Black and Gold Links: Cam Heyward is willing and able to talk about a contract extension

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Time to check on the latest news surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Pittsburgh Steelers 2019 season is officially over. After finishing the year 8-8, the Steelers, and their vast fan base, has another long offseason awaiting them. Just because the games are done doesn’t mean we stop providing you with features, commentary and opinions to tide you over throughout the offseason!

Today in the black-and-gold links article we take at how Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward is willing to talk about a contract extension to remain with the Steelers for the duration of his career.

Let’s get to the news:

  • Cam Heyward is the leader of the Steelers defense, and is much more than a captain for the black-and-gold. This is why he is more than willing to talk about a contract extension to stay with the Steelers for the long haul.

Cam Heyward “more than happy to facilitate” extension talks

By: Josh Alper, ProFootballTalk

The Steelers often extend the contracts of key players when they have one year let on their existing deals, so defensive end Cam Heyward‘s situation will be one to watch this offseason.

Heyward has one year left on the contract he signed ahead of the 2015 season and he’s been a productive player throughout the life of that deal. Heyward was named a first-team All-Pro for the second time in three years and he’s recorded 29 sacks over the last three seasons.

Heyward said this week that he’d like to continue producing in Pittsburgh and “will be more than happy to facilitate” extension talks if the Steelers share that interest.

“June or July, but if we can get something done earlier, I would love it,” Heyward said, via Mark Kaboly of “They’ve done right by me so far, and I want to continue to do them right. That’s what I love about Pittsburgh — you have to earn your way. If I play well and they show me love, I want to show love back. I want to make sure as them being my employer and them being my family, you always want to make sure that you represent your family well.”

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  • The Steelers’ defensive plan for 2020 is already starting to take shape.

Making a plan for next season

By: Teresa Varley,

The Steelers defense had a a strong season and it’s evident with four defensive players taking part in Sunday’s Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium, with Minkah Fitzpatrick, Cameron Heyward, Joe Haden and T.J. Watt on hand to represent the black and gold.

And with that crew together, it’s a chance for them to talk about the future and what the defense needs to do to help the team get back to the postseason in 2020.

”These last couple of weeks after the season we had time to think about it, what I can do better, what we can do better as a team,” said Fitzpatrick. “Me, Joe and T.J. are going to get together and talk and pick each other’s brains and think about what we can do better as leaders, teammates and a defense to improve our season, make the playoffs next year and continue to grow.”

And there is still a lot of growth for the defense as it’s a young group, with Fitzpatrick, Watt, Devin Bush and Terrell Edmunds a young core that meshes well with the veterans.

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  • Get to know the 2020 Centennial Hall of Fame class a little better.

Meet the Pro Football Hall of Fame Centennial Class

By: Jeff Legwold, ESPN

Fifteen men, some who have waited decades to hear their names called, were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Wednesday as part of its Centennial Class. The group was selected to honor the NFL’s 100th anniversary.

The members, who will be enshrined in August and September, include 10 seniors, two coaches and three contributors. Hall of Fame president David Baker said Wednesday part of the Centennial Class will be enshrined with the modern-era Class of 2020 on Aug. 8, while part of the Centennial Class will be enshrined at the centennial celebration in September.

Here’s a closer look at the class:

Wide receiver Harold Carmichael (Philadelphia Eagles, 1971-1983; Dallas Cowboys, 1984)

A four-time Pro Bowl selection, the 6-foot-8 Carmichael was the league’s Man of the Year in 1980 for his work in his community. In an era when Drew Pearson once led the league in receiving yards with 877 in 1977, Carmichael was consistent in his impact, averaging over 15 yards per catch in six seasons.

Why he was elected: Carmichael was said to be one of the most difficult players to defend. Those who played against him said his numbers would be far better if he played now, when pass interference and defensive holding are called more often. He led the league in catches and receiving yards in 1973 and finished with three 1,000-yard seasons in his career. He was also among the league’s top 10 in touchdowns in eight seasons.

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The Steelers defensive goal in 2020? Get more “zeroes”

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The Pittsburgh Steelers defense took a huge step forward in 2019, but they aren’t satisfied.

Sacks and takeaways were the Pittsburgh Steelers’ modus operandi, or M.O., in 2019. The team had the league’s highest marks in both categories, and quickly became a top tier defense throughout the season.

But they aren’t satisfied with what they’ve done.

