.3 QB Rating in the preseason, had 5 completions of 20+ yards and 3 completions of 40+ yards. Dobbs who graded very well in the first three preseason games from some outlets like Pro Football Focus, put up poor numbers from a statistical standpoint, going 18 of 33 for 280 yards with 0 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Dobbs 57 QB rating was the 5th worst among all quarterbacks in the preseason who threw 30 or more passes. Rudolph’s 113.3 QB Rating was tops among all QB’s inRead More »
The biggest goal in the final tuneup of the preseason is getting your starters out of the game unscathed. The Steelers on Sunday night did not accomplish that. Safety Sean Davis who like some others was probably left in the game longer than he should have been, suffered an ankle injury and OLB Bud Dupree also exited the game with a thumb injury. “Sean Davis has got an ankle that’s being evaluated,” head coach Mike Tomlin said afterwards. “Bud’s got a thumb. I don’t know how significant that is.”
PIT 18 – TEN 6 QB Play Ben Roethlisberger | 8/13, 63 Yards, 1 TD, 99.2 RTG Mason Rudolph | 6/9, 75 Yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 89.8 RTG Josh Dobbs | 4/9, 79 Yards, 1 INT, 36.1 RTG Skilled Positions RB James Conner | 5 CAR – 41 Yards WR Juju Smith Shuster | 4 REC – 37 Yards – 1 TD WR James Washington | 1 REC – 41 Yards – 1 TD Front-Seven DE Stephon Tuitt | 2 Tackles, 2 Sacks, 2 TFL DE Cam Heyward | 4 Tackles, 1 Sack, 1 TFL LB Vince Williams | 2 Tackles, 1 Sack Special Teams K Matthew Wright | 1/1 FG, 31 Yards
Top Storylines from Steelers – Titans 1. Ben Roethlisberger had a few mistimed throws in his first action of the preseason but 19 plays was enough in rainy conditions for the Steelers to accomplish what they wanted to do from the first-team offense. Roethlisberger finished the night 8 of 13 for 63 yards with a touchdown, posting a 99.2 QB rating. Roethlisberger’s final pass of the night would be a 17 yard TD pass to JuJu Smith-Shuster who had 1-on-1 coverage on the outside for an easy score between what’s going to be one of the NFL’s top QB/WR Duo’s in 2019. 2. RB James Conner looked fantastic as he has all camp, showing great vision and cuts. Even in the small sampling tonight, the comfort level the O-line has with Conner is right where you want to see it entering year two with Conner as the full-time starter.Read More »
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers coach Darryl Drake passed away suddenly Sunday morning at the age 62. “We are at a loss for words following Darryl Drake’s passing this morning. Darryl had such an impact on the players he coached and everyone he worked with throughout his entire career,” Team President Art Rooney II said. “He was a passionate coach and had a tremendous spirit toward life, his family, his faith and the game of football.Our prayers and thoughts are with his wife, Sheila, his three daughters, his grandchildren and entire family during this difficult time.” My heart is heavy. Today Steeler Nation and the football world lost not only a good coach but a great man. RIP coach Drake. Thanks for always standing on the table for me. pic.twitter.com/kyux9O51Gh — Darrius Heyward-Bey (@theDHB85) August 11, 2019 The sudden news has the entire football world mourning as the 62 year oldRead More »
A top priority for the Steelers prior to week 1 is signing 30 year old CB Joe Haden to a long-term extension. Preliminary talks between the Steelers and agent Drew Rosenhaus kicked off around a week ago and have heated up at the opening of camp. Rosenhaus who has a very good relationship with GM Kevin Colbert, met with the Steelers brass in person on Sunday to continue talks on three year extension for his client and there continues to be optimism of deal getting down between the two sides in the near future. Haden is due to make $10 million this season. Colbert appearing on 937 The Fan this morning talked of how important Haden is to the group. “I hope so,” said Colbert via The Fan. “I mean, Joe Haden is as professional a player as you could want. He’s a really good corner, he’s a great teamRead More »
2nd year OLB Ola Adeniyi has been a camp darling through the first three days of camp. Unblockable thus far has been a term thrown around towards Adeniyi and Sunday was more of the same as Adeniyi went a consensus 8-0 in backs-on-backers. Adeniyi dominated the drill against Benny Snell, Jaylen Samuels and Travon McMillian. “Ola’s flashing,” Mike Tomlin said of the 21 year old linebacker.
2016 first-round pick Artie Burns collected an $800,000 roster bonus on Sunday and had an interception to go with it during team drills. It was a good day for Burns who got to run with the first-team as Joe Haden was given a veterans day off. “He’s playing solidly but we are just getting started here,” head coach Mike Tomlin said of Burns. Despite securing the roster bonus and the fact he would still count $2.1 million against the cap if he’s cut, Burns chances of opening the season in Pittsburgh continue to be tenuous as he enters training camp and the preseason fighting for one of the final backup spots.