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Pittsburgh Steelers Training Camp Open Thread: One Day Before Gameday

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Four players to “retire” as Steelers before Friday night practice

The Steelers are putting a little twist on the former player coming back to sign a one-day contract so he can retire as a member of his old team theme. They’re going to have four former Steelers come back to “retire” as members of the team at their Friday night public practice. Ed Bouchette of…ProFootballTalk » Pittsburgh Steelers

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Will Things Fall Into Place Before Training Camp for Wallace, DeCastro Deals?

The Steelers have two important players to still get under contract before training camp begins: offensive guard and first round pick David DeCastro and All-Pro wide receiver Mike Wallace. There are multiple reasons as to why both players have yet to sign contracts, but there is also a lot of optimi ContinueThe post Will Things Fall Into Place Befo…

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Video: Steelers Confident a Deal Can Get Done with Wallace Before Camp

John Clayton says the Steelers are confident that they can reach a long-term deal with star WR Mike Wallace before training camp begins….

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Report: Steelers Still Optimistic About Getting Deal Done With Wallace Before Camp

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We can’t go a full week without an update on Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free agent Mike Wallace, now can we?

Last weekend it was Len Pasquarelli of The Sports Xchange that reported that there’s been very little negotiating and no progress made between the Steelers and Wallace in regard to new long-term deal. Today, John Clayton of ESPN said …

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David DeCastro, Alameda Ta’amu Fast, Powerful Friends Long Before Being Drafted By Pittsburgh


There are many reasons why rookies in the NFL may struggle in adapting to the pro version of the game. One of which is a lack of familiarity of the people with whom they’re doing battle on the field.

Steelers first round pick, OG David DeCastro and fourth round pick, NT Alameda Ta’amu, may not have to worry about that as much. They have a history of competing against each other dating back to high school.

DeCastro and Ta’amu both attended high school in the Seattle area (DeCastro at Bellevue High School and Ta’amu from Rainier Beach), and were roommates together at a high school all-star football game in California back in 2007.

When the two made their college choices, DeCastro elected to attend Stanford due to its sterling academic reputation. Ta’amu stayed in-state, and played four years for the hometown Huskies.

The two squared off In 2009-11, with Stanford thrashing the Huskies all three times. The Cardinal rushed for 446 yards in their final meeting, a 65-21 thrashing of the visiting Huskies.

Per a Seattle Times article leading up to the game, the two appear to be respectful of each other, and still maintain a level of friendliness.

Of Ta’amu:

Whatever happens, Ta’amu says he’ll warmly shake DeCastro’s hand afterward. “That’s my boy right there,” he said this week.

And DeCastro:

“He’s a great guy,” DeCastro said of Ta’amu.

The familiarity they share with each other will serve them well as they compete against each other, hopefully for the Steelers, for a very long time.

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NFL Salary Cap Set at $120.6 Million, Steelers $12-14 Million Under Before Free Agency, Draft

In this photo made Nov. 13, 2011, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery catches a pass against the Cincinnati Bengals in the first half of an NFL football game, in Cincinnati. Cotchery made an impact in his first extended playing time with the Steelers, catching a touchdown in a 24-17 win over Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble, File)

The NFL announced Sunday the Salary Cap for the 2012 season is $ 120.6 million, up $ 225,000 from last season. All 32 teams must be under that mark by 4 p.m. ET Tuesday, which is the beginning of the unrestricted free agency period.

Several releases and contract restructures by the Steelers and multiple players have gotten them to a relatively thin amount under the cap, considering tender offers needing to be made to their restricted free agents, as well as the signing of their draft class.

A total of about $ 9 million looks to go to Pittsburgh’s restricted free agents, most notably, WR Mike Wallace. He will receive the highest RFA tender, and barring a long-term contract extension, Wallace’s cap number will be $ 2.742 million. Gs Doug Legursky and Ramon Foster, FS Ryan Mundy, TE David Johnson and CB Keenan Lewis all will receive original round tenders, meaning, if another team were to sign any of those players to an offer sheet, and the Steelers elect not to match it, the Steelers would receive the team’s selection in the round that player was drafted originally. The restricted free agency period begins March 17.

Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider estimates the Steelers will spend another $ 4.45 million on its draft class.

