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Steelers signed P Adam Podlesh, formerly of the Bears.

Podlesh finished 29th in the league with his 37.9 net average last season and isn't going to a friendlier place to kick footballs. He'll compete with Brad Wing and potentially a rookie for punting duties in Pittsburgh.
Apr 15 - 3:35 PM

The Steelers have not yet opened discussions on a long-term extension for contract-year C Maurkice Pouncey.

A three-time Pro Bowler, Pouncey could be seeking a contract similar to Alex Mack's five-year, $42 million deal. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette believes negotiations could take place at the start of training camp. Complicating matters is the fact that Pouncey is working his way back from a torn ACL and the Steelers have a history of not extending players during the season. Seven months removed from knee surgery, Pouncey is questionable for OTAs.
Apr 12 - 7:35 PM

ESPN Steelers reporter Scott Brown expects second-year WR Markus Wheaton to "emerge this season" opposite Antonio Brown.

Wheaton was limited to 12 games (161 snaps) as a rookie due to injuries. Despite his lack of playing time in Todd Haley's system, the Steelers are likely to use him in the Emmanuel Sanders role, starting Wheaton at Z-receiver and moving him to the slot in three-wide sets. Lance Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey were signed to replace Jerricho Cotchery, and will compete for the No. 3 receiver job. The Steelers could also upgrade at wideout in the draft. They've been linked to LSU's Odell Beckham and Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 12 - 6:03 PM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin anticipates 2013 third-round pick Markus Wheaton taking a "significant" leap in his second NFL season.

Wheaton is penciled in as Pittsburgh's No. 2 receiver for now, opposite Antonio Brown. "It's tough to play wide receiver with broken fingers," said Tomlin, explaining why Wheaton barely played as a rookie. "I look forward to him taking a significant step for us. I know that we need him to." Wheaton drew Mike Wallace comparisons coming out of college and ran 4.4-flat at the 2013 Combine.
Apr 6 - 2:38 PM

The Steelers are expected to prioritize a long-term extension for contract-year C Maurkice Pouncey.

Pouncey is coming off a torn ACL that cost him all but eight snaps last year, so it's possible the sides will wait until next offseason before getting a deal done. A three-time Pro Bowler, Pouncey is likely to command top-five center money. Pouncey is seven months removed from knee surgery and should be cleared in time for training camp.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 5 - 8:18 PM

ESPN's Scott Brown believes the Steelers should re-sign free agent Brett Keisel.

The Steelers need depth on their defensive line and could use Keisel in a rotation opposite Cameron Heyward. Keisel showed obvious signs of decline last year and has yet to generate free-agent interest, but has no intention of retiring. With Pittsburgh currently just $432,896 under the 2014 cap, Keisel would have to accept a team-friendly deal to return.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 5 - 7:49 PM

Steelers signed WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, formerly of the Colts, to a one-year contract.

Heyward-Bey, the former No. 7 overall pick of the Raiders, is a case of a player whose name is far bigger than his game. DHB started the first ten games of the season for the Colts in 2013 but was finally benched and played a total of 32 offensive snaps the final four games. He caught 29 passes for 309 yards and one score in 2013 but dropped nine passes. DHB will compete for a spot.
Apr 2 - 1:24 PM

Free agent DE Brett Keisel has no intention of retiring.

Keisel is 35 years old, but is reportedly dedicated to playing and in great shape. He's spent his entire 11-year career with the Steelers, who have made no public statements about wanting him back. CBS' Jason La Canfora suggests the Jets as a possible fit.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 2 - 9:14 AM

Free agent Darrius Heyward-Bey will visit the Steelers on Wednesday.

It's Heyward-Bey's first-known visit after his career bottomed out with the Colts last season. Given an opportunity to start, DHB proved as stone handed as ever, catching only 29 passes while committing nine drops. He was one of the league's worst receivers before being relegated to special teams in December. DHB is an adequate blocker and special teamer, but the Steelers will be in major trouble if they're hoping he can contribute on offense.
Apr 1 - 5:02 PM

Steelers signed CB Brice McCain, formerly of the Texans.

The 27-year-old was cut by the Texans last month after having a horrid season that saw him grade out as Pro Football Focus' worst corner out of 110 qualifiers. McCain will try and earn a reserve and special teams role with Pittsburgh.
Apr 1 - 1:05 PM

Free agent CB Brice McCain is visiting the Steelers.

McCain, 27, was released by the Texans at the start of the new league year. Due to his size (5-foot-9, 187), McCain is purely a nickel corner and special teams player. He was Pro Football Focus' worst-ranked corner last season.
Apr 1 - 12:14 PM

The Steelers remain committed to Le'Veon Bell as their feature back despite the signing of LeGarrette Blount.

As expected, Blount received a meager two-year, $3.85 million contract -- obvious backup money. He'll be a battering ram kind of complement to Bell, a second-year back whose effectiveness projects to improve with new offensive line coach Mike Munchak installing a zone-blocking scheme. Bell is going to be a realistic threat for 300 touches.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 31 - 8:36 AM

Steelers agreed to terms with RB LeGarrette Blount on a two-year, $3.85 million contract, including a $950,000 signing bonus.

Blount, 27, rushed 153 times for 772 yards (5.0 YPC) and seven touchdowns in New England last season, operating as the Patriots' lead back down the stretch. His departure is excellent news for Stevan Ridley's fantasy bounce-back chances in Foxboro. In Pittsburgh, Blount will serve as a battering-ram change-of-pace back behind Le'Veon Bell, but won't threaten Bell's workhorse status or firm place atop the depth chart. Blount will be no more than a 2014 fantasy handcuff. He doesn't play in the passing game and has a history of fumbling.
Mar 28 - 3:25 PM

ESPN Steelers reporter Scott Brown says Pittsburgh seems "committed" to Markus Wheaton.

The Steelers haven't made much of an effort to replace Emmanuel Sanders or Jerricho Cotchery. They've added Lance Moore, but he's a 31-year-old (in August) third receiver. Per Brown, the coaches are going to give Wheaton "every opportunity" to win a starting job. The speedy Oregon State product drew Mike Wallace comparisons coming out of college.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 27 - 10:25 AM

Steelers second-year WR Markus Wheaton underwent minor offseason finger surgery.

Wheaton broke two fingers as a rookie, which limited him to six catches for 64 yards across 12 games as the No. 4 receiver. With Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery out of the picture, Wheaton's snaps should increase dramatically in year two. He's a breakout candidate opposite Antonio Brown.
Mar 25 - 8:38 AM


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