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Ben Roethlisberger Ready For 'Normalcy' After 'Crazy' Years

Jun 17, 2019 8:25 AM

Ben Roethlisberger is ready for some "normalcy" with the Pittsburgh Steelers after a few dramatic seasons.

"You know it's been a little crazy the last few years, maybe more so than usual that we're used to dealing with," Roethlisberger said. "So to kind of get back to quote-unquote normalcy is kind of nice."

All members of the Steelers showed up for mandatory minicamp this spring, something that didn't happen when Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell were on the roster.

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JuJu Smith-Schuster Has 'No Hard Feelings' Toward Antonio Brown

Jun 13, 2019 8:17 AM

JuJu Smith-Schuster is disappointed with how things ended with Antonio Brown and says he has "no hard feelings" toward his former teammate.

Smith-Schuster is opening his first minicamp as the No. 1 receiving option for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"The man's a role model. In that situation, I didn't want it to end like that," Smith-Schuster said. "I have no hard feelings against him. Obviously if we're ever in the same room, I'm going to say 'What's up' to him. I think hatred is a huge word to use against somebody. At the end of the day, he's a great player, he comes out every day with work ethic. He worked hard. Other than that, I don't have anything toward him like that."

Brown demanded a trade shortly after leaving the Steelers in Week 17.

"I never want to be the center of attention for causing problems," Smith-Schuster said. "I just try to stay positive as much as possible. When stuff like that goes sideways, I say what I say and then I back out and leave it at that."

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JuJu Smith-Schuster Praises Chemistry In Steelers' Locker Room

May 23, 2019 8:25 AM

JuJu Smith-Schuster likes what he sees in regards to chemistry as the Pittsburgh Steelers began organized team activities this week.

"The chemistry is on point," Smith-Schuster said. "Everyone is on the same page. Everyone is communicating. There's really no -- how do you say? -- drama in our locker room."

Smith-Schuster replaces Antonio Brown as Pittsburgh's No. 1 option in the passing game.

He said the Steelers' locker room is full of veterans who know their role. That won't stop him from providing a youthful bite.

"Being a young guy in a room, being 22, I feel like a French bulldog, you know, just barking at everybody,'' he told reporters. "At the same time, they've got dogs, too, so they can bark. I like that role.''

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Ben Roethlisberger Accepts Blame For Criticizing Antonio Brown

May 20, 2019 4:49 PM

Ben Roethlisberger accepted blame for criticising Antonio Brown during the 2018 season.

"I took some heat, and deservedly so, for some of the comments on that show and especially toward him," Roethlisberger told the outlet. "I genuinely feel bad about that and I'm sorry. Did I go too far after that Denver game? Probably ..."

Roethlisberger expressed contrition for his post-Week 12 comments on 93.7 The Fan, including his observation that Brown should have run a flatter route on a late-game interception and that he wished he had thrown the ball to JuJu Smith-Schuster at the goal line instead.

"That's the thing about media and social media, as soon as you say 'sorry' it only goes so far. You can't take it back," Roethlisberger said about his comments. "And I wish I could, because if that's what ruined our friendship and relationship, I'm truly, genuinely sorry about that."

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Kevin Colbert: Ben Roethlisberger Has No 'Expiration Date'

May 2, 2019 9:50 AM

Ben Roethlisberger is under contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers up to his 40th birthday.

Kevin Colbert believes the quarterback could continue throwing passes after he contract expires following the 2021 season.

"I know he doesn't have an expiration date," Colbert said. "We just felt that that was a foreseeable future that we were able to do, and he was agreeable to. But I'm sure that he doesn't have an expiration date. I know that he's still very competitive. He still wants to do this at a high level. He doesn't need money, he doesn't need Hall of Fame credentials in my opinion. He's already achieved both of those. What he wants is more Super Bowls. And he wants to continue to try to win, and we're gonna support that. And that was a big part of why we were willing to do what we did, and now it's our job to help him help us get there."

