Pittsburgh Steelers Wiretap

Le'Veon Bell To Report Before Week 1

Aug 17, 2017 5:37 PM

Le'Veon Bell plans on reporting back to the Pittsburgh Steelers before the start of the regular season. Bell is holding out after the two sides were unable to agree upon a long-term contract.

It is not yet clear when Bell will report but he's not expected to miss any games.

Bell will play under the $12.1 million franchise tag in 2017.

Bell is considered in the top tier of running backs by RealGM for fantasy football.

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Kevin Colbert: Le'Veon Bell Hurting Himself With Holdout

Aug 10, 2017 9:02 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers, not surprisingly, aren't happy that Le'Veon Bell is skipping training camp.

The Steelers can't fine Bell because he hasn't signed his franchise tender.

Bell is set to make $12.1 million under the terms of the franchise tag and the deadline to sign a multi-year deal passed last month.

"My feeling is there's nothing to be gained by a holdout," Kevin Colbert told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "The situation won't change, it can't really change from our part on a long-term deal. So it hurts him not to be here. It hurts him because he's not working with his teammates, he's not getting the conditioning work that he's going to need to have a great 2017 season. And he's not working with his teammates to get acclimated to the offense — every year it's different."

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Martavis Bryant Expected To Soon Be Reinstated

Aug 9, 2017 4:25 PM

Martavis Bryant could be reinstated by the NFL within the next few days.

Bryant is simply "waiting for the doctors and the counselors, people who saw him, to hand in their letters, get the paperwork cleared with the NFL, have the league process that, and then make him officially conditionally reinstated."

Bryant missed the entire 2016 season due to a violation of the league's policy on substances of abuse.

Bryant will give the Pittsburgh Steelers depth at wide receiver behind Antonio Brown.

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Rams Lead NFL In Miles Traveled (32,600), Steelers Fewest (6,694)

Aug 9, 2017 1:57 PM

The Los Angeles Rams will have the most miles traveled in the NFL this season at 32,600.

The Pittsburgh Steelers will have the fewest at 6,694.

The Rams have road dates at Jacksonville, Dallas, New York, Minnesota and Tennessee in addition to their NFC West opponents.

The Steelers only travel as far as west as Kansas City.

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Mike Tomlin Signs Extension With Steelers Through 2020

Aug 4, 2017 6:34 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed Mike Tomlin to a contract extension through 2020.

Tomlin has a 103-57 record since replacing Bill Cowher in 2007. Tomlin has never had a losing season and coached the Steelers to the Super Bowl XLIII win in his second season as head coach.

"I truly appreciate this contract extension, and I want to thank [team president] Art Rooney II for his support as well as everyone within the organization," Tomlin said in a statement. "My first 10 years in Pittsburgh have been an amazing experience for me and my family. I'm proud to call Pittsburgh home. My focus is on the upcoming season, and our goals remain the same as they always are -- to bring a seventh Super Bowl championship back to our city."

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Ben Roethlisberger Will Factor CTE Into Retirement Decision

Jul 28, 2017 7:16 PM

Ben Roethlisberger will factor the growing knowledge of CTE into his decision on whether to extend his career beyond the 2017 season.

Roethlisberger also considered retiring after the 2016 season.

"I've been blessed to do this a long time," Roethlisberger, 35, told the Post-Gazette. He starts each training camp with a series of interviews with long-standing local media. "I think it's just seeing my kids growing up, and in the offseason I love getting to spend time with them, and then I come here and football season just has to take up so much of your time. Even when you get home, I try my best to turn it off when I walk in the front door. I think I do a pretty good job of that, but it still consumes you in a way.

"Just all those things combined -- being healthy, being able to play catch with my kids. I feel good mentally, I know this new study that came out that 90 percent [of NFL] players' brains who were studied had CTE.

"There's a lot of scary things, and I think my wife would be OK if I hung it up, too. But I still love the guys, I still love the game, so it was right for me to come back and give it everything I have this year."

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Antonio Brown Lobbying Steelers To Extend Le'Veon Bell

Jul 23, 2017 6:27 PM

Antonio Brown is lobbying for the Pittsburgh Steelers to secure Le'Veon Bell for the long-term.

