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Pittsburgh Steelers Make Changes

Salary Cap Forces Tough Decisions

The salary cap has once again made the Pittsburgh Steelers make some tough decisions.   LaMarr Woodley – gone.   Ryan Clark – gone.   Ziggy Hood, Emmanual Sanders (probably), Jonathan Dwyer – all gone.

The off-season is almost as “nerve wracking” as the regular season anymore.    Catch up on the events that happened in the last few days…..



Pittsburgh Steelers free agency update: Ziggy Hood, Al Woods sign elsewhere … – The Patriot-News Fri, 14 Mar 2014 23:50:15 GMT

FanSidedPittsburgh Steelers free agency update: Ziggy Hood, Al Woods sign elsewhere …The Patriot-NewsPittsburgh Steelers defensive end Ziggy Hood (96) celebrates after sacking Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford during the fourth quarter of …

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NFL Free Agency Rumors: James Starks to visit Pittsburgh Steelers – Cincy Jungle Sat, 15 Mar 2014 22:52:54 GMT

Cincy JungleNFL Free Agency Rumors: James Starks to visit Pittsburgh SteelersCincy JungleThe Pittsburgh Steelers saw their run game finally going midway through the 2013 season after Le’Veon Bell finally was healthy enough to be the full-time starter …

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Sanders’ return unlikely but possible – ESPN (blog) Sat, 15 Mar 2014 00:57:09 GMT

Bleacher ReportSanders’ return unlikely but possibleESPN (blog)PITTSBURGH — Could medical concerns that appear to be why former Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders remains unsigned lead him back to Pittsburgh? Sanders. The Steelers have not rule …

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Mike Mitchell eager to learn from Polamalu – ESPN (blog) Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:47:28 GMT

Steelers.comMike Mitchell eager to learn from PolamaluESPN (blog)The Steelers would love for Mitchell’s growth to continue in Pittsburgh, and right now the biggest question in regard to the kind of pairing he and Polamalu will make is how much the tw …

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NFL Free Agency: Pittsburgh Steelers sign Cam Thomas – FanSided Fri, 14 Mar 2014 18:11:22 GMT

On Thursday, a report surfaced that the Pittsburgh Steelers would be welcoming in current free agent and former San Diego Chargers’ defensive tackle Cam Thomas. Thomas clearly liked what he saw and heard in Pittsburgh,

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Ryan Clark bids farewell to the Pittsburgh Steelers – Behind the Wed, 12 Mar 2014 00:14:15 GMT

With a tweet, Ryan Clark indicates that his time with the Pittsburgh Steelers is over. He will be sorely missed in the Black and Gold.

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Ike Taylor’s pay cut for Pittsburgh Steelers wasn’t enough | Audibles Tue, 11 Mar 2014 18:18:44 GMT

The Pittsburgh Steelers have been regarded for decades as one of the NFL’s most stable and intelligent franchises, and for good reason. Especially in their transition from the 1990s through the new millennium, the Steelers’

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From Twitter…..

Tyler Dunne

Sat Mar 15 20:29:00 +0000 2014

Source says #Packers free agent RB James Starks will visit the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday.

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Mike Mitchell

Tue Mar 11 22:29:17 +0000 2014

Pittsburgh!!!!!! First I have to thank God for this blessing and Mr. Rooney and the Steelers organization for such a great opportunity!

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Ryan Clark

Wed Mar 12 02:04:50 +0000 2014

Wow! RT @SteelersLatest: Ryan Clark bids farewell to the Pittsburgh Steelers Behind the Steel Curtain – All Posts

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Heath Miller To Remain a Steeler

Steelers Resign Best Tight End in NFL

Much news about Steelers keeping key players.   None is more key to the offense than Big Ben’s go to guy, Heath Miller.  

Read about the contract that Heath Miller received and how it affects the Steelers’ salary cap to retain and attract other players key to getting the Black and Gold back to the Superbowl.Heath Miller remains a Steeler



Steelers agree to 3-year contracts with Heath Miller and Troy Polamalu Wed, 05 Mar 2014 18:47:47 GMT

Steelers public relations manager Burt Lauten confirmed Wednesday via Twitter the Steelers have agreed to terms on three-year contracts for Heath Miller and Troy Polamalu. Ian Whetstone initially reported Miller’s deal will

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Report: Heath Miller’s extension keeps him with the Steelers through Wed, 05 Mar 2014 17:34:16 GMT

Recent news pinned a restructured contract to Heath Miller. News is begininng to surface Wednesday the restructure was part of a new deal, which a source says will keep Miller under contract through the 2016 season.

