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Colbert Addresses Wallace, Other Topics At Combine

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert addressed several topics Thursday at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

The most newsworthy of subjects was the restricted free agent status of wide receiver Mike Wallace. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Colbert is confident in the team’s ability to re-sign Wallace, and he says the team wants Wallace to finish his career in Pittsburgh.

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Colbert also said Thursday that he expects nose tackle Casey Hampton back in 2012, despite the fact he’s going through the third ACL surgery of his career this offseason.

Other items:

  • Colbert is optimistic the team will re-sign quarterbacks Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch to back up Ben Roethlisberger.
  • Center Maurkice Pouncey is scheduled for offseason surgery to hopefully prevent lingering problems from back-to-back seasons of high-ankle sprains.

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Scouting combine report: Memphis giant full of Poe-tential as NT

Dontari Poe is a large man who can fill large holes in the middle of a defensive line.

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Roethlisberger Restructures Contract

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger restructured his contract with the organization Thursday, clearing approximately $ 8 million in salary cap room.

Roethlisberger won’t lose any money for reworking his contract, but the move will bring the Steelers very close to the NFL’s salary cap of $ 120 million. Pittsburgh was projected to be approximately $ 8 million over the cap before this move.

Roethlisberger’s contract was worth $ 11.6 million against the salary cap before restructuring. This is the second straight season Roethlisberger has reworked his deal to help ease salary cap issues for the Steelers.

This move could play a big part in the Steelers potentially re-signing wide receiver Mike Wallace. He is a restricted free agent.

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Hines Ward pleads guilty to lesser charge in DUI case

Seven months after he was arrested for drunk driving, Hines Ward has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge to end the case. Ward pleaded guilty to reckless driving this morning and pleaded no contest to failing to maintain his lane, and in return prosecutors in Dekalb County, Georgia, agreed to drop the driving under the…

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Steelers about to remove veteran presence

The Steelers are still close to being up against the cap.  The team is still in need of some much needed space to make sure they retain Mike Wallace and can bring in some youth to help this team in the future.  They could also use a free agent to help fill the offensive line.  That means they need to still do some restructured contracts or cut some guys.
The Steelers have done a good job of only removing bad players so far.  They have done more restructuring then cuts.  The team has saved all but $ 3.5 million of its $ 29 plus million in cap savings by restructuring contracts.  It has helped keep this group of close guys together.  They still could restructure James Harrison and Troy Polamalu to save money.  The Steelers need to do some trimming though to get some young guys on the squad and prepare for the future.
Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette expects the Steelers to release at least 3 more guys.  He expects between Larry Foote, Aaron Smith, James Farrior and Hines Ward ...

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Steelers GM Kevin Colbert Explains Importance Of NFL Combine Interviews

During the week of the 2012 NFL combine you will hear several players talk about how they will meet with different teams during their time in Indianapolis as every team is allowed to meet for 15 minutes with up to 60 players that are attending the combine. 15 minutes does not sound like a very long time, but as Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert told SiriusXM NFL Radio this week, it is plenty of time.

During the Thursday interview, Colbert was asked how important of a week it was for him and the rest of the Steelers scouts and coaching staff. Colbert replied, "It's huge. You know Read more [...]

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On the Steelers: ’12 class doubly meaningful for Donahoe

It's rare when two men who played their entire football careers with one team enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame together.

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Steelers could opt for nose tackle

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"You can't get to third down if you don't stop them on first and second down," Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said. Translation: Nose tackle is still one of the team's most important positions.

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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2012 NFL Scouting Combine Open Thread: Talk Prospects and their Stats

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The most bizarrely compelling sporting event of the year, the NFL Scouting Combine, is live from Indianapolis, and we all need to get our football fix.

Even if it is a bunch of guys running, falling on the ground, shuffling one direction, then another, then sprinting.

Sometimes, football without scoring is fun to watch, and if nothing else, it's cool to see some of the better athletes around in pure athletic activities. Even if they fall on their face like this one guy just did.

Anyway, it's about the offensive linemen and tight ends today. Are we seeing a future Steeler in here? Are you the guy to make a call on a player who will not only be drafted, but step in at some point and excel for the six-time world champions?

Weigh in, share your insight and your opinions of the 2012 draft class, based on their performance in the Underwear Olympics.



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Five Burning Questions: Free Agency Edition

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 19:  Members of the Pittsburgh Steelers special teams including Jason Worilds #97 Ryan Mundy #29 Anthony Madison #37 Stevenson Sylvester #55 and Arnaz Battle #81 make a tackle on Jerricho Cotchery #89 of the New York Jets during the game on December 19 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Free Agency is still a few weeks away, but there's plenty of fuel to fire our 5 Burning Questions: Free Agency edition.

1. Steelers Nation no longer has Bruce Arians to kick around. Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with his dismissal, do you think the way it was handled, with Rooney II over ruling Tomlin and the team attempting to pass it off as a "retirement," tarnishes the concept of "The Steelers Way?"

2. The range of differing opinions over the underlying wisdom behind Todd Haley's hire is as wide as the parting of the Red Sea. Do you agree or disagree that Todd Haley is the man to lead the Steelers offense?

3. Given the age of James Farrior, Larry Foote, and James Harrison, the arrested development of Lawrence Timmons, and what we've seen of Stevenson Sylvester and Jason Worilds how high of a priority should linebacker be for the Steelers?

4. Massive free agent defections are no longer a staple of Steelers off seasons as they once were in the 1990's, still its rare when you can keep everyone you want. If you had to pick one Steelers free agent, other than Rod Woodson, that you wish hadn't gotten away, who would that be?

5. The Steelers are renegotiating contracts with players they signed to long-term deals with reckless abandon. Are you concerned that they might be setting themselves up for a Salary Cap disaster?

There you go, have at it folks!



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