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Ryan Shazier Wants Changes Made To Rookie Contracts

Jun 19, 2017 8:36 AM

Ryan Shazier, who was the 15th overall pick in 2014, believes the next collective bargaining agreement should allow for more wiggle room on rookie contracts.

"At the end of the day, if you're playing at that level, you should be able to get that opportunity," Shazier said. "At the end of the day, that's between you and the team. If the team wants to do that, it's great. ... If you play at that level, you should be able to re-up whenever you want to."

First-round picks sign deals that have a monetary value determined by a slotting system, which was established with the league's last CBA agreement. Those contracts also include fifth-year team options for the top picks, which can limit young stars from cashing in until later.

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Mike Tomlin Indifferent About Le'Veon Bell's Absence

Jun 14, 2017 8:31 AM

Mike Tomlin claims he's indifferent to the minicamp absence of Le'Veon Bell, who hasn't signed his franchise tag and thus isn't under contract.

"I really am," Tomlin said. "It's a waste of my time to focus on the guys that are not available to me, whether injury or otherwise. I tend to focus on the guys who are here and working. I think that's appropriate when you're in my position."

Under the franchise tag, Bell can't participate in offseason work with the Pittsburgh Steelers unless he signs a waiver.

Bell's franchise tag is $12.1 million, but both sides are working toward a long-term extension and have until July 15 to complete one.

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Ben Roethlisberger: It Doesn't Matter How Close I Came To Retiring

May 24, 2017 12:09 PM

Ben Roethilsberger was asked how close he was to retiring from the NFL this offseason.

"It doesn't matter, I'm here now," said Roethlisberger.

"Honestly it doesn't even matter. I'm happy to be back here. I'm happy to be back with the team," Roethlisberger said Tuesday, via ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. "I love the city. I love these guys. I love being out here. Football is a passion of mine. It's what I do and it's what I love to do."

Roethlisberger said he's "110 percent committed" to 2017, but made zero promises about the future.

"I never commit to anybody more than one year," Roethlisberger said, via the team's official website. "I think that's all we should always commit to with this sport. Because if we look past this year, then we're cheating ourselves and we're cheating other people. We need to give this year everything that we can, everything that we have because ultimately that's what we have, right here and right now.

"I'm here on Day One. You see me out there taking every rep I'm supposed to take and then some. I actually took some of the rookies' (reps) today. I'm 110-percent committed."

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Steelers Cut Ladarius Green Year After $20M Deal

May 19, 2017 8:02 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers have released Ladarius Green with a failed physical designation.

Green signed a four-year, $20 million contract last season. He earned just $6 million of that before being cut.

The move will cost the Steelers $3.5 million in dead money.

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Willie Colon: Ben Roethlisberger Seriously Considered Retirement

May 16, 2017 10:35 AM

Ben Roethlisberger's flirtation with retirement this offseason wasn't just talk.

Former Pittsburgh Steelers lineman Willie Colon, a teammate of Roethlisberger's for seven seasons, told PFT Live that Roethlisberger was seriously considering retiring before ultimately deciding to play the 2017 season.

"I got to sit down and talk to him and one thing he told me is he did take it seriously," Colon said. "He's dealt with a lot of injuries."

Colon believes that Pittsburgh's offensive line will determine if the quarterback considers retirement again next offseason.

"He's passionate about playing, but one thing that keeps his fire going is that offensive line," Colon said. "You have to worry about the health of Ben Roethlisberger. Can you keep him upright, can he stay healthy for the duration? They have the offensive line, they have the pieces around him to make it work."

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Jerome Bettis Among ESPN's NFL Layoffs

May 8, 2017 9:17 AM

Jerome Bettis is the latest victim of ESPN's mass layoffs.

A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2015, Bettis joined ESPN at the start of the 2013 season.

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Full List Of 2017 NFL Draft, First Round

Apr 27, 2017 11:47 PM

1. Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

2. Chicago Bears: Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

3. San Francisco 49ers: Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford

4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

5. Tennessee Titans: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan

6. New York Jets: Jamal Adams, S, LSU

7. Los Angeles Chargers: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

8. Carolina Panthers: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford

9. Cincinnati Bengals: John Ross, WR, Washington

10. Kansas City Chiefs: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech

11. New Orleans Saints: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State

12. Houston Texans: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson

13. Arizona Cardinals: Haason Reddick, LB, Temple

14. Philadelphia Eagles: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

15. Indianapolis Colts: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State

16. Baltimore Ravens: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama

17. Washington: Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama

18. Tennessee Titans: Adoree’ Jackson, CB, Southern California

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama

20. Denver Broncos: Garrett Bolles, OT, Utah

21. Detroit Lions: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida

22. Miami Dolphins: Charles Harris, DE/OLB, Missouri

23. New York Giants: Evan Engram, TE, Mississippi

24. Oakland Raiders: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State

25. Cleveland Browns: Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan

26. Atlanta Falcons: Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA

27. Buffalo Bills: Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU

28. Dallas Cowboys: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan

29. Cleveland Browns: David Njoku, TE, Miami

30. Pittsburgh Steelers: T.J. Watt, LB, Wisconsin

31. San Francisco 49ers: Reuben Foster, MLB, Alabama

32. New Orleans Saints: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin

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Martavis Bryant Conditionally Reinstated By NFL

Apr 25, 2017 4:45 PM

Martavis Bryant has been conditionally reinstated by the NFL.

