Daily Archives: March 1, 2012

Collier: Ward’s game was pure joy

This is the era when just about everything accomplished on a football field is framed as an act of defiance: a football is spiked viciously; a breastbone is beaten repeatedly in thumping self-aggrandizement; a standard touchdown comes replete with posturing and screaming. So let’s remember this today: That is not how Hines Ward played football.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Roster Purge Hits High Gear

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Super Bowl XLV MVP Hines Ward. (Photo from Sports Illustrated)
When the Pittsburgh Steelers walked off the field in Denver after losing to the Broncos in the AFC Wild Card round, it was well known that the team was heading into an offseason unlike any other in club history.  The Steelers stood more than $ 22 million over the 2012 salary cap while needing to sign WR Mike Wallace, other free agents, and an entire draft class, as well as needing to get younger on defense. 
The Steelers started the process with a couple of obvious moves, cutting WR Arnaz Battle and CB Bryant McFadden, and then proceeded to clear up around $ 20 million in cap space by restructuring the contracts of QB Ben Roethlisberger, CB Ike Taylor, LB Lawrence Timmons, LB LaMarr Woodley, and OT Willie Colon.  While these moves cost ownership around $ 35 million in signing bonuses and pushed some future cap space, there was no on-field impact from the initial salary cap work.  Then came this week.
Over the past two days,…

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Another great goes: Steelers to release Aaron Smith

Add another special chunk to the Steelers’ growing discard pile: They plan to release Aaron Smith, another of their longtime vets and maybe the most popular among teammates since the venerable Dermontti Dawson.

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Steelers Release Veteran Aaron Smith

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Steelers continue what is looking like a purge of some of their older players with bigger contracts.

Bryant McFadden was released several weeks ago, the Hines Ward announcement came yesterday and today, it is veteran defensive lineman Aaron Smith.

Smith has only played in 15 games the last three seasons with an assortment of injuries.

It’s the main reason why they could not afford to keep him around at age 35.

During his prime, he was one of the best 3-4 defensive linemen in Steelers history.

With the move, the Steelers save about $ 2.5 million.

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PG Exclusive: Big Ben bids Ward a fond adieu

Ben Roethlisberger includes himself among Hines Ward’s fans who hated to see him go, and wonders how the Steelers group of wide receivers will turn out in 2012.

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Roethlisberger pays tribute to Ward, wants Cotchery back

Ben Roethlisberger remember stepping into the huddle in his first year as a starting NFL quarterback. “He was Hines Ward, one of the best receivers in the game. I got a chance to be in the huddle with him and Jerome Bettis. He made me better. It didn’t matter if I threw a good ball…

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No Surprise Mike Wallace Will Get 1st Round Tender If Not Signed By March 5th

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Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Thursday morning that the Pittsburgh Steelers will not use the franchise tag on restricted free agent Mike Wallace should they not get him signed to a new contract in the next few days. The news comes as no surprise as the Steelers do not have the cap room to accommodate a projected $ 9.4 plus million franchise tag amount.

The Steelers have been in talks with Wallace about trying to get a new deal done before the start of free agency and team president Art Rooney II said after the 2011 season ended that Wallace would be a priority to get resigned. It was announced Read more […]

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Steelers won’t use franchise tag on Mike Wallace

Last week Steelers G.M. Kevin Colbert said the team is committed to keeping soon-to-be free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace, and the franchise tag was still an option. But now that teams are free to use the franchise tag, the Steelers have reportedly decided against it. Instead, the Steelers will use the first-round restricted free…

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Pittsburgh Steelers will release veteran wide receiver Hines Ward

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The smile that made Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver, Hines Ward (in)famous is surely subdued today. Michael David Smith of profootballtalk.com writes that the team has announced that they will release the 15-year veteran. This move really comes as no surprise, given the Steelers’ salary cap quandary and the recent emergence of wide receivers Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders. Ward was due $ 4 million in salary for 2012, and the move will save the team $ 2.88 million in cap space. It’s unclear where he will land, if anywhere, at this point.
Ward has been a been a pain in the collective rears for Bengals fans in his 14-year Steeler career. He made numerous plays against the Bengals over the years and made himself into a very unlikeable figure in Bengaldom. Whether it was his mockery of Chad Johnson’s riverdance or the questionable block that broke Keith Rivers’ jaw, Ward will live on as one of the most hated Steelers in the riva…

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Video: ESPN’s John Clayton on the Steelers Decision to Release Ward

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