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Pouncey the starter

According to reports, Florida first round pick, Maurkice Pouncey has taken all the first round snaps as the center.

Pouncey has been impressive during the preseason. He's anticipated to be the best Steelers center since Dermontti Dawson, a Hall of Fame candidate. With Hartwig's high price tag, the Steelers may be inclined to cut Justin Hartwig.

Cut Hartwig, Pay Woodley

With the outstanding play of rookie center Maurkice Pouncey, the Steelers are likely considering to cut Justin Hartwig.

Hartwig has been an adequate plug but its only a matter of time until Pouncey takes over.

With that being said, why not make Woodley happy and give him a 2 million dollar pay increase this year and release Hartwig. Hartwig is due to make 2 mil this year and that's too muh for a backup center. Release Hartwig and give Woodley the 2 mil.

Justin Hartwig signs 4 year extension

The Steelers came to one final contract agreement before the start of the regular season with a 4-year extension of starting center, Justin Hartwig.  Hartwing is entering his second season as the Steelers starting center after be acquired as a free agent from the Carolina Panthers.  Hartwig was entering the final year of his contract and wanted to stay and retire as a Pittsburgh Steeler.

Justin Hartwig, C

Justin Hartwig, C

The 4 year deal is worth 10 million with a 2.1 signing bonus.

According to sources, this is expected to be the last contract the Steelers complete before the season starts.  An ongoing business rule of the Rooney's and Steelers organization is that they don't negotiate contracts during the year.  This means that the following players will not be playing out the final year of their contract:

-  Casey Hampton
-  Willie Colon
-  Jeff Reed
-  Ryan Clark
-  Willie Parker

Pittsburgh Steelers 2008 Salaries

Steelers 2008 Salaries
Rk Player Salary (US$)    
1 Ben Roethlisberger $27,701,920    
2 Max Starks $6,899,800    
3 James Farrior $6,802,400    
4 Hines Ward $5,453,840    
5 Ike Taylor $4,643,360    
6 Troy Polamalu $4,625,000    
7 Marvel Smith $4,551,440    
8 Casey Hampton $4,100,960    
9 Brett Keisel $3,903,840    
10 Willie Parker $3,903,840    
11 Kendall Simmons $3,601,920    
12 Aaron Smith $3,255,760    
13 Charlie Batch $3,036,720    
14 Rashard Mendenhall $2,815,000    
15 Larry Foote $2,542,880    
16 Lawrence Timmons $2,199,760    
17 Santonio Holmes $2,176,920    
18 Mewelde Moore $2,005,760    
19 Justin Hartwig $1,980,760    
20 Limas Sweed $1,861,000    
21 James Harrison $1,806,720    
22 Ryan Clark $1,505,280    
23 Deshea Townsend $1,434,320    
24 Jeff Reed $1,430,280    
25 Chris Kemoeatu $1,423,240    
26 Nate Washington $1,419,880    
27 Heath Miller $1,347,260    
28 Travis Kirschke $1,133,360    
29 Chris Hoke $1,106,240    
30 Greg Warren $1,055,280    
31 Tyrone Carter $1,001,920    
32 Trai Essex $932,280    
33 Nick Eason $874,800    
34 Mitch Berger $870,000    
35 Orpheus Roye $870,000    
36 LaMarr Woodley $839,800    
37 Bruce Davis $800,626    
38 Andre Frazier $765,280    
39 Keyaron Fox $649,800    
40 Byron Leftwich $645,000    
41 Bryant McFadden $623,360    
42 Sean McHugh $605,000    
43 Tony Hills $599,500    
44 Willie Colon $451,720    
45 Anthony Madison $450,760    
46 Arnold Harrison $449,800    
47 Anthony Smith $448,840    
48 Dennis Dixon $425,000    
49 Jon Dekker $376,240    
50 Matt Spaeth $376,240    
51 Darnell Stapleton $376,240    
52 Carey Davis $375,760    
53 Daniel Sepulveda $375,760    
54 William Gay $374,800    
55 Gary Russell $370,000    
56 Mike Humpal $366,575    
57 Dallas Baker $301,720    
58 Donovan Woods $298,500    
59 Scott Paxson $295,000    

Steelers vs. Bills – Preview

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Buffalo Bills

7:30 pm est

(Replays on NFL Network)

Tonight, the Pittsburgh Steelers plan to kick-off their second preseason game in Toronto against the AFC East Buffalo Bills. Mike Tomlin suggested that the starters are expected to see significantly more playing time in tonight’s game. Below are some players to keep an eye on:

Justin Hartwig – One of the very few Steelers free agent pickups is expected to see his first start tonight, Justin Hartwig at center in place of last year’s starter, Sean Mahan. Hartwig is expected to gain the starting role after Mahan struggled last year with the larger nose tackles in the AFC North. Hartwig is bigger and stronger than Mahan and tonight he could prove to everyone that he belongs to start.

Lawrence Timmons – LT was very impressive in his last preseason game against the Eagles. Timmon’s showcased why Tomlin & Co spent their #15 overall pick in the 2007 draft. He displayed his speed and his explosiveness to close quickly on the ball. Let’s hope he can put together back-to-back impressive games. It is expected that Foote will start alongside of Farrior but Timmons will play on 3rd downs\. However, if Timmons continues to impress, expect LT to unseat Foote for the starting role.

LaMarr Woodley – Woodley was not able to get a sack against the Eagles but he did display good penetration. I look for Woodley to have at least one sack against the Bills. It’s just a matter of time until he registers his first one. Overall, I think the Steelers pass rush needs to improve. I did not see the pocket collapse quickly against the Eagles and that is a little worrisome.

Rashard Mendenhall / Willie Parker – Both of these guys looked really good against the Eagles. Parker looked as explosive and fast as always and looks to be over his broken leg. I’m really excited to see more of Mendenhall. Against the Eagles, Mendenhall averaged just about 5 yards/carry and looked impressive doing so. He has a great combination of vision, size, power, and speed to really excel in this league.

Offensive Line – The OL looked adequate in its first preseason game. However, it’s way to early to determine if this OL will give up another 47 sacks this year. The jury is still out on these guys. Until they can show consistency, I can’t label this group as improved. On a side note, Starks looked terrible as usual in a backup role. Can someone please explain Colbert’s logic for paying Max Starks, a backup, 7 million dollars this year? By the way, that is the most of any left tackle in the league. YIKES.

Defensive Line – The DL really did not impress me in the last game. I thought the Eagles had some success running right up the middle of the Steelers defense. Now that Casey “I don’t weigh 365 pounds anymore” Hampon has returned to the lineup, I expect this unit to improve in this area.

Limes Sweed – Even though Sweed didn’t have many opportunities, he did make some very nice catches. I had heard Sweed had “suspect hands”. Based on the Eagles game alone, he looks to have great hands. I like what I see so far, and I think he’ll only improve from here.

Other Notables:

Ben Roethlisberger / Santonio Holmes / Hines Ward - I just want to see these guys in action a little more. The “hot read” with Ben and Holmes that resulted in a touchdown against the Eagles was a thing of beauty. This should keep defenses honest and improve on the amount of sacks given up. This offense has the potential to be one of the most explosive units in the NFL as long as the OL can hold its ground.

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