Bryant had been suspended for the entire 2016 season for multiple violations of the league's policy against substances of abuse.

"Martavis Bryant has followed the protocol and has been conditionally reinstated by the National Football League," steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement released by the team Tuesday. "We appreciate that he has taken the necessary steps in an effort to get his personal life in order. We also understand this is just the beginning as he works to return to the team and meet all of the conditions of his reinstatement.

"We look forward to working with Martavis to ensure that he is mentally and physically prepared to contribute to our efforts on the field, while also maintaining the proper balance to keep his life in order off the field."

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Steelers Have No Information On Martavis Bryant Reinstatement

Apr 25, 2017 9:15 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers have no information about Martavis Bryant's potential reinstatement.

"We have not gotten word on Martavis Bryant," Kevin Colbert said. "We have no information. We have no idea if we'll get information [before the draft] or not. We have to operate under the assumption that, until he is here, he is not here."

Bryant was suspended for the entire 2016 season because of multiple failed drug tests.

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Dan Rooney Passes Away At 84

Apr 13, 2017 4:11 PM

Dan Rooney has passed away at the age of of 84.

Rooney became president of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1975 and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.

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Ben Roethlisberger Confirms He'll Play In 2017
Ben Roethlisberger called the process the prudent thing to do at this stage of his career.

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Steelers Will Pay 'Special Attention' To QBs In Draft
The Steelers have aggressively evaluated draft-eligible quarterbacks in the past few years and will do so this year.

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Ben Roethlisberger 'Leaning Towards' Return In 2017
Ben Roethlisberger, 35, has dealt with a number of injuries throughout his career.

Nick Shook/NFL

Le'Veon Bell Undergoes Groin Surgery
Le'Veon Bell received a franchise tag of $12.12 million for 2017.

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Steelers, Le'Veon Bell Discussing Long-Term Deal
There is likely a deadline of the new league year on Thursday, when the new salary cap of $167 million locks in.

Aditi Kinkhabwala/NFL.com

Antonio Brown Signs Four-Year, $68M Deal With Steelers
Antonio Brown had one season remaining on the five-year, $42 million deal he signed with Pittsburgh in 2012.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Steelers Place Franchise Tag On Le'Veon Bell
The Steelers and Le'Veon Bell would like to agree upon a long-term contract.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Antonio Brown Making Significant Progress On Extension With Steelers
The goal is for an agreement to be reached by March 9th.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

James Harrison Seeking Two-Year Deal
James Harrison is looking for a two-year contract at age 38, according to agent Bill Parise.

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Steelers Aren't Saying Whether They'll Franchise Le'Veon Bell
Le'Veon Bell can become an unrestricted free agent on March 9 and the Steelers aren't saying whether they'll keep him from the open market.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Antonio Brown, Steelers Already Discussing Contract Extension
Antonio Brown has one year remaining on a five-year, $42 million deal.

Gerry Dulac/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Antonio Brown Working To 'Rebuild Trust' With Steelers
Antonio Brown called the Facebook incident a "dumb mistake" during the interview.

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Steelers Want To Keep Antonio Brown Long-Term
Antonio Brown has one more season on his current deal.

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Martavis Bryant Applies For Reinstatement
In recent months, Martavis Bryant underwent NFL-administered treatment while training and coaching local high school football in Henderson, Nevada.

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Ben Roethlisberger Considering Retirement
Mike Tomlin says Ben Roethlisberger has mentioned possible retirement to the coaching staff at various points.

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Antonio Brown Has Facebook Endorsement Deal In High Six Figures
Antonio Brown broadcast the Steelers' postgame locker room from the Divisional Round via a live stream video.

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Ben Roethlisberger: Felt Like Game Was Too Big For Young Steelers
Ben Roethlisberger believes that playoff experience may have been a problem for the Steelers against the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.

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Le'Veon Bell 'Had No Burst' After Suffering Groin Injury
Le'Veon Bell left Sunday's AFC Championship Game in the first half with a groin injury and didn't return.

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Le'Veon Bell Excused From Practice For 'Personal Reasons'
Mike Tomlin explained the absence and said that the Steelers would have Bell for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Patriots.

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Ben Roethlisberger: Patriots Are 'Dragon, We're Trying To Slay Them'
The Patriots are 16-3 at home in the playoffs under Bill Belichick.

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