 

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Steelers Trade Up To Draft Devin Bush At No. 10

Apr 25, 2019 9:33 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers traded up to draft Michigan linebacker Devin Bush with the tenth overall pick.

Pittsburgh acquired the pick in a draft-night trade with the Denver Broncos.

The Broncos received the 20th pick, a second-round selection and a third-rounder in 2020.

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2019 NFL Draft First-Round Results

Apr 25, 2019 8:00 PM

The 2019 NFL Draft is upon us. RealGM is here to help you track all that goes down -- both here and on Twitter (@RealGMFootball). We'll post the results of the first round as the picks come in.

 

1. Arizona Cardinals - Kyler Murray, Oklahoma QB

2. San Francisco 49ers - Nick Bosa, Ohio State DE

3. New York Jets - Quinnen Williams, Alabama DT

4. Oakland Raiders - Clelin Ferrell, Clemson DE

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Devin White, LSU LB

6. New York Giants - Daniel Jones, Duke QB

7. Jacksonville Jaguars - Josh Allen, Kentucky DE

8. Detroit Lions - T.J. Hockenson, Iowa TE

9. Buffalo Bills - Ed Oliver, Houston DT

10. Pittsburgh Steelers (from Denver) - Devin Bush, Michigan LB

11. Cincinnati Bengals - Jonah Williams, Alabama OT

12. Green Bay Packers - Rashan Gary, Michigan DE

13. Miami Dolphins - Christian Wilkins, Clemson DT

14. Atlanta Falcons - Chris Lindstrom, Boston College G

15. Washington Redskins - Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State QB

16. Carolina Panthers - Brian Burns, Florida State OLB

17. New York Giants (from Cleveland) - Dexter Lawrence, Clemson DT

18. Minnesota Vikings - Garrett Bradbury, NC State C

19. Tennessee Titans - Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State DT

20. Denver Broncos (from Pittsburgh) - Noah Fant, Iowa TE

21. Green Bay Packers (from Seattle) - Darnell Savage, Maryland DB

22. Philadelphia Eagles (from Baltimore) - Andre Dillard, Washington State OT

23. Houston Texans - Tytus Howard, Alabama State OT

24. Oakland Raiders (from Chicago) - Josh Jacobs, Alabama RB

25. Baltimore Ravens (from Philadelphia) - Marquise Brown, Oklahoma WR

26. Washington Redskins (from Indianapolis) - Montez Sweat, Mississippi State LB

27. Oakland Raiders (from Dallas) - Johnathan Abram, Mississippi State DB

28. Los Angeles Chargers - Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame DL

29. Seattle Seahawks (from Kansas City) - L.J. Collier, TCU DE

30. New York Giants (from Seattle via Green Bay through New Orleans) - DeAndre Baker, Georgia CB

31. Atlanta Falcons (from L.A. Rams) - Kaleb McGary, Washington OT

32. New England Patriots - N'Keal Harry, Arizona State WR

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Steelers Could Attempt To Trade Into Top-10

Apr 25, 2019 2:58 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers could have interest in trading into the top-10 of the 2019 NFL Draft.

The Steelers could be targeting Devin White or Devin Bush, which would help them fill the void left by Ryan Shazier.

The Steelers haven't historically been active moving up in the draft.

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2019 NFL Mock Draft, Final Version

Apr 25, 2019 8:25 AM

The 2019 NFL Draft is finally here! Months of speculation and guesswork gets proven right or wrong over the next three days.

Here is my final guess at where the players go in the draft. This is my prediction of what NFL teams will do and does not necessarily reflect the decisions I would make in the same situations. Because more of these will likely be wrong that right, I'll keep the commentary to a brief blurb. 

1. Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma. Despite the late speculation to the contrary, the rookie coach gets his preferred QB. Best guess on Josh Rosen's fate: traded to Washington for two second-round picks.

2. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State. A long-rumored match and it makes sense, as the 49ers need an EDGE who can create havoc and also snuff the run on the way to the QB. That's Bosa.

