Pittsburgh Steelers Wiretap

Steelers Will Pay 'Special Attention' To QBs In Draft

Mar 28, 2017 8:27 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers have aggressively evaluated draft-eligible quarterbacks in the past few years and will do so this year.

Ben Roethlisberger, 35, said in late January that he would evaluate his future during the offseason.

"We've been in that mentality," Mike Tomlin said. "Our experience in this business and the realities of this business put us in that mindset. [General manager] Kevin [Colbert] and I have spent special attention to that position over the last several years, if nothing else from a dry-run perspective, to gain the knowledge and the information necessary to make good decisions when we come to that fork in the road. Who's to say that we aren't there right now?"

The Steelers haven't selected a quarterback in the top three rounds of the draft since taking Roethlisberger 11th overall in 2004.

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Ben Roethlisberger 'Leaning Towards' Return In 2017

Mar 20, 2017 7:40 AM

Ben Roethlisberger is "leaning towards" returning to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2017.

The quarterback caused some concern at the start of the offseason when he said he was "going to take this offseason to evaluate, to consider all options."

Roethlisberger, 35, has dealt with a number of injuries throughout his career.

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Le'Veon Bell Undergoes Groin Surgery

Mar 14, 2017 12:48 AM

Le'Veon Bell underwent surgery on Monday to repair the groin injury he suffered during the AFC playoffs.

Earlier Monday, Bell posted several Snapchat videos from a hospital bed, announcing he was going "under."

NFL Network reported that the surgery was to repair a "core muscle" injury that will require about a six-week timetable. Bell told ESPN that he'll be ready for the Steelers' offseason workouts.

Bell received a franchise tag of $12.12 million for 2017.

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Steelers, Le'Veon Bell Discussing Long-Term Deal

Mar 3, 2017 7:48 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Le'Veon Bell are in negotiations on a long-term contract, according to a report.

The Steelers made Antonio Brown the highest-paid wide receiver in the league earlier this week.

There is likely a deadline of the new league year on Thursday, when the new salary cap of $167 million locks in.

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Antonio Brown Signs Four-Year, $68M Deal With Steelers

Feb 27, 2017 6:08 PM

Antonio Brown has agreed upon a four-year, $68 million deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Brown is now signed through the 2021 season.

The deal averages $18.5 million over the next three seasons and $17 million over the next four.

The Steelers had promised to rework Brown's contract this offseason. They restructured his contract last August, advancing $4 million of his 2017 salary into his base salary for 2016.

Brown had one season remaining on the five-year, $42 million deal he signed with Pittsburgh in 2012.

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Steelers Place Franchise Tag On Le'Veon Bell

Feb 27, 2017 3:56 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers have placed the exclusive franchise tag on Le'Veon Bell.

The Steelers and Bell would like to agree upon a long-term contract.

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Antonio Brown Making Significant Progress On Extension With Steelers

Feb 27, 2017 12:14 PM

Antonio Brown and the Pittsburgh Steelers have made significant progress on a long-term deal.

The goal is for an agreement to be reached by March 9th.

The Steelers will also have to deal with the free agency of Le'Veon Bell this offseason.

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James Harrison Seeking Two-Year Deal

Feb 23, 2017 7:30 AM

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

The Pittsburgh Steelers are on record as saying they want to re-sign the veteran linebacker.

"Of course James wants to be in Pittsburgh," Parise said.

Harrison will become a free agent on March 9.

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Steelers Aren't Saying Whether They'll Franchise Le'Veon Bell

Feb 17, 2017 6:43 AM

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

Kevin Colbert said that tagging Bell and signing him to a long-term deal are both options, but he didn't rule out the running back testing the open waters.

"The tag is always an option, and it's something we'll use if necessary," Colbert said. "We have until March 1 to make the decision. Again, this thing is very fluid. It changes daily, once you start into talks with players and start to see how it's all going to fit. We know that's an option. Even if we were to use the tag on Le'Veon, we would certainly want to do something long-term and have him be a member of the Steelers for life."

The Steelers have more than $35 million in cap space.

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Antonio Brown, Steelers Already Discussing Contract Extension

Feb 16, 2017 2:08 PM

Kevin Colbert said the Pittsburgh Steelers have made it a priority to extend the contract of Antonio Brown as soon as possible and are already in negotiations.

Brown has one year remaining on a five-year, $42 million deal and the Steelers have already had active discussions with his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, who was in Pittsburgh last week.

“I can say unequivocally we want Antonio Brown to retire as a Steeler, just as we want Le’Veon Bell to retire as a Steeler,” Colbert said.

Bell is an unrestricted free agent and will likely receive the franchise tag.

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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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Steelers Hope To Avoid Communication Issues At Gillette Stadium
The Steelers had on-field communication issues the last time they played the Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

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Antonio Brown Deletes Video Of Mike Tomlin's Fiery Postgame Speech
Antonio Brown took viewers inside the locker room following Sunday night's 18-16 playoff victory over the Chiefs in Kansas City.

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Steelers-Chiefs Draws Record Audience For Primetime
The NBC-only broadcast of Steelers-Chiefs, the first-ever Sunday NFL Playoff game to kick off after 8 p.m. ET, averaged 37.1 million viewers.

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Travis Kelce On Two-Point Conversion: That Wasn't A Hold
Travis Kelce didn't hold back in his criticism of referee Carl Cheffers for the holding penalty that cost the Chiefs what would have been the tying two-point conversion late in their 18-16 loss to th

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Chiefs-Steelers Moved To Primetime To Avoid Ice Storm
The worst of a winter storm that is predicted to dump as much as a half-inch of ice on Kansas City will pass through the area early on Sunday.

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Le'Veon Bell Believes He's Revolutionizing NFL Like Steph Curry In NBA
Le'Veon Bell has a patient running style that requires his offensive linemen to hold their blocks before he attacks a hole.

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NFL Reviewing Concussion Protocol On Matt Moore Hit
The NFL has initiated a review of the concussion protocol after Matt Moore missed just one play after getting obliterated by a hit by Bud Dupree in Sunday's playoff game between the Dolphins and Stee

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Joey Porter Arrested At Pittsburgh Bar
Steelers linebackers coach Joey Porter was arrested Sunday night outside a Pittsburgh bar, hours after the team's AFC wild-card win over the Dolphins.

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Ben Roethlisberger In Walking Boot After Garbage Time Injury
With 4:34 left in the fourth quarter and the Steelers up 30-12, Ben Roethlisberger attempted a pass while on the move.

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No Teams Finish 2016 In Top-10 In Both Offensive, Defensive DVOA
Last season, the Seahawks, Panthers, Cardinals, Bengals and Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball.

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Le'Veon Bell Wants To Re-Sign With Steelers
The Steelers can place a franchise tag on Le'Veon Bell for $12.37 million.

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