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Details on contract restructure for Heath Miller are still hidden Wed, 05 Mar 2014 10:38:11 GMT

Why have no details been released yet on the nature of Heat Miller’s contract restructure?

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Steelers sign Troy Polamalu, Heath Miller to extensions; Release Foote – WPXI Pittsburgh Wed, 05 Mar 2014 22:36:06 GMT

Steelers sign Troy Polamalu, Heath Miller to extensions; Release FooteWPXI PittsburghTroy Polamalu and Heath Miller are doing their part to help the Pittsburgh Steelers get under the 2014 salary cap. The eight-time Pro Bowl safety and the venerable t …

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Steelers sign Troy Polamalu, Heath Miller to contract extensions – WTAE Pittsburgh Wed, 05 Mar 2014 19:17:07 GMT

WTAE PittsburghSteelers sign Troy Polamalu, Heath Miller to contract extensionsWTAE PittsburghTroy Polamalu, Heath Miller. Troy Polamalu and Heath Miller are doing their part to help the Pittsburgh Steelers get under the 2014 salary cap. Steelers 201 …

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From Twitter…..

Pittsburgh Steelers

Wed Mar 05 18:34:28 +0000 2014

We have ALSO signed Heath Miller to a new three-year contract. Enjoy PHOTOS of #HEEEATH:

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Adam Schefter

Wed Mar 05 18:33:18 +0000 2014

Steelers have signed safety Troy Polamalu and tight end Heath Miller, to new three-year contracts.

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Wed Mar 05 18:45:57 +0000 2014

BREAKING: The Steelers have signed Troy Polamalu and Heath Miller to new three-year deals.

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Ian Rapoport

Wed Mar 05 17:25:10 +0000 2014

Contract re-do for #Steelers TE Heath Miller is in. It’s a 2-year extension that lowers his base in ’14 to $1.02M. Bases of $4M in ’15 & ‘16

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Adam Caplan

Wed Mar 05 18:23:00 +0000 2014

#Steelers announced: S Troy Polamalu and TE Heath Miller signed new deals through 2016.

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Bob Labriola

Wed Mar 05 18:29:09 +0000 2014

Also today, Heath Miller signs a new 3-year contract. He also should retire w/ the @Steelers, but he’s the best all-around TE in NFL now

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Steelers On Verge of Releasing James Harrison

 Steelers and Harrison “Stymied” Over Pay Cut

The Pittsburgh Steelers and James Harrison are at a standstill over Harrison’s salary.    The Steelers must cut Harrison’s pay James Harrison Leaving Pittsburghdue to the salary cap, and Harrison doesn’t want to play that game.

Could this be the end of #92 sacking quarterbacks for the Steelers???

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Steelers ask James Harrison to take a pay cut – Behind the Steel


How much will James Harrison accept to play in Pittsburgh this season? The two sides appear to be at a standoff, and that could lead to his release.



James Harrison ‘on the verge’ of getting released by Pittsburgh


The Pittsburgh Steelers continue speaking with James Harrison about taking a pay cut and with no agreement in sight USA Today is reporting that it’s now looking like Harrison will likely be released.



Pittsburgh Steelers, James Harrison Could Soon Part Ways


The Pittsburgh Steelers were hopeful that they could restructure the deal of star outside linebacker James Harrison before the start of free agency to free.



