Player News - Steelers

Date: Team: Pos:

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette is "not sure the (Steelers') staff has any hopes" for Ladarius Green (concussions).

Along the same lines as conditionally-reinstated WR Martavis Bryant, the Steelers will likely view anything they get from Green this year as a bonus. Jesse James returns as Pittsburgh's primary in-line tight end, and Ben Roethlisberger has lobbied for a receiving option at the position. Bouchette indicated he expects the Steelers to draft a tight end, possibly on day two.
Apr 26 - 6:54 PM

Following the reinstatement of Martavis Bryant, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports Sammie Coates is "on notice" and competing for a job with Justin Hunter.

Antonio Brown, Bryant, Eli Rogers, and (likely) Darrius Heyward-Bey are locks to make the team. That leaves Coates, Hunter, Cobi Hamilton, and Demarcus Ayers as the current Nos. 5-8 wideouts in no particular order. Coates had a horrific 2016 season filled with drops, but he did suffer a mangled hand that severely limited him much of the second half of the year. Hunter is a similar player with big talent who hasn't been able to put it together, but Big Ben is best QB he's ever had.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 26 - 10:06 AM

NFL conditionally reinstated suspended Steelers WR Martavis Bryant.

Bryant's second NFL suspension is over after 407 days. Many players — Justin Blackmon, Daryl Washington, Josh Gordon — fail to make it back after being slapped with indefinite bans, so Bryant is ahead of the curve in that regard. He's one strike away from what would likely be permanent ineligibility, however. The 25 year old has to be a perfect citizen from here on out. A pterodactyl-like touchdown scorer, Bryant has 14 scores in 21 career games, and has averaged 17.3 yards per catch. He has the ability to be one of the biggest difference makers in the game at receiver. He was desperately missed opposite Antonio Brown in 2016. Bryant's upside and downside are equally self evident.
Apr 25 - 4:06 PM

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert said the team still does not know if suspended WR Martavis Bryant will be reinstated.

"We have no information. We have no idea if we’ll get information (before the draft) or not," Colbert said Monday. "We have to operate under the assumption that, until he is here, he is not here." Bryant has widely been expected to gain reinstatement, but Colbert is clearly not taking that for granted. Whether that means the Steelers are just being prudent or have been given a heads up remains to be seen. Either way, it will not be surprising if Pittsburgh invests an early-round pick on a pass catcher this week.
Apr 24 - 11:47 PM

The Steelers have exercised ILB Ryan Shazier's fifth-year option for 2018.

Shazier will make $1.716 million this year and an $8.718 million salary in 2018. Still only 24 years old, Shazier has been one of the NFL's most dynamic sideline-to-sideline playmakers when healthy -- with an emphasis on when healthy. He has missed 14-of-48 games due to various injuries the past three seasons, and often been a liability when trying to play hurt. Still, exercising the option was an easy choice for Pittsburgh, which now has Shazier under control for a reasonable $10.43 million over the next two years.
Apr 24 - 3:58 PM

Steelers re-signed restricted free agent LCB Ross Cockrell to a one-year, $1.797 million contract.

A March report had Cockrell drawing "plenty of" interest on the restricted free agent market. Unfortunately, the term "plenty of" has no tangible meaning, and the "plenty of" interest Cockrell allegedly drew amounted to no visits, let alone an offer sheet. So the Steelers will be able to retain their top cornerback at the lowest possible RFA tender. Cockrell turns 26 before the season. He's been a top-25 corner in PFF's grades in consecutive years.
Apr 17 - 5:26 PM

Sporting News' Alex Marvez reports suspended WR Martavis Bryant met with the NFL's management council Thursday.

The meeting is yet another step in his efforts to be reinstated. The council reportedly told Bryant to "assemble a plan detailing safeguards that would help him prevent a relapse." Bryant will also need to meet with Roger Goodell and receive approval from the league's medical director before a final decision is made. Bryant is widely expected to gain reinstatement, but he still has a few hurdles to jump.
Apr 15 - 12:11 PM

Steelers chairman Dan Rooney has passed away at the age of 84.