3. New York Jets: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama. It's easy to see new Jets DC Gregg Williams banging the table for the best interior rusher in this draft, a perfect fit to set up his blitz-happy D.

Possible trade: Jets trade out, Bengals trade up to snag a QB.

4. Oakland Raiders: Ed Oliver, DL, Houston. Oliver might be the best player in this entire draft, though there is risk. It's easy to see both Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden loving his potential based on what they've said and done in their respective pasts. I view this spot as Kyler Murray's draft floor, be it the Raiders taking him or a team (Miami?) trading up to get him.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Devin White, LB, LSU. This has been the hot match since at least the combine and I've not been presented with any compelling reason to swim against the current.

6. New York Giants: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State. Sweat has two double-digit sack seasons in the SEC and the highest athletic upside of any defensive player in this draft. Perfect blend of proven performance and high ceiling that will get GM Dave Gettleman to bite. I don't believe the Giants go QB here but if they do it's Daniel Jones.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida. Another team/player match that has been hotly rumored for months. There are whispers of T.J. Hockenson and Daniel Jones here. One trade scenario that makes sense: the Bengals moving up here from No. 11 to take Dwayne Haskins and the Jaguars landing Taylor at 11.

8. Detroit Lions: Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky. Best-case scenario for the Lions, who desperately want to add more pass-rushing oomph to an underrated defense. Plan B is Jonah Williams. Plan C is T.J. Hockenson.

Possible trade: Washington moves up from 15 to 8 and takes Daniel Jones. Lions fall back and select Clelin Ferrell.

9. Buffalo Bills: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa. Dual-threat TE to pair with a dual-threat QB. I can see Andre Dillard or Jonah Williams here too.

10. Denver Broncos: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan. The rangy, hard-hitting Bush is a perfect fit for Vic Fangio's defensive vision. I can definitely envision a QB here too. Drew Lock was linked to this pick for a long time, I have to think that's still within the realm of possibility.

It's at this point where I realize I don't have Daniel Jones slotted in the top 10. I do believe he's going in the top 10 somewhere, but in this scenario, I just couldn't place him. Que tonteria.

11. Cincinnati Bengals: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State. It certainly could be Dwayne Haskins here, but a couple of sources I respect indicate the team really likes Dillard. Maybe they trade up later to get the potential successor to Andy Dalton. Dillard will help either guy with his elite-level pass protection.

12. Green Bay Packers: Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama. A safe pick with positional versatility and a strong history of playing well against top competition, Williams makes sense for the rebuilding-on-the-fly Packers.

13. Miami Dolphins: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State. Probably the best-case outcome for Miami, which sorely needs a long-term solution at QB and in this case doesn't need to move up to land one. Haskins slotting this draft season has been an exercise in futility.

14. Atlanta Falcons: Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan. Too much potential in Gary for him to fall too far, and he offers the Falcons an injection of athleticism on the defensive front.

Possible trade: If Ed Oliver starts to drop, the Falcons get aggressive and move up as far as 7 or 8 to snag him.

15. Washington: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke. Rather than try to forecast the trade up to land Jones, I'll just marry the player and team here in the original Washington slot. I expect Jones to come off higher and the rumors of the Skins looking to move up -- way up -- to get him have been present for some time.

16. Carolina Panthers: Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson. Rock-solid productive pass rusher and he's a local for the Panthers, making it a great fit for a position where they desperately need youthful help. This is also the range where Oakland or Seattle could move with their extra firsts.

17. New York Giants: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri. During Senior Bowl week the Giants media could not get enough of Lock, which tells me they've either been tipped the Giants had a real interest or are easily drawn to talented but flawed QB prospects. Tough to ignore Cody Ford or Andre Dillard here too.

18. Minnesota Vikings: Garrett Bradbury, C/OG, North Carolina State. I suspect this is a popular pick, matching the best center with the team that needs center more than any other.

19. Tennessee Titans: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson. Those close to coach Mike Vrabel have strongly hinted he's a huge fan of the huge man on the DL. He and Jurrell Casey together make for a very difficult day for opposing offenses.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple. It might not happen at 20, but the Steelers interest in Ya-Sin appears legit. This is Devin Bush's absolute floor. Keep an eye on Oakland moving up here.

