Daily Archives: February 8, 2012
The St. Louis Rams have requested permission to interview Steelers director of administration Omar Khan for their general manager job.
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Follow recently inducted member of the NFL Hall of Fame, Dermontti Dawson in our Day in the Life feature.
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Yes, the NFL season has ended. But there’s still plenty of football programming to be found, sometimes in unlikely places. On Friday night, USA will air a documentary entitled NFL Characters Unite, which focuses on the efforts of four NFL figures who have endured personal challenges involving bigotry, abuse, and racism to improve the lives…
The Steelers have started to make some of their offseason moves. They released four players today to help them get under the salary cap. The four released were Bryant McFadden, Arnaz Battle, Miguel Chavis, and Erik Clanton. The move will save the Steelers around $ 3.5 million in cap space next season.
Add this to the restructure of LaMarr Woodley and the Steelers have now saved themselves over $ 10 million so far. They are still a long ways away from being done with this. They are still way over the cap and have to make more moves. They have until March 13th to be under the salary cap for 2012. This is a step in the right direction.
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Just a few weeks back, we went through the Steelers roster and guessed what players would be cut. Cornerback Bryant McFadden was one of the names that came up, and the Steelers haven’t wasted any time letting him go. The team announced Wednesday they released McFadden and receiver Arnaz Battle. They also waived tight end…
Aaron Smith took part in the Light The Night Walk, an annual event for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. Smith ,with some of his Steelers teammates, were part of Team Elijah in support of his son who was diagnosed with Leukemia.
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PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) - Coach “Iron Mike” Ditka always has a mouthful about anything football, and he doesn’t disappoint when he talks to KDKA-AM’s Larry and John.
Ditka discusses Tony Dorsett’s revelations about the way the NFL handles concussions, as well as his thoughts on the Steelers’ potential pick for offensive coordinator, Todd Haley, and the Super Bowl.
Source: CBS Pittsburgh » Steelers
Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin Met With Hue Jackson Before Reportedly Deciding on Todd Haley for Offensive Coordinator
NFL Network's Jason La Canfora, one of the first reporters to formally link Haley to the Steelers' open position, tweeted Monday Tomlin had met with former Raiders head coach Hue Jackson before news broke today of the reported offer to Haley.
The same Jackson recently fired by Oakland after openly criticizing his team after a Week 17 loss to San Diego - a game the Raiders needed to win for a shot at the playoffs.
Was Jackson a candidate? Perhaps he was, just as much as former Colts coach Jim Caldwell. Tomlin had met with Caldwell, who was recently dispatched by Indianapolis. Along with Haley's interview, the men Tomlin met with (whether they were formal interviews or the men were realistic candidates for the job remains to be seen) were head coaches at the start of the 2011 season, and all of them have offensive backgrounds.
It begs the question, what exactly was he looking for in that candidate?
One plausible answer is he wanted those candidates to give him their impression of what they themselves wanted in an offensive coordinator.
There's only one report of an offer being made, and that is to Haley, per Mark Carmen of AM 610 in Kansas City. Caldwell's meeting with Tomlin may not have been an interview, but sources confirmed the two met face-to-face. Caldwell left town without a contract offer, though. The news of Jackson's meeting with Tomlin over the weekend suggests Tomlin was beating the street for information from recently employed offensive minds.
Maybe the whole thing was a big face-to-face background check on Haley from some of their collective peers in the AFC. It's hard not to respect that mentality.
Either way, despite disagreements with the supposed hire of Haley, it seems Tomlin put in the sweat effort to find the right leader for the position.
It's a long wait until we'll see the results of what seems to be a new direction for the Steelers offense, but until then, let's hope Tomlin puts the same effort into researching the issues he'll have on the defensive line this upcoming year.
Source: Behind the Steel Curtain
The Steelers got to work on the salary cap on Tuesday, as they cleared $ 6.56 million of salary cap space by renegotiating the contract of linebacker LaMarr Woodley.
Franchised by the Steelers prior to last year’s lockout, Woodley signed a five-year extension worth $ 52.5 million on August. Woodley received a $ 13 million signing bonus, $ 4 million option bonus and a $ 1.1 million base salary which resulted in a 2011 cap number of $ 7.7 million. In 2012, Woodley was due a $ 3.4 million base salary and had a $ 5.5 million roster bonus due on the 5th day of the 2012 league year for a cap number of $ 11.5 million.
On Monday, Woodley agreed to a restructure that lowered his base salary to $ 700,000. The remaining $ 2.7 million in base salary was combined with his $ 5.5 million roster bonus and converted into an $ 8.2 million signing bonus, which will be prorated over the remaining five seasons of Woodley’s contract.
Woodley’s cap number in 2012 is now $ 4.94 million.
Woodley’s base salaries in 2013-16 were unchanged, but $ 1.64 million was added to each year’s cap number.
Even with the Woodley restructure, the Steelers are still well over a 2012 salary cap that is not expected to increase much, if at all. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, safety Troy Polamalu and linebackers James Harrison and Lawrence Timmons each have cap numbers in excess of $ 9 million and are potential restructure candidates.
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