A giant of the game, Dan was the son of Steelers founder Art Rooney. He had led the team since 1988, and been associated in some capacity since 1955. A believer in stability, the Steelers had just three coaches during Rooney's nearly 30-year tenure. A football man all his life, Rooney briefly stepped away from 2009-12, when he served as the 30th United States Ambassador to Ireland. The "Rooney Rule," which mandates teams interview minority candidates for coaching and general manager vacancies, was Rooney's doing. The team is now fully in the hands of Rooney's son, Art Rooney II.
Apr 13 - 4:04 PM

Steelers CB Senquez Golson was detained by TSA agents at the Mobile Regional Airport on Wednesday after a gun and 23 rounds were found in his carry-on bag.

Unlike free agent WR Louis Murphy, who was arrested at the Tampa Bay International Airport Wednesday, Golson was let go and cops offered to hold the gun until he returned. It is mind-boggling two players both did the same dumb thing on the same day, but Golson appears to have gotten away with it. The NFL could still step in. A second-round pick in 2015, Golson has yet to play a snap because of injury.
Source: TMZ
Apr 13 - 8:43 AM

Ben Roethlisberger announced Friday that he will return for the 2017 season.

Big surprise. Roethlisberger contemplated retirement after losing to the Patriots in the AFC Championship this past January, but nobody, including his own coach Mike Tomlin, gave it more than a passing thought. In a statement on Twitter, Roethlisberger said, "Informed the team I am looking forward to my 14th season. Steeler Nation will get my absolute best!" Roethlisberger's retirement threats will probably become an annual rite of passage. The 35-year-old is under contract through 2019.
Apr 7 - 2:54 PM

Steelers re-signed OL Chris Hubbard to a one-year, $1.797 million contract.

A restricted free agent, Hubbard signed his "original-pick" tender. Hubbard appeared in 15 games last season, starting four at right tackle. Hubbard is capable of playing all five positions along the line. He turns 26 later this month.
Apr 6 - 6:13 PM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin expects third-year WR Sammie Coates to take "another leap" in 2017.

"I think he took a significant leap from Year No. 1 to Year No. 2, one that we expect," Tomlin claimed. "He faced some adversity throughout the journey, with injuries and so forth. I expect him to continue to grow, evolve and come with the level of preparedness that he had last year." Tomlin isn't kidding about the injuries, but it's hard to classify Coates' sophomore season as anything other than a major disappointment. There was no "leap." All Tomlin's comments really indicate is that the Steelers aren't prepared to throw in the towel, and that Coates will receive the benefit of the doubt for 2017. Coates will have vanishingly-little sleeper appeal if suspended WR Martavis Bryant is reinstated.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 30 - 4:46 PM

The Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson confirms suspended WR Martavis Bryant is expected to be reinstated.

A previous report said Bryant's return is imminent. Bryant will be 60 days removed from applying for reinstatement this week. It sounds like there's still not a firm timetable on when a decision will be announced, but all signs point to him getting reinstated.
Mar 29 - 5:31 PM

The Beaver County Times reports Steelers suspended WR Martavis Bryant's reinstatement is "imminent."

Bryant applied for reinstatement on January 28, and by rule, the league has 60 days to make a decision. That would put the deadline at this week. The Steelers have kept quiet on Bryant's return, but all accounts suggest Bryant has stayed on the straight-and-narrow while away from the team. In his time away, Bryant reportedly added 25 pounds of muscle to his 6'4 frame and is in "excellent condition" as he works as a volunteer high school coach.
Mar 29 - 3:57 PM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said people have "read too much into" Ben Roethlisberger's retirement comments and "are making more out of it than what it is."

"I think it’s a very reasonable discussion when you get to 35," Tomlin added. "It’s probably not the first year he’s gone through that process and it probably won’t be the last if he continues." Tomlin seems unconcerned by the retirement talk, and there has not been any indication the Steelers are taking the discussion seriously. Roethlisberger will almost certainly return in 2017.
Mar 27 - 6:23 PM


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