Daily Archives: March 14, 2012

Steelers to Chat with Free Agent TE Kellen Davis

While the Steelers don’t appear to be a team that is going to be very active in free agency, the team is going to chat with free agent TE Kellen Davis.

Davis, was a 5th round pick of the Bears, 158th overall, in the 2008 NFL Draft. He caught his first NFL pass (11 yards) and scored his first touchdown versus the Steelers back in week two of the 2009 season.

Last season in 16 games with the Bears he had 18 catches for 206 yards with five touchdowns.

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Chances Are Slim-to-none That Pro Bowl Wide Receiver Mike Wallace Will Leave the Pittsburgh Steelers

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The Pittsburgh Steelers put a tender on wide receiver Mike Wallace on Monday. According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers will pay Wallace $ 2.7 million in 2012 and will have the chance to match any offer given to the restricted free agent. If Pittsburgh decides not to match an offer, they will get a first-round draft pick in return.
Dulac also stated that negotiations have taken place between the Steelers’ front office and Wallace’s agent, Buss Cook.
On March 6th, General Manager Kevin Colbert told www.steelers.com that keeping the Pro Bowl receiver in the Steel City is definitely in the franchise’s plan.
“We want Mike to finish his career here,” said Colbert. “That will factor into our decision. You have the same right of first refusal on any offer he gets. If he was franchised, you would have to account for a significantly higher amount under your cap, which means we would have had to cut more players. You have to weigh that against the chances you’re goi...

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Chances Are Slim-to-none That Pro Bowl Wide Receiver Mike Wallace Will Leave the Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers put a tender on wide receiver Mike Wallace on Monday. According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers will pay Wallace $ 2.7 million in 2012 and will have the chance to match any offer given to the restricted free agent. If Pittsburgh decides not to match an offer, they will get a first-round draft pick in return.
Dulac also stated that negotiations have taken place between the Steelers’ front office and Wallace’s agent, Buss Cook.
On March 6th, General Manager Kevin Colbert told www.steelers.com that keeping the Pro Bowl receiver in the Steel City is definitely in the franchise’s plan.
“We want Mike to finish his career here,” said Colbert. “That will factor into our decision. You have the same right of first refusal on any offer he gets. If he was franchised, you would have to account for a significantly higher amount under your cap, which means we would have had to cut more players. You have to weigh that against the chances you’re goi...

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Wide Receivers Steal Headlines in Day One of Free Agency

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It was an active, if not a generally uninteresting, first day of free agency. The wide receivers group stole the headlines, both proving their high value in the eyes of the league (Pierre Garcon, Vincent Jackson and Robert Meachem all quickly signed lucrative contracts), and Brandon Marshall and Miami looked to pull the wool over Chicago's eyes.

As reported early Wednesday morning, Marshall, for whom the Bears just traded two 3rd round draft picks, is being accused of punching a woman in the face at a New York City night club.

Chicago felt pretty good about picking him up for so relatively low of a price. If the allegations are true, Marshall, who's had several reported incidents of similar nature, would almost assuredly be sat down for a game or two.

Former Chargers WR Vincent Jackson signed a five-year, $ 55,555.55 million deal with Tampa Bay. The gratuitous amount of 5s apparently is out of homage to QB Josh Freeman, who wears the No. 5.

No word yet on whether Steelers WR Mike Wallace is planning to honor Ben Roethlisberger in his future contract negotiations.

Pierre Garcon must have held a gun to Redskins owner Dan Snyder's head, demanding $ 17.5 million guaranteed over a five-year deal. Snyder made it $ 20.5 million, probably just because he could.

Snyder's Skins signed WR Josh Morgan and are closing in on a deal with Eddie Royal as well, likely due to Snyder's desire to pack as many fourth-option receivers on his roster as possible.

Former Saints receiver Robert Mechem will replace Jackson in San Diego after signing a four-year, $ 25 million deal with the Chargers. He'll join Malcolm Floyd in San Diego as part of the only team in the league with great vertical threats, but zero short-route ability and a long history of injuries.

If former Steelers WR Hines Ward is still looking for work, the Chargers could really use a receiver who catches passes inside the numbers. Ward probably isn't fast enough to go anywhere else on the field.

Indianapolis managed to hold onto free agent WR Reggie Wayne, inking him to a 3-year, $ 17.5 million deal. He'll pretty much be the only Colts player left from the Manning Era after owner Jim Irsay slashed every other player who contributed to one of the most dominant teams in the league over the last 12 years (before last year).

So it'll kind of like be playing for a new team. Just seems strange, free agency wasn't even 12 hours old yet, if the Colts were his only option, why didn't he just sign back with them earlier?

Atlanta managed to retain WR Harry Douglas, but no one seems to care enough to report his contract numbers. Or maybe that's just me.

There are plenty of signings coming, and although Steelers fans are like the people who meet up with friends at a buffet when they're trying to lose 20 pounds, thinking they'll enjoy themselves anyway, we'll talk about who's doing what and why (if we can figure it out) throughout the day.



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Report: Mike Tomlin & Kevin Colbert All Over Michigan State FS Trent Robinson At Pro Day

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Not only did Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin seem interested in Michigan Sate quarterback Kirk Cousins while attending in town for the MSU pro day, but Tony Pauline reports today via Twitter that both Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert were all over safety Trent Robinson on Wednesday as well. Of course we will have to wait and see if Pauline expands on that in his daily pro day write up, but the Steelers certainly could be looking at a later round safety to draft in April.

