Daily Archives: April 16, 2012

Steelers Sign Charlie Batch to One-Year Deal


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The Steelers are bringing back veteran quarterback Charlie Batch, as today the team announced they have inked him to a one-year contract.

The 37-year-old has spent the last 10 seasons with the Steelers after beginning his NFL career with the Lions, who selected him in the second round of the 1998 NFL Draft.

Over his 10 seasons with the Steelers, Batch has started seven of the 31 games he’s appeared, completing 120-of-208 pass attempts for 1,594 yards with 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Overall, Batch has started 53 games and passed for 10,610 yards with 60 touchdowns and 48 interceptions. With Byron Leftwich and Dennis Dixon unsigned, Batch will compete with Troy Smith and Jerrod Johnson for the No. 2 spot behind starter Ben Roethlisberger.

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BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 20 — Tennessee Titans Select Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

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We're picking up the pace again - and we do need to a bit to make sure we get this done before the draft kicks off on April 26. Thanks go to Dcarter for the pick and write up and his quick turnaround of it. Next up: Cincinnati Bengals (Part 2) and they'll again be represented by seton hall and the steelers.

By the way, take note of the cool little minute-long draft profiles from SBN NFL that are embedded with these picks. It's been Michael Bean's personal project to make these videos happen, and let us know what you think of them! -barnerburner-

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Finally! The Titans are on the clock and with the 20th pick in the 2012 NFL draft...

The Tennessee Titans select Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina.

I will admit this pick should be CB Janoris Jenkins, but his four kids with four different women and love of marijuana will keep him falling.

After looking over the Titans roster, there's really not many needs on this team. They're solid everywhere, so this pick came down to two players - Stephon Gilmore and DE/OLB Courtney Upshaw from Alabama (who I'm stunned is still available). A few weeks ago, the Titans supposedly had a deal to bring Asante Samuel over from the Eagles, but that fell apart and made this pick easy. After losing Cortland Finnegan to the Rams and having to go up against Reggie Wayne and Andre Johnson multiple teams each year, a tough, physical corner is needed and that's exactly what Gilmore will bring to the Titans. Gilmore, a 3-year starter for the Gamecocks, first-team All-SEC and third-team AP All American in 2010, and definitely has the potential to become a true #1 shutdown corner in the NFL.

Gilmore's Strengths:

  • Prototypical size
  • Great speed and feet
  • Very physical player - he'll jam at the line and is a very good tackler
  • Mature player that went up against the best players in college football every year (SEC)

The only real weakness I see is his hands - doesn't always catch the ball when he should, but I suppose if he had great hands, he's probably be a WR instead of covering them.


BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Picks:

  1. Indianapolis Colts -- Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
  2. Washington Redsinks -- Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
  3. Minnesota Vikings -- Matt Kalil, OT, USC
  4. Cleveland Browns -- Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
  6. St. Louis Rams -- Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis
  7. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Quinton Coples, DE, UNC
  8. Miami Dolphins -- Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
  9. Carolina Panthers -- Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
  10. Buffalo Bills -- Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
  11. Kansas City Chiefs -- Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State
  12. Seattle Seahawks -- Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina
  13. Arizona Cardinals -- Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
  14. Dallas Cowboys -- Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
  15. Philadelphia Eagles -- Mark Barron, S, Alabama
  16. New York Jets -- Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
  17. Cincinnati Bengals -- Cordy Glenn, G/T, Georgia
  18. San Diego Chargers -- Nick Perry, DE/OLB, USC
  19. Chicago Bears -- David DeCastro, OG, Stanford



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Limas Sweed Working Out for Cincinnati Bengals

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It seems a familiar face is emerging in the news.

Or hands. Or the head that holds that face.

Cincinnati Enquirer Joe Reedy tweeted a source confirmed to him former Steelers WR Limas Sweed was in Cincinnati for a workout this weekend.

Sweed, a well-known draft bust from the second round of 2008, was released last season after a career of injuries and a big case of the dropsies.

Even with the sometimes maddening stoppages in his career development, many backed Sweed to the bitter end, making him easily one of the most popular Steelers' draft picks in recent memory. He just never could quite get it all together on the field, or between the ears.

Perhaps he needed some (more) time away from the game. Cincinnati, a franchise known very well for giving players second chances to revitalize careers stalled for whatever reason, could pick Sweed up on the cheap and get him to finally realize the potential everyone felt he had when the 6-foot-4 receiver came out of Texas four years ago.

Then again, the word "potential" has been used ad naseum in regards to Sweed, and it's perhaps the only positive thing that can be said about him as a football player.



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Steelers re-sign Charlie Batch


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The Steelers have re-signed backup quarterback Charlie Batch to a one-year contract, giving them an experienced signal-caller behind Ben Roethlisberger.