As Cam Heyward, Minkah Fitzpatrick, T.J. Watt and Joe Haden convene together in Orlando, FL for the annual Pro Bowl, they are already talking about 2020, and how the defense could be even better.

What else could they do? They want to add more “zeroes”.

“I think to fully take over a game, to completely shut teams out,” Watt told Teresa Varley of “We didn’t get any zeroes on the board. We want to be able to shut teams out and control the game defensively. That is what sets defenses apart, especially once you get the takeaways. You want to be able to lay the goose egg on teams and make sure they aren’t scoring any points and help the offense out as much as you can.”

Shut outs are rare in today’s NFL, but it doesn’t mean the team won’t be doing everything they can to secure victory in the upcoming season. After a year where everyone who followed the team knew if the offense could somehow put up 20 points, they would likely win.

By the end of the year, if the offense could just hang 17 on the opposition it would likely mean victory. But the season ended on a 3-game losing streak where the Steelers scored just 10 points in every contest down the stretch.

Despite the way the season ended, players are already excited for the upcoming season, and seeing just how good this defense can be.

“I am excited about it,” said Fitzpatrick. “I had a whole lot of fun this year. It’s a young group of guys. We have a bright future together, we’ll be able to grow together. That is the most important thing, and go out there and have fun.”

“We just have a lot of fun,” said Watt. “We’re young and have a lot of confidence. We play with a lot of swagger. Just having a lot of fun. This past year we had so much fun just flying around. It’s a lot better when you are able to create those turnovers. We just want to continue to build on that stuff.”

The Steelers defenders who are at the Pro Bowl plan on using their time wisely and picking each other’s brains on what they can change to make sure they do their part the 2020 season doesn’t end abruptly after Week 17.

“These last couple of weeks after the season we had time to think about it, what I can do better, what we can do better as a team,” said Fitzpatrick. “Me, Joe and T.J. are going to get together and talk and pick each other’s brains and think about what we can do better as leaders, teammates and a defense to improve our season, make the playoffs next year and continue to grow.”

It is hard to fathom the Steelers defense being any better than what it was last year, especially with expected departures for players like Javon Hargrave, but if this core nucleus of players can continue to thrive it will only lead to bigger and better things for the Steelers in 2020.

Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black-and-gold as they progress through another long offseason.

5 Steelers players who hurt the salary cap if they are released in 2020

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Due to signing bonuses and guarantees on contracts with multiple seasons still remaining, some players would actually create more of a cap issue if they were released

With the Pittsburgh Steelers up against the salary cap for the 2020 season, much discussion has been made about which players may become cap casualties this off-season. While there are several players who can save the Steelers a significant amount of space under the salary cap, there are several players on the team which would cost more against the cap than to keep them for the season.

Here is a list of the five Steelers who would be more beneficial to stay on the roster than it would be to release them for the 2020 season. Granted, most of these players the Steelers would not consider moving on from anytime soon based on their on-field production. But even though their departure would be highly unlikely even without their salary cap situation, it never hurts to know the numbers. All figures listed are courtesy of and reflect if the player was a pre-June 1 cut.

Devin Bush


Only a fool would suggest a team who traded up in the first round of the draft to select a player should release them after just one season. Devin Bush is not going anywhere with the Steelers for a long time. Not only would it cost just over $11 million in 2020, it would cost over $6 million in 2021. In fact, there would be no cap savings for cutting Bush in the next three seasons. It’s a good thing the Steelers wouldn’t even consider the notion of moving on from Bush.

Stephon Tuitt


With the second largest salary cap number for 2020 only behind quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, some fans have asked how much the Steelers would save if they moved on from Tuitt. With injuries becoming a factor, many wonder if to it is worth his high salary. At least for the 2020 season, releasing Tuitt would actually hurt his cap number. If the Steelers considered moving on from Tuitt in 2021, they would at least save a little bit on the cap (about $3 million) but would still be taking a huge dead money hit. It would not be until the 2022 season where to it would actually save a larger amount of money ($9 million) then it would be as a dead money hit if Tuitt were to stay ($6 million).

Part of the reason Tuitt’s contract is outlined in this way is because of the restructure that was done in 2019. In order to save some money for last year’s salary cap, most of his 2019 base contract was converted to a bonus so it was spread out over the next three seasons. And with special rules governing the final year of a CBA where only 30% of a player’s salary can be extended out each year beyond the current season, restructuring Tuitt’s contract again is not realistic.