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Report: Mike Tomlin Dined With Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins Tuesday

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Could the Steelers really be interested in drafting a quarterback in the upcoming 2012 NFL draft? Brad Galli, sports reporter for WXYZ-TV in Detroit, reported via Twitter Tuesday that Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin had dinner with Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins Tuesday evening. Today is the Michigan State pro day, so it does add up that Tomlin would indeed be in town for that.

Kirk Cousins had dinner at Mitchell's in East Lansing with Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin Tuesday, a day ahead of #MSU's Pro Day.— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) March 14, 2012

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Second Round Prospects Talented and Deep in 2012 NFL Draft

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The strength of this year's draft class is in the middle rounds. This year's class features numerous starters and potentially outstanding players likely to be taken in the second and third rounds.

There are two scenarios in which a draft can be spoken of highly due to the talent available after the first 32 picks. The first is it being a really top-heavy class, full of elite prospects. That's partially true this year. The second, however, is the talent available after the first round is worthy of a first-round pick, but size or experience cause them to fall.

That's a bit more fitting with this year, but each year brings with it more and more high-level talent not possessing prototypical physical stats (see: Brown, Antonio, 6th Round Steal).

Here are a few prospects I can see getting selected in the second or third rounds, and making an impact in the NFL.

1. Doug Martin, RB, Boise State - Martin is a very good RB prospect with all the tools to be a dominant back. He has good speed (4.47 was his fastest time), great power, great vision, and a violent, violent stiff arm. He has the build of Ray Rice and the vision of Maurice Jones Drew and could be one of the biggest steals in this years draft. Some mocks even have him falling into late first round consideration.

2. Tommy Streeter, WR, Miami - if Stephen Hill is the most physically gifted WR in this class, Tommy Streeter is a close second. He ran a 4.40 at the combine which is incredible because he is 6'5" 220 pounds. He is an above average route runner, has good hands, and knows the game but for some reason his production at Miami was not very good. However, as a mid second round pick a team is getting a player with top 10 potential.

3. Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers - Unlike Streeter, Sanu had a "bad combine" according to the experts. He ran a paltry 4.65 on both attempts. However, that does not really mean anything. This is a guy who caught 115 balls at Rutgers (a Big East receptions record) while being double or triple teamed on every single play and catching passes from one the worst QB in Division I football for half the year. ESPN's Todd McShay says he can't get open. That's not what I see. While Sanu may never be the elite No. 1 receiver that Hill, Blackmon and Floyd might become, he should be a very good No. 2 WR and a possible landing spot for him is back with his college head coach Greg Schiano in Tampa Bay.

4. Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin - Here is a Steelers prospect. Zeitler is the No. 2 rated guard in this draft and has all the tools to be dominant guard in all the phases. He is an excellent run blocker, a good pass blocker and has great strength. He is also versatile and has been working out as a center for some teams. Due to that versatility and talent, as well as the four-year body of work he has, he is a very likely pick for the Steelers if he makes it to them in the second round.

5. Mychal Kendricks, ILB, California - Kendricks is about as safe as they come in terms of Day 2 prospects. He has the game film, production and the Combine performance to make scouts and GMs comfortably believe they are getting a good player with elite upside. The one knock on Kendricks is that he is only 5-foot-10, but he should be able to make up for that with a 38-inch vertical. Kendricks is also very versatile and can play really and of the linebacker spots in a 4-3 or a 3-4 but the Buck in a 3-4.

6. Dwight Bentley, CB, Louisiana Lafayette - Bentley is flying up draft boards and for good reason. He has the potential and ability to be an absolute lockdown corner at the next level. While at Louisiana Lafayette, he simply dominated the weaker competition he faced. Time after time after time he lined up in one on one coverage with a WR with no safety help and stone walled them every time. He could very well end up being a first round prospect and the second cornerback taken. He has no personal baggage and it'd be a steal to get him in the second round.



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Pittsburgh Steelers 2012 Free Agents Analysis: CB William Gay

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The 2012 free agency period has started now and we will now wrap up our player by player analysis of the Pittsburgh Steelers 2012 Free Agents. We finish up with our analysis of the Steelers unrestricted free agents by taking a look at cornerback William Gay. Check the links at the bottom of the post to see all of the other Steelers free agents that we have covered this offseason.

Player: William Gay

Position: Cornerback

Experience: 5 Years

Free Agent Status: Unrestricted

2011 Salary Cap Hit: $ 575,000.00

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Top restricted free agents Webb, Wallace get first-round tenders

Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb and Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace are the top remaining unsigned players left on the restricted free agent market. Baltimore and Pittsburgh did their best to secure the rights to each player on Monday by extending Webb and Wallace first-round tenders. The value of the first-round tender is $ 2.742 million. “Predator”…

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Quiet Day One Of Free Agency For Steelers As Expected

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As expected, the Pittsburgh Steelers made no waves on day one of the 2012 NFL free agency period as they sat on sidelines with limited cap space and carefully monitored the situation with restricted free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace. There were numerous rumors that surfaced on Tuesday that claimed Wallace was flying to California to meet with the San Francisco 49ers, but those same rumors never had credible reports behind them. The 49ers of course signed Randy Moss to a one-year non-guaranteed deal on Monday and word also surfaced late Tuesday that unrestricted St. Louis Rams free agent wide Read more [...]

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