February 2011 - Pittsburgh Steelers Wiretap
Arians Will Sign Deal To Stay In Pittsburgh
Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is set to sign a one-year deal to remain with the team, according to a source. Arians, a Steelers assistant since 2004 and offensive coordinator the last four seasons, has an expiring contract. He had been mulling retirement, much like Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau.
Steelers Won't Place Transition Tag On Taylor
The Steelers won't use their transition tag on cornerback Ike Taylor, according to a league source. There had been reports and speculation that the team would do so. Pittsburgh plans to try to retain Taylor, as well as tackle Willie Colon, but they want to wait and see the new collective bargaining agreement first. Taylor is a six-year starter who would be one of the top free agents at his position.
Woodley Signs Franchise Tender With Steelers
Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley signed his franchise tender, according to a team source. Woodley becomes the first player to sign a franchise tender this offseason. He made $550,000 last season, the final year of his rookie contract. But, because of the tag and his position, Woodley stands to make more than $10 million next season, if the Steelers don't sign him to a long-term contract.
Ward, Roethlisberger Discuss Workouts
The Steelers have discussed how to stay in shape in the event of a lockout. Hines Ward and Ben Roethlisberger have discussed having some minicamps on their own for the quarterbacks and receivers in the spring. "Ben and I discussed it. He talked about getting together with the wide receivers," Ward said. They suggested meeting at different spots -- all gathering in Pittsburgh and then all gathering in the hometown of each receiver for various workouts. Ward said no plans were made, just discussed.
As Expected, Steelers Use Tag On Woodley
The Steelers have placed their franchise tag on linebacker LaMarr Woodley. Woodley, 26, made $550,000 last season, the final year of his rookie contract. His salary, as a tagged linebacker, is expected to exceed $10 million next season. The two sides are hoping to reach a long-term deal.
Feeling Charitable, Steelers' Keisel To Finally Shave Beard
Brett Keisel will finally shave his famous beard on Feb. 24 at an event to raise funds for UPMC's Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. He has said he decided to let his beard and hair grow at the Steelers' minicamp in late spring to change the team's luck after it missed the playoffs last season.
Steelers Expected To Tag Woodley
The Steelers will place their franchise tag on linebacker LaMarr Woodley, according to a source familiar with the situation. Woodley wrapped up the final year on his rookie contract that paid him $500,000 last season. By franchising the 2007 second round pick, the Steelers agree to pay the average of the top salaries at his position in 2011.
LeBeau Will Return To Pittsburgh
Dick LeBeau will return to the Steelers to serve as their defensive coordinator for the 10th season. LeBeau, 73, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he intends to sign a one-year extension with the Steelers. "I'm not coaching anywhere but here," LeBeau told the newspaper.
Steelers LB Harrison To Have Shoulder Surgery
Steelers linebacker James Harrison is set to undergo surgery on his right shoulder on Monday. "Should only be down 4 to 6 weeks," Harrison tweeted Friday. Harrison injured the shoulder in Pittsburgh's AFC Divisional playoff win over Baltimore, but played in Super Bowl XLV, recording one tackle and a sack in the 31-25 loss to Green Bay.
Woodley Expects To Be Tagged By Steelers
Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley expects the team to place their franchise tag on him within the next two weeks, according to a source. The hope, on both sides, is that it leads to a long-term deal for Woodley, as it has for other Steelers tagged in recent years. Woodley would receive the linebacker tag salary, which is expected to exceed $10 million.
Hines Ward Having Knee, Thumb Surgeries
Hines Ward played through the 2010 season with knee and thumb injuries.
Cardinals, Horton Expected To Meet
The Cardinals were also after Keith Butler, but they were denied permission by the Steelers.
Steelers, Taylor Haven't Discussed Contract
Ike Taylor is set to become an unrestricted free agent on March 4.
Keisel Will Shave Beard In Wake Of Loss
Brett Keisel's famous beard will soon be a thing of the past.
Harrison 'Definitely' Feels Lockout Coming
James Harrison wouldn't use the word "possible" when discussing a lockout.
Super Bowl Sets Record With 111M Viewers
This year's Super Bowl was watched by 4.5 million more than last year's.
Cardinals Pursue Steelers Assistant For DC Job
Keith Butler is considered Pittsburgh's defensive coordinator in waiting.
Super Bowl Ratings Up 3 Percent
Last year's Super Bowl set a record for television viewers with 106.5 million.
Hines Ward Says He'll Return Next Season
Hines Ward had one of his best games of the season in Super Bowl XLV.
Roethlisberger: Loss 'On My Shoulders'
Ben Roethlisberger had a 77.4 passer rating in Super Bowl XLV.
Winning Super Bowl Coach Will Cash In
Mike McCarthy and Mike Tomlin both have Super Bowl clauses in their contracts.
Steelers, Taylor Discussing Long-Term Deal
Ike Taylor could be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Pouncey Ruled Out For Super Bowl
Doug Legursky will make his first career start in the Super Bowl.
U.S. Steel Warns Workers Not To Miss Shift
The United Steelworkers union has criticized the memo.
Tomlin: Steelers Near 'Witching Hour' With Pouncey
If Maurkice Pouncey doesn't practice Friday, he won't play in Sunday's Super Bowl.
Football Meteorology, Super Bowl Edition
This is one of the most exciting Super Bowl matchups on paper in recent history. Here are the two most critical aspects of the game.
Heinz Field Surface Unpopular With Players
The playing field at Heinz Field is not popular with players.
Mike Wallace Expected To Be Drafted By Chicago
Mike Wallace spent a lot of time talking to the Bears prior to the 2009 NFL Draft.
Cardinals Interested In Pittsburgh's LB Coach As D-Coordinator
Keith Butler is very close to Arizona's Ken Whisenhust.
Steelers Claim Jets Tipped Plays During AFC Title Game
The Steelers knew what the Jets were going to do on key offensive situations.