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Bouchette On Harrison’s Knee: He Is Not Going To Come Back Strong

(Credit: KDKA)Two games down, two games to go for the Steelers' preseason schedule. To take a look at the team's development, and some insight into the next couple wee...

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Colbert says time hasn’t come for a veteran receiver, yet

Amid speculation from Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that a Plaxico Burress reunion could be coming with the Steelers, G.M. Kevin Colbert said that the time hasn’t come to add a veteran receiver in response to the ongoing holdout of Mike Wallace. Colbert declined to specifically address Burress, who visited with the Steelers last...

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Steelers come in at No. 6 in the Preseason Power Rankings

The team that owns six Super Bowl trophies is No. 6 on the Preseason Power Rankings as the 2012 season approaches. The Pittsburgh Steelers, bounced from the first round of the 2011 playoffs by Tebowmania (or, more accurately, a stubborn refusal to accept the fact that if they dared Tebow to beat them, he would),…ProFootballTalk » Pittsburgh Steelers

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Porter Wants to Come Back and Retire as a Steeler

The Tribune Review reports that former Steelers LB Joey Porter wants to come back and retire with the black and gold like old pal Hines Ward did back in March. Porter told the NFL Network that a knee injury has ended his career, and he wants to come back and ink and one-day deal to [...]...

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Steelers Come to Terms with former LSU Tigers LB Ryan Baker; Waive Brandon Lindsey


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The Steelers have inked former LSU outside linebacker Ryan Baker following a tryout today that included former Patriots outside linebacker Markell Carter, according to a league source.

Baker is an undrafted rookie free agent. Baker is a 5-foot-11, 232-pounder with 4.7 speed who earned all-conference honors as a senior. He recorded 58 tackles, 3 1/2 for losses and 1 1/2 sacks. The two-year starter had 87 tackles as a junior with 11 tackles for losses and seven sacks.

He started for two years at linebacker for the Tigers, finishing his career with 184 total tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks. In two years as a starter, LSU’s defense ranked No. 12 nationally in total defense (307.2 ypg in 2010) and No. 2 (261.5 ypg in 2011).

He played in 50 games with 25 starts.

In picking up Baker, former Pitt linebacker Brandon Lindsey was wavied.

Lindsey signed with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent after a stellar career with the Panthers, where he was named second-team All-Big East following his junior season in 2010 after leading the league in sacks.

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Will the Steelers Offensive Line Come Together in 2012 as the Team Wants it To?

We all know that the Steelers are counting on their offensive line in 2012 to be much better than it has been in the past several years.

The club has spent some high draft choices on the line, and today PFW says that the line needs to be a stronger unit in 2012, and they question if it will be able to come together as fast as the team needs it to.

There has been plenty of focus on what changes new coordinator Todd Haley will implement on offense, as well as how well he will work with QB Ben Roethlisberger. While these are material issues, there’s no doubting that Roethlisberger’s rare passing gifts and daring style of play all but guarantee that he will put his unique stamp on the offense no matter the coordinator — though whether Haley works to implement more short, quick passing with an eye on protecting Roethlisberger from the rush is something to watch, the way we hear it. A more pressing issue, we’re told, is how a potentially new-look Steelers’ offensive line jells. Pittsburgh could have new starters at both guard spots as well as at left tackle, with rookies David DeCastro (right guard) and Mike Adams (left tackle) possible Week One starters. Building continuity upfront can take time, so let’s see how Pittsburgh fares in that regard.

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Steelers Come to Terms with Second Round Pick OT Mike Adams


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Ed Bouchette tweeted Tuesday evening the Steelers signed OT Mike Adams to a contract, without citing any terms.

Adams, a highly touted but baggage-laden second round pick from Ohio State is the fourth Steelers draft pick to sign following 4th round pick Alameda Ta'amu, 5th round pick Chris Rainey and 7th round pick Toney Clemons.

