AP - With the new CBA agreed upon and signed, the NFL opened for business today. The first major signing was no surprise at all. Ike Taylor will remain a Pittsburgh Steeler after signing a 4 year 36 million dollar contract with 14 million in guaranteed money. When reached for comment Taylor expressed his happiness with the new deal in just one word, "Swaggin'!" Swaggin indeed.
Post Gazette - Back to Work
The Steelers opened their first minicamp this weekend. 7 on 7 drills were open to the press in the afternoon on Saturday. Crezdon Butler put on a show as he blanketed every receiver he took on. He even showed surprising downfield speed as ran with Mike Wallace on a go route. But, Butler's best plays came when the defensive backs switched to zone. After a nifty deflection by rookie Cortez Allen, Butler put on a show. He jumped two slants and a dig route intercepting passes on 3 consecutive plays. After practice quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had high praise for Butler, "He is an instinctive corner with fantastic hands. We saw it in camp last year. Unfortunately, he had some trouble with the playbook last year and didn't see the field much. But, he is ready now. With those hands, he should be playing receiver. He catches everything. That guy even caught the garter AND the bouquet at my wedding."
Observer Reporter - Keenan Lewis to FS
Keenan Lewis was drafted as a cornerback two seasons ago. Unfortunately, he has not progressed as a corner. But, Lewis does have good size and athleticism. Mike Tomlin confirmed this morning that Lewis, who has only lined up at FS thus far in the minicamp, will remain there. Lewis will compete with Ryan Mundy and Will Allen for what will likely be two back up safety spots. Tomlin was matter of fact, "It is time for the young man to produce. We believe this is the position that best fits his skill set. He will be given every opportunity to make this team as a safety and to earn a helmet on Sundays."