In a surprise move WR JuJu Smith-Schuster who was supposed to be sidelined for at least four months, has been activated off injured reserve for Sunday’s game vs the Kansas Chiefs. The Steelers anticipate Smith-Schuster being involved in around 15-20 plays, though, circumstances could see Smith-Schuster play even more than early expectations. Smith-Schuster a pending free agent had a limited free agent market in 2021.
The Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac reports Pittsburgh Steelers WR Juju Smith-Schuster suffered a likely season ending shoulder injury in Sunday’s 27-19 win over the Denver Broncos. Returning to Pittsburgh on a one year contract, Smith-Schuster faces an uncertain future with the Steelers in 2022 and could be looking at another short-term deal with how much his production has slipped since 2019. New offensive coordinator, same usage and results as Smith-Schuster has become nothing more than a small yardage slot receiver. 2021 Stats: 15 REC – 129 Yards – 0 TD
We’re All Witnessing The End of the Big Ben Era and an Organizational Failure: That’s the only narrative that be should be coming out of Sunday’s debacle where the Steelers were exposed in every phase in a 24-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. At the end of the day the Steelers made their bed. What we’re seeing from a 39 year old Ben Roethlisberger was always the more likely outcome than Roethlisberger maintaining or getting better with age like the Steelers talked themselves into believing. Roethlisberger’s second half interception just felt like the end for him and there were several other situations from him in the game where Roethlisberger looked everything of a quarterback that’s fallen off a cliff to go with no help from the sidelines or the personnel that has much of a chance to elevate the QB who needs it majorly and just doesn’t have it anymore.Read More »
Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is dealing with a left pec injury that will affect his preparation for week 3 vs the Bengals. “We’d better be ready to be adjustable,” said Tomlin of Roethlisberger’s injury. The 39 year old Roethlisberger has been pedestrian through two games and was knocked around quite a bit vs the Raiders. Roethlisberger was hit 10 times in the loss and sacked twice.
— T.J. Watt’s Mega-Deal that makes him the NFL’s Highest Paid Defensive Player includes 4 years, $112 Million in new money with the first three years of the contract fully guaranteed — CONTRACT DETAILS *5 years, $122.1 Million *80 Million in Guaranteed Money, 2021-2023 Fully Guaranteed Yearly Cash: 2021 $36MM; 2022 $24MM; 2023 $20MM; 2024: $21.050MM; 2025: $21.050MM
— The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed linebacker T.J. Watt to a mega 5 year, $122.1 million contract that includes a franchise record $80 million in guaranteed money. The deal adds four years and $112 million in new money to Watt’s current one year contract, keeping him under contract through the 2025 season. The signing is a massive one in how the Steelers structure contracts as they have never structured a contract like this with the guaranteed money before. Sometimes you have to bend for the greats and the Steelers did in this instance dishing out QB type money to Watt with the total value and guarantees.
Ben Roethlisberger didn’t mince words today when discussing star linebacker T.J. Watt and his contract situation. Roethlisberger’s message to the Steelers was clear — ‘Pay the Man’ — “I think T.J. should get whatever the heck he wants,” said Roethlisberger. “He’s arguably the best football player in the game right now, not just on defense….Problem is when the higher-ups are in charge, there’s only so much you can do. We all feel bad for T.J…. Everbody knows how bad he wants to be out there.”
A few weeks after approaching the Pittsburgh Steelers about a contract extension, 32 year old cornerback Joe Haden now intends to test the free agent market in 2022, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. Haden’s agent Drew Rosenhaus is quoted as telling Schefter “Joe has never been a UFA before and is excited about that opportunity. We expect him to have a very strong market,” said Rosenhaus. The belief is the Steelers were not interest in discussing an extension until after the 2021 season.
Pittsburgh kept 8 defensive lineman on the initial 53-man roster as Stephon Tuitt who has not practiced summer due to a knee injury, could start the season on injured reserve, according to the Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac. In a major drop off, Chris Wormley is expected to see a larger role opposite Cam Heyward at defensive end. Wormley, 27, has 3.5 career sacks in four NFL seasons