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Steelers announce they will release Hines Ward

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After 14 seasons, 1,000 catches and one Super Bowl MVP award, Hines Ward’s time with the Steelers is coming to an end. The Steelers announced today that they will release Ward, in a widely expected but still difficult decision. “We had a conversation today with Hines Ward and informed him that we plan to release…

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BTSC needs your help! We want to see your pictures and graphics!

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Do you have cool Steelers pictures? Can you make awesome graphics?

Want to help out BTSC with your pictures/graphic design skills?

BTSC's Facebook page needs a cover photo, and we'd like to see what you guys can come up with!

Someone's submission will definitely get picked by March 30, and there will definitely be some sort of incentive/reward for that person!

For better or worse, Facebook is forcing pages to switch to the new timeline format on March 30 (can't say if this extends to profiles too, though). It is quite an aesthetic change and it'll take some getting used to, but we don't have a choice in the matter.

The hallmark of the timeline format is the cover photo - the banner-type image that everyone sees stretched across the top of the page (take Coca-Cola, for example, or Old Spice). When our page is forced to "upgrade", we'd like to have an awesome cover photo ready to show off to everyone!

Facebook's cover photo guidelines for pages are as follows:

Use a unique image that represents your Page. This might be a photo of a popular menu item, album artwork or a picture of people using your product. Be creative and experiment with images your audience responds well to.

Cover images must be at least 399 pixels wide and may not contain:

  • Price or purchase information, such as "40% off" or "Download it at our website"
  • Contact information, such as web address, email, mailing address or other information intended for your Page's About section
  • References to user interface elements, such as Like or Share, or any other Facebook site features
  • Calls to action, such as "Get it now" or "Tell your friends"

All cover images are public, which means anyone visiting your Page will be able to see the image you choose. Covers must not be false, deceptive or misleading, and must not infringe on third parties' intellectual property. You may not encourage or incentivize people to upload your cover image to their personal timelines.

If you have graphic design skills and would like to know the exact final dimensions to shoot for, they are 851 pixels wide by 315 pixels tall. However, anything not that size can naturally be resized/positioned to fit.

Since this is BTSC's page we're talking about here (you should "like" it, if you haven't already), we'd ideally like something that would somehow set us apart from just-another-Steelers-page. But we'll pick through anything you want to send us that meets Facebook's guidelines - if it's awesome, it might get chosen!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Our cover photo isn't going to be permanent. The initial winning image will be up for at least a couple months or so, but we would rotate it at some point to give exposure to other cool designs we get. So this is a short- and long-term thing - we need something to be the inaugural image come March 30 (in three weeks), but we'll always be taking submissions for it in the future.

RELATED INCENTIVE/REWARD NOTE: We've got an idea of what it'll be, but it hasn't been finalized yet so we'll wait to officially announce it. What we can say, is that we won't be limiting reward to whoever is the first winner - we'll give something to anyone who makes an image that we ever choose to use as a cover photo!

So that should more or less cover it for now (awful pun not intended). Send any submissions to barnerburner@gmail.com and ask any questions in the comments. We'll post about this again as we get closer to the 30th, but throw this a rec in the meantime so it'll hopefully stay near the top of the fanposts even after we get into the frenzy of news that's sure to drop this coming week.



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2012 salary cap to be released on March 12th; Steelers key RFA futures will be affected.

Monday is the next important date up on the calendar for the Steelers and all NFL teams. The NFL will release the final 2012 salary cap amount on March 12th, giving teams the remainder of the weekend to make sure everything is in order so they aren’t over the limit. The future of key restricted free agents for the Steelers will be affected one way or the other. As an FYI, if any team were to ever be over the cap by the due date, even by one dollar or one million, the league would have the right to take the teams books and start cutting players at random to get them cap compliant. The Steelers would never allow that to happen fortunately but still, just imagine how bad it could be for a team if it ever came to that. Just something to think about…
Kevin Colbert and the Steelers front office have been operating under the mindset that it will be around the projected $ 120 million, and assuming that is the case they would currently sit at around $ 10-$ 11 million under.  This is...

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AFC North Fortunate Robert Griffin Will Land Outside the Division

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It appears that Cleveland will remain Cleveland for at least another year.

Robert Griffin III, Baylor's Heisman-winning quarterback who shot up draft boards all year and cemented his place behind the league's next Golden Boy, Andrew Luck, is the target of Washington's version of the Herschel Walker Trade (though not nearly as reckless) for the No. 2 overall pick.

It's not a bad trade for the Redskins, either. Or is it?

