Daily Archives: February 16, 2012

Steelers To Protect Their Interest In Wallace, But Who From & How?

During the several interviews that Pittsburgh Steelers GM Kevin Colbert has given over the course of this week, the name of wide reciver Mike Wallace continues to pop up a lot in the questioning. Wallace of course is a restricted free agent, who at worst will receive a first round tender of around $ 2.742 million. That tender would allow the Steelers ability to match whatever offer sheet is given by another team that wants to sign Wallace or receive a first round draft pick from that team should they decide not to, or they can't match it.

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Steelers GM Kevin Colbert Confirms Marcus Gilbert Will Likely Move To Left Tackle

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Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Marcus Gilbert said back in mid January that he was told during his exit interviews with the coaches that he should prepare to move from right to left tackle next season and GM Kevin Colbert confirmed that move as a strong possibility this afternoon during his interview on 93.7 The Fan. When asked about the likelihood of Gilbert moving over to the left, Colbert replied, "Yeah, I think going into it right now and knowing that Max Starks is an unrestricted free agent, and Max did a great job for us coming back last year, but Max is also rehabbing an ACL. Only time will Read more [...]

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Rooney addresses criticism

Art Rooney II, the son and grandson of Pro Football Hall of Fame NFL owners, reserves the right to continue his family tradition of running the Steelers with a "hands-on" approach. That does not mean he handpicked head coach Mike Tomlin's new offensive coordinator, Todd Haley.

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On the Steelers: Colbert denies Rooney II role change

Lost in other news that Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert talked about in an interview Monday was his take on Art Rooney II.

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Former Cardinals QB Warner Talks Todd Haley

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – Former Arizona Cardinals, and St. Louis Rams quarterback, and Super Bowl Champion, Kurt Warner joined the Fan Morning Show on Monday to talk about his former offensive coordinator, Todd Haley.

Haley was Warner’s offensive coordinator for two years in Arizona.

Haley’s fiery personality has caused concern for Steelers fans, but Kurt said of Haley,  ”He is definitely a competitor,” and that he ”wears his emotions on his sleeve.” However, he respected Haley, saying,  “I came to… appreciate that side of him because he challenged me to be the best I can be.”

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Wallace Could Get the Franchise Tag this Offseason

The Steelers are considering throwing the never well received “Franchise” tag on number one wide out Mike Wallace, making it near impossible for the team to lose him this offseason.

Due to the new CBA, the agreement has eliminated the “First- and Third-Round” restricted free agent tender, which could result in more offer sheets for big name players – with Wallace being one of them.

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert hinted that the team would consider using the tender on Wallace.

“Certainly Mike has done a lot to establish himself as a Pro Bowl receiver, and we want to try to keep Mike here for the long run,” Colbert said.

A “First Round” tender is worth $ 2.742 million in non-guaranteed base salary in 2012, whereas as the franchise tag for wide receivers is projected to be worth around $ 9.5 million. For Foster, his tender (available on the same link) is projected to be worth around $ 8 million.

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WR Cotchery Hopes to Get a Multi-Year Deal

Steelers wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in March, but he’d like to be back with the Steelers on a multi-year contract, Jenny Vrentas of The Star-Ledger reports.

“In exit meetings, it was pretty much stated that they were very pleased with me, who I was on the field and off the field,” Cotchery said Tuesday at TEST Sports Clubs in Martinsville, New Jersey. “I’m everything that they thought I would be, so from their standpoint, they definitely would want me back. And I expressed the same desire, so we’ll see what happens.”

A fourth-round pick out of North Carolina State in 2004 by the New York Jets, Cotchery caught 358 passes for 4,514 yards and 18 touchdowns during his first seven seasons in the NFL. The Jets granted his request for a release on August 4 and the 29-year-old visited the Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, signing with the the Steelers on August 11.

In 13 games for the Steelers, Cotchery caught 16 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns, a sharp decline after averaging 66 receptions, 840 yards and nearly four touchdowns over the previous five seasons. Cotchery caught one pass in the Steelers’ 29-23 overtime loss to the Broncos in the playoffs, a 31-yard touchdown that forced the overtime period.

The Steelers have Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown as the starters, and are high on Emmanuel Sanders as the No. 3 receiver. Veteran Hines Ward has expressed his desire to remain with the Steelers and is willing to restructure his contract to remain with the team. With little value on special teams, a multi-year offer from the Steelers may not happen.

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Rashard Mendenhall Might Not Be Ready For Next Season

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Although the 2012 NFL season is still seven months away, it appears as if running back Rashard Mendenhall might not be able to play after his ACL surgery.

That was news Monday from Steelers Director of Football Operations Kevin Colbert who met with print reporters and said, he’s never sure about ACL surgeries.

Colbert says it normally takes a full year to recover after that operation and keep in mind Mendenhall had his in January.

So, at this point, his status is up in the air, but Colbert says he feels good about his stable of backs from Isaac Redman, John Clay, Jonathan Dwyer and Baron Batch.

Colbert also addressed wide receiver Hines Ward and his status, saying no decision has been made on whether or not to restructure Ward’s contract and bring him back next season.

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Salary Cap Savings & Injury Benefit Clarification Should Hampton & Mendenhall Be Released

As the Pittsburgh Steelers get closer to having to make key personnel decisions for salary cap purposes, I thought I would take time to research out the ramifications of terminating the contracts of nose tackle Casey Hampton and running back Rashard Mendenhall from both a salary cap savings angle and because both are still recovering from ACL surgeries, as both expected to start the 2012 season on the PUP (physically unable perform) list.

Let us start from an injury standpoint first, as I was confused how this worked myself. I was trying to look at it from an injury grievance viewpoint as it Read more [...]

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Tribune-Review columnist Dejan Kovacevic will hold his weekly chat with readers about Pittsburgh sports at noon today.

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