Player News - Steelers

Date: Team: Pos:

Le'Veon Bell (MCL, PCL) has not yet been cleared to run.

Bell tore both his MCL and PCL early in November. Bell is expected to be ready for Week 1, but he is facing a tricky recovery which could linger longer than expected. Bell's recovery will be a hot topic throughout the offseason. Medical experts consider Le'Veon's injury more severe than an ACL tear.
Source: ESPN
Feb 6 - 11:31 AM

Impending free agent LT Kelvin Beachum said he isn't open to kicking inside to guard.

He knows where the money is, and that's at left tackle. "I have played left tackle my entire career, and I was thrust into all kinds of positions when I got here and I was a team player from that perspective, but I made my mark as a left tackle," Beachum said. The 2012 seventh-rounder can play all five positions up front, but prefers to stay on the blind side after making all his starts there since Week 6 of 2013. Beachum tore his ACL in October and turns 27 in June.
Feb 3 - 10:08 AM

The Beaver County Times' Chris Bradford expects the Steelers to "explore" a contract restructuring with ILB Lawrence Timmons.

Soon-to-be 30, Timmons is set to count over $15.1 million against the salary cap in the final year of his deal. Pittsburgh can save $8.5 million by releasing Timmons, but it would be tough to part ways with a veteran leader who has started every game for the past five seasons. Even with Ryan Shazier ready to take the next step, the Steelers likely want to keep Timmons around. An extension could work for both sides.
Feb 2 - 12:57 PM

Steelers OT Mike Adams (PUP, back) will not become a free agent this offseason because his contract tolled in 2015.

Adams was originally scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent following the completion of his rookie deal, but he ended up spending all season on the PUP list with a back injury. A clause in the CBA states a player's contract "will not be tolled for the period he is on PUP, except in the last year of his contract." Adams will again make his $873,225 base salary from 2015 next season, which will be the final year of his deal.
Feb 2 - 12:07 PM

ESPN Steelers reporter Jeremy Fowler said "don't be surprised" if impending free agent CB Brandon Boykin re-signs with Pittsburgh.

Fowler said he "sensed" Boykin would not be back in January, so something changed his tune. The Steelers secondary improved after Boykin was inserted into the lineup, and they would be smart to keep the talented slot corner around. Boykin has always wanted to be more than a slot corner, however, and he could jump if another team offers him an opportunity on the outside.
Source: ESPN
Feb 2 - 9:56 AM

Club president Art Rooney II said keeping Martavis Bryant on a positive path "off the field" will remain a priority for the Steelers.

Bryant opened 2015 on a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. He's failed "multiple marijuana tests," and could conceivably miss an entire season if popped again. "Martavis is a player who has tremendous ability and potential, and we just have to continue to work with him to make sure he takes care of his business off the field and puts himself in a position to be as great a player that he can be," said Rooney. "We hope the experience he had earlier this season will have an impact on him." Bryant turned 24 in December and is under contract cheaply through 2017.
Jan 29 - 2:54 PM

Steelers president Art Rooney hopes to lock up 2016 contract-year RB Le'Veon Bell long term.

Rooney also said Bell doesn't have anything to prove after suffering major injuries in each of his first three NFL seasons. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette has postulated the Steelers won't make a "break-the-bank" offer to Bell this offseason as he recovers from right MCL and PCL surgery. Three weeks shy of his 24th birthday, Bell has averaged 4.75 yards per carry since slimming down ahead of the 2014 season. He's caught 107 passes over his past 22 games.
Jan 28 - 3:40 PM

Steelers president Art Rooney II says the team still isn't thinking about life beyond Ben Roethlisberger.

Roethlisberger has been playing the best football of his career the past two seasons, but is going on 34. He's grown increasingly prone to injury, dealing with knee, foot and shoulder issues in 2015. That's in addition to a concussion. At the very least, the Steelers need to get serious about finding a viable backup. Michael Vick and Landry Jones didn't get the job done in 2016. Roethlisberger is signed through 2019.
Jan 28 - 3:24 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette expects Heath Miller back with the Steelers in 2016.

33-year-old Miller's receiving contributions and particularly his run blocking have fallen off in recent years, but he's owed a reasonable $4 million in 2016 and remains by-far the best tight end on the Steelers' roster. Perhaps he'll lose a few more snaps to rising sophomore Jesse James in 2016, but Miller is a virtual lock to open the season as the Steelers' starting tight end.
Jan 27 - 9:08 PM

Steelers OC Todd Haley reportedly told NFL teams he was not interested in becoming a head coach this offseason.

The Dolphins were rumored to have interest in Haley shortly after the season, but nothing materialized. Despite several critical injuries, Haley's Steelers offenses have ranked seventh and fourth in the NFL in points the past two seasons. Haley is also said to have mellowed since his hot-head days. With Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, and Markus Wheaton all returning, Haley's offense is a favorite to lead the NFL in scoring in 2016.
Jan 27 - 8:54 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette said the Steelers will not make a "break-bank offer" to Le'Veon Bell (MCL, PCL) this offseason.

"I think they will make him an offer this year," wrote Bouchette, "but ... It won't be a break-bank offer if they do." Entering his contract year, Bell has failed to finish the last two seasons due to knee injuries, and also fractured his foot as a rookie. Bell is owed under $1 million in 2016, while the Steelers could theoretically franchise tag Le'Veon in 2017. Don't expect a long-term extension this offseason.
Jan 27 - 7:08 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette expects the Steelers to release CB Cortez Allen.

Longtime reporter Ed Bouchette believes Allen's five-year, $26 million deal will go down as "one of the worst big-money contracts in Steelers history." Cutting Allen will create $4.4 million in cap space if he's designated as a post-June 1 release. Going on 28, Allen is recovering from a knee injury that limited him to one appearance in 2015. Allen was arguably the league's worst corner in 2014.
Jan 24 - 1:57 PM

Steelers signed CB Ross Cockrell to a one-year extension.

Cockrell earned PFF's 23rd-highest cornerback grade out of 118 qualifiers after getting cut by the Bills in August. Including the playoffs, Cockrell started seven games for Pittsburgh in 2015.
Jan 22 - 4:47 PM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler believes Steelers CB Cortez Allen could be a cap cut this offseason.

Owed $4.4 million with a cap hit of $5.75 million, Allen was limited to one game by a knee injury in 2015 and was routinely roasted in 11 healthy games two seasons ago. The Steelers would save $4.4 million against the cap by making Allen a post-June 1 cut.
Source: ESPN
Jan 21 - 11:03 AM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler senses impending free agent CB Brandon Boykin will not return to the Steelers in 2016.

Acquired from the Eagles for a conditional fifth-round pick prior to training camp, Boykin barely played the first 11 games of the season. He took on a bigger role after the bye week, but Boykin is likely looking for a more pronounced and consistent role.
Source: ESPN
Jan 21 - 10:57 AM


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