Squirrel away a few more bucks for in-season replacement signings, the Steelers will have to take an “aim small, miss small” approach in free agency. It’s not impossible to re-sign WR Jerricho Cotchery, and with the possible departure of Wallace, it, in fact, seems likely. If Wallace was to be signed somewhere else, and assuming the Steelers won’t make any immediate moves on unrestricted free agents, they would have the $ 2.742 million slotted for Wallace available. Not all of that would go toward Cotchery, but he clearly would become a priority. If Wallace leaves, the Steelers would have two wide receivers on their roster – Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders.

A better option, though, would be to lower Wallace’s cap number by signing him to a long-term deal. Spacing guaranteed money out beyond this season and into a four or five year contract could give them the savings needed to keep Cotchery as well as even pursue an affordable nose tackle or offensive guard – two positions needing depth in 2012.

Veteran OT Jonathan Scott and LB Larry Foote would likely be the next up in terms of contracts to renegotiate should the Steelers find themselves in dire straits, but with four days between unrestricted free agency and the start of the restricted free agency period, Pittsburgh can see how the wide receiver market – which includes big names such as Vincent Jackson, Brandon Lloyd and Marques Colston – fairs around the league.

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Why I Think A New Deal Will Be Reached With Mike Wallace Before March 5th

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With the 2012 NFL combine getting started on Wednesday, I thought now would be the perfect time to give my gut feeling thoughts on what will happen with Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace.

I have talked extensively about the options the Steelers have in regards to placing a first round tender or using the franchise tag on Wallace, but as I mentioned in the podcast last Friday, the best case solution is to just have him signed to a long term deal before having to use either of those on him.

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Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin Met With Hue Jackson Before Reportedly Deciding on Todd Haley for Offensive Coordinator


Like the alleged Todd Haley hiring for the Steelers‘ offensive coordinator position or not, one thing that can – and should – be said is Mike Tomlin did his research.

NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora, one of the first reporters to formally link Haley to the Steelers’ open position, tweeted Monday Tomlin had met with former Raiders head coach Hue Jackson before news broke today of the reported offer to Haley.


The same Jackson recently fired by Oakland after openly criticizing his team after a Week 17 loss to San Diego – a game the Raiders needed to win for a shot at the playoffs.

Was Jackson a candidate? Perhaps he was, just as much as former Colts coach Jim Caldwell. Tomlin had met with Caldwell, who was recently dispatched by Indianapolis. Along with Haley’s interview, the men Tomlin met with (whether they were formal interviews or the men were realistic candidates for the job remains to be seen) were head coaches at the start of the 2011 season, and all of them have offensive backgrounds.

It begs the question, what exactly was he looking for in that candidate?

One plausible answer is he wanted those candidates to give him their impression of what they themselves wanted in an offensive coordinator.

There’s only one report of an offer being made, and that is to Haley, per Mark Carmen of AM 610 in Kansas City. Caldwell’s meeting with Tomlin may not have been an interview, but sources confirmed the two met face-to-face. Caldwell left town without a contract offer, though. The news of Jackson’s meeting with Tomlin over the weekend suggests Tomlin was beating the street for information from recently employed offensive minds.

Maybe the whole thing was a big face-to-face background check on Haley from some of their collective peers in the AFC. It’s hard not to respect that mentality.

Either way, despite disagreements with the supposed hire of Haley, it seems Tomlin put in the sweat effort to find the right leader for the position.

It’s a long wait until we’ll see the results of what seems to be a new direction for the Steelers offense, but until then, let’s hope Tomlin puts the same effort into researching the issues he’ll have on the defensive line this upcoming year.

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Seriously Pouncey? Think Before You Tweet

Seems that one of the Steelers better young players used some ‘not so good’ judgement following the game last night. At least that’s the opinion of this writer. Center Maurkice Pouncey, who missed the game with an ankle injury, sent out the following Tweet following the game last night. Note the Tweet has been cleaned up due it’s profanity.

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While Steeler Nation is looking to recover, and other players are saying they are sorry for the loss, Pouncey decided to Tweet about some rapper who has a new album coming out on ITunes. Not only that, he dropped an F-bomb as well.


Don’t think Pouncey got away easy with the Tweet, as a number of people, most who appeared to be Steeler fans, jumped on the Pro Bowl center for the Tweet:

As you can see by the next response, fellow Flordia grad and Steelers rookie tackle Marcus Gilbert also must have tweeted the same type of thing:


Pouncey actually responded to this one:

Nice. Listen, I get it – it’s a long season and emotions run high. I guess I just wish sometimes these guys would think before tweeting. To his credit, Pouncey did say the following on Twitter today:



Maybe next time, he’ll thinks before he Tweets.

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