August 2016 - Pittsburgh Steelers Wiretap

Steelers Move Up $4M For Antonio Brown, Promise True Extension In 2017

Aug 31, 2016 11:26 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers have restructured the contract of Antonio Brown, boosting his salary to $10.25 million this season.

According to the source, the Steelers moved up $4 million from next year to this year. No new years were added to his deal.

The Steelers are promising a true extension to Brown after the 2016 season.

Once an extension was out of the picture for 2016, Brown privately hoped the Steelers would use the same restructuring tactic as in 2015, when they moved up $2 million of Brown's future salary into a signing bonus.

Brown caught 136 passes for 1,834 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2015.

Adam Schefter, Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Misc Rumor, Signing

Three Players To Meet With NFL About Al Jazeera Report

Aug 23, 2016 6:48 AM

James Harrison, Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers have agreed to meet with the NFL regarding performance-enhancing drug allegations stemming from a December report by Al Jazeera America.

The NFL previously cleared recently retired quarterback Peyton Manning, also named in the report. The NFL has been demanding that active players meet with investigators.

Ian Rapoport/NFL

Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers

Le'Veon Bell Suspension Reduced From Four To Three Games

Aug 19, 2016 3:03 PM

Le'Veon Bell has had his suspension reduced from four to three games.

Bell will be eligible to play in Week 4.

Bell has practiced throughout training camp and is coming off reconstructive knee surgery.

Bell missed two games last year because of a DUI in the Pittsburgh area for possession of marijuana.

DeAngelo Williams rushed for 907 yards and 11 touchdowns in Bell's absence last season.


Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Fantasy, Suspension

Steelers To Wear All Black 'Color Rush' Uniforms On Christmas Day

Aug 13, 2016 11:48 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers will wear all black uniforms for their 'Color Rush' game on Christmas against the Ravens.

“It will be something different,” Art Rooney II said. “The first time we have worn black pants. It will be an all black uniform with gold numbers. I think our fans will enjoy it. It’s something different. It’s going to be interesting to see how it goes.”

Most “Color Rush” uniforms will be worn on Thursdays. The Steelers opted for Christmas Day, when only a pair of games will be played.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers

Steelers Aiming For Five Yards Per Carry

Aug 11, 2016 7:43 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers are aiming to average 5.0 yards per carry this season.

Over the past few years, Pittsburgh has also been looking to average 30 points per game.

"It makes sense, now doesn't it?" guard Ramon Foster said. "I don't see why not. Even if we are close to that, we will win most of our games, and that's what we want. Five yards is great to shoot for."

The Steelers averaged 4.4 yards per carry last season, eighth in the NFL, despite being without Le'Veon Bell for 10 games and Maurkice Pouncey for the year.

"I am not sure who came up with it, but I like it," guard David DeCastro said. "It's a good number. It's a good goal to have. We have a chance."


Mark Kaboly/Pittsburgh-Tribune Review

Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Stats

Steelers Discussing New Contract With Antonio Brown

Aug 4, 2016 3:57 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers and representatives for Antonio Brown have held discussions about a new contract, according to a source.

Drew Rosenhaus and Kevin Colbert have engaged in talks.

Brown, who's due $6.25 million in the fifth year of a six-year, $43-million contract, said on Sunday that the franchise should give him a new deal.

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Free Agent Rumor