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Report: Hines Ward won’t be back with Steelers

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As the Steelers scramble to clear cap space, a $ 4 million chunk could be opening up in one fell swoop. Jason La Canfora of NFL Network reports that the Steelers won’t bring back veteran receiver Hines Ward for a 15th season with the team. In 2011, Ward slid down the depth chart, which makes him…

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Roethlisberger says he’s heard “both good and bad” about Haley

When the Steelers pushed out offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, and tried to pass it off as Arians voluntarily retiring, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was disappointed, as the two have long had a close relationship. Now the Steelers have hired Todd Haley to replace Arians, and Roethlisberger isn’t sure what to think. “I haven’t talked to him,”…

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Steelers fans saddened by news of Sharon Ilkin’s death

On Monday, the Steelers world was moved to find out that Sharon Ilkin, wife of former Steelers offensive tackle Tunch Ilkin, had lost her battle with breast cancer at 55.  Tunch and Sharon have three children: Tanner, Natalie, and Clay. The Ilkins still reside in Upper St. Clair.  Married for 30 years, the blow was a hard one for friends, family and Steelers fans as well.

Sharon Ilkin was a teacher who loved children and gardening.  Her husband described her as an antique buff and one who was always up for an adventure, including visits to old houses.  “She was like sunshine,” her husband Read more […]

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Roethlisberger would hate to “start over”

Ben Roethlisberger has heard good things and bad things about his new coordinator Todd Haley. One way for Haley to make a positive first impression on his quarterback: Don’t scrap the entire offense. “It would probably be easy for him to do,” Roethlisberger told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about Haley changing the offense.…

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Steelers restructure Ike Taylor’s contract, too

Before dumping contracts and/or forcing players to take pay cuts, the Steelers are willing to give out millions in signing bonuses in exchange for the ability to push cap dollars into future years. A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that cornerback Ike Taylor, who signed a four-year deal with the Steelers before…

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Ike Taylor also restructures his contract to help the Steelers cap issues

The Steelers have been busy, busy this week.  Ike Taylor who just signed a 4 year contract last year has also agreed to restructure his contract.  ProFootballTalk is reporting that Taylor who was scheduled to make $ 5.75 million in base salary this year is going to go down to the league minimum for his experience which is $ 825,000 for salary and take the rest as a signing bonus now.  This move saved the Steelers $ 3.28 million in cap space.
According to PFT between Woodley, Timmons and Taylor’s restructures the Steelers have gotten down nearly $ 15 million dollars closer to getting under the cap.  I’m sure there will be a few more to come.

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Steeler Brett Keisel Sheds His Beard

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Steeler Brett Keisel’s beard is gone, but the legend lives on.

For the second year in a row, he cut off his famous beard and it was all for a good cause.

Hundreds packed Diesel on the South Side for “Shear The Beard.” It’s a fundraiser that supports cancer programs at Children’s Hospital.

Celebrity barbers took turns cutting Keisel’s chestnut locks. Teammates like James Harrison and Aaron Smith, whose son Elijah underwent leukemia treatments at Children’s Hospital. Coach Mike Tomlin also took part.

When it was all over, Keisel was a new man.

“Even now, looking in the mirror it’s strange because I’ve had the beard for so long, but it was a great night down here,” Keisel said.

“Pittsburgh, of course, showed up. That’s what makes Pittsburgh special, though is they have grasped onto this idea and really made it what it is today.
“If the fans didn’t respond the way they did to it, I wouldn’t do it,” he added.

Last year, the event raised more than $ 40,000, and organizers say judging from this year’s crowd, they probably surpassed that benchmark.

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Steelers have several other candidates for creating cap room

As pointed out late last night (or possibly early this morning), the Steelers have created $ 11.7 million in cap space by restructuring the contracts of linebackers LaMarr Woodley and Lawrence Timmons.  But they reportedly needed to clear more than $ 25 million. So where will the other $ 13 million come from? Based on a review of…

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Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s take

New Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s take on a number of issues regarding his team’s offense.

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Tomlin: “We’re extremely excited” about Haley

Mike Tomlin wasn’t expected to speak Thursday as the Steelers introduced offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Perhaps sensitive to the perception in Pittsburgh that Tomlin didn’t want to hire Haley, the Steelers head coach wound up talking after all. “Needless to say, we’re extremely excited” about hiring Haley, Tomlin said. Tomlin didn’t take questions or say…

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