Report: Steelers on verge of cutting James Harrison


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Steelers on verge of releasing LB James Harrison – USA TODAY

NBCSports.comSteelers on verge of releasing LB James HarrisonUSA TODAYThe Pittsburgh Steelers and linebacker James Harrison continue to have issues coming to an agreement on a pay cut and it seeming increasingly likely Harrison will be released. UNDE …


Report: Steelers Might Release LB James Harrison – Bleacher Report

Bleacher ReportReport: Steelers Might Release LB James HarrisonBleacher ReportJames Harrison has many memorable moments in the Steelers uniform. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers coaching staff wants Harrison back next year. This …


Why the Steelers Must Keep James Harrison – Bleacher Report

Bleacher ReportWhy the Steelers Must Keep James HarrisonBleacher ReportJames Harrison has been one of the best defensive players in the league over the past six seasons, but as he approaches his 35th birthday, the Pittsburgh Steelers face a tough dec …


Why the Steelers Must Keep James Harrison – Bleacher Report

Bleacher ReportWhy the Steelers Must Keep James HarrisonBleacher ReportJames Harrison has been one of the best defensive players in the league over the past six seasons, but as he approaches his 35th birthday, the Pittsburgh Steelers face a tough dec …



From Twitter….



Report: Steelers draw closer to releasing James Harrison

Thursday, March 07, 2013 6:40:19 PM




Steelers on verge of cutting James Harrison, per @MikeGarafolo

Friday, March 08, 2013 2:45:04 PM




so the steelers are gonna release james harrison as soon as they draw straws for who has to tell him? i got that right?

Friday, March 08, 2013 9:44:26 AM




RT @TheNFLInjuryRpt: It’s being reported that the #Steelers are on the verge of cutting veteran LB James Harrison. #NFL

Friday, March 08, 2013 8:17:48 PM




RT @aalexander524: James Harrison take the pay cut!

Friday, March 08, 2013 8:15:29 PM








Facebook Says Steelers are #1 in Ohio

Browns And Bengals Move Over for Steeler Fans!

Facebook has kept track of the number of “Likes” that football fans have and came upon a startling discovery…. there are more Steeler fans in Cincinnati than Bengal fans!   

Here’s an article found in SB Nation …   the article is actually from the Cincinnati Bengals, not the Steelers!!


Steelers Have Most Fans in Ohio

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Bengals Fans: Facebook Declares Pittsburgh Steelers As Most “Liked” In Ohio

 By on Feb 1, 5:30p

Of Facebook’s 35 million account holders, one out of ten have declared their allegiance to an NFL franchise. The results may surprise you.

If you’ve ever wanted to know how the Bengals fan base looks when illustrated onto a map of the United States, Facebook has compiled some nifty illustrations based off of data they compiled by tracking “likes” of an NFL team for every Facebook user. Roughly 3.5 million Facebook users have “liked” an NFL team, and Facebook is calling their research “one of the most comprehensive samples of sports fanship ever collected.”

“While winning seems to matter, NFL teams have local followings that are probably heavily influenced by family ties and/or where a person grew up, so we were obviously curious to see where the fans for various teams live now. By considering the physical locations of NFL fans, we can construct a map of the top team for each county in the US. It tells an interesting story about the ways that football rivalries and allegiances alternately divide and unite the country, and sometimes even individual states.”


Now, if you’re even partially colorblind, you may need some help with this one. 32 teams leads to three different shades of orange on this map, but I think we can all conclude which orange is Miami, Denver, and so on. What’s fairly alarming in this map is the fact that Pittsburgh fans override about half of the state of Ohio. In other words, Bengals fans and Cleveland fans collectively tie Pittsburgh fans in the Buckeye State.

Why is that?

There are a few things to consider as we look at a sea of yellow oozing all over the state of Ohio. First, it’s important to mention that Facebook’s conclusions act almost as the Electoral College. The true numbers are taken away and each county is given a sort of winner-take-all scenario. In other words, we don’t really know exactly how many Bengals fans (or Browns fans, for that matter) are “liking” their team. We only know who’s winning over a specific county and therefore getting their pigment on Facebook’s fancy map. Second, naturally geography comes into play. A large portion of western Ohio is closer to Pittsburgh – simple as that. Also, Ben Roethlisberger’s legacy is littered all over the state of Ohio. Rothlisberger was born in Findlay, OH (or Lima, OH depending on which source you believe) where he also attended high school, and he played for three years at the University of Miami in Oxford, OH. See the chunk of yellow in the Northeast? It’s likely that Big Ben’s hometown fans occupy that space.