Minkah Fitzpatrick


Given the various factors of the Steelers giving up a first-round pick for Fitzpatrick, his recent All-Pro status, and the fact he is on his rookie deal which costs the Steelers minimally towards the salary cap, Fitzpatrick may be the most stable player to remain on the Steelers the next two seasons. Not only is he an extreme value as a rookie, there is no salary cap savings to be had through the remainder of his rookie deal.

Terrell Edmunds


Edmunds is in a very similar situation as Fitzpatrick as they were taken in the first round of the same draft. The biggest difference with the Steelers is they are still have Edmunds’ initial signing bonus going towards the salary cap for the remainder of his contract where Fitzpatrick’s is only on the books of the Miami Dolphins. While some fans have grown frustrated with Edmunds play, the notion of cutting him would actually cost the Steelers more than $2 million against this year’s salary cap. As a general rule, cutting a player on their rookie deal is not a wise financial move unless the player is simply never going to see the field. But for those screaming for Edmunds to no longer be on the Steelers, 2021 would give the Steelers just over $1 million in cap relief if he were to be released then. But I wouldn’t count on it.

Chris Boswell


Of all the players listed who would cost the Steelers more against the salary cap if they were released, Boswell is by far the lowest amount. With only $25k added to the salary cap, the Steelers could move on from Boswell realistically. But this is 2020 and not 2019. After Boswell’s 2018 performance, his future with the Steelers was in question. But in a fantastic bounce back year, there’s no reason to think Boswell won’t be the Steelers first option moving forward.

So these are the only five players where it would not benefit the Steelers salary cap by releasing them prior to June 1. While there are plenty of other players who would carry a large dead-money value which would detract to the team for moving on, actually costing the Steelers cap space by their departure means these five players won’t be going anywhere. Of course, this is strictly from a numbers perspective. When factoring on-the-field performance, it would be foolish for the Steelers to cut ties with any of these five players.

Ben Roethlisberger deserves to try to go out on his own terms

Pittsburgh Steelers v New York Jets

With two years remaining on his contract, Rothlisberger has every right to finish his NFL career his way as long as he keeps a realistic view of the situation.

As I’ve shared previously, Ben Roethlisbergeris the reason I am the Steelers’ fan that I have become. He has done so much for the organization and the fan base in his time in Pittsburgh. He is, by no means, a perfect player or a perfect person, but in bringing two Super Bowls to the Steelers he has given fans of my generation and younger their only experiences of witnessing a championship in the NFL. For those reasons, I feel Ben Roethlisberger has earned himself some special privileges as he comes to the twilight of his career.

Some may wonder why I am even bringing up the topic, but I’ve heard some very interesting suggestions as to what the Steelers need to do moving forward into the 2020 season. From moving Devin Bush to safety to cutting Cameron Heyward in order to save money on the salary cap, I’ve heard some suggestions which I have deemed unthinkable. One suggestion I’ve heard several times since his season ended in Week 2 was the Steelers should either release or trade Ben Roethlisberger.

While I do not believe the Steelers would ever consider anything of the sort, it did cause me to think about how Ben Roethlisberger’s time in Pittsburgh will ultimately come to an end. After signing an extension before the 2019 season, Roethlisberger is under contract for two more years through 2021. The contract is done in a way where if either Ben or the Steelers decided it was the end after 2020, it would not kill the salary cap. For these reasons, many have wondered if Big Ben play out the remainder of his contract.

My first instinct is yes, he will. Coming off of elbow surgery and his first time ever landing on the Reserve/Injured List, Roethlisberger has more question marks for 2020 than he has had in a long time. Even when he’s missed games to start the season via emergency surgery or suspension, his ability has never been in question. And while I hesitate to question his ability even at this point, to say it isn’t a factor would be foolish. Ben’s future in the NFL may come down to one thing: his elbow.

If Roethlisberger’s elbow is unable to recover to where he can still be a successful NFL quarterback, both he, the team, and the entire fanbase will be struck with some major disappointment. How exactly the situation would play out remains to be seen as the Steelers would be crippled by having to pay Ben’s salary while not having him available in 2020. I’m not sure what both sides would be able to do for each other, so more than anything I am hoping the situation does not arise. Purely a guess, I would assume Ben would be with the Steelers in 2020 but not beyond as the Steelers would save $19 million towards the salary cap in 2021. Just as important, I don’t think Ben could fault the Steelers for moving on if he is unable to perform next season.

If Roethlisberger’s elbow comes back strong for 2020, how is the end of his career in Pittsburgh going to play out? I, for one, think there is too much love and respect between Ben and the organization for it to not play out in everyone’s best interest.

