Player News - Steelers

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Antonio Brown will not hold out of Steelers camp despite displeasure with his contract.

Brown is still working on the six-year, $43 million deal the Steelers gave him in 2012 after Mike Wallace rejected it. He caught 136 balls last season and collected a $1 million salary. Brown's salary this year is $6.25 million. As Brown is signed through 2017 and Pittsburgh has one of the worst cap situations in the league, an extension will probably be put off until next offseason.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 27 - 8:55 AM

Suspended WR Martavis Bryant is living in Nevada and "doing great," according to his agent.

"He's doing great," agent Brian Fettner assured. "He's taking everything seriously and living with his trainer, half a mile from his agent, surrounded by the right people. He's heartbroken that he's not allowed to play, but we are where we are and he's focused to not let it happen again." Bryant won't play in 2016 due to a four failed drug tests and two more missed tests. Bryant was rumored to be dealing with depression. He can apply for reinstatement next January.
Jul 27 - 8:46 AM

In an Instagram post, Le'Veon Bell declared he is "gonna win the appeal" of his four-game suspension.

The suspension stems from what Ian Rapoport described as "several" missed drug tests. Unless Bell has a legitimate reason for missing those tests, it is highly unlikely he wins the appeal. Still, he seems confident. "When I end up missin no games at all," Bell said, "[people] for sure gonna try to love me again." DeAngelo Williams will be Pittsburgh's workhorse back if (while) Bell is sidelined.
Jul 25 - 8:56 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Le'Veon Bell's potential four-game suspension is the result of "several" missed drug tests.

Rapoport added the Steelers have known about the potential suspension "for some time." Bell is planning to appeal, but his chances for success seem slim if it is true he missed multiple tests. DeAngelo Williams will be a sure-fire RB1 as long as Bell is sidelined.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 23 - 12:04 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the NFL will still require the players implicated in the Al Jazeera America report on performance-enhancing drugs to participate in an interview on the first day of training camp.

James Harrison made headlines by submitting a sworn affidavit denying the allegations last week, but it appears every implicated player submitted their own written statements as well. The league has rejected the NFLPA's contention that the statements constitute reasonable cooperation, and they assert the players are required to submit to in-person interviews. It is likely Harrison has a different opinion on the matter. Free agent OLB Mike Neal is the first player scheduled to be interviewed.
Jul 22 - 4:49 PM

DeAngelo Williams is expected to be the Steelers' starting running back in the first four games of the season.

This is due to Le'Veon Bell's latest substance abuse violation. In the nine games he played start to finish last season, Williams led all NFL running backs in touches per game (22.9), touchdowns (11), and snaps played. Assuming Bell's suspension stands -- and we'd be stunned if it didn't -- Williams will start at the Redskins in Week 1, versus the Vontaze Burfict-less Bengals in Week 2, at Philadelphia in Week 3, and versus Kansas City in Week 4.
Jul 22 - 10:21 AM

ESPN's Dan Graziano reports Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Pittsburgh radio personality Mark Madden was first on this over a month ago, and the rumor appears to be true. Madden received word that Bell skipped a drug test, which in the eyes of the NFL is the same as failing a test. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Bell skipped "drug tests," plural. Bell will obviously appeal it, but it sounds like he's not going to be available the first month of the season. Knock him down several pegs in the fantasy rankings, as he's now clearly behind David Johnson, Todd Gurley, Adrian Peterson, and Ezekiel Elliott. Look for DeAngelo Williams to do the heavy lifting in September, with Antonio Brown becoming even more of the focal point of the offense.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 22 - 9:22 AM

Steelers second-year TE Jesse James is expected to have a role on offense as a red-zone specialist and inline blocker.

James was the recipient of some February buzz following Heath Miller's retirement, but that buzz died when the Steelers signed Ladarius Green. Green missed much of the offseason recovering from ankle surgery, leaving James to work with the starters. At 6'7/261, he's a behemoth of a man and could be a dark horse for a handful of touchdowns.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 20 - 11:15 AM

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review considers Ross Cockrell the initial favorite to start opposite William Gay.

An afterthought addition in early September, Cockrell went on to start seven games and hold his own. He graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 23 cornerback. Cockrell will have to beat out raw first-rounder Artie Burns.
Jul 14 - 5:40 PM

Steelers OLB James Harrison submitted a sworn affidavit to the NFL denying allegations he used performance-enhancing drugs.

Harrison flatly denied every allegation made against him by Charlie Sly in an Al Jazeera America report from December. The NFL wants to interview Harrison about those allegations on the first day of training camp, but it is unlikely that meeting takes place. In a cover letter submitted with the affidavit, the NFLPA said neither the CBA nor the PED policy indicates players "must agree to an in-person interview based upon random, baseless verbal remarks or face discipline for a failure to cooperate with a league investigation." The NFLPA also noted the affidavit "constitutes reasonable cooperation by this employee." It looks like this situation could get ugly.
Jul 12 - 11:59 AM

Le’Veon Bell (MCL/PCL) says he is on track for training camp.

"I'm going to be ready," Bell promised. "I don't think I'll really get tackled until a preseason game or maybe in the regular season. But cutting, running routes, everything is back to normal." Bell went so far as to claim his knee is "probably stronger than it ever was." Bell has been setback-free since he was cleared for individual drills at OTAs. The Steelers could rest him the entire preseason, but Bell should be ready for Week 1.
Source: ESPN
Jul 9 - 8:10 PM

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler expects Le’Veon Bell to command at least $8 million annually.

Bell wants Adrian Peterson money ($14M annually). He has a case to be the NFL's highest paid running back, but Peterson’s deal is outdated. Bell should land more guarantees than Peterson if he rebounds this season.
Source: ESPN
Jul 9 - 5:25 PM

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Chris Adamski "guesses" walk-year WR Markus Wheaton has a 10-percent chance of re-signing with the Steelers.

Wheaton is in an interesting position. If he performs well as the No. 2 this season, he could price himself out of Pittsburgh's market, especially if Martavis Bryant is granted reinstatement when first eligible. If Wheaton fails to step up for the second year in a row, the Steelers would likely decide to move on. Either way, it is certainly possible Wheaton will be playing elsewhere in 2017.
Jul 7 - 12:13 PM

In his new song "Focus," walk-year RB Le'Veon Bell suggested he is looking for $15 million per year on his next deal.

"I'm at the top and if not I'm the closest," Bell rapped. "I'ma need 15 a year and they know this." When he is not spitting hot fire, Bell is arguably the best running back in the league, but $15 million annually is almost certainly out of the question. Adrian Peterson is easily the highest paid back at $14 million a year, but the roots of that deal came from a different era. More importantly, it would only cost the Steelers around $12 million to retain Bell via the franchise tag next spring. Bell should easily surpass the $9.05 million Jamaal Charles averaged on his last deal, but he will struggle to get anywhere near Peterson's number.
Source: FOX Sports
Jul 4 - 9:27 AM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler expects Darrius Heyward-Bey to remain "fairly high" on the depth chart this season.

Heyward-Bey's clear-out speed — he reportedly clocked 25 miles per hour this spring — has made him a surprising Steelers mainstay, though he has only 24 catches over his past 32 games. Even if DHB gets some routes, he's well behind Antonio Brown, Le'Veon Bell, Markus Wheaton, Ladarius Green, and potentially Sammie Coates on the targets totem pole.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 30 - 4:41 PM


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