21. Seattle Seahawks: Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State. After the Frank Clark trade, it's hard to see the Seahawks not aggressively targeting a pass rusher. Burns brings sizzle and speed off the edge despite questions about his size and run defense. They could trade back and still get him, and a team looking to snag a top corner or safety (Chargers, Rams?) might indulge them.

22. Baltimore Ravens: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss. Tough choice here as I think they like both Erik McCoy and Cody Ford a lot, but the chance to get a lottery ticket in Metcalf at a position of need will woo new GM Eric DeCosta. At least one member of their scouting staff ranks the athletic freak WR considerably higher than this slot.

23. Houston Texans: Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma. Expect the Texans to aggressively address the league's worst offensive line. Ford can play tackle or guard and Houston desperately needs help at both. They could draft as many as three linemen (and multiple CBs) this weekend.

24. Oakland Raiders: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa. More of a supersized WR, Fant would nicely replace Jared Cook. It's a bigger need than gets widely publicized, and Fant has potential to be a great NFL receiver.

25. Philadelphia Eagles: Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State. Simmons would likely have been a top-10 pick if he didn't tear his ACL in December. The Eagles have enough depth they can afford to take a redshirt guy with big upside. I can see Marquise Brown here too.

26. Indianapolis Colts: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame. Tillery posted several game tapes where he looks worthy of being drafted much higher than this. He's a nice fit and value for the monster of a youthful Colts defense GM Chris Ballard is building.

27. Oakland Raiders: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU. It came down to a playmaking corner or running back, and both after a trade; I expect the Raiders to make this pick very early on Friday instead of at No. 27. Williams brings size and ball skills to a secondary lacking both. New England moving up for a TE or Cleveland aggressively jumping in for a CB both make sense as trades.

28. Los Angeles Chargers: Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State. Talented, versatile (he can play RT, either G spot or C) and physical, Risner is a great fit for what the Chargers want up front.

29. Seattle Seahawks: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington. Arguably the best CB in this draft (he's my top CB), Murphy helps restock a secondary in transition without having to relocate far from college.

30. Green Bay Packers: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma. A pick that would firmly distinguish GM Brian Gutekunst as a definitive new leader, Brown is a high-risk/reward prospect. No other WR can come close to his dynamic skills, but at 166 pounds and coming off a potentially career-altering foot injury, it's a leap of faith. I suspect Aaron Rodgers would approve.

31. Los Angeles Rams: Darnell Savage, S, Maryland. He can play safety, he can play cornerback, he can play both in the same series without needing to sub out. Savage is a good fit for a team that figures to face a lot of pass attempts.

32. New England Patriots: Dawson Knox, TE, Ole Miss. A surprise pick for some, but little birdies have been chirping about Knox since the Combine. Just don't say he's replacing Gronk; Knox is a different kind of TE. I can definitely see a trade down from here to snag Knox a few picks later too. Wild card would be a QB.

Second round

The picks from here on out are much more about matching player to slot than team to player.

