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Antonio Brown reported to the Steelers facility Monday and is participating in voluntary workouts.

Brown didn't show up as the offseason program opened last week, sparking reports that he wants a new contract and was mulling a holdout. If that were true, Brown has apparently reconsidered digging his heels in. He likely knew he had little leverage as he's just three years into a six-year, $43 million deal. The Steelers have a staunch history of not renegotiating deals with more than one year left, even for players like Brown that led the NFL in both receptions and receiving yards last year. Agent Drew Rosenhaus will continue to try to get his client more money, but it's simply not going to happen.
Apr 27 - 10:38 AM

Le'Veon Bell (knee) says he's "getting close" to 100 percent.

Bell wasn't present for this week's voluntary workouts. It's an interesting admission, as Bell's knee was supposedly only hyperextended when he injured it in Week 17. This suggests the ailment was slightly more serious. Either way, Bell will be ready to rock for training camp. The fantasy star has appealed his three-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, but owners shouldn't count on seeing him before Week 4 against the Ravens.
Apr 23 - 6:30 PM

Antonio Brown tweeted Wednesday that he isn't at voluntary workouts because he's spending time with his newborn baby.

Seems like a valid enough reason. "Just enjoying my new born Ali can not wait to get back with my teammates!," the tweet reads. While Brown may want a new contract, we don't see the Steelers caving in and giving him one.
Apr 22 - 12:35 PM

The Steelers have a longstanding policy of not negotiating new contracts until a player is in the final year of his current contract.

Exceptions have only been made for quarterbacks, who are often extended with two years left. Antonio Brown, digging in for a raise, has three years left on his current contract. Most seem to think the franchise won't cave even though Brown, who led the NFL in receptions last year, is the team's most valuable player after Ben Roethlisberger. This one could very well drag out for a while.
Apr 21 - 8:36 AM

Steelers re-signed restricted free agent FB Will Johnson to a one-year, $1.542 million contract.

Johnson played 221 snaps as Le'Veon Bell's lead blocker last season, grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 11 fullback. He also has 29 catches in three years.
Apr 20 - 6:45 PM

Sources tell FOX Sports Antonio Brown is seeking a new contract and is mulling a holdout.

Brown signed a six-year, $43.04 million contract in July of 2012. Since, he's been the most productive wideout in the league, racking up 305 catches for 3,984 yards with 26 touchdowns. But his average annual salary of $8.39 million ranks 13th among receivers, so Brown won't attend offseason workouts and is also considering a holdout from both mandatory minicamps and training camp. Brown is absolutely invaluable to the Steelers, and he'll likely get a raise if he really digs his heels in. It's now a question of how long the saga will drag out.
Apr 20 - 10:47 AM

Steelers signed P Jordan Berry.

Berry was one of the best punters in the country for Eastern Kentucky two years ago, averaging 43.8 yards. He spent last year with Pro Kick Australia, a program designed to transition Aussie kickers to the NFL. Berry will push Steelers incumbent Brad Wing, who placed 31st in gross punting average and 21st in net (38.8) in 2014. Richie Leone is also on the roster.
Apr 14 - 8:13 AM

Steelers re-signed S Will Allen.

Allen made four starts in place of Troy Polamalu last season. He graded out positively in run support by PFF, and returns as veteran depth. Allen will be limited to sub-packages if he makes the final roster.
Apr 10 - 5:27 PM

Troy Polamalu is retiring from the NFL.

Polamalu said he made the decision so he could spend more time with his family. The Steelers asked Polamalu to retire months ago to avoid the awkwardness of cutting him. The 33-year-old was a remarkable talent, appearing in eight Pro Bowls during his 12-year stay in Pittsburgh. Polamalu won two Super Bowls and was named 2010 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Injuries marred the end of his career, but there's no doubt Polamalu is Canton bound. He was the rare (only?) safety around which a defense was built; Dick LeBeau specifically designed his defense to allow for Polamalu's highly-disruptive freelancing. Shamarko Thomas is the leading in-house candidate to replace Polamalu.
Apr 9 - 10:21 PM

Steelers exercised RG David DeCastro's fifth-year team option for 2016.

It's worth $8.07 million. DeCastro has started 31 games over the last two seasons and played every snap in 2014, ranking 18th among 78 qualifying guards in PFF's grades. He's the second member of the 2012 first-round draft class to get his option picked up, following Chargers OLB Melvin Ingram.
Apr 9 - 12:55 PM

DeAngelo Williams projects as the Steelers starting running back for the first three games of the season.

Le'Veon Bell was hit with a three-game suspension Thursday. It puts a lot on the shoulders of Williams, who turns 32 later this month but should be relatively fresh as he's only averaged 11.1 carries per game over the last four years. He also gets a boost by playing in the high-powered Steelers offense, a scheme that handed the ball to Bell 18.1 times per game last year and targeted him another 6.5 times a day. Pittsburgh may use a draft pick on a running back, but for now we can expect RB2 value from Williams three times in 2015.
Apr 9 - 9:56 AM

NFL suspended Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell three games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Bell will be appealing the ruling in an effort to have the suspension shortened. He probably doesn't have a case, as the NFL's new policy states first-time offense DUIs are met with a two-game ban and the extra game then stems from Bell's marijuana charge. So re-draft owners selecting Bell have to realize they'll be without fantasy's best running back for four of 13 regular-season weeks, including the Steelers' bye. We'd still take Bell in the top part of the first round, especially in PPR formats where he's so dominant at a scarce position. DeAngelo Williams was signed this offseason to pick up the slack in the meantime.
Apr 9 - 9:36 AM

Le'Veon Bell faces up to a two-game suspension under the terms of the NFL's new substance abuse policy.

ESPN's John Clayton has previously reported that Bell is expected to get the two-game ban. The suspension stems from an Aug. 20 2014 incident in which Bell and LeGarrette Blount were arrested when police found roughly three-fourths of an ounce of marijuana in Bell's car. Bell has since entered a first-time offender program, thus essentially pleading guilty to DUI. Blount was hit with a one-game ban Tuesday.
Source: ESPN Boston
Apr 9 - 9:24 AM

Shamarko Thomas is expected to replace Troy Polamalu at strong safety.

This would put Thomas in the IDP crosshairs. Polamalu hasn't officially retired, but it's certain he's played his last snap with Pittsburgh. Mostly a special teamer, Thomas only played two snaps on defense last season. As a rookie in 2013, he did a solid job against the run but struggled in coverage. It would be an upset if the Steelers didn't add a safety in the draft.
Apr 5 - 10:13 AM

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette believes Jordan Zumwalt is "more suited" to play inside linebacker.

Bouchette thought it was worth mentioning because Zumwalt has been listed at outside linebacker. Zumwalt didn't play as a rookie after suffering a season-ending groin injury in training camp. If healthy, he'll compete with Sean Spence and Vince Williams for scraps behind Lawrence Timmons and Ryan Shazier.
Apr 5 - 10:02 AM


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