Even if they were aware of any potential elbow problems, the Pittsburgh Steelers organization believed in Rothlisberger enough to sign him through the 2021 season. If Ben is physically able to play, I see both sides honoring the agreement before having to make an ultimate decision. What if Ben decides he wants to keep playing? What if the Steelers decided they can’t afford to sign him to another deal? I think the two sides may have to work on some middle ground as it would be difficult for the Steelers to invest even more of their salary cap into a player who may be trying to play longer than his body will allow him. In fact, they were plenty of fans who felt this way before his last extension.

I may be naïve, but I believe the Steelers know what they’re doing with Ben Roethlisberger. I also believe Ben Roethlisberger knows what he wants to do with the Steelers. Neither side wants to see Ben playing with somebody else. As a fan, do not want to see him some else either. I can’t believe some people would even entertain the notion of trading Ben away just to try to get some value out of him. Hasn’t he been valuable enough with his two Super Bowl victories? It’s not how the Steelers do business.

There are ways to do a player right and ways to do a player wrong. The Steelers are constantly doing their best to do the right thing. Yes, it was a difficult situation with Troy Polamalu when his health kept him from the same on field production he had seen throughout his career. But I still feel the Steelers tried to do things the right way.

When it comes to Ben Roethlisberger, handling the end of his career will be tricky. I’m hoping it’s something which will not need to be discussed for at least two more seasons. But coming off of the season in which Ben did not complete two games or throw a touchdown pass, the idea has to start to creep into the back of every fan‘s mind. Unfortunately, things don’t last forever. But when the end must come, I want to see Ben Roethlisberger go out in the way he wants to go out while keeping the franchise in a good position beyond Ben’s tenure.

When it comes to the 2020 NFL Draft, the Steelers should assume Ben Roethlisberger will be ready

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When it comes to the 2020 NFL Draft, the Steelers have to assume injured quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be back to 100 percent next season and draft accordingly.

This past Monday on my weekly podcast, The Steelers Hangover, my co-host Bryan Anthony Davis asked me if Pittsburgh should use the 2020 NFL Draft to build for the future or for 2020.

I don’t know how it came off on screen, but in my mind, there was no doubt: Build for 2020.

The Steelers are in a weird situation. They have a soon-to-be 38-year old quarterback recovering from major elbow surgery that caused him to miss all but six quarters of the 2019 regular season. Pittsburgh just inked Roethlisberger to a two-year contract extension through the 2021 season that includes a cap hit of $33.5 million in 2020, according to Spotrac. Furthermore, there’s $25 million in dead money on the books, meaning, even if Roethlisberger is released or retires before next season, that will still put a serious dent in Pittsburgh’s salary budget. Also, there doesn’t seem to be much evidence of a viable long-term solution currently on the roster, this despite second-year quarterback Mason Rudolph and rookie Devlin Hodges splitting time at the position over the final 14-plus games of the 2019 campaign. Maybe there is a long-term answer, provided Rudolph and/or Hodges can grow from the experience—even if that experience included a lot of growing pains from both. There is still some optimism in that regard, specifically in the case of Rudolph, who was drafted in the third round in 2018 and definitely has more physical upside than does Hodges. Maybe Rudolph takes his whirlwind 2019 season that included some highs, a lot of lows and some physical setbacks and uses it all to make a huge leap in his third season. Lastly, the Steelers don’t have a first-round pick in the upcoming draft and won’t make their first selection until midway through the second round.

Again, it’s just a weird situation.

With their financial limitations, there’s very little chance they will make a huge splash in free agency and bring in a veteran quarterback at a hefty price—and why would they do that if they believed the big guy—Big Ben—was coming back next year? They could bring in a recognizable name at a much lower price as insurance in case Roethlisberger doesn’t have it next year, but they’ve been so adamant they’re comfortable with Rudolph as their number two, it doesn’t appear that’s going to become a reality.

They could use their second-round pick to select a quarterback, but wouldn’t that send a message to Roethlisberger that they’re building for the future and not 2020? Remember when the Steelers drafted Rudolph two years ago, and Roethlisberger then appeared on his old weekly radio show and hinted that he was none too pleased with it, that he would have rather seen his bosses use that spot in the draft to build for 2018?

Yeah, you’d likely have that same situation pop up again this spring.

Besides, as NFL history shows, a team’s chances of finding a bona fide starting quarterback decrease significantly after the first round.