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Steelers hold onto Charlie Batch


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The Steelers brought back one of Ben Roethlisberger’s backups on Monday when they re-signed Charlie Batch to a one-year deal. The team made the announcement on Monday afternoon. It will be Batch’s 11th year in Pittsburgh, which is the second-longest current tenure of any quarterback with the same team after Tom Brady in New England…

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BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 21 — Cincinnati Bengals Select Michael Brockers, DT, LSU


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The Steelers pick is getting closer and closer, but before then we've got to get through 1st round reappearances by a pair of division opponents. Thanks go to seton hall and the steelers for Part 2 of his Bengals analysis. Next up: Cleveland Browns (Part 2), with the extra 1st rounder they acquired from Atlanta in last year's trade for Julio Jones, and they'll again be represented by _ET_.

By the way, take note of the cool little minute-long draft profiles from SBN NFL that are embedded with these picks. It's been Michael Bean's personal project to make these videos happen, and let us know what you think of them! -barnerburner-

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The Cincinnati Bengals, as I said, have the luxury of two first round picks. That means you can fill a need with one pick and go BPA with another. In this scenario I filled the Bengals need at guard by selecting Cordy Glenn. While the Bengals still have needs at CB, RB, and S the players on the board simply don't match up with the Bengals needs. If you look at who is remaining you see a few players who stand out as clear BPA's (Best Players Available). Those are MIchael Brockers and Courtney Upshaw. Both Brockers and Upshaw are projected as top 10 to 15 picks in the draft and if one of them were here at 21 I believe the Bengals would want to take one despite being stocked on the defensive line.

As the Giants have shown, you can never have enough defensive linemen. The Bengals use a similar scheme to the Giants and despite the Bengals being stocked at defensive line, I believe in this scenario they would follow the Giants draft history and strengthen your strengths. Ultimately, it would just be impossible to pass up on the value, talent, and athleticism of Michael Brockers. Thus...

With the 21st pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals select Michael Brockers, Defensive Tackle, Louisiana State University.

Brockers, who is just a redshirt sophomore, flew up draft boards after an incredible sophomore season in which he had 54 tackles and 10 tackles for a loss while being routinely double teamed. He did a great job holding his ground and not backing off, which allowed LSU's talented linebackers to make a bunch of tackles. In the Bengals scheme, he will likely be used as a situational pass rusher until he develops more strength.

Regarding the value of this pick, I took a look at 5 mock drafts and he was drafted 11th, 14th, 16th, 11th, and 9th so it is clear that this is the BPA.

Some other options I considered here were Courtney Upshaw and Janoris Jenkins. The reason I did not choose Upshaw is because the Bengals would use him as a DE and I don't think that is where his best value is. With regards to Jenkins, it appears as if the Bengals have finally learned their lesson and are putting more emphasis on character, which is something Jenkins lacks.


BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Picks:

  1. Indianapolis Colts -- Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
  2. Washington Redsinks -- Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
  3. Minnesota Vikings -- Matt Kalil, OT, USC
  4. Cleveland Browns -- Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
  6. St. Louis Rams -- Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis
  7. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Quinton Coples, DE, UNC
  8. Miami Dolphins -- Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
  9. Carolina Panthers -- Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
  10. Buffalo Bills -- Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
  11. Kansas City Chiefs -- Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State
  12. Seattle Seahawks -- Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina
  13. Arizona Cardinals -- Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
  14. Dallas Cowboys -- Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
  15. Philadelphia Eagles -- Mark Barron, S, Alabama
  16. New York Jets -- Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
  17. Cincinnati Bengals -- Cordy Glenn, G/T, Georgia
  18. San Diego Chargers -- Nick Perry, DE/OLB, USC
  19. Chicago Bears -- David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
  20. Tennessee Titans -- Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina



Source: Behind the Steel Curtain

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Strength of Schedule Suggests AFC North Will Be Competitive in 2012

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ESPN's John Clayton wrote an intriguing story recently about the strength of schedules of teams across the NFL.

Most notably (to me, anyway) was the difference between the 12-4 division champion Ravens and the 12-4 also-ran Steelers. Batimore's SoS is .523, the fourth-strongest in the NFL. It was .477 at the end of last year. Pittsburgh had .492 last season and it climbs slightly, to .500.

That difference is encapsulated between the difference in Houston and New England (for Baltimore) and Tennessee and the Jets (for Pittsburgh). Or, perhaps the real story is really in the hard-charging Bengals, who look to add two first-round picks in the upcoming draft, and have Miami and Jacksonville on their inter-conference schedule.

Strength of schedule is based on the collective win/loss record of a team's opponents from the previous year, and could stand to be very different when viewed nine months from now. However, few could be legitimately excited about playing Houston instead of Jacksonville, and the Patriots over Miami.

What's been lost this off-season, in all the hoopla over shanked kicks (that would have merely tied a game, not won it) and blown coverage in Denver was the fact Cincinnati is clearly the team with the most room to grow, between the three competitors in the AFC North. While they may not have played their best against Houston in a 31-10 drubbing in the playoffs, they played Baltimore very tough in two games last year, and competed well in the first of two losses to Pittsburgh. It seems more likely Cincinnati will improve on an out-of-nowhere 9-7 playoff season than an often-inconsistent Ravens offense (nine punts to 11 first downs against the Texans in the playoffs) or a shaken-up Steelers roster (new offensive coordinator, new starters on both sides of the ball).