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Mendenhall Suspended from Steelers

Mendenhall Suspended for Conduct “Detrimental”

The Steelers suspended running back Rashard Mendenhall for “conduct detrimental” to the team.   When he was informed rashard mendenhall suspendedthat he would not dress for the game with the Chargers, he didn’t bother to show up at all.

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Steelers suspend Rashard Mendenhall for 1 game –


The Pittsburgh Steelers suspended running back Rashard Mendenhall for one game for conduct detrimental to the team.


Steelers suspend Rashard Mendenhall one game for conduct


Upon being informed he would not dress in the Steelers’ Week 14 game against San Diego, Mendenhall didn’t show up at Heinz Field. The team suspended him for one game, and signed Baron Batch off the practice squad.


Rashard Mendenhall suspended – ESPN

NFL NewsRashard Mendenhall suspendedESPN… Ben Roethlisberger for the rest of the season.Tags: Eric Karabell, Fantasy Football · Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall, the leading rusher for the past three seasons, has been susp …



All Share Services – Salon

All Share ServicesSalonPITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers have suspended running back Rashard Mendenhall for conduct detrimental to the team. Mendenhall has been inactive for the last two games after fumbling in a 20-14 loss to Cleveland on No …

Steelers Activate DeCastro

Will DeCastro be Ready for Ravens?

The Steelers are starting to bring back injured players and just in time.     David DeCastro, the first round pick from Stanford, David Decastro returns to active rosteris coming back and will hopefully be able to help bring stability back to the offensive line.

Read more about DeCastro’s return and the ramifications he could have as the Steelers come down the December stretch!


David DeCastro activated by Pittsburgh Steelers – NFL News

SB Nation PittsburghDavid DeCastro activated by Pittsburgh SteelersNFL NewsThe Steelers activated offensive guard David DeCastro from injured reserve Monday, a move they hope will add stability to an offensive line ravaged by injuries. DeCastro retur …



Pittsburgh Steelers Rookie David DeCastro Returns to Practice – Rant Sports

NFL NewsPittsburgh Steelers Rookie David DeCastro Returns to PracticeRant SportsJason Bridge-US PRESSWIRE. In a season that has been filled with bad news, the Pittsburgh Steelers finally got a spot of good news as it’s being reported that Rookie guar …



Steelers activate David DeCastro, put Marcus Gilbert on IR, release David Gilreath – Behind the Steel Curtain

Steelers activate David DeCastro, put Marcus Gilbert on IR, release David GilreathBehind the Steel CurtainIn another week of furious roster activity, the Pittsburgh Steelers have announced the activation of rookie offensive guard David DeCastro from …



Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore Ravens – KFFL

Bleacher ReportPittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore RavensKFFLThe Pittsburgh Steelers have activated OG David DeCastro (knee) from the Injured Reserve/Designated to Return list and signed practice squad OG John Malecki to their active roster. The team als …

Polamalu Named Most Liked NFL Player

NFL News: Pittsburgh Steelers Troy Polumalu is most liked NFL player

October 24, 2012   ·   Polamalu Most Liked Player in NFL

Troy Polumalu is easily one of the most recognizable players in the NFL. The hard-nosed safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers is known for his ferocious hits on the field and flowing locks off the field. Polumalu now can add most liked player in the NFL to his resume,according to Forbes magazine.

The business publication which ranks nearly everything in professional sports recently conducted an E-Poll Market Research survey in order to determine which NFL playerswere the most liked along with which players were the most disliked. Polumalu came in with a 63% appeal rating while Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh came in as the least liked player in the NFL currently.

Quarterbacks came in as the most liked position, with seven of the top-10 liked players play under center. New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees was the most liked signal caller, garnering a 62% appeal rating. Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning and Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers round out the fourth and fifth spots respectively of the most liked NFL players.

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Pittsburgh Leading League in Penalties

Steelers Have Been Popular with the Yellow Flag

Penalties are a part of football.   The Steelers, however, have been penalized more than any other team in the NFL so far this year.   So far they penalty flags have been flying with the Steelershave averaged 9.2 penalties per game and 86.5 yards per game.

The Steelers have long been known as a team full of discipline.   “In some instances we have some guys working hard and not necessarily smart,” Tomlin said. “Those things usually smooth themselves out as you push through the first quarter of the season.”