Therefore, why not just use the 2020 NFL Draft to build for 2020? The Steelers clearly have needs in other areas—specifically offensive line, running back, tight end and outside linebacker (assuming Bud Dupree isn’t coming back). Your chances of finding a long-time contributor at one of those positions is much better in the second, third and fourth rounds than it is at finding your long-term answer at quarterback.

The Steelers have a $33 million quarterback working to make it back for 2020. I believe they have to go about their business this offseason as if he’s going to make it all the way back.

Eli Manning’s retirement marks the beginning of the end of the QB class of 2004

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The quarterback class in 2004 was considered one of the best of all-time, and the end is near for this trio of signal callers.

I can still remember sitting and watching the 2004 NFL Draft and wondering if the Pittsburgh Steelers would be lucky enough to claim one of the top three quarterbacks in that particular draft class.

Eli Manning out of Ole Miss, Philip Rivers out of NC State and Ben Roethlisberger out of Miami of Ohio. The trio of quarterbacks were considered to be three of the best prospects in recent memory, at the time, and we all know how things shook out with the New York Giants, San Diego Chargers and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Fast forward to 2020, and it seems the beginning of the end has officially commenced for the great 2004 quarterback class. On Wednesday, Eli Manning announced his official retirement from the Giants, leaving just Roethlisberger and Rivers as the remaining pieces of the quarterback class puzzle.

Manning’s retirement shouldn’t shock anyone, considering he was the backup behind Daniel Jones in 2019, but when you look at the 2004 quarterback class as a whole, the future is pretty bleak.

Rivers is coming off another up-and-down season in Los Angeles, and, barring the team giving him a new contract, is about to be an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career. Rivers claims he still wants to play, but if he goes elsewhere seeing him without the lightning bolt on the side of his helmet will certainly be different.

As for Roethlisberger, he is under contract for the next two seasons, but is coming off a season-ending elbow injury to his throwing arm. Anyone who has sustained an injury to their throwing arm, in an occupation where throwing an object is what you do for a living, knows how difficult it is to come back from. In other words, Roethlisberger has to prove he can still play, and be effective, prior to the start of the 2020 regular season.

It is sad to see an era of quarterback coming to an end. Throw in the fact Tom Brady and Drew Brees are also preparing for their own personal stints as free agents, and the NFL quarterback landscape is certainly about to change.

If you want to argue if the 2004 quarterback draft class is the best ever, go right ahead, but for me this is more about the changing of the guard at the quarterback position. Enter Lamar Jackson, Russell Wilson, Carson Wentz, Jared Goff and Patrick Mahomes. All young quarterbacks with bright futures ahead of them. Meanwhile the old guard is just trying to hang on for one, or two, more glorious years in the sun before riding off into the sunset.

Manning’s retirement just set those wheels in motion, and for this 37 year old writer who has lived the majority of his life in this quarterback era, it will be different when these tremendous gun slingers call it quits and we are left wondering who is left in the NFL at the quarterback position.

AFC Pro Bowl Recap, Day 1: Steelers defensive leaders using Pro Bowl to evaluate 2019

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It was the first day of Pro Bowl practice in Orlando, FL, and the Steelers who were in attendance are planning on using their time wisely.

The 2020 Pro Bowl is officially underway down in Orlando, Florida, and most NFL fans couldn’t care less about what happens during the week leading up to the All-Star game. But if you are a Pittsburgh Steelers fan you have a good chance of seeing a large portion of the defense on the field, and hear from some players for the first time since the season ended abruptly after Week 17.

Wednesday was the first day of work, if that is what you want to call it, for both the AFC and NFC teams, but the Steelers are using this time for something much greater than being around some of the most talented players the league has to offer.

No, the Steelers defenders in Florida are using this time to go over 2019, and evaluate what took place. According to Missi Matthews, in the video run down below, Minkah Fitzpatrick called the group of teammates there are “meeting of the minds” for the defensive side of the ball.

Cornerback Joe Haden also said Cam Heyward is going to have all of the defenders there meet to go over what went down in 2019 for the team’s defense, and how to get the group even better for 2020.

Makes you wonder just how the unit could be better than they already were when it pertains to things like sacks and takeaways, but perfectionists will always find areas of their game, both individually and as a collective group, to improve upon.

Expect to hear from more players as the week progresses, and be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes from the Pro Bowl, as well as anything else which pertains to the Steelers this offseason. Check out the videos and pictures of the first practice below:

Run Down



Podcast: What is the Steelers’ plan for the tight end position in 2020?