Washington reportedly will give up the No. 6 overall pick as well as its second-round pick in the 2012 draft, plus, first round picks in 2013 and 2014 in exchange for the No. 2 pick in this year's draft.

When the deal is finalized - which won't happen until March 13, the start of the new league year - it's likely that St. Louis will throw in a later round pick or two over the next three years. But the Rams still picked up a bonanza many would have thought unattainable leading up to the draft.

It wasn't about the Rams showing interest in Griffin - they still have 2010 No. 1 overall pick Sam Bradford under center. It wasn't about Minnesota at No. 3, who could have made a convincing argument they may take Griffin at No. 3 even after taking Christian Ponder in the first round last year. This was about Cleveland at No. 4.

The Browns had the scratch to pull off the deal: they hold Atlanta's first-round pick (No. 22 overall) since the Falcons included it in their package to move up 21 spots last year to select Alabama WR Julio Jones. Many speculated that Cleveland could give up their first-round picks this year, plus perhaps a second-round pick next year, for the second overall pick. The two-pick difference between Cleveland and Washington suggests that the Browns would have given up a little less, but the three first-round picks St. Louis is receiving in exchange for a player they wouldn't have drafted is the kind of windfall usually bestowed on lottery winners and heirs.

I get the adage, "You're only as good as your weakest link," and how Cleveland could improve at a higher rate with two first-round picks instead of just one. But many people fail to notice how good Cleveland's young defense was last season. If they had a quarterback, plus the addition of even a reasonably talented receiver in this draft, they could legitimately compete next year.

Ryan Tannehill and Brandon Weeden (possible QB targets for the Browns at No. 22) do not have the core skill set Griffin has. Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon (a possible target for Cleveland at No. 4) won't be as dominant a player as Griffin will be.

In other words, the AFC North is breathing a sigh of relief that Griffin won't be going against them twice a year. With his accuracy on deep passes, athleticism and mental make-up, it won't take him long to be a very dangerous passer.

Washington mortgaging its future and counting solely on its salary cap space this season to rebuild a depleted roster is already a huge plus for the Steelers. They still may have to deal with Blackmon, an Anquan-Boldin-With-A-Lot-More-Speed kind of receiver, but without a high-ceiling QB coming into the division, they can feel confident in their ability to keep Cleveland in the basement.



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Hines Ward says he’ll play again

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The Steelers announced on Wednesday that receiver Hines Ward will be cut.  In response, Ward said he still wants to play. “I do feel that I still have more football left in me and I am looking forward to playing in the NFL again this upcoming season,” Ward said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “This isn’t…

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TV station falls for Hines Ward hoax

During the 6 o’clock news feed Wednesday morning, WPXI-TV anchor Todd McDermott reported ex-Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward had signed with the rival Baltimore Ravens. The details of the deal were ”an incentive laden 3 year, $ 9 million contract.” The report was fake, but Continue

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AFC North Fortunate Robert Griffin Will Land Outside the Division

Photo

It appears that Cleveland will remain Cleveland for at least another year.

Robert Griffin III, Baylor's Heisman-winning quarterback who shot up draft boards all year and cemented his place behind the league's next Golden Boy, Andrew Luck, is the target of Washington's version of the Herschel Walker Trade (though not nearly as reckless) for the No. 2 overall pick.

It's not a bad trade for the Redskins, either. Or is it?

Washington reportedly will give up the No. 6 overall pick as well as its second-round pick in the 2012 draft, plus, first round picks in 2013 and 2014 in exchange for the No. 2 pick in this year's draft.

When the deal is finalized - which won't happen until March 13, the start of the new league year - it's likely that St. Louis will throw in a later round pick or two over the next three years. But the Rams still picked up a bonanza many would have thought unattainable leading up to the draft.

It wasn't about the Rams showing interest in Griffin - they still have 2010 No. 1 overall pick Sam Bradford under center. It wasn't about Minnesota at No. 3, who could have made a convincing argument they may take Griffin at No. 3 even after taking Christian Ponder in the first round last year. This was about Cleveland at No. 4.

The Browns had the scratch to pull off the deal: they hold Atlanta's first-round pick (No. 22 overall) since the Falcons included it in their package to move up 21 spots last year to select Alabama WR Julio Jones. Many speculated that Cleveland could give up their first-round picks this year, plus perhaps a second-round pick next year, for the second overall pick. The two-pick difference between Cleveland and Washington suggests that the Browns would have given up a little less, but the three first-round picks St. Louis is receiving in exchange for a player they wouldn't have drafted is the kind of windfall usually bestowed on lottery winners and heirs.

