• 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.

     
  • Is Antonio Brown Really on the Trade Block? Steelers Say Not a Chance

    “Several teams” have inquired on the availability of wide receiver Antonio Brown, but the Steelers have said “hell no” according to Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report.

    As well they should. Despite all of the “antics” that have been talked about in the last month, Brown remains one of the elite receivers in the NFL and is an will remain a fixture in Pittsburgh. Steelers president Art Rooney II has already said an extension for Brown is a priority as the 28-year-old wideout has clearly outperformed his current contract signed in 2012. Without the extension, Brown will play 2017 for $8.71 million-an outrageously low salary given his production-and would be eligible for free agency in 2018.

    In an interview with Freeman included in the article, Brown acknowledged that he has “some growing up to do”. There is no doubt he will be doing that growing up in Pittsburgh.

     
  • Steelers Resign Tight End Xavier Grimble to One-Year Deal

    The Steelers are bringing back tight end Xavier Grimble, a player who was set to be an exclusive rights free agent, meaning he couldn’t have signed with another club unless the Steelers forfeited its rights to him.

    Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says that Grimble will ink a one-year deal with the team.

    Last season the 24-year-old pulled in 11 catches for 118 yards and two touchdowns. He played in 11 games as well as all three playoff games but didn’t have a catch.

    In his career Grimble has also played with Giants, 49ers and Patriots in his career.

     
  • Steelers Release Former Cleveland First-Round Pick CB Justin Gilbert

    The Steelers made a move last September adding former Cleveland Browns first-round pick Justin Gilbert to the roster, and in just one season they determined he wasn’t worthy of a roster spot despite his draft status.

    Today the team released Gilbert, a player who never lived up to the hype and likely will have a tough time finding future work in the NFL.

    Gilbert didn’t do all that much for the Steelers after the Browns traded him to Pittsburgh in a rare inter-divisional move in early September.

    He returned some kicks in the postseason for the black and gold, but didn’t do much in terms of their defense and most of the season ended up on the inactive list.

     
 
 
 
 

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