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Tuesday
Apr282015

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert Denounces NFL Draft Leaks

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As the NFL gets closer to the Draft, more and more information is leaked about perspective prospects, possibly to manipulate the draft boards. Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert thinks it has to stop.

"I think it's horrible," Colbert added. "I think it's really bad for our profession when people use whatever means they use to get information out to try to influence the draft and they talk about a kid's test score, a kid's injury, a kid's character. I think that's awful. It's disrespectful to our profession, it's disrespectful to the game, it's disrespectful to the kid."

"We don't believe in mock drafts and what people are saying about other teams because so much of it is misinformation," he continued. "You'd just lose your mind trying to figure out what everyone's going to do. We're going to be true to what we do and feel good about it and live with it."

The first round of the NFL Draft is April 30.


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Wednesday
Apr222015

Patriots Will Host Steelers to Open NFL Season

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New England Patriots will begin the defense of their Super Bowl title by hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 10 in the Thursday night opener of the NFL's 2015 season.

New England opened as 6-point home favorites over Pittsburgh, according to the Westgate SuperBook. The Steelers will play the game without star running back Le'Veon Bell, who is suspended for the first three games of the season.

The Thursday game will be one of five primetime games in which the Patriots and Steelers will play -- tied for the most with the Baltimore RavensDallas CowboysDenver BroncosGreen Bay PackersIndianapolis ColtsNew York GiantsPhiladelphia Eagles, and Seattle Seahawks.


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Tuesday
Apr212015

Steelers' Brown Wants New Contract

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(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) -- After a career season, Antonio Brown wants a new contract from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Brown chose not to attend the team's offseason workouts because he desires a reworked deal.

Currently, Brown has three years remaining on his contract that has him as the 14th highest paid wide receiver in the NFL.

Last year, Brown caught 13 touchdowns on 129 passes with 1,698 yards receiving -- the sixth highest in league history.

Brown signed a five-year, $42.5 million in 2012.


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Tuesday
Apr142015

Steelers Cornerback Ike Taylor Announces Retirement

Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL)(NEW YORK) -- After 12 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, veteran cornerback Ike Taylor has announced his retirement from the NFL.

"Other than having my son, playing for the Steelers has been the best experience in my entire lifetime," Taylor told the team's website. "It is rare, in this day of free agency that is super rare to play for one team. For me to have this opportunity says a lot about how they felt about me, what I gave back to the organization.

"I wasn't cut, I wasn't released. It was just my contract was up and it was time to retire. If you want to have pride, well that is the kind of pride I have, being able to play my contract out," he added.

Selected in the fourth round back in 2003, Taylor became a staple of the Steelers defense. He started 135 games for the team during his career, and won two Super Bowls as well.

The Steelers also lost longtime safety Troy Polamalu to retirement last week.


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Friday
Apr102015

Steelers' Troy Polamalu Retires

Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL)(NEW YORK) -- Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu recently announced he's retiring.

"Since the end of the season I've had a chance to enjoy my family on a level that I never had before. It was awesome," Polamalu continued in the Herald-Standard of Uniontown, Pennsylvania. "Thank God football has provided me the ability to be able to sit back and see what the options are. But I'll definitely be the best father I can be."

Polamalu told the Steelers on Wednesday night about his decision and was very grateful for everything they did for him in 12 seasons.

Polamalu added with a laugh, "Maybe it was a sign for me to retire when I chase my kids around and couldn't catch them. It was either a sign for me to retire or a sign for them to begin training."

Polamalu had two years left on his contract and was a first-round draft pick by Pittsburgh in 2003. He was also a member of two Super Bowl championship teams and made eight Pro Bowls.

"Troy is a shining example of a football man in the way he loved the game, the way he respected the game and the way he played the game," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said in a team-issued statement. "It's a shining example of the window into who he is. He is a legendary Steeler and a legendary man. I congratulate him and wish him nothing but the best moving forward."

 


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Thursday
Apr092015

Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell Suspended Three Games

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell has been suspended after violating the league's substance abuse policy, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reports.

Bell will miss the first three games of next season and will also be fined an additional game check.

He plans to appeal the suspension, Schefter reports.

Bell's suspension comes after his arrest last August, when he was caught with marijuana and also received a DUI. He received 15 month's probation.

Bell ran for 1,361 yards and scored eight touchdowns last season


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Sunday
Mar222015

Steelers Re-sign LB James Harrison 

Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL)(PITTSBURGH) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers have re-signed James Harrison to a two-year contract, which will address the team's need of the outside linebacker position.

Harrison's return to the Steelers puts off retirement a little longer for the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year.  

The Steelers talked Harrison out of retirement last season following an injury to starting right outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, and once again Harrison proved to be relevant despite his age and having to play his way back into football shape.  Harrison recorded 5.5 sacks in 11 regular-season games last season and emerged as the Steelers' best pass rusher.

Harrison is third on the Steelers' all-time sacks list (69.5), and he joins Jones and Arthur Moats as the only outside linebackers on the roster with NFL experience.


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Friday
Mar132015

Steelers Agree on New Five-Year Contract with Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger

Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL)(PITTSBURGH) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers have taken measures to make sure quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will spend his entire career with the club as the two sides have agreed on a new five-year contract.

Big Ben had going into the final year of his eight-year contract he signed back in 2008.

Roethlisberger was drafted 11th overall back in 2004 and since then, he's been among the best quarterbacks in the NFL. He's taken the Steelers to three Super Bowls, winning two of them during his career in the Steel City.

In 2014, Roethlisberger arguably had the best season his career at 32-years-old. He threw for a career-high 4,952 yards, completed a career-high 67.1 percent of his passes, and also threw 32 touchdowns to just nine interceptions.

On Friday, the Steelers also announced they agreed on a contract with free agent running back DeAngelo Williams. Williams had spent the previous nine seasons of his career with the Carolina Panthers.


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Monday
Mar022015

Report: Raiders Will Cut LB Woodley

Al Bello/Getty Images(OAKLAND) -- The Oakland Raiders made a gamble last year that LaMarr Woodley would bring a strong veteran presence to the middle of their defense.

It went bust. The Raiders are expected to cut Woodley this week, according to CSN Bay Area.

Woodley, 30, signed a two-year $12 million dollar contract with the Raiders after spending the first seven seasons of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

However, Woodley missed 10 games last season due to a biceps injury. Even when he did play, he failed to make an impact as he recorded five tackles for the 3-13 Raiders.

Oakland will likely have the second most cap space heading into free agency with over $60 million available. In addition, to comply with the CBA rules for minimum cash spending, the Raiders must spend at least $20 million dollars this season towards their salary cap.


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Monday
Feb232015

James Harrison Not Ready to Retire

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Linebacker James Harrison isn't ready to retire for a second time.

The 36-year-old former NFL Defensive Player of the Year, who retired for 18 days last year before signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers, posted an Instagram photo Sunday night showing a half packed suitcase with the caption: "I decided to hold off on retirement, so it's time to pack up and head to AZ to start my training so I can be ready to play another year!"

Harrison becomes a free agent in a month. In 11 games with the Steelers last season, he had 47 tackles and 5.5 sacks.

During his eight NFL seasons, Harrison has twice been named a first-team All Pro and has won two Super Bowls with the Steelers.


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