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Peyton Takes “Big Hit”

According to NFL.com and ESPN, Peyton Manning took a big hit and got "blasted" by Seattle Seahawks rookie defensive end, Bruce Irvin.

Talk about trying to make a story out of nothing.  It wasn't even close to being a big hit.  Peyton got tackled and that about it.  It's tiresome how ESPN attempts to create news out of nothing especially with names like "Peyton Manning" and "Tim Tebow".

What do you think?  Watch the video below.  The hit is at approximately the 1:45 mark.

Peyton Manning highlights vs. Seattle Seahawks - Bruce Irvin Hit

NFL Weather Report

Before you pick your fantasy football team for the week, be sure to check the weather for each game at Planet Steelers.  Don't let the game weather impact your starters.  Choose your starters wisely and check out the weather for your favorite games here:

NFL Weekly Weather Report

Series 1: Signing Lawrence Timmons Long Term

Now that LaMarr Woodley signed his extension worth 61.5 million dollars over 5 years (and 18 million of that over the next 2 years), who do the Steelers target next among their big name players?

Let's break it down. The Steelers have 2 young stars that will be unrestricted free agents at the end of this year. The first one we'll cover is Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker (ILB) Lawrence Timmons. Even though Timmons' has yet to make a pro bowl, he was probably the second best ILB in the league last year behind only Patrick Willis from the San Francisco 49ers. Timmons skill set is unique for someone his size. He is a tackling machine and can cover any tight end (TE) in the league. His coverage skills are what makes him so valuable to the Steelers. Timmons could likely have increased sack numbers if he wasn't asked to drop back into coverage on many 3rd down plays. Timmons can play the hybrid role like Troy Polamalu and needs to be the staple of this defense for many years to come. My best guess would indicate that he'll demand contract numbers similar to LaMarr Woddley. Timmons' agent is Drew Rosenhaus.

Let's take a look at Lawrence Timmons' stats for the 2010-2011 season:

Games Played: 16
Tackles: 135
Sacks: 3
Interceptions: 3
Forced Fumbles: 2
Passed Defensed: 9

Steelers Sign All Draft Picks Except Heyward and Brown

According to reports the Pittsburgh Steelers have signed all their draft picks with the exception of:

1st Round Pick: Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State University

3rd Round Pick: Curtis Brown, CB, University of Texas

The following other draft picks have already been signed:

Marcus Gilbert, Tackle, University of Florida

Cortez Allen, CB, The Citadel

and Chris Carter, Keith Williams and Baron Batch.

Steelers FA Updates (Woodley Signs Long Term Deal?)

The past few days have been busy for the Pittsburgh Steelers front office.  See below for a list of recent personnel moves and rumors.

Ike Taylor - The Pittsburgh Steelers biggest need was cornerback due to the youth and uncertainty at the position.  The Steelers signed Taylor to a long term deal.

Max Starks - The Steelers made a surprise move and cut starting left tackle Max Starks.  Starks had neck surgery this offseason which may have just ended his career.  There is also reports that Starks weighed in at nearly 4o0 pounds.

Shaun Suisham - Even though he had a very poor FG attempt in the Super Bowl, Suisham was 14 for 15 for nearly a 94%  success rate last season.

Antwaan Randel El - A long time Steeler (before his short stay in Washington) was cut.  This was likely due to the Steelers being 10+ million over the cap and amount of young talent at the WR position.  Randel El will always be remembered for his diversified play and his performance in Super Bowl XL.

Other Signings:

Rookies:
Chris Dieker, QB, Southern Illinois
Aaron Bates, Punter
Eric Greenwood, Idaho, WR
Ty Boyle,  North Dakota, DE
Joshua Harrison, South Carolina State, T
Derek Chard, LS, Connecticut

Rumors:

LaMarr Woodley - This is breaking news!  The Pittsburgh Steelers have come to a long term agreement with the pro bowl linebacker

Willie Colon - The Steelers have said that resigning Colon is now the #1 priority.

RT Colon May Sign with Bears

According to reports, Willie Colon is being targeted by the Chicago Bears.  ESPN.com reports:

The Bears have made contact with Steelers tackle Willie Colon about the possibility of making a deal, according to an NFL source. But it's believed that Colon is actually more of a contingency plan for if the Bears are unable to land Saints tackle Jermon Bushrod.

Also, there has been rumors that the Buffalo Bills are interested in Willie Colon.  Before Colon suffered a season ending Achilles inury, many "insiders" considered Willie Colon as a top 5 right tackle.  Most Steeler fans would disagree.  Willie Colon has been notorious for offsides penalties and has almost gotten his buddy, Big Ben killed by opposing linebackers on several occasions.  With that being said, Colon is still a priority for the Steelers front office. With the Steelers 10+ million over the cap and Colon's price rising, the Steelers may need Florida Gator rookie, Marcus Gilbert to step into the starting role earlier than expected.

Only time will tell but the Pittsburgh Steelers tackle situation is getting worrisome.  There are rumors that Max Starks is cut due to weight and injury issues, Jonathan Scott is unsigned, Flozell Adams is unsigned, and Willie Colon may be Chicago bound.

Updated: Ike Taylor Remains a Steeler

According to ESPN.com reports:

The Pittsburgh Steelers and veteran cornerback Ike Taylor have reached an agreement on a four-year deal, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Details of the contract have not been disclosed.  This was the Steelers most important signing this offseason.  The Steelers secondary struggled against pass-happy defenses last season and Ike Taylor is the best CB they have until the young rookies get some experience.

Steelers Sign UDFA

The Pittsburgh Steelers have come to terms with the following Undrafted Free Agents (UDFA).

Vaughn Charlton, TE/HB (Temple)
John Clay, HB (Wisconsin)
Terrence McCrae, WR (Ohio)
Armand Robinson, WR (Miami University)
Adam Mims, WR (Furman)
Weslye Saunders, TE (South Carolina)
Colin Miller, C (Central Michigan)
Trevis Turner, OT (Abilene Christian)
Brent Greenwood, S (Iowa)
Niles Brinkley, CB (Wisconsin)
Eric Clanton, OLB (Citadel)
Mario Harvey, MLB (Marshall)
Miguel Chavis, DE (Clemson)
Anthony Gray, DT (Southern Miss)
Eric Greenwood, WR (Idaho)

STEEL CURTAIN RADIO #138: CONFESSIONS OF AN NFL HITMAN

Show Topics:

1. Why needs to stop talking about Injuries?
2. Who Has the Best QB in the AFC North?
3. Who Has the Best Head Coach in the AFC North?
4. Who has the Best WRs in the AFC North?
5. Will there be any starting Line up Changes in 2011/2012?

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Harrison Sounds Off

Read the complete article of James Harrison sounding off against .. well, everyone.

Calling Roger Goodell the devil... check

Calling out teammates... check

Calling out the New England Cheatriots... check

Calling out Brian Cushing... check

Calling out league policy... check

Harrison should have a "shut up" clause in his contract for real.  The guy is a great player and he's even better at channeling his anger to the playing field.  But come on now Harrison, just stay away from the microphone.  Your not a good talker and you can easily be taken out of context.  The result of this is now the Pittsburgh Steelers will have a greater target on their back this year.

Read the complete article from Men's Journal here.

 

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