Free Agency Buzz: Mendenhall reunited with Arians; Lewis to visit Saints


STEELERS FREE AGENCY BUZZ Running back Rashard Mendenhall is reunited with Bruce Arians. Mendenhall this afternoon agreed to a one year deal worth around $2.5 – $3 million, turning down an opportunity to join the Denver Broncos. Mendenhall’s camp had been discussing a longer term with both teams but Mendenhall has opted to try to prove himself again and cash in next off-season at age 26. Now it remains to be seen whether Denver might have been the better fit for Mendenall. In Denver he would have had an all-pro quarterback around him in Peyton Manning and a strong offensive line. Arizona has neither. *It has been absolutely dead quiet on Steelers CB Keenan Lewis. Indications are no one is showing interest in throwing big money at Lewis that would make Lewis out of the Steelers price range. It’s another story whether the Steelers will make an offer.

Steelers Free Agency Buzz: Odds lessen of Legursky, Lewis resigning?


LATEST STEELERS FREE AGENCY BUZZ The Steelers signing of William Gay to a three year, $4.5 million contract directly effects Keenan Lewis who badly wants to return and continue playing under Dick LeBeau. However, the Steelers jumping on Gay and overpaying him when 10 days from now they could have likely signed him to a 1 year, vet minimum deal, plays in part to the belief that the value the Steelers have on Lewis is even lower than first believed and they expect to lose him. We can’t rule out Lewis resigning with Pittsburgh as the Steelers will monitor his market, but the odds have lessened from last week and word in Steelers circles is they won’t be losing any sleep over Lewis signing elsewhere. Looking to become more of a dynamic defense that creates turnovers, management wants Cortez Allen put into the starting lineup opposite Ike Taylor and there’sRead More »

Four Steelers UFA’s with best odds of resigning


STEELERS FREE AGENCY BUZZ Out of the Steelers 17 unrestricted free agents, several won’t be back, and few are a priority for the team who don’t plan to resign notable veterans Max Starks and Casey Hampton, and expect Mike Wallace and Ramon Foster to sign bigger deals elsewhere. The Steelers today are meeting with WR Steve Breaston at their team facility and there continues to be a sense that the Steelers get a deal done with Breaston at some point for the sole reason that there’s really not a market out there for the 29 year old receiver. However, the Steelers are only willing to offer the league minimum and they have felt Breaston wants more money than they are willing to offer, so it’s very possible things fall through. Meanwhile, free agency is 13 days away and here’s some buzz in Steelers circles of four players considered to haveRead More »

The Latest Steelers Camp Rumblings III


3rd Version of The Latest TIOPS Steelers Camp Rumblings — The Mike Wallace holdout has now reached 12 days and it’s reached the point where it’s nothing more than a pride thing for Wallace, at least that’s the way Steelers officials see it. Management hasn’t been in touch with Wallace or his agent directly since the first week of camp and it’s now up to Wallace to swallow his pride. As the Wallace holdout continues, the Steelers are worried that he could become plagued with hamstring and groin injuries early in the season which is common for players who report to camp late. — Willie Colon has been tremendous at left guard in camp thus far, showing power, nastiness and some quickness. It’s clear that Chicago Bears who offered Colon a 5 year – $32.5 million deal last summer to play guard, saw what the Steelers are seeing from him nowRead More »

Mid-Afternoon Camp Report: Lake having influence on Lewis but only so much he can do


By Dale Grdnic LATROBE, Pa. — At 6-feet tall and 208 pounds with long arms and blazing speed, Keenan Lewis certainly looks the part for an NFL cornerback. But something’s been missing since the Pittsburgh Steelers selected him in the third round from Oregon State in 2009. He played in just four games and made one tackle as a rookie that year before being put on the reserve-injured list late in the season. This past season, Lewis played in nine games and tallied 11 tackles, including eight solo, with one forced fumble. It’s one thing to fritter away an opportunity, but Lewis didn’t even dress for every game let alone play in that many contests and he was at it again early in training camp this year at Saint Vincent College. After the first practice, Lewis missed the next two. He returned one day and then was back with theRead More »

Harrison, Ward won’t be at full strength for Sunday’s showdown


The 7-7 Pittsburgh Steelers head into Sunday’s game as a much more confident team than we’ve seen the past couple weeks after last Sunday’s thrilling 37-36 victory over the Green Bay Packers. The Steelers have a “pulse” according to head coach Mike Tomlin and this week the team appeared to have a little bit of their swagger back. It was a much looser team in the locker room. In a must win situation against Baltimore, Pittsburgh will not be close to being at full strength and the same can be said for the 8-6 Baltimore Ravens Strong safety Troy Polamalu will miss his 10th game of the season and starting guard Chris Kemoeatu had a minor setback and will miss his second consecutive game. For the Steelers, their concern is with James Harrison and Hines Ward.

Tuesday Practice Report: Ike Taylor and William Gay took plenty of reps with the first-team defense


By Inside Pittsburgh Sports PITTSBURGH _The mood these days in the Steelers’ locker room reflects the team’s state of affairs. “Gloomy,” tackle Willie Colon said. A four-game losing streak and a 6-6 record is obviously reason for disappointment. So, too, is the announcement from coach Mike Tomlin that he may shake up the lineup. But according to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, it’s time to move past Sunday’s embarrassing 27-24 loss to the Oakland Raiders and start focusing on getting back on track.

Tomlin considering significant changes; Ward likely out for Thursday night’s game


In the midst of a four game losing streak, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is considering the possibility of making a number of lineup changes. “Obviously we are a very average football team as we sit here today, ” Tomlin said. At cornerback there will be at least one lineup change, maybe two. Rookie cornerback Joe Burnett is expected to replace William Gay in the starting lineup and internally, the team is exploring the possibility of replacing Ike Taylor in the starting lineup with Keenan Lewis. “It’s going to be Joe Burnett, ” Mike Tomlin said in reference to who will replace William Gay in the starting lineup. Tomlin added, “Keenan Lewis is going to get an opportunity to play. We want to see both of those guys. They’re young guys; they’ve been working. We want to see both of those guys play.” Benching Ike Taylor would be aRead More »

Polamalu has PCL sprain; likely to play against Baltimore


Week 11 Mike Tomlin Press Conference roundup Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed today that the injury to Troy Polamalu is not as severe as once believed. Polamalu suffered a PCL sprain, opposed to last time when he had an MCL injury. Polamalu is expected to be held out against Kansas City this Sunday but there are strong indications that Polamalu will be able to play against Baltimore in week 12. “Troy’s status for this game is probably questionable at best, although we’ve had some favorable information in regards to where he is from a health standpoint, ” Mike Tomlin said.