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The Steelers are still planning to play 2015 without SS Troy Polamalu.

Pittsburgh remains hopeful Polamalu hangs up the cleats and retires so it doesn't have to release him. To this point, however, the 34-year-old has been quiet. Mike Mitchell is expected to move to strong safety with Shamarko Thomas or a rookie taking over next to him. Alabama S Landon Collins is an option.
Apr 1 - 10:00 AM

Steelers re-signed WR Darrius Heyward-Bey to a one-year contract.

Heyward-Bey, now using his speed to be a standout special teamer, appeared in all 16 games for the Steelers last year. He played just 174 snaps on offense, catching three passes for 33 yards. He'll return in a similar depth role behind Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton. In six seasons since the Raiders reached for DHB at No. 7 overall, he's scored a grand total of 12 touchdowns on 172 catches.
Mar 26 - 11:47 AM

OC Todd Haley confirmed Le'Veon Bell will remain a three-down back.

Unlike LeGarrette Blount 12 months ago, DeAngelo Williams comes to town with the understanding he's a strict backup. The Steelers have no intention of backing off Bell's 23.3 touch per game workload from 2014. "Obviously, Le’Veon is our guy so he’s going to get the majority of the touches on all downs – first, second and third downs," Haley said. "You hate to ever take him off the field. I am a big believer of putting your best 11 guys on the field as many snaps as you can." Bell's monstrous week-to-week floor is sustained by his role in the pass game (83 catches last year, second-most among NFL running backs).
Mar 23 - 9:15 AM

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert views the team's starting right outside linebacker position as an "open competition" between Jarvis Jones and James Harrison.

It's telling that Jones has to hold off a 37-year-old just to keep his job. The 17th overall pick in the 2013 draft, Jones has been exposed as a sub-NFL-caliber athlete through two seasons while also battling myriad injuries. He has three sacks in 21 games and looks every bit a draft bust. PFF gave Jones a positive pass-rush grade in just one of his seven 2014 appearances.
Mar 22 - 9:43 PM

Steelers re-signed OLB James Harrison to a two-year, $2.75 million contract with a $500,000 signing bonus.

Harrison had the choice between returning to the Steelers or following Dick LeBeau to the Titans. He chose the much better team and place where he'll likely be able to start on an extremely thin depth chart. The 37-year-old was surprisingly effective across 209 pass-rushing snaps last season. Harrison racked up 5.5 sacks in the final seven regular season games.
Mar 22 - 1:53 PM

The Observer-Reporter expects free agent OLB James Harrison to re-sign with the Steelers.

Harrison has standing offers from Pittsburgh and the Titans. Re-signing with the Steelers would give Harrison his best chance to start, but he hasn't ruled out playing under former DC Dick LeBeau as a situational pass rusher. 36-year-old Harrison will only require a one-year deal.
Mar 21 - 8:32 PM

Steelers OC Todd Haley suggested RB/WR Dri Archer could see "five and six touches a game" this season.

Archer is one of the smallest players in the NFL at 5'8" and 173 pounds, but he's also one of the fastest. He's not big enough to be an every down back, or maybe a running back at all, but Archer can certainly be used as a gadget player in the mold of Percy Harvin. A workload of 5-6 touches a game won't assure Archer fantasy relevance, but it's certainly a step in the right direction. Archer only saw 17 touches across 12 games as a rookie.
Mar 19 - 9:01 AM

Steelers OC Todd Haley expects a second-year leap from WR Martavis Bryant.

Beat writer Mark Kaboly expects Bryant to be "given every opportunity" to unseat Markus Wheaton for the No. 2 job behind Antonio Brown. There's no denying Bryant has gobs more talent than Wheaton and a sky-high ceiling. "He is a guy we are going to work real hard throughout the offseason and, like all young players, he should make progress from year one to year two," said Haley. Bryant (6'4/211) is an elite red-zone option and has a chance to double his targets from his rookie season (48) after playing just 306 snaps. He's a high-upside WR3.
Mar 19 - 8:31 AM

The Steelers would like to extend LT Kelvin Beachum's contract.

Pro Football Focus ranked Beachum fifth among tackles last season. He provided elite pass protection while grading out as an above average run blocker. Scheduled for just a $1.542 million salary, Beachum is due for a raise. If Pittsburgh doesn't extend Beachum, his contract will expire at the end of 2015.
Mar 18 - 9:42 AM

Steelers CB Antwon Blake was arrested for public intoxication early this past Sunday morning in Oceanside, Cali.

It's not that big of a deal, as police say Blake was stumbling around outside some bars, so they took him in and let him sober up before releasing him. The 24-year-old had a couple too many. Blake made one start last season, but was a big part of the Steelers' horrid pass defense. He's more of a No. 4 or 5 corner.
Source: TMZ Sports
Mar 16 - 8:29 PM

Ben Roethlisberger's $31 million signing bonus is the only fully guaranteed money in his new five-year deal.

Roethlisberger's $17.75 million and $12 million salaries in 2016-17 are guaranteed for injury only. He's still extremely likely to collect those full salaries, of course. Injury-only guarantees only become guaranteed in the event of a career-ending issue. Big Ben will collect a $1 million base in 2015, with a $3.25 million roster bonus thrown in.
Mar 16 - 11:42 AM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette considers Steelers DE Cam Thomas a candidate for release.

Thomas was a bust last season, losing his spot at left end to Stephon Tuitt. The Steelers have been ruthless with veterans this offseason, canning Brett Keisel while trying to shame Troy Polamalu into retirement. Ben Roethlisberger's enormous new contract won't help Thomas' chances of staying. His contract expires after 2015.
Mar 16 - 10:30 AM

ESPN Titans reporter Paul Kuharsky believes James Harrison is still an option for Tennessee.

The Titans addressed their pass rushing woes in a big way by re-signing Derrick Morgan and landing former Redskin Brian Orakpo, but Harrison could still fill a role as a situational pass rusher and insurance for the injury-prone Orakpo. With former Steelers DC Dick LeBeau now in Tennessee, the Titans remain the most likely landing spot for Harrison.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 14 - 12:19 PM

Ben Roethlisberger's new contract with the Steelers is worth up to $108 million over five years.

The face value is $99 million, but he can earn up to $108 million with escalators. The contract is surprisingly good for Roethlisberger considering how long the financial information took to leak. The face value makes him the fifth highest paid quarterback in the league, and he could end up having the second-highest average behind only Aaron Rodgers if he reaches all the escalators. Roethlisberger is now tied to the Steelers through his age-37 season.
Mar 14 - 9:46 AM

Steelers signed RB DeAngelo Williams, formerly of the Panthers, to a two-year, $4 million contract.

Jonathan Stewart left Williams in the dust last year, forcing the Panthers to go in a different direction. Williams will get a fresh start in Pittsburgh, where he shouldn't be asked to do much. He looked spent the past two seasons in Carolina. Expect the 32-year-old to fill a light change-of-pace role behind fantasy stud Le'Veon Bell, who may be suspended 2-4 games. The Steelers could afford to add another running back in the draft.
Mar 13 - 4:25 PM

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