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  • Steelers and WR Antonio Brown Agree to Four-Year Deal Worth a Reported $68 Million

    It’s a done deal for the Steelers and wide out Antonio Brown, as today the star receiver agreed to a reported four-year deal worth about $16 mil per season ($68 million total), making him the highest paid wide out in the game.

    The Steelers leading wide out wrapped up last season with 106 catches for over 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns. He’s had five straight seasons with over 1,000 receiving yards, and is held in regard as the best pass catcher in the game.

    Brown’s inking wasn’t the only news by the team today, as the club also placed the franchise tag on running back Le’Veon Bell, meaning basically that he’ll be back in 2017 as well.

     
  • Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell Won’t Need Groin Surgery

    During Super Bowl LI week, Le’Veon Bell said he was hoping to avoid groin surgery. It appears the Steelers’ running back will, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

    NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Bell is not expected to undergo surgery after visiting doctors after the playoffs. Bell has not scheduled surgery yet, which would have happened by now if necessary, per Rapoport.

    Bell missed most of the Steelers’ loss to the New England Patriots due to a groin injury. The dual-threat back told NFL Network earlier this month that he had been dealing with the injury before the AFC Championship game.

    “People don’t understand I was kind of fighting that through the playoffs,” Bell said. “I really hurt it in the Miami game. I played through the whole Kansas City game with it. The beginning of the Patriots game, I felt it.”

     
  • Steelers Assistant Coach Joey Porter To Plead Guilty to Disorderly Conduct

    Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter plans to plead guilty to a disorderly conduct citation stemming from a dispute with a bar bouncer and a police officer last month.

    Porter’s defense attorney, Robert Del Greco, tells The Associated Press that Porter will plead guilty in City Court on Tuesday afternoon.

    Porter was originally charged with aggravated assault and other more serious charges for allegedly grabbing the officer’s wrists outside a South Side bar after a bouncer denied him entrance on Jan. 8.

    But Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. dropped all charges but disorderly conduct and public drunkenness citations, saying surveillance video didn’t support more serious charges.

    The city’s Citizens Police Review Board, police union and brass all have said the charges were warranted.

    The citation carries up to 90 days in jail and a $500 fine.

     
  • How Do the Steelers Look at Landry Jones as Their Long Term Backup QB?

    The Steelers have an interesting decision to make with backup quarterback Landry Jones, who at times has come in and won games for the team (Arizona and Oakland in 2015), and then at times it seems has looked like a deer in headlights that fans can’t wait to jump on as nothing more than a bum backup QB.

    Jones is a free agent next month, and according to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the powers that be with the Steelers think that the backup QB is “to be better than 80 percent of the other backups in the league,” and will bring him back to again serve under Ben Roethlisberger (provided he returns).

    It’s an interesting decision if the Steelers don’t at least look around the market for another QB, as with the injury history for Ben, one would think the team might want to be careful with how they treat the backup quarterback spot.

    One issue with looking for a higher profile backup QB is money. We know this team is going to have to shell out a lot of money for players like Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell, so spending even 2-3 million on backup just might not be in the cards for this team.

    So the next time you’re ready to boo Jones out of Heinz Field or another NFL stadium, remember that right now, he might just be the best backup option the Steelers have.

    At least that’s how the Steelers upper brass feels.


     
  • Steelers Bring Back Unrestricted Free Agent LB Steven Johnson

    The Steelers re-signed their second unrestricted free agent, backup linebacker and special teams player Steven Johnson, to a one-year contract, Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

    Johnson, a five-year veteran, earned $760,000 in base salary last season, the NFL minimum. The minimum this season for a player with Johnson’s experience is $775,000.

    Johnson, who turns 29 in March, appeared in six games with the Steelers before injuring his ankle in Week 10 against the Dallas Cowboys. He was placed on injured reserve and missed the remainder of the season.

    Johnson had six special teams tackles on the season. He did not have a snap on defense.

     
 
 
 
 

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