Penalties were on the increase with the replacement refs, but have come down with the regular officials – except in Pittsburgh.

The Steelers saw the yellow flag nine times for 106 yards in their win over the Eagles last Sunday.  They were very fortunate that their miscues didn’t cause yet another loss.

In one of the Eagles drives, safeties Ryan Mundy and Ryan Clark had personal fouls that gave Philly 30 yards that ended up helping the Eagles score a touchdown in the 3rd quarter that allowed them back in the game.  Willie Colon had 4 penalties on the day which kept pushing the Steelers offense the wrong direction.

“They’re just small mental errors,” center Maurkice Pouncey said.

While Pittsburgh has been one of the most penalized teams under coach Tomlin, the Steelers were known as one of the teams with the fewest penalities under Coach Bill Cowher.   Unless the trend turns around, Tomlin’s Steelers will once again be one of the top ten most penalized teams in the NFL.

The Steelers are not trying to be known as a penalized team, but Harrison and Clark already have reputations for fines for numerous helmet to helmet hits.   One thing for certain….  the penalities are making it more difficult for the Steelers to continue their winning ways.

Here’s to a game without penalties!


Steelers Cut to 53 Players

Steelers Had Some Tough Decisions to Make

The Steelers placed 3rd round draft pick Sean Spence on IR today, then released 20 other players.   The cuts were necessary to get the squad to the league mandated 53 players.

Two veterans that have spent time with the Steelers who were released today are offensive lineman Trai Essex and punter Jeremy Kapinos (Waived/Injured List). Essex has played in 76 career games for Pittsburgh (28 starts) while Kapinos has been the team’s punter for most of the past two seasons.

Other players released were defensive backs Damon Cromartie-Smith, Terrence Frederick and Josh Victorian, linebackers Brandon Hicks and Marshall McFadden, defensive linemen Corbin Bryant, Igbinosun Ikponmwosa and Jake Stoller, quarterback Jerrod Johnson, running back DuJuan Harris, wide receivers Tyler Beiler, Toney Clemons, David Gilreath, Marquis Maze and Derrick Williams, and offensive linemen Ryan Lee, John Malecki and Chris Scott.

Some of the more interesting moves included the decision to go with undrafted rooked Drew Butler as the punter.  Injuries to Jeremy Kapinos led to the opportunity for Butler.   During the pre-season, Butler averaged 45.9 yards and placed 6 of his 28 punts inside the 20 yard line.

Another key move was to keep Charlie Batch after Byron Leftwich won the backup position.   The Steelers decided to keep only 4 receivers, which left David Gilreath for the practice squad.  Gilreath is a talented receiver who caught 4 passes for 78 yards in the second pre-season game .

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Mike Wallace Reports to Steelers

Wallace Expected to Make Big Impact

Mike Wallace reported to the Steelers camp today after holding out for a long term contract.Mike Wallace returns to Steelers


Here is a blog post from ESPN for the story:

Wide receiver Mike Wallace reported to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday after missing all of the offseason workouts and training camp practices. But Wallace should be on the field in the season opener at Denver because he can make an impact in the game.
I’m not suggesting you should draft Wallace in the second round of your Fantasy draft. I’m not even predicting he’ll get over 50 yards receiving in Week 1.
What I do know about is Wallace’s speed. He won’t be as comfortable in Todd Haley’s playbook as Antonio Brown because he walked into the Steelers facility 12 days before the regular season kicks off for Pittsburgh. Still, Wallace knows how to run one route, the one where he goes straight down the field and flies past defenders. As coach Mike Tomlin has put it, Wallace is “a threat to take the top off a defense at any time.”
Others don’t see Wallace making much of a difference early in the season. ESPN’s Jerry Rice said on SportsCenter that there’s “no way” Wallace will be ready to make an impact in the season opener after missing all that time. Rice even suggested it could take Wallace four to five games to do so.
Even Wallace would have to acknowledge that he would’ve improved his chances of making an impact if he showed up last week and got a few snaps in a preseason game with the starting offense. But he didn’t want to play in a preseason game. He sees his big paychecks when the regular season begins. It’s selfish, but it’s within his rights as an unhappy restricted free agent.


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