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Date: Team: Pos:

Le'Veon Bell said his knee is at about "85-90 percent."

Bell hyperextended his right knee in Week 17 and missed the Wild Card loss to the Ravens as well as the Pro Bowl. He's resumed running on it and should be at 100 percent for the full offseason program. Bell, now entering his age-23 season, is going to push for 370+ touches again in 2015.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 29 - 10:59 AM

Free agent CB Ike Taylor said he's "training as if he'll be playing in 2015."

Taylor isn't expected to be re-signed by the Steelers, but reportedly wants to play 2-3 more years. He's open to moving to safety to prolong his career. Entering his age 35 season, Taylor will struggle for guaranteed money on the open market. Taylor has interest in following ex-Steelers DC Dick LeBeau to another team.
Jan 28 - 6:37 PM

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Jimmy Kempski mentions OLB Jason Worilds as a free agent the Eagles could target.

Interestingly, ESPN's Adam Caplan tweeted back in August that Worilds "would have signed with the Eagles" had he not been slapped with the transition tag by the Steelers last offseason. It indicates there was mutual interest from both sides. The Eagles will be on the hunt for a starting outside linebacker with Brandon Graham heading for free agency and Trent Cole a lock to be cut.
Jan 28 - 9:19 AM

ESPN Steelers reporter Scott Brown says free agent CB Ike Taylor is "unlikely" to be re-signed.

It's a sad day for matchup-savvy fantasy owners. Taylor was a weekly target for the last few seasons, giving up countless big plays to front-line receivers. Notable whippings in 2014 came at the hands of Kenny Stills in Week 13 (5-162-1) and A.J Green in Week 14 (11-224-1). Although the Steelers are razor-thin and severely lacking talent at corner, moving on from Taylor is their only move. At age 35 (in May), he could very well be at the end of the line.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 27 - 9:23 AM

Steelers re-signed P Brad Wing.

The deal should be cheap after Wing placed 31st in gross punting average and 21st in net (38.8) this past season. Wing turns 24 years old on Tuesday.
Jan 23 - 4:24 PM

Owner Art Rooney II said he doesn't know whether Le'Veon Bell will be suspended for his August arrest.

Bell was arrested on charges of driving while under the influence of marijuana ahead of a preseason trip. The new substance-abuse policy states that a player found legally responsible for DUI faces a two-game suspension. Of course, the NFL's murky personal-conduct policy means no one really knows what will happen with Bell once his case is resolved. As PFT notes, there could be a "make it up as you go along" exception lurking somewhere.
Jan 22 - 10:30 AM

Owner Art Rooney II said the team wants to get Ben Roethlisberger's contract extension done as soon as possible.

Ideally, the Steelers will strike a deal with Roethlisberger before March 10 so they don't carry his current $18.4M cap hit into free agency. Coming off a career-best statistical season and still just 32 years old, Big Ben is expected to net a deal worth more than $20M per year in annual base salary.
Jan 22 - 9:27 AM

The Steelers hope to re-sign free agent OLB Jason Worilds.

Worilds, who played under the transition tag this season, is considered the Steelers' top in-house free agent. He has 15.5 sacks over the last two seasons and was PFF's No. 11 3-4 OLB among 46 qualifiers in 2014. Worilds is part of a strong edge defender free agency class that also includes Justin Houston, Jerry Hughes, Jason Pierre-Paul and Brian Orakpo among others.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 22 - 9:11 AM

Steelers named Keith Butler their new defensive coordinator.

The Steelers stay in house, sticking with the man long thought to be Dick LeBeau's heir. Butler has been the Steelers' linebackers coach since 2003 and also has playing experience as an inside linebacker for the Seahawks from 1978-87. It ensures scheme continuity for a defense that badly needs talent, speed and youth infusions more than a new system. Butler should be pushing the front office to go defense-heavy again in April's draft.
Jan 13 - 11:03 AM

The Steelers are close to naming Keith Butler their new defensive coordinator.

Butler, 58, has been the Steelers' linebackers coach since 2003. He's the obvious heir apparent to Dick LeBeau, who had the DC job for 11 seasons. Butler played 10 seasons as an inside linebacker for the Seahawks from 1978-87.
Jan 13 - 8:44 AM

Ben Roethlisberger will not need offseason knee surgery.

Roethlisberger opted out of the Pro Bowl as a precaution, but his agent confirmed to ESPN he won't need surgery. Big Ben's knee will require rest, but he should be good to go for the Steelers' offseason program. Roethlisberger had the best statistical season of his career in 2014, throwing for 4,952 yards and 32 touchdowns while completing 67.1 percent of his passes.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 10 - 12:42 PM

Steelers signed TE Michael Egnew to a reserve/future contract.

Egnew is an excellent athlete in a t-shirt and shorts, but lacks physicality to his game and has never picked up blocking since playing in the University of Missouri's spread offense. He's purely a project at 25 years old.
Jan 9 - 4:08 PM

Steelers signed DL Matt Conrath to a reserve/future contract.

At 6-foot-7, 306, Conrath possesses the classic build of a 3-4 defensive end. The 25-year-old will spend at least the offseason on Pittsburgh's 90-man roster.
Jan 9 - 3:33 PM

Steelers signed WR L'Damian Washington and S Jordan Dangerfield to reserve/future contracts.

A 2014 undrafted free agent, Washington spent his entire rookie year bouncing around practice squads, but never earned a call up to a 53-man roster. Washington is an imposing 6-foot-4, 204 pounds, but caught just one pass across three preseason games last summer.
Jan 8 - 4:24 PM

Steelers signed OC Todd Haley to a two-year contract extension through 2016.

Haley has successfully guided the Steelers' formerly old school offense into the modern era. His unit ranked 2nd in 2014 at a whopping 411.1 yards per game, squeezing massive seasons out of Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell. Ben Roethlisberger also set career-highs in completion percentage (67.1), yards (4,952) and QBR (72.5) while tying his career-high in touchdowns (32). The much-maligned Haley has earned his new deal.
Jan 8 - 11:04 AM

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