Category Archives: Training Camp
After 3 years, the Pittsburgh Steelers cut 2nd round draft pick Limas Sweed. The highly successful tall-wide receiver from the University of Texas is exactly what Big Ben has always wanted since Plaxico Burress left town.
With the release of Sweed, he can now be considered the biggest draft flop in recent memory. In fact, Sweed may be considered the 2nd biggest WR draft flop in Steelers history behind 1st round pick Troy Edwards during the Bill Cowher era.
The Steelers decided to release Sweed instead of placing rookie running back Baron Batch on injured reserve. Batch underwent surgery yesterday to repair a torn ACL he suffered last week.
The Steelers must pay the final year of Sweed's 4-year, $3.3 million rookie contract until his shoulder injury is healed. The Steelers also can retain Sweed and place him on injured reserve if no other team claims him.
Today, Sweed finished his Steelers career with only 7 catches. Over the past three years, Sweed has been plagued with personal issues especially lack of confidence as well as being injury prone. This training camp was critical for Sweed to prove his worth especially given his history and recovering from his 2010 season-ending achilles injury.
Apparently, Sweed didn't convince the Steelers coaching staff of his worth. It's not over for Sweed though. Another team can still claim Sweed or the Steelers would re-sign him.
Let's not forget that pro bowler James Harrison was once cut by the Steelers.
Listen to Pittsburgh Steelers head coach, Mike Tomlin's last press conference of the 2011 training camp series.
Flozell Adams has been official cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Adams, now 36, filled in admirably last season at RT due to the season ending Achilles injury suffered by starter Willie Colon.
Most people anticipated this cut because the Steelers signed RT Willie Colon to a 5 year /29 million dollar deal yesterday. That dollar amount is a bit surprising given Colon didn't play last year and he's coming off of a major injury. To stay with the Steelers, Adams would have had to take a pay cut. Adams was due 5 million this year. The Steelers simply can't afford to pay Adams 5 million for this season and he refused to take a pay cut which is why he's no longer with the team.
The Pittsburgh Steelers said that Willie Colon was a priority this offseason and they weren't kidding. Even though Colon missed all of last year with an Achilles injury, the Steelers rewarded the right tackle (RT) with a 5 year / 29 million dollar contract. Sources around the league say that Colon is a top notch RT but many fans have their doubts. Regardless, Colon was rewarded with a "more than fair" contract especially coming off of a serious injury. Maybe the fact that he's good friends with Ben Roethlisberger helped his case.
Discuss this signing at the PlanetSteelers.com Forum & Message Board
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.
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.
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)
The Pittsburgh Steelers signed center, 1st round draft pick, Maurkice Pouncey to a 5-year deal. Terms have not been disclosed.
Pouncey, a standout center for the University of Florida is expected to compete for a starting job at either the center or guard positions.
Center is the Steelers worst position along the offensive line and Pouncey is expected to be a huge upgrade over Justin Hartwig.
Yesterday the Pittsburgh Steelers opened camp in Latrobe and you could sense the excitement in the air.
Mike Tomlin in particular was all smiles. And why not? He just signed a nice extension when some thought he may be coaching for his job this year given the embarrassing meltdown last year against far inferior opponents.
However, with the excitement also comes many question marks and I believe Tomlin acknowledges that. Here are just a few of those question marks:
1) Can the Steelers survive the first six games without Big Ben (possibly 4 games)?
2) Is this Woodley's last year in a Steelers uniform?
3) Can Mike Wallace be productive against teams #1 cornerbacks?
4) How will the loss of Colon impact the offensive line?
5) Is Polamalu healthy and can he stay healthy?
6) Will the secondary be improved with McFadden starting? Will Burnett and Lewis step up in their second year?
7) Will Pouncey start? If so will it be at center or guard?
8) Will Mendenhall share carries with Jonathan Dywer
9) Will Farrier, given his age, struggle like last year? Is this Farrior's last year?
10) Can Ward stay healthy? Is this Ward's last year before retiring?
The Carolina Panthers signed DT, Rashon "Sonny" Harris to their 53 man roster. Harris was a pleasant surprise during training camp and preseason games. He showed good push, adequate technique and the ability to take on multiple blockers. Based on earlier reports, Harris was expected to replace the much older (and expensive) Travis Kirsche on a very veteran defensive line. The Pittsburgh Steelers are in desperate need of getting younger up front with only Nick Eason (29) and 1st round rookie, Ziggy Hood under 30 years old.
The 6-4, 300 pound rookie defensive lineman from Oregon had the frame to pack on a few more pounds and potentially move to nose tackle in the Steelers 3-4 defensive front. With Casey Hampton unsigned going into the regular season opener against the Tennessee Titans, Hampton is very unlikely to be signed to an extension. Hampton has made it very clear that if he hits the "open free agent market", he won't be in the black and gold next season. The Steelers won't overpay for Hampton and some other team will (i.e. Raiders, Washington, etc). With aging Chris Hoke as the only other option at NT, Sonny Harris would have been a welcome, young addition to that lineup.