Daily Archives: March 26, 2012

Baron Batch fully released to practice and feels 90% ready

Steelers back up running back Baron Batch took to his blog to update his status and post a video of himself working out.  He is almost completely healthy and has been released to workout at full capacity.  Batch feels his is about 90% right now and plans to be ready to go for Steelers training camp in July.
It will be good to have Batch back in the mix.  He was the stand out of camp last season.  Prior to the injury he was making waves with his coaches and teammates.  He is extremely fast and catches the ball well out of the backfield.  The most important part about that though with him working his way towards being the third down back is that he can block.  He was a stud in backs on backers drills last July.
Batch will be a huge bright spot coming back.  While Mewelde Moore was good in the role of third down back.  I think Batch can bring a bigger dynamic.  He will be harder to cover.  He will also cover Ben Roethlisberger’s butt if a block is missed.  Once Batch is fully hea…

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Rooney: ‘Sooner the Better’ on Long Term Deal for Wallace


No news is good news in SteelerNation.

And there is no news.

Tribune-Review writer Scott Brown hit up Steelers president Art Rooney II for his thoughts on the progress of free agency, and the most one could glean from it is a subtle shot at the representatives of restricted free agent Mike Wallace. When asked about the progress of reaching a long-term deal, Brown quoted Rooney as saying “the sooner the better as far as we’re concerned, but there are two parties to it.”

This comes amid speculation from a Sacramento Bee report that Wallace informed the San Francisco 49ers, upon an inquiry about the kind of contract he’s looking for, he wanted a deal similar to Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerld, which was reportedly eight years, and $ 120 million.

Wallace implied the information was false via Twitter:

But that’s neither here nor there. Other teams have until April 20 to sign Wallace and other restricted free agents to an offer sheet.

The lack of a long-term deal for Wallace is possibly the reason why the Steelers have not signed any of their free agents, particularly WR Jerricho Cotchery or even RB Mewelde Moore.

Source: Behind the Steel Curtain

Steelers net three extra draft picks

The Steelers have been awarded three compensatory picks – all in the seventh round — in next month’s draft. The picks, compensation for free agent losses the previous year, give the Steelers four selections in the final round of the draft and 10 overall.

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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Kevin Colbert at the NFL Meetings

Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert is attending the NFL Annual Meetings and addressed the media on a wide variety of topics. The following is what Colbert had to say.On CB William Gay:We knew h…

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Mendenhall WILL Play in 2012?

After all the hoopla last week that Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall may not play at all in 2012, or ever take a snap again with the Steelers, comes this story today, which states that he may very well play this year, and may have more time in the black and gold.

Rashard Mendenhall might not have taken his final carry with the Pittsburgh Steelers after all.

In clarifying his previous remarks about the Pittsburgh running back, general manager Kevin Colbert said he does expect Mendenhall to play this season. Mendenhall, the team’s leading rusher for the past three seasons, tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the Jan. 1 regular-season finale at Cleveland.

“What I said was I never think players coming off an ACL are 100 percent for a full year. It doesn’t mean they can’t play,” Colbert told Pittsburgh reporters (via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) before the start of the NFL owners meetings. “At some point, we’ll have Rashard back. I’m confident of that.”

Colbert, though, doesn’t provide the most important detail: when he expects Mendenhall to come back. To be honest, he might not even know the exact timetable.

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Pittsburgh Steelers interested in re-signing QB Byron Leftwich

The Pittsburgh Steelers are in need of and experienced backup quarterback and it appears they might reach into their past in order to fill the position. With Troy Smith and Jerrod Johnson currently on the roster behind Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers have interest in bringing back Byron Leftwich.
As they deal with some salary cap issues, the Steelers, according to pittsburghlive.com are interested in re-signing some former players to new contracts. The paper reports that the Steelers are interested in Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch as possible candidates to return in 2012. Neither player are candidates to land a spot on another team’s roster for 2012. Both players are both familiar with the Steelers offense and will likely come with a salary cap friendly number moving forward.
According to the newspaper, Pittsburgh hasn’t ruled out bringing back OL Max Starks and RB Mewelde Moore next season as well. Starks has been rehabbing after an ACL injury and won’t be abl…

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Mendenhall Expected To Play in 2012

Pittsburgh GM Kevin Colbert expects running back Rashard Mendenhall to play in 2012, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
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This is encouraging, as there has been speculation that Mendenhall could miss the entire 2012 campaign while rehabbing his torn ACL. So while Mendenhall is still likely to start the season on the PUP list, he at least merits consideration as a late-round stash in fantasy drafts. And as a side note, the Steelers may opt to select a running back at some point in Aprils Draft for better depth.

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Rules changes focus of meetings of NFL owners

Instant replay and injured reserve — the NFL’s IRs — will be main topics as the owners consider several rules changes at their spring meetings this week.

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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General manager Colbert, Steelers not in free agency rush

On the same day the team lost William Gay to Arizona, GM Kevin Colbert said the Steelers are hoping to bring back a number of their own free agents.

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Report: Steelers Likely To Receive Just One 7th Round Compensatory Draft Pick This Week

The NFL owners meetings get underway Monday down in Florida at that means the 2012 compensatory draft picks will be awarded for 2011 unrestricted free agents lost sometime this week.
Compensatory picks are awarded by using a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors and is also weighed against any unrestricted free agents signed from other teams in addition. The formula that is used to determine those picks was developed by the NFL Management Council and has never been made public.
The Steelers lost three unrestricted free agents last season in tight end Matt Spaeth, defensive Read more […]

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