December 2016 - Pittsburgh Steelers Wiretap

Le'Veon Bell Wants To Re-Sign With Steelers

Dec 28, 2016 6:50 PM

Le'Veon Bell would like to remain with the Pittsburgh Steelers long-term as he approaches free agency.

Bell addressed the media after winning the team's top honor as voted by players in the locker room, said "I want to be a Pittsburgh Steeler."

"We're going to try to do whatever it takes to make that happen," said Bell, who also won the team award in 2014.

Bell is averaging 157.0 yards from scrimmage per game.

The Steelers can place a franchise tag on Bell for $12.37 million. Bell has said in the past he's not worried about the contractual component of his future, only winning games this season.

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Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Only Steelers Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA (Infographic)

Dec 21, 2016 10:35 AM

The NFL has very teams this season that excel in all facets of the game. Further evidence of this issue shows itself in the fact that there is only one team ranking in the top-10 in both Football Outsiders' Offensive and Defensive DVOA: the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are 9-5 after winning five straight games and must beat the Baltimore Ravens in Week 16 to ensure their place in the playoffs. Pittsburgh ranks third in total DVOA and first in Weighted DVOA.

Last season, the Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball. The Chiefs are the closest team to joining the Steelers in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA at 13th and 12th.

The Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots rank first and second overall in DVOA as they rank second and third, respectively in Offensive DVOA but 20th and 19th in Defensive DVOA. The Atlanta Falcons rank first in Offensive DVOA, 27th in Defensive and fourth overall. The Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders have similar splits as the Cowboys and Patriots, while the Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants are the inverse of those teams with top-5 defenses and offenses below the NFL mean.

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Ben Roethlisberger: Some Bengals Can't Stand Vontaze Burfict's Antics

Dec 21, 2016 8:12 AM

In the wake of Sunday's game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals, Ben Roethlisberger says some members of the Bengals can't stand Vontaze Burfict's extra antics on the field.

Burfict was penalized for throwing Roethlisberger to the ground after a pass and then headbutted Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh's comeback win.

"I know some of their players, they just can't stand it, and I know if it was on our team, we'd have to have a talk," Roethlisberger said. "I think they roll their eyes with some of the antics, truthfully."

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Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Misc Rumor

Steelers Warn Jeremy Hill Not To Disrespect Terrible Towel

Dec 19, 2016 8:16 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers warned Jeremy Hill against disrespecting the Terrible Towel after Sunday's game, which featured Hill pretending to rip one after a four-yard touchdown.

Hill's score gave the Cincinnati Bengals a 17-3 lead with 9:02 left in the second quarter, but the Steelers went on a 21-3 run to claim the victory.

"Anybody that's grabbed it has had something unfortunate happen," Ramon Foster said. "I hate to say the towel is cursed when you disrespect it, but you can't do that. That's too early in the game to be doing that type of stuff. He's a pro. I'm sure his coaches would talk to him."

Hill rushed for 44 yards on his first 14 carries but netted minus-1 yards on the six attempts after he found the towel on the ground and taunted Steelers fans with it.

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Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Misc Rumor

Steelers Plan On Using Franchise Tag On Le'Veon Bell

Dec 16, 2016 12:15 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to use their franchise tag on Le'Veon Bell this offseason.

While the Steelers will attempt to sign Bell to a long-term deal, the tag will pay him $12.377 million for 2017 if no deal is reached.

Bell has been one of the NFL's most productive running backs throughout his career but he is also one strike away from a 10-game suspension. 

A new deal for Bell could pay him as much as the six-year, $85.28 million deal Adrian Peterson signed in September of 2011.

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Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Le'Veon Bell 'Not Going To Let' Another Injury Happen Against Bengals

Dec 15, 2016 7:32 AM

Le'Veon Bell has suffered injuries in his last two games against the Cincinnati Bengals, but says he won't let that happen on Sunday.

In Week 17 of the 2014 season, Bell suffered a knee injury that kept him from playing in the playoffs.

He injured his knee again last year against the Bengals and missed the remainder of the season.

"I'm pretty sure they are going to do whatever they got to try to get me off the field. It is what it is. I understand that," Bell said. "The last two times I've played them, it's been that way. I'm obviously not going to let it happen a third time. I'm going to be prepared for everything. Got to, because with my mindset I have to be smart about it."


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