I get the adage, "You're only as good as your weakest link," and how Cleveland could improve at a higher rate with two first-round picks instead of just one. But many people fail to notice how good Cleveland's young defense was last season. If they had a quarterback, plus the addition of even a reasonably talented receiver in this draft, they could legitimately compete next year.

Ryan Tannehill and Brandon Weeden (possible QB targets for the Browns at No. 22) do not have the core skill set Griffin has. Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon (a possible target for Cleveland at No. 4) won't be as dominant a player as Griffin will be.

In other words, the AFC North is breathing a sigh of relief that Griffin won't be going against them twice a year. With his accuracy on deep passes, athleticism and mental make-up, it won't take him long to be a very dangerous passer.

Washington mortgaging its future and counting solely on its salary cap space this season to rebuild a depleted roster is already a huge plus for the Steelers. They still may have to deal with Blackmon, an Anquan-Boldin-With-A-Lot-More-Speed kind of receiver, but without a high-ceiling QB coming into the division, they can feel confident in their ability to keep Cleveland in the basement.



Source: Behind the Steel Curtain


AFC North Fortunate Robert Griffin Will Land Outside the Division

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Photo

It appears that Cleveland will remain Cleveland for at least another year.

Robert Griffin III, Baylor's Heisman-winning quarterback who shot up draft boards all year and cemented his place behind the league's next Golden Boy, Andrew Luck, is the target of Washington's version of the Herschel Walker Trade (though not nearly as reckless) for the No. 2 overall pick.

It's not a bad trade for the Redskins, either. Or is it?

Washington reportedly will give up the No. 6 overall pick as well as its second-round pick in the 2012 draft, plus, first round picks in 2013 and 2014 in exchange for the No. 2 pick in this year's draft.

When the deal is finalized - which won't happen until March 13, the start of the new league year - it's likely that St. Louis will throw in a later round pick or two over the next three years. But the Rams still picked up a bonanza many would have thought unattainable leading up to the draft.

It wasn't about the Rams showing interest in Griffin - they still have 2010 No. 1 overall pick Sam Bradford under center. It wasn't about Minnesota at No. 3, who could have made a convincing argument they may take Griffin at No. 3 even after taking Christian Ponder in the first round last year. This was about Cleveland at No. 4.

The Browns had the scratch to pull off the deal: they hold Atlanta's first-round pick (No. 22 overall) since the Falcons included it in their package to move up 21 spots last year to select Alabama WR Julio Jones. Many speculated that Cleveland could give up their first-round picks this year, plus perhaps a second-round pick next year, for the second overall pick. The two-pick difference between Cleveland and Washington suggests that the Browns would have given up a little less, but the three first-round picks St. Louis is receiving in exchange for a player they wouldn't have drafted is the kind of windfall usually bestowed on lottery winners and heirs.

I get the adage, "You're only as good as your weakest link," and how Cleveland could improve at a higher rate with two first-round picks instead of just one. But many people fail to notice how good Cleveland's young defense was last season. If they had a quarterback, plus the addition of even a reasonably talented receiver in this draft, they could legitimately compete next year.

Ryan Tannehill and Brandon Weeden (possible QB targets for the Browns at No. 22) do not have the core skill set Griffin has. Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon (a possible target for Cleveland at No. 4) won't be as dominant a player as Griffin will be.

In other words, the AFC North is breathing a sigh of relief that Griffin won't be going against them twice a year. With his accuracy on deep passes, athleticism and mental make-up, it won't take him long to be a very dangerous passer.

Washington mortgaging its future and counting solely on its salary cap space this season to rebuild a depleted roster is already a huge plus for the Steelers. They still may have to deal with Blackmon, an Anquan-Boldin-With-A-Lot-More-Speed kind of receiver, but without a high-ceiling QB coming into the division, they can feel confident in their ability to keep Cleveland in the basement.



Source: Behind the Steel Curtain

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TV station falls for Hines Ward hoax

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During the 6 o’clock news feed Wednesday morning, WPXI-TV anchor Todd McDermott reported ex-Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward had signed with the rival Baltimore Ravens. The details of the deal were ”an incentive laden 3 year, $ 9 million contract.” The report was fake, but Continue

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Hines Ward says he’ll play again

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The Steelers announced on Wednesday that receiver Hines Ward will be cut.  In response, Ward said he still wants to play. “I do feel that I still have more football left in me and I am looking forward to playing in the NFL again this upcoming season,” Ward said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “This isn’t…

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