Adams reportedly tested positive for marijuana at the NFL Scouting Combine in February, but a trip to Pittsburgh and a discussion with Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin put him back on their draft board.

Thought to be a first round talent, the Steelers scooped him up when he fell to the bottom third of the second round. He will likely compete for the back-up left tackle position, but the amount of injuries and general instability the Steelers have had in recent years suggests he may see the field frequently.

Fellow rookie offensive lineman, and mini camp roommate, OG David DeCastro, TE David Paulson, CB Terrence Frederick and OG Kelvin Beachum are the remaining draft picks who haven't signed yet.



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Steelers Come to Terms with UFA TE Leonard Pope


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The Steelers have inked a new backup tight end, as Ed Bouchette just tweeted that the team has inked free agent TE Leonard Pope.

Steeler fans may remember Pope from Super Bowl XLIII when he caught a one-yard TD pass against the Steelers as a member of the Arizona Cardinals.

Pope was a third round pick out of Georgia in 2006 by the Cardinals. He is a favorite of new Steelers OC Todd Haley, who coached him in Arizona, and also has played with the Chiefs since 2009.

The new Steelers TE is more of a blocking TE, and signing him means that the future for both backup TE’s David Johnson and Weslye Saunders are in doubt.

Johnson is a restricted free agent, but has not yet signed his tender offer from the team. Saunders is suspended for the first four games of the 2012 season for a violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

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Dermontti Dawson: Hall Of Fame A Dream Come True

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — By the time the announcement finally came, Dermontti Dawson was about to give up on another year of Hall of Fame eligibility.

“When it got close to the three o’clock,” he says, “I said, ‘Well, apparently I didn’t make it.’

“So I was about to go hit golf balls. Then when my name was called I was like ‘Holy moly!’ I kind of was in shock a little bit.”

Weeks later, the shock has yet to subside. He still has trouble calling himself a Hall of Famer.

“It really hasn’t had time to sink in,” he said. “I’ve been signing everything, ‘HOF 2012,’ but, you know, it will sink in sooner or later.”

Dawson’s disbelief is likely the same kind he gets when he thinks back to the beginning of his Steelers career.

“I ended up starting a few games my rookie year at guard and then after my rookie season, Coach Noll came up to me and asked me to switch to center,” he says.

“I never could have imagined that my career would’ve turned out the way it did. It’s almost like a storybook and a dream come true.”

Dawson played 13 seasons with the Steelers, making 7 Pro Bowls, and 6 All Pro teams. He looked even further back in his football history to choose his Hall of Fame presenter. And he went with the man whom he credits with getting him to play football in the first place — his high school coach Steve Parker.

“Steve Parker was instrumental,” Dawson says. “He was the one who came up to me in the hallway in high school and said, ‘Son, where have you been all my life?’
“And he knew I wrestled and ran track and if it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t have went out for football.”

That’s how close it came to the world never knowing Dermontti Dawson as one of the best centers of all time, one of the nicest people of all time and another in a long line of deserving Pittsburgh Steelers heading to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“It’s a big honor,” Dawson says. “And really, being enshrined in the Hall of Fame is the pinnacle of any NFL players’ career.”

And he’s ready to don that gold jacket that those who are enshrined in Canton, Ohio, get to wear.

“I’ll look good in any color,” Dawson says with a laugh. “I don’t care what color the jacket is. I’ll take it.”

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Cotchery On Steelers, “I Would Love To Come Back”

PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Steelers’ free agent wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery joined the Fan Morning Show on Thursday to talk about his first season with the team.

Cotchery said that everything was positive about his first year as a Steeler, and the organization was everything he expected it to be. About his status as a free agent, Cotchery said that he would love to return to the black and gold next season.

The Post-Gazette reported on Wednesday that offensive coordinator Bruce Arians may not return next season. Cotchery said that he isn’t sure how that situation will play out, but he respects Arians as a coach, and will wait to see what happens.

We also get his thoughts on the loss to Denver, and the remaining teams in the playoffs.

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