March 2019 - Pittsburgh Steelers Wiretap

NFL Execs Concerned With Precedent Set By Antonio Brown

Mar 28, 2019 9:29 AM

Several high ranking executives are concerned about the precedent of Antonio Brown forcing his way off the Pittsburgh Steelers this offseason with his trade to the Oakland Raiders.

Brown wanted a new contract the Steelers were never going to give him. 

“It’s a problem. Other star players see this and might want to do the same,” one source said. “I know the Steelers had a difficult situation and needed to get rid of him. But they had other options.”

Pittsburgh had Brown under contract for three more years at a total of $38.925 million.

“It was a very un-Steeler-like move,” one source said.

“He was crazy enough to pull this off,” one veteran agent said. “Most guys aren’t wired that way. The contracts and rules are in place.”

Le'Veon Bell also went down an unconventional path to accomplish his goals, which included higher guarantees.

“I’ve seen too many injuries not to value that,” Bell said. “I’ve seen the Steelers pretty much cut Troy Polamalu, a future Hall of Famer. [Polamalu retired with two years left on his contract.] AB did what he felt was best for him. My situation was different, but we both wanted to get our fair value. That’s what every player wants.”

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Tags: Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Brandon Beane: Bills Were Never Close To Acquiring Antonio Brown

Mar 25, 2019 8:38 AM

Despite reports to the contrary, Brandon Beane says the Buffalo Bills were never close to trading for Antonio Brown.

The Pittsburgh Steelers ultimately dealt Brown to the Oakland Raiders.

Beane admitted to talking to the Steelers about what they would want for the receiver, but he never got close in talks with agent Drew Rosenhaus on an agreement for a new contract for Brown.

“We had productive talks with Kevin Colbert, with Pittsburgh, but one of the things I made clear with Kevin early on is we would have to be comfortable with where the compensation is going to have to be with AB’s representatives, and that was never something that we were even close on,” Beane said.

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Tags: Buffalo Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland Raiders, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Steelers Not Rushing Extension For Ben Roethlisberger

Mar 25, 2019 8:34 AM

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

Kevin Colbert said talks with Roethlisberger are "still ongoing."

"It's probably his last contract as an NFL player, so it's significant. It's significant for us," Colbert said of the 37-year-old. "We're in a different dynamic from a financial standpoint as far as the cap because we don't have a couple of players with us before. So we have to make sure it all makes sense. It has to make sense for both sides, and we're comfortable at some point we hope it does."

Roethlisberger was due a $5 million roster bonus on March 15, so once that payment locked in, both sides could take their time.

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Misc Rumor

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Le'Veon Bell - A Career Timeline Video

Mar 22, 2019 9:54 AM

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.

Here's a full retrospective on his career as he leaves the Steelers for the Jets.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers, Video

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Le'Veon Bell: Steelers Don't Treat You Like You're Human

Mar 20, 2019 11:10 AM

Le'Veon Bell fought for his free agency from the Pittsburgh Steelers after he was not offered the type of contract he sought. Bell signed with the New York Jets on a four-year, $52.5 million deal.

“Pittsburgh is a great organization,” Bell told Jenny Vrentas of SI.com. “They’ve got a great owner, head coach. They kind of treat you like — they don’t treat you like you’re human. What I mean by that is like, yeah, I’m an NFL athlete, but still I’m a human being. You know what I’m saying? I still play video games, I still make music. They don’t want to allow you to be yourself. They want you to be, if you’re a Steelers, you’re literally playing football 24/7. You’re not supposed to be playing video games and like making music, playing basketball. You’re not supposed to be doing that. You’re supposed to be working out.”

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Steelers, Mark Barron Agree Upon Two-Year, $12M Deal

Mar 18, 2019 8:20 AM

Mark Barron has agreed to a two-year, $12 million deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to a source.

Barron was the starting inside linebacker for the Los Angeles Rams, but they released him earlier this month with two years remaining on his contract.

The Rams acquired Barron midway through the 2014 season from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who selected him with the seventh overall pick in the 2012 draft.

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Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Steelers, Donte Moncrief Agree To Two-Year Deal

Mar 14, 2019 8:46 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed to a two-year deal with Donte Moncrief, according to a source.

Moncrief signed a one-year, $9.6 million with the Jacksonville Jaguars last year.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Le'Veon Bell Agrees To Four-Year, $52.5M Deal With Jets

Mar 13, 2019 7:01 AM

Le'Veon Bell has agreed to sign a four-year, $52.5 million contract with the New York Jets.

The deal contains $35 million in guaranteed money for Bell. The maximum value could hit $61 million with incentives.

Bell sat out the entire 2018 season after he was unable to agree upon a long-term contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bell became a free agent when the Steelers elected not to use a franchise or transition tag on him.

The San Francisco 49ers also made a strong offer for Bell. The Baltimore Ravens, meanwhile, never made an offer.

Bell's average salary per year with the Jets, $13.25 million, would rank him second among running backs in the NFL, behind Todd Gurley's $14.37 million average.

The Steelers offered Bell $70 million last offseason but contained only $17 million in guarantees. Todd Gurley and David Johnson received between $31 million and $45 million in guarantees. Bell called the Steelers' $70 million "Monopoly money." Bell's contract with the Jets doubles his guaranteed money even if it doesn't make up the $14.5 million in lost 2018 money.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Le'Veon Bell Believed To Be Picking Between Jets, Ravens

Mar 12, 2019 2:12 PM

The New York Jets have made their best and final offer to Le'Veon Bell.

With Anthony Barr choosing to re-sign with the Vikings, the Jets had some additional cap space to offer Bell.

Bell is believed to be choosing between the Jets and the Baltimore Ravens. Bell has indicated to some friends how much he likes Baltimore. With the Ravens, Bell would play against the Pittsburgh Steelers twice per season.

According to Connor Hughes of The Athletic, the Jets have given Bell a deadline to take their offer.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Tags: Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Le'Veon Bell Expected To Make Free Agency Decision On Tuesday

Mar 12, 2019 10:37 AM

Le'Veon Bell is expected to make a decision on his free agency on Tuesday.

The New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans and Buffalo Bills are believed to be interested in Bell.

According to Pro Football Talk, however, the Colts are not pursuing Bell.

Bell sat out the entire 2018 season.

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Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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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.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

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.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

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

Gerry Dulac/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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

Gerry Dulac/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Raiders Considered One Team Consistently In On Antonio Brown
The Broncos and Cardinals are now believed to be out on Antonio Brown.

Charean Williams/Pro Football Talk

Steelers Anticipate Antonio Brown Trade By March 17th
The Raiders, Broncos and Cardinals are among the teams who are most intrigued in trading for Antonio Brown.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Antonio Brown: I Don't Even Have To Play Football
In a one-on-one interview with ESPN, Antonio Brown suggested that he doesn't need to continue playing football.

Grant Gordon/NFL.com

Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers Open Extension Talks
Ben Roethlisberger has one season remaining on his current contract with a base salary of $12 million and a cap number of $23.2 million.

Gerry Dulac/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Raiders, Titans, Washington Express Most Interest In Antonio Brown
The Steelers are attempting to fulfil Antonio Brown's trade request this offseason.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

John Lynch: 49ers Haven't Pursued Trade For Antonio Brown
While they have been linked to Antonio Brown, the 49ers have not taken the step of making an offer.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com