Bell will play this season on a franchise tag of $12.12 million after he and the Steelers couldn't reach an extension by the July 17 deadline. 

"We need him. I need him," Brown said. "If we're going to do what we desire to do, we need every guy a part of the organization in a helmet to be there committed to the cause. He's a special piece. Obviously we know what he brings to the team, his dimension playing football, but he's a special individual. I pray that we have him there."

Brown signed a four-year, $68-million extension in February.

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Ike Taylor: 'Strong Possibility' Le'Veon Bell Holds Out

Jul 20, 2017 9:48 AM

Ike Taylor, a former teammate of Le'Veon Bell, believes there is a "strong possibility" the running back will hold out.

Bell is seeking a long-term deal from the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers have reportedly offered Bell a deal worth $12 million annually.

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James Conner Has NFL's Second-Best Selling Jersey

Jul 20, 2017 9:39 AM

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie James Conner ranks No. 2 among all NFL players on the Dick's Sporting Goods' jersey report behind Tom Brady.

Conner captivated college football by overcoming Hodgkin lymphoma in 2015 while at Pitt.

The Steelers drafted the playmaker in the third round, No. 105 overall.

"It's a dream come true," Conner said about staying in Pittsburgh. "They gave me the opportunity of a lifetime, and they are going to get a hard worker and a great football player."

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Le'Veon Bell Seeks Contract Of No. 1 RB + No. 2 WR

Jul 19, 2017 8:45 PM

According to Ike Taylor, Le'Veon Bell wants to be paid as both a No. 1 running back plus a No. 2 wide receiver.

Bell caught 75 balls last season, which was the second most on the Pittsburgh Steelers.

As Bill Barnwell points out, combining the money for both LeSean McCoy and Michael Crabtree would put Bell at $47.2 million over three seasons.

Bell will play under the franchise tag in 2017.

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Le'Veon Bell On Lack Of Contract: I Just Gotta Get Better
The Steelers couldn't come to an agreement on a long-term deal with Le'Veon Bell before Monday's deadline.

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Steelers Unable To Agree Upon Long-Term Deal With Le'Veon Bell
Next year, the Steelers can tag Le'Veon Bell again at around $14 million or re-sign him.

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Martavis Bryant Seeks 'Man-To-Man' Talk With Ben Roethlisberger
Martavis Bryant was suspended four games in 2015 and the entire 2016 season for violations of the league's substance abuse policy.

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DeAngelo Williams Not Interested In Cowboys, Browns, Panthers, Jaguars
DeAngelo Williams has been one of the NFL's most productive backup running backs over the past two seasons with the Steelers.

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David Johnson Wants To See Le'Veon Bell Get Paid
Le'Veon Bell has one week left to sign a long-term deal before playing the season under the franchise tag with the Steelers.

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DeAngelo Williams 'Definitely' Wants To Play In 2017
DeAngelo Williams ran for 343 yards and four touchdowns for the Steelers last year.

ESPN Radio

Ryan Shazier Wants Changes Made To Rookie Contracts
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.

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Mike Tomlin Indifferent About Le'Veon Bell's Absence
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.

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Ben Roethlisberger: It Doesn't Matter How Close I Came To Retiring
Ben Roethlisberger said he's "110 percent committed" to 2017, but made zero promises about the future.

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Steelers Cut Ladarius Green Year After $20M Deal
The Steelers have released Ladarius Green with a failed physical designation.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Willie Colon: Ben Roethlisberger Seriously Considered Retirement
Willie Colon believes that Pittsburgh's offensive line will determine if the quarterback considers retirement again next offseason.

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Jerome Bettis Among ESPN's NFL Layoffs
A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2015, Jerome Bettis joined ESPN at the start of the 2013 season.

Sporting News

Full List Of 2017 NFL Draft, First Round
John Ross went ninth overall, one of three wide receivers selected in the top-9.

RealGM Staff Report

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

Nick Shook/NFL.com

Steelers Have No Information On Martavis Bryant Reinstatement
Martavis Bryant was suspended for the entire 2016 season because of multiple failed drug tests.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Dan Rooney Passes Away At 84
Dan Rooney became president of the Steelers in 1975 and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.

RealGM Staff Report

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

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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.

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

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

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