Daily Archives: March 7, 2012

Ben hoping he is just entering his prime

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Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has led the Steelers to two Super Bowl wins during his eight year career and after recently turning 30-years old he hopes there are more to come.“I am hoping that I a…

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Releases Of Hines Ward, Aaron Smith, James Farrior & Chris Kemoeatu Official As Of Friday

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According to Pittsburgh Post Gazette beat writer Ed Bouchette, the releases of veteran wide receiver Hines Ward, defensive end Aaron Smith, linebacker James Farrior and guard Chris Kemoeatu were made official last Friday at 4 p.m. There had been some uncertainty of when it would be official, but now we know it is. That of course means that all four were free at that time to start negotiating with other teams, and as Bouchette reports, it appears that Kemoeatu and his agent Ken Vierra are already talking to a few teams.

Bouchette also said that Smith is expected to retire and that is not surprising Read more […]

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Agree to Disagree – Hines, Aaron, James

Bob and Mike dissect the issue of the Steelers cutting Hines Ward, Aaron Smith, and James Farrior

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Peyton Manning Released By the Colts After 14 Seasons

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Mar 7, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay (right) announces that quarterback Peyton Manning (left) will be released and become a free agent during a press conference at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

The Steelers weren’t the only team that was forced to make a tough decision on one of their legends.

After months of speculation, the Indianapolis Colts announced the release of Peyton Manning after 14 seasons.

After he was selected with the number one overall pick in the 1998 NFL draft, Manning quickly put the Colts back on the map after many downtrodden seasons, and he would soon become the face of the NFL with his many endorsements.

Manning, who passed for over 50,000 yards and 399 touchdowns while in Indy, was a four-time league MVP and helped lead the Colts to their first NFL Championship since Super Bowl V–and first since relocating to Indianapolis in 1984–with a victory in Super Bowl XLI.

Manning missed the entire 2011 season because of neck surgery and would have been due a $ 28 million signing bonus had he played the 2012 season with the Colts.

The move spells the end of an era in Indianapolis, and the team is expected to pick Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the number one pick in April’s draft.

Manning, 35, has expressed an interest in playing again and will seek free agent offers from other teams.

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Fake Hines Ward report catches WPXI in oops moment

Fake Web report on Hines Ward signing with Baltimore makes it to WPXI’s 6 a.m. report before issuing on-air correction.

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Colts’ owner confirms Manning era is over

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Colts owner Jim Irsay says the team is releasing quarterback Peyton Manning after a 14-year run that included one Super Bowl title and four MVP awards.

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Steelers Still Hold Strong Leverage With Mike Wallace

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The franchise tag deadline came and went on Monday and as expected the Pittsburgh Steelers did not use the franchise tag on restricted free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace. Instead Wallace will be tendered at the first round level of around $ 2.74 million.

For starters, the Steelers did not have the cap room available to place the near $ 9.5 million franchise tag on Wallace even after all of the restructures and recent terminations this offseason. Even if they had cleared more room to accommodate that amount, they would have lost the upper hand in the negotiations of getting a new deal done as Read more […]

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James Harrison Sounds Off About Bountygate on Twitter

Often fined and targeted Steelers linebacker James Harrison has a little bit of a chip on his shoulder when talking about the New Orleans Saints “bounty system” coming to light. Harrison has racked up over $ 100,000 in fines the last two seasons, as well as faced a game suspension, all for questionable dirty or illegal hits to opposing players.

However, Harrison and teammate, safety Ryan Clark, both have come out and said the Steelers have never had a bounty system in place, although on other teams Clark said he’s seen rewards on defense for interceptions, fumbles forced, and even big hits. But never to the extent of purposely injuring a targeted opposing player.

Yesterday on Twitter, Harrison sounded off, saying that if he were accused of participating in a bounty system, he would already be out of the NFL. I am hard pressed not to agree with him, as Roger Goodell has made Harrison the poster boyfor his emphasis on player safety. Harrison tweeted:

“I’ll just say this, if that was me I would have been kicked out of the NFL!!!”
[tweet https://twitter.com/jharrison9292/status/176367911752052736]

I can only imagine what Harrison’s reaction will be if the league doesn’t impose some harsh punishments on everybody involved with Bountygate, from Saints owner Mickey Loomis on down.

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Steelers Announce They Will Release WR Hines Ward

The Steelers announced that long-time wide receiver Hines Ward will be released.

“We had a conversation today with Hines Ward and informed him that we plan to release him of his contract prior to the start of the 2012 NFL calendar year,” Steelers President Art Rooney II told the team’s website.

“Hines has been an integral part of our success since we drafted him in 1998 and we will forever be grateful for what he has helped us achieve. He has meant so much to this organization, both on and off the field, and we appreciate his efforts over the past 14 years. Hines’ accomplishments are numerous, and he will always be thought of as one of the all-time great Steelers. We wish him nothing but the best.”

Ward turns 36 next month and is coming off a season where he started nine of 15 games, catching 46 passes for 381 yards and two touchdowns. All of those numbers were Ward’s lowest totals since his rookie season as Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown emerged as the team’s top receivers, with Emmanuel Sanders supplanting Ward as the No. 3. The Steelers were able to get Ward his 1,000th reception in the regular season, and the four-time Pro Bowl has gained 12,083 yards and 85 touchdowns during his 217-game NFL career, with each totals representing the most in Steelers’ history.

Ward was due $ 4 million in base salary with a $ 4.61 million cap number. Releasing Ward will clear $ 3.39 million from the Steelers’ 2012 salary cap.

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Why Wallace wasn’t tagged

It was a move that had been anticipated, and at the close of business on Monday, March 5, it became official. The Steelers declined to use their franchise tag on any of the pending free agents, and…

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