By Mike Bires Mendenhall impressive in OTA’s If there’s been one player who’s stood out most so far at the halfway point of OTAs, it might be Rashard Mendenhall. It’s only “football in shorts” as coach Mike Tomlin calls off-season workouts. Still, Mendenhall has been impressive in the first seven of 14 allowed organized team activity workouts. The running back taken in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft seems fully recovered from a broken shoulder that ended his rookie season in a Week 4 win against the Baltimore Ravens. “I feel good. My shoulder feels normal,” he said. “It’s great to be out here taking handoffs, running routes and being part of this offense.” Big things were expected after the Steelers took Mendenhall, who turned pro after his junior year at Illinois, with the 23rd overall pick of the draft. He was expected to team with scatback WillieRead More »
By Mike Bires So what did James Harrison have to say about his pit bull dog biting his son? The star linebacker isn’t saying. Harrison, whose 2-year-old son was bitten by his pit bull dog last Wednesday, evaded the media who attended Tuesday’s organized team activity. Harrison’s son has been in UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh recovering from a severe bite to the thigh. He’s expected to be released from the hospital any day now. James Harrison III has been in Children’s Hospital since the incident. He’s may be discharged any day now. The boy was bitten by Harrison’s pit bull “Patron” when the child’s mother, Beth Tibbott, left the dog out of its cage. Tibbott does not live with Harrison and his son. The incident happened at Harrison’s home in Franklin Park, a community in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. Triangle Pet Control Services of McKees Rock has custodyRead More »
Notes from Tuesday’s organized team activity workout at Steelers’ headquarters on the South Side of Pittsburgh: With a few exceptions, all Steelers were present and accounted for as voluntary OTAs resumed. As he’s done in the past, strong safety Troy Polamalu is skipping OTAs. He’s in California, working out with his own personal trainer. Coach Mike Tomlin has no problem with that. Also missing Tuesday was reserve wide receiver Dallas Baker. A Steelers’ spokesman didn’t know why Baker was absent. Baker, however, did attend two OTAs in April and the three-day minicamp earlier this month. Present but not practicing were wide receivers Hines Ward and Martin Nance, free safety Ryan Clark and punter Daniel Sepulveda. Ward and Clark are coming off off-season shoulder surgeries. Sepulveda missed the 2008 season with a knee injury. Nance is nursing an undisclosed leg injury. Mundy a lock for a roster spot? With both startingRead More »
The Steelers offer to linebacker James Harrison remains in the range of $14.5 million guaranteed and the team has no plans to offer Harrison more guaranteed money than what Troy Polamalu ($15.75 million) received in 2007 The Latest Contract Talks Talks with linebacker James Harrison have not progressed over the past month and
As expected the representatives for James Harrison and the Pittsburgh Steelers have begun discussions on a long-term extension for the star linebacker There hasn‚Äôt been any leaks yet on the numbers being discussed but it‚Äôs believed Harrison is seeking $20 million in guarantees. An Inside Look at previous deals top Linebackers have signed the past two years. In 2008, New York Jets signed Calvin Pace’s to a six-year, $42 million deal (about $20 million guaranteed). Pace, 27, recorded 80 tackles and 7 sacks in the first year of his 6 year deal. In 2007, the Miami Dolphins signed Joey Porter to a 5-year, $32 million deal ($20 million guaranteed). Porter, 31, recorded 47 tackles and 17.5 sacks in 08. Arizona Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby, 27, (119 tackles, 4 sacks) seeking $20 million guaranteed) Harrison, 30, had 101 tackles & 16 sacks in the regular season for the Steelers. Pace, PorterRead More »
Quarterbacks 7 Ben Roethlisberger 3/3/2008: Signed an eight-year, $102 million contract. The deal contained $33.2 million guaranteed, including a $25.2 million signing bonus. Also included is a clause forbidding Roethlisberger from participating in hazardous activities. 2009: $4.75 million + $3 million roster bonus due in March | 2010: $8.05 million | 2011: $11.6 million| 2012: $11.6 million | 2013: $11.6 million |2014: $11.6 million | 2015: $12.1 million, 2016: Free Agent 2 Dennis Dixon 7/7/2008: Signed a three-year, $1.28 million contract. The deal included a $130,000 signing bonus. | 2009: $385,000 | 2010: $470,000 | 2011: Restricted Free Agent | Free Agents 4 Byron Leftwich 16 Charlie Batch
Mike Tomlin‚Äôs main goal this week is to keep his players focused on the main prize. Tomlin stressed that at yesterday‚Äôs press conference and the Steelers will practice this week like they have a game on Sunday. The Steelers went through a normal workout today, and will do the same on Thursday, Friday and Saturday before they depart for Tampa Bay on Monday. In today‚Äôs practice a number of players were out with injuries and others took the day off. Injured players WR Hines Ward (Knee Sprain) ,Lt Max Starks (knee), RB Mewelde Moore (ankle), Patrick Bailey (Hamstring), C Justin Hartwig (Knee) did not practice.
The NFL’s #1 defense has two members named to the All Pro team. Safety Troy Polamalu was named for the second time and outside linebacker James Harrison was picked for the first time. Harrison set a Steelers franchise record with 16 sacks and he also had 7 forced fumbles. Polamalu led the Steelers with six interceptions and had 73 tackles