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Steelers land at No. 15 on PFT’s power rankings: ‘When they are expected to be bad, they usually find a way to be pretty good’

The Pittsburgh Steelers are in a transition period, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be good while doing so.

General manager Kevin Colbert carefully weeded through his roster and kept the ‘needs’ and let go of the ‘wants,’ so to speak.

He let go of hard hitting linebacker James Harrison and speed demon receiver Mike Wallace, but fou…

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Mocking the Draft: Steelers land LB, WR and S in three-round community mock draft

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Cleveland Or Bust For James Harrison? Where Will The Former Steelers Linebacker Land?

Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison understands that the game of football is a business. On Saturday he was released after nine seasons in the Steel City and he is ready to get on with his career.

Harrison was a guest on NFL Network following his release and stated that he thinks he has three years, and possibly even four, left in…

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Steelers WR Wallace fails to land offer sheet

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace’s goal of being one of the highest paid at his position took a hit when he did not receive an offer sheet from any team by Friday’s deadline.
Wallace, a restricted free agent, has lobbied for a contract in the neighborhood of the eight-year, $ 120 million pact signed by Arizona Cardinals stud Larry Fitzgerald.
The Steelers opted not to place the franchise tag on Wallace and put a first-round tender on him worth $ 2.7 million.
Wallace, who has yet to sign the tender and did not report for the team’s offseason workouts, had 72 catches for 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns last season.
The Pro Bowler has established himself as one of the NFL’s premier deep threats, averaging 18.7 yards per reception in his first three seasons.

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Steelers Land QB Nick Foles, Several Guards, in Later Rounds of Live Mock Draft


Mocking the Draft’s live 7-round mock draft is complete, and the Steelers mock GM, Adam Baliatico, assesses his plunder.

A daring trade back into the first round after selecting Memphis DT Dontari Poe was the highlight, and it netted him Alabama LB Dont’a Hightower as well.

Late-round buzz centers around the selection of Arizona QB Nick Foles in the sixth, a solid player who fell probably a bit further than he will in the real draft.

“I have Foles rated as a late 2nd round prospect.” Baliatico said. “So getting him late in the 6th was just too good to be true.”

Outside of those picks, Baliatico went heavy with offensive guards, scooping up Washington’s Senio Kelemete in the fourth round, Pitt’s Luke Nix in the fifth round and Texas Tech’s Lonnie Edwards in the seventh. This mock draft proved what many have been saying; it’s a deep draft for guards.

“Edwards is one of the best pass blocking guards in this draft.” Baliatico said. “(He) has starting potential.”

While obviously this draft will not likely hold true to the actual draft, it does provide some good insight into how the cards could fall in April. Taking three guards may be a bit of a stretch, but picking up a quarterback in the mid-to-late rounds seems plausible, and certainly, no one would be against the Steelers acquiring some depth at the guard spot.

Steelers 2012 Live Mock Draft Results

1a: DT Dontari Poe, Memphis

1b: LB Dont’a Hightower, LB, Alabama

4: Senio Kelemete, OG, Washington

5: Luke Nix, OG, Pittsburgh

6: Nick Foles, QB, Arizona

7: Lonnie Edwards, OG, Texas Tech

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Report: Steelers the Favorