Round 3 Analysis Never buy that the Pittsburgh Steelers don’t draft for need. Just like on Thursday in addressing a major need at inside linebacker, Day 2 was about checking some other boxes. With the 66th overall pick the Steelers selected Toledo wide receiver Diontae Johnson (5-11, 180) and 17 picks later, the Steelers select cornerback Justin Layne (6-2, 192). The value of getting a cornerback was always going to be in Round 2 or Round 3 not Round 1. Despite a run on cornerbacks prior to the Steelers picking, Layne is a high value pick at No. 83. At 6-2, Layne brings length and athleticism to the table, running a 4.5. “You can’t have enough corners on your team,” DB coach Teryl Austin said of Lane. “With the amount of running they do, they help you on special teams, you get nicked, you have to have people to getRead More »
ROUND 1 ANALYSIS — “If we stayed put, we weren’t going to get Devin Bush,” Steelers GM Kevin Colbert said on trading up to No. 10. — “You guys still good? You wanna do that deal?” Inside the War Room the moment the #BroncosDraft trade happened 👇 pic.twitter.com/MIZmfhNjpS — Denver Broncos (@Broncos) April 26, 2019 Kevin Colbert’s bold move of moving up to the No. 10 pick in selecting Devin Bush was the necessary impact move the Steelers had to make at a position of major need and what getting a dynamic player like Bush does for this defense is put an exclamation point on revamping the defense this off-season. “When you make a trade up to the top 10, we were very excited to make that trade and get Devin Bush,” said Colbert. “It was something we wanted to do and were able to do it. This is aRead More »
The Pittsburgh Steelers and QB Ben Roethlisberger have agreed to a two-year extension. The 37 year old Roethlisberger, who was drafted 15 years ago today, officially signed his new contract just after 10:15 a.m. this morning. Roethlisberger had one year left on a four-year, $87.6 million contract he signed in 2015. The two-year extension will keep Roethlisberger under contract through the 2021 season and will be announced by the club today as a new three year contract. In dealing the Antonio Brown drama from day 1 this offseason, Steelers GM Kevin Colbert made it clear months ago the organization was all-in on Roethlisberger moving forward in trying to make the most of the small window he still has at his age. “Ben is the unquestioned leader of this group,” GM Kevin Colbert said on Feb. 20 at the combine that drew controversy. “He’s the elder statesmen and the only SuperRead More »
The Pittsburgh Steelers will begin the 2019 season against the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots. The Athletic Boston reports the Patriots will host the Steelers in Week 1 for a Sunday night matchup. The Steelers home opener will be in Week 2. The full schedule will be released at 8:00 p.m. tonight. Other leaks to emerge today have the Steelers facing Le’Veon Bell and the New York Jets in Week 16.
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 »