33. Cardinals:  Erik McCoy, OG/OC, Texas A&M

34. Colts: Nasir Adderly, S, Delaware

35. Raiders: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

36. 49ers: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

37. Giants: A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss

38. Jaguars: Will Grier, QB, West Virginia

39. Buccaneers: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia

40. Bills: Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State

41. Broncos: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida

42. Bengals: D’Andre Walker, EDGE, Georgia

43. Lions: Chris Lindstrom, OG/OC, Boston College

44. Packers: Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama

45. Falcons: David Long, CB, Michigan

46. Washington: Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State 

47. Panthers: Tytus Howard, OT, Alabama State

48. Dolphins: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss

49. Browns: Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State

50. Vikings: Christian Miller, EDGE, Alabama

51. Titans: Blake Cashman, LB, Minnesota

52. Steelers: Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina

53. Eagles: Chase Winovich, EDGE, Michigan

54. Texans: Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State

55. Texans: Elgton Jenkins, OG/OC, Mississippi State

56. Patriots: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford

57. Eagles: Terry McLaurin, WR, Ohio State

58. Cowboys: Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia

59. Colts: Kelvin Harmon, WR, North Carolina State

60. Chargers: Taylor Rapp, S, Washington

61. Chiefs: Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame

62. Saints: Emanuel Hall, WR, Missouri

63. Chiefs: Amani Hooker, S, Iowa

64. Patriots: Charles Omenihu, DL, Texas

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Ben Roethlisberger Signs Two-Year, $63M Extension With Steelers

Apr 24, 2019 10:47 AM

Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed to a contract extension through the 2021 season.

Roethlisberger had one year left on a four-year, $87.6 million deal he signed in 2015. 

The deal will essentially guarantee Roethlisberger retires with the NFL.

Pittsburgh has lost both Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell this offseason amid questions of Roethlisberger's leadership.

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Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers Hope To Finalize Extension Before Draft
Ben Roethlisberger is now 37 and is entering the final season of his current contract.

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Patriots To Host Steelers Week 1 On Sunday Night Football
The Patriots will raise their second Super Bowl banner in three seasons and third in five seasons.

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Saints, Titans Had Legitimate Interest In Antonio Brown
Antonio Brown was a target for the Saints and Titans.

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JuJu Smith-Schuster Responds To New Criticisms From Antonio Brown
JuJu Smith-Schuster commented on the ego of Antonio Brown.

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Antonio Brown - A Career Timeline Video
Antonio Brown was a late round draft choice by the Steelers and quickly become one of the NFL's most dominant wide receivers.

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NFL Execs Concerned With Precedent Set By Antonio Brown
Pittsburgh had Antonio Brown under contract for three more years at a total of $38.925 million.

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Brandon Beane: Bills Were Never Close To Acquiring Antonio Brown
Despite reports to the contrary, Brandon Beane says the Bills were never close to trading for Antonio Brown.

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Steelers Not Rushing Extension For Ben Roethlisberger
Ben Roethlisberger has one year left on his contract and the Steelers aren't rushing an agreement on an extension.

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Le'Veon Bell - A Career Timeline Video
Le'Veon Bell has been wildly productive on the field and has been following his own lead off it in an era where the NFL has valued running backs less and less.

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Le'Veon Bell: Steelers Don't Treat You Like You're Human
Le'Veon Bell fought for his free agency from the Steelers after he was not offered the type of contract he sought.

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Steelers, Mark Barron Agree Upon Two-Year, $12M Deal
Mark Barron was the starting inside linebacker for the Rams.

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Steelers, Donte Moncrief Agree To Two-Year Deal
Donte Moncrief signed a one-year, $9.6 million with the Jaguars last year.

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Le'Veon Bell Agrees To Four-Year, $52.5M Deal With Jets
The deal contains $35 million in guaranteed money for Le'Veon Bell.

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Le'Veon Bell Believed To Be Picking Between Jets, Ravens
The Jets have made their best and final offer to Le'Veon Bell.

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Le'Veon Bell Expected To Make Free Agency Decision On Tuesday
The Jets, Colts, Ravens, Texans, Bills and Packers are believed to be interested in Le'Veon Bell.

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Raiders Acquire Antonio Brown From Steelers
The Raiders traded a 3rd rounder and 5th rounder to the Steelers for Antonio Brown.

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Marcus Gilbert Traded By Steelers To Cardinals
Marcus Gilbert appeared in 88 games (87 starts) over eight seasons with the Steelers after they drafted him in the second round in 2011.

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Steelers Close To Antonio Brown Trade
Three teams are "still alive" in the Antonio Brown trade process.

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Antonio Brown Rejects Potential Trade To Bills
The Bills and Steelers had "positive" talks on a potential deal involving Brown.

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Steelers Expect Antonio Brown Trade By Friday
The Steelers are now only seeking a first round pick for Antonio Brown.

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