It's far too early to speculate on a team's likelihood for success in the season, let alone predicting the success of the 13 opponents on your schedule. Cincinnati is a prime example of that. No one gave them a chance of any success this time last year. The Carson Palmer Soap Opera appeared to favor him, and not the team (thanks to Oakland, that couldn't have been proven more wrong). The Bengals' defense re-invented itself as one of the most formidable and unpredictable units in the league. They ran out of steam down the stretch last year, as younger teams often do. Playing the battle-tested Steelers and Ravens can do that to an inexperienced group.

Rebounding won't be a challenge for them, considering their younger players are only more experienced now, and their veterans obviously played well enough to get them to the post-season.

Plus, all three teams should worry about Cleveland, who's putting together a nice off-season of its own. With a high draft pick, the Browns could improve... Nevermind, sorry, I can't do it with a straight face.

Cincinnati will be a tough out this year, that's for sure.



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Steelers draft bust Limas Sweed may not be done in the NFL yet

As a second-round draft pick of the Steelers in 2008, wide receiver Limas Sweed was a major disappointment, catching a grand total of seven passes for 69 yards in 20 games before being released after suffering Achilles and shoulder injuries. He hasn’t played in a regular-season game since late in 2009, but Sweed’s NFL career…

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Is Mike Wallace dumber than we thought?


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This whole Mike Wallace contract thing is getting a little bit ridiculous now. A month ago when Wallace came out and said he wanted Larry Fitzgerald money, I was convinced it was because he was trying to cut off teams that might be interested by giving them insane demands – he’s not worth Fitz cash yet so if there was a team dumb enough to offer it to him, why wouldn’t he take it. Then, last week, Antonio Brown was more confident than the old Ben Roethlisberger at Ladies’ Night when he said Wallace would be with the Steelers this season. Now, teams are apparently interested in trading for Wallace.
So far, all that Wallace had said about this whole thing is that he wants to remain a Steeler…that and the whole $ 120-milllion deal he’s “seeking.” All the information that’s out now has been vommed by other teams and Wallace’s agent – that’s nothing new. So for anyone to point to Wallace and blame him for this charade probably also thinks Art Rooney II should just cut him a check for $ 120 mil to put an end to all of this.
Wallace isn’t dumb…actually, he’s a genius. He did the Steelers a favor by putting that insane price tag on his forehead because they control what happens next, and he couldn’t be playing this situation any cooler with the way he’s just letting everyone else do the talking while he’s just living the life.
Wallace doesn’t want to sign his $ 2.7-mil tender – can you blame him? He may not be worth $ 15 mil a year but he’s definitely earned more than $ 3 mil. If that means he wants to sit out OTA’s and training camp while the two sides try to agree on something, that’s cool – he wouldn’t be the first Steelers receiver to sit out for a contract (if Hines was allowed to, why not his successor?) And if Wallace’s camp doesn’t want to agree on anything and he decides to sit out an entire year, that’s cool too - we’ll be right back in this same situation next year because Wallace will still be a RFA if he sits out.
There are people that love comparing this situation to the Santonio Holmes trade after he was named Super Bowl MVP. The Steelers got a fifth-round pick for Holmes but Holmes also had to sit the first four games of the year because he liked to Wake & Bake, and he was about to become an unrestricted free agent after the season. Wallace doesn’t come with any of that baggage – he just wants a contract.
Kevin Colbert would be the dumb one here if he settles to trade Wallace for anything less than a first-round pick (that’s what his tender price is and he has 3,206 receiving yards and 24 touchdowns in just three years as a pro). The Steelers could survive losing Wallace for a first-round pick but would the offense really be as effective with Emmanuel Sanders or Jerricho Cotchery as the No. 2?
Steeler Nation wants Wallace here. Colbert wants Wallace here. Brown wants Wallace here. And most importantly Ben wants Wallace here. They all want the same thing that Wallace wants and that’s to get a deal done. Considering the two Jackson deals, Wallace’s next contract should look something like: 5 years/60 million with $ 18-mil guaranteed.
Wallace will probably end up getting something close to that; whether he gets it in the Burgh remains to be seen. But the whole process of locking up high-profile RFA’s is a process, and Wallace knows that. All this “teams are interested” talk is just the next step Wallace needs to take to get some straight cash, and he knows that too…because he’s not as dumb as we think.

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Report: Steelers likely won’t entertain offers for Mike Wallace


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With the recent rumblings that a bunch of teams are interested in trading for Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette doesn’t see it happening.
I agree with Bouchette, the Steelers won’t go out of their way to trade Wallace.  Even though he doesn’t plan on signing his restricted free agent tender, he’ll be playing in Pittsburgh in 2012, unless a team is willing to sign him as a restricted free agent and give the Steelers a first round pick in return.  And that likely won’t happen either.

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