July 2011 - Pittsburgh Steelers Wiretap
Dixon Not At Camp, Wants Trade From Steelers
Steelers restricted free-agent quarterback Dennis Dixon did not sign his tender and has yet to report to training camp. Dixon's agent, Jeff Sperbeck, says that his client prefers a chance to compete for another team. "Dennis would love the opportunity to start," Sperbeck said. "Yes, we would look forward to an opportunity for a trade -- it's a starting opportunity we're looking for."
Roethlisberger Wants Burress To Consider Steelers
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wants free-agent wide receiver Plaxico Burress to consider signing with the team. Pittsburgh drafted Burress back in 2000. "I've been talking to him," said Roethlisberger, who was a rookie during Burress' final season with the Steelers in 2004. "Plax and I have been talking for the last couple of months. I talked to him the other day and said, 'Would you be interested?' I'm excited for him to come whenever he comes here."
NFL Reinstates Plaxico Burress
Plaxico Burress has been reinstated as a player in the NFL by commissioner Roger Goodell, according to a source. Burress was recently released from jail after serving close to two years on a gun-related incident in New York City. He plans to have dinner with Giants coach Tom Coughlin on Friday night and then could head to Pittsburgh to meet with Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, sources said.
Sources: Burress To Giants Or Steelers?
It appears likely that Plaxico Burress will be playing for one of his two former teams, the Giants or the Steelers, according to team and league sources. After a dinner with Giants coach Tom Coughlin on Friday night, Burress plans to fly to Pittsburgh to meet with coach Mike Tomlin, sources said. Sources believe only a productive, fence-mending meeting between Burress and Coughlin stands between the wide receiver rejoining the Giants and making more than $10M over two years. However, Tomlin expects to make his own strong sales pitch for Burress to join the Steelers, who made him a first-round draft choice out of Michigan State in 2000, sources added.
Steelers To Retain Ike Taylor
The Steelers have reached an agreement with Ike Taylor to retain the veteran cornerback. Taylor can't officially sign his new four-year contract until Friday under the new league calendar.
Polamalu Open To Extension With Steelers
Steelers safety Troy Polamalu wants to finish his career with the team, according to his agent. "The Steelers always have done this sort of thing the year before a contract is up," Marvin Demoff, Polamalu's agent, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review when asked about the possibility of an extension. "There's been no discussion yet, but I'd say it's highly likely that was because of the lockout. We'd be open to it, sure. Troy's played there eight years and wants to finish his career in Pittsburgh." Polamalu signed a four-year, $30 million extension in 2007.
Security Tight For Roethlisberger's Wedding
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger got married on Saturday. Roethlisberger married Ashley Harlan in a quiet ceremony at a church that both attend in Ohio Township, located in the city's affluent northwest suburbs. Dozens of Roethlisberger's Steelers teammates, including linebacker James Harrison, attended the service, along with team president Dan Rooney.
Rashard Mendenhall Sues Champion
Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall is suing the parent company of the Champion sports apparel maker, calling the decision to drop his endorsement deal over his tweets about the death of Osama bin Laden and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks a breach of contract. Mendenhall's lawyers filed suit Monday in U.S. District Court in North Carolina, seeking roughly $1 million in damages from Hanesbrands, Inc. The complaint says Champion's decision to end its endorsement deal with Mendenhall in May, days after he questioned the public celebration of bin Laden's death, violates a contract extension the two parties signed in 2010, worth more than $1 million. "For Rashard, this really is not about the money. This is about whether he can express his opinion," said Steven Thompson, a Chicago-based attorney representing Mendenhall.
Vrabel: NFLPA Doesn't Want Harrison Disciplined
Mike Vrabel, current NFLPA advocate and former linebacker, says that the organization "would have an issue" if Steelers linebacker James Harrison is formally punished by the league. Harrison ripped NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and some of his teammates in a recent interview. "Roger's got big shoulders, Roger understands," Vrabel said. "I would say to Roger or anybody else that had a problem with it, I would say what Bill (Belichick) said to us: To (those who) much is given, much is expected. And Roger is given a lot in form of compensation and being in the situation that he's in so there's a lot expected of him. And if that means taking the higher road and calling James and trying to figure out how to get this thing settled between them or whatever issue they have going on."
Ward: Attorney Will Handle DUI
Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, who was arrested for DUI last weekend in Georgia, released a brief statement about the incident on his Facebook page. Ward was booked into the DeKalb County jail in the early morning hours on July 9 before being released on $1,000 bond. "Fans -— I appreciate all the love and support," Ward said in the statement. "Thank you! It means a lot to me. I have a great respect for the legal system and am leaving things in the hands of my attorney." With labor negotiations moving quickly to resolution, Ward also said he was excited about training camps apparently getting underway soon. "I can't wait for football. I've been working out hard. I want to get back to the big show again this year. We have some unfinished business to take care of. So we will be ready to go when we are given the Green light. Here we go!"
Harrison Sorry For Some Men's Journal Remarks
James Harrison criticized teammates Ben Roethlisberger and Rashard Mendenhall in an magazine interview.
Clark: Ravens Must Beat Steelers To Make It A Rivalry
The Steelers lead the all-time series 21-12 against the Ravens.
Harrison Rips Goodell, Roethlisberger, Mendenhall
James Harrison calls commissioner Roger Goodell a "crook" and a "devil" in an interview with Men's Journal.
Police: Ward Failed Sobriety Tests
Hines Ward had glassy, bloodshot eyes and failed field sobriety tests during a traffic stop in Atlanta that landed him a drunken driving charge.
Ward DUI Leads To Twitter PIT-BAL War
Ray Rice and Ryan Clark went back-and-forth on Twitter in reaction to Hines Ward's recent DUI.
Clark Optimitic Lockout Could End Soon
Steelers safety Ryan Clark says both sides are actively pursuing a deal to end the lockout.
Ward Arrested On DUI Charge In Georgia
Hines Ward was arrested early Saturday morning in DeKalb County.
Barber Says Steelers, Bucs On Short List
Tiki Barber's comeback to the NFL is being delayed by the lockout.
Agent: Colon Hasn't Heard From Steelers
Willie Colon's agent doesn't sound hopeful that the tackle will be back with the Steelers this season.