• Team Signs Two Offensive Players

    The Steelers signed two offensive players to their roster yesterday. Five foot, ten inch running back Larry Croom has played with four different NFL teams since 2004 and has also spent time in the now-defunct NFL Europe. Wide receiver Dan Sheldon was claimed off waivers from Atlanta after playing with Cologne in NFL Europe this spring. Sheldon was second in the league in kickoff returns and has spent time in the NFL with the Falcons, Chicago, Indianapolis and Arizona.

     
  • Steelers Release 2007 Training Camp Schedule

    Here is the Steelers 2007 training camp schedule.

    The St. Vincent campus opens at 1:30 p.m. except on Thursday, Aug. 2. Practices begin at 2:55 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

    Date Time, information

    Monday, July 23 Players report / No practice

    Tuesday, July 24 2:55-6 p.m.

    Wednesday, July 25 2:55-6 p.m.

    Thursday, July 26 2:55-6 p.m.

    Friday, July 27 Night practice at Latrobe Stadium, 7 p.m.

    Saturday, July 28 2:55-6 p.m.

    Sunday, July 29 2:55-6 p.m.

    Monday, July 30 2:55-6 p.m.

    Tuesday, July 31 2:55-6 p.m.

    Wednesday, Aug. 1 2:55-6 p.m.

    Thursday, Aug. 2 Night practice at Latrobe Stadium, 5:30 p.m.

    Friday, Aug. 3 2:55-6 p.m.

    Saturday, Aug. 4 No open practice

    Sunday, Aug. 5 Hall of Fame Game vs. New Orleans Saints, 8 p.m.

    Monday, Aug. 6 No practice

    Tuesday, Aug. 7 2:55-6 p.m.

    Wednesday, Aug. 8 2:55-6 p.m.

    Thursday, Aug. 9 2:55-6 p.m.

    Friday, Aug. 10 No open practice

    Saturday, Aug. 11 Preseason game: Steelers vs. Green Bay Packers, 7:30 p.m.

    Monday, Aug. 12 No practice

    Monday, Aug. 13 2:55-6 p.m.

    Tuesday, Aug. 14 2:55-6 p.m.

    Wednesday, Aug. 15 2:55-6 p.m.

    Thursday, Aug. 16 2:55-6 p.m.

    Friday, Aug. 17 Steelers break camp

    Saturday, Aug. 18 Preseason game: Steelers vs. Washington Redskins, 8 p.m.
     
  • Source: Steelers and Polamalu Closing in on Extension

    Good news today for Steelers fans, as a source says that the Steelers and safety TroyTroy close to a deal!  Polamalu are close on an extension that would keep him a Steeler for sometime. The source, Scout.com, says that the safety is the top priority for the Steelers and that a deal could be announced soon. Everyone knows that the team needs Troy as the backbone of the defense, so this does not come as much of a surprise.

    The nice thing would be for the team to be able to be in a position to get a deal done and announced before the start of training camp in a few weeks. It would be uplifting not only for the fan base, but for the players as well to see that the team is dedicated to keeping one of its own, this after an offseason in which the team decided against keeping linebacker Joey Porter.

    Troy is set to make $1,088,000 this season plus a a $1.72 mil reporting bonus, which basically means he will make $2.81 mil this season, a bargin for what he brings to the team. Expect the team to have that figure ripped up once the new deal is signed, and I can easily see him making between $6-7 mil a season. Last year he played in 13 games, making 57 solo tackles, 20 assists, and 3 interceptions.

     
  • Steelers Release Three Rookie Free Agents

    The Steelers made some minor moves on Thursday as they begin the process of tweaking their roster for training camp which starts on July 23rd in Latrobe. The team released three rookie free agents, Wide receiver Eric Deslauriers, running back Paul Mosley and fullback Aaron Robbins. Deslauriers was signed by the Steelers as a rookie free agent out of Eastern Michigan, Mosley out of Baylor and Robbins from Wyoming.

     
  • Polamalu looking to sign, but when?

    Here’s a two-part question for you: How much do we really know about veteran agent Marvin Demoff, the agent of Steelers safety Troy Polamalu? Considering his track record, how much do we want to know? Certainly enough to know that anything is possible with Demoff – ranging from a speedy contract resolution between Polamalu and the Steelers, to a prolonged contract stalemate, and all the possibilites in between. In other words, expect the unexpected.

    Demoff is what you’d consider an old-school negotiator based in Los Angeles who has a history with the Steelers, although not necessarily a great one. He represented Rod Woodson when he was drafted in the first-round back in 1987. Woodson held out, missed his first NFL training camp and didn’t sign until October. Now on the other hand, Polamalu, the Steelers’ first-round pick in 2003, didn’t hold out, signed in July and participated in his first NFL training camp. Demoff, depending on the client in question and the client’s needs, can be either accomodating or stiff.

    Polamalu’s original contract ends following the 2007 season. The Steelers really don’t have to do a thing. They can permit him to play out his deal and then slap a franchise tag on him for the next two seasons if he doesn’t agree to their terms. Not exactly a nice way of conducting business with one of the Steelers’ best and most popular players, yet the price that one sometimes must pay to do business. Especially with a smaller-market team such as the Steelers.

    Demoff is attempting to hammer out a deal for Polamalu this offseason since the Steelers typically do not negotiate deals during the regular season. Keep in mind that Polamalu has a year left on his current contract, so basically what happens between right now and WEEK 1 vs. Cleveland may be revealing. Not signing Polamalu this offseason doesn’t mean a new deal won’t get done. But at the same time it could possibly send the wrong message to players and fans.

    Considering that linebacker Joey Porter was released after not securing the contract he wanted, and given that unhappy Pro Bowl guard Alan Faneca has already promised to leave when his contract runs out after next season, the Steelers need to re-sign Polamalu as a sign of good faith, if anything else. So far, Polamalu is adopting a low-key, goodwill approach in negotiations. That could change if Demoff, who’s already shown the Steelers that he can drive a hard bargain, is unable to secure Ed Reed type of money for Polamalu. So the $64,000 question is this: Which Demoff do we get this year – the Woodson or the Polamalu version? Only time will tell.

     
 
 
 
 

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