In the latest episode of “The Standard is the Standard” show, we break down all the news you need to know surrounding the Black-and-Gold from the week that was.

The Pittsburgh Steelers 2019 season is over, and although there are no more games, the news is still ongoing. With a surge of Steelers news, it was time to get back on the airwaves and discuss the Black-and-gold.

Take a look at the rundown for the latest episode of the BTSC flagship podcast The Standard is the Standard. On this show Jeff Hartman and special co-host Lance Williams break down all things Steelers!

Check out the rundown of the show:

  • News and Notes
  • The Steelers’ plan, if they have one, at TE
  • Diagnosing the issues with the Steelers using statistics
  • Steelers Q&A
  • and MUCH MORE!

Jeff Hartman, editor of BTSC, and Lance Williams walk you through everything you need to know regarding the Black-and-gold.

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Black and Gold Links: There is plenty to decipher when it comes to free agents for the Steelers

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Time to check on the latest news surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Pittsburgh Steelers 2019 season is officially over. After finishing the year 8-8, the Steelers, and their vast fan base, has another long offseason awaiting them. Just because the games are done doesn’t mean we stop providing you with features, commentary and opinions to tide you over throughout the offseason!

Today in the black-and-gold links article we take at how looking at free agent lists need to be deciphered before you can think the Steelers can sign any of these players.

Let’s get to the news:

  • The Steelers will be looking at some free agents to help round out their roster, but there is a lot to decipher when looking at these lists.

Tim Benz: Let’s break down this list of potential Steelers free agent targets

By: Tim Benz, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

The Steelers don’t have a first-round draft choice this year.

No, Minkah Fitzpatrick doesn’t count. Again.

So will they try to fill some holes via free agency instead?

We should hope. My colleagues at USA Today’s Steelers Wire listed a few potential candidates.

Let’s see which ones make sense.

Teddy Bridgewater (New Orleans Saints/QB): Steelers Wire said, “Bridgewater would be the perfect replacement for Ben Roethlisberger whenever he decides to retire.

I wouldn’t go that far.

Perfect? No. Potentially acceptable and not a disastrous option?


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  • Will the Steelers let the Le’Veon Bell situation stop them from using the franchise tag again?

Steelers won’t let Le’Veon Bell situation keep them from franchise tag

By: Darin Gantt, ProFootballTalk

The Steelers’ last attempt at using the franchise tag didn’t work out as they planned, and that’s an extreme understatement.

But team president Art Rooney II said he won’t let their experience with Le’Veon Bell change their plans with future free agents, including outside linebacker Bud Dupree.

After tagging the running back in 2018, he sat out the entire season before heading to the Jets last year.

“I don’t think that affects the way we think about franchise tags or anything at this point,” Rooney said, via Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “We had one, I’ll call it unusual experience, and I think it was that — an unusual experience.”

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Another brush with law for former Steelers WR Antonio Brown

By: Joe Rutter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown had another brush with the law Tuesday afternoon.

According to a statement released by police in Hollywood, Fla., officers responded to a 911 call at Brown’s home after a driver for a moving company alleged the 31-year-old Brown and his personal trainer, Glen Holt, battered him.

Holt was taken into custody without incident and charged with one count of burglary with battery, police said.

Officers were unsuccessful in attempts to reach Brown, and the investigation remained ongoing as of Tuesday evening, the statement said.

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Arrest warrant issued for Antonio Brown on burglary with battery charge

An arrest warrant has been issued for Antonio Brown on a felony charge of burglary and battery, Hollywood (Florida) police confirmed in a release to the Associated Press, after a moving truck driver claimed he was assaulted by the NFL free agent wide receiver and his trainer.

Police did not respond to USA TODAY Sports’ request for further information.

Public information officer Christian Lata told reporters Tuesday that police responded to an emergency call from the driver at Brown’s home. Brown’s trainer, Glenn Holt, was taken into custody and charged with burglary with battery on Wednesday, police confirmed.

Brown also was charged with one count of burglary of an occupied conveyance and one count of criminal mischief.

MORE:Mother of three of Antonio Brown’s children is seeking sole custody

Attempts to make contact with Brown were unsuccessful, the police department said.

Brown has remained unsigned since he was released by the New England Patriots in September amid multiple claims of sexual misconduct, including a civil lawsuit filed by his former trainer alleging sexual assault and rape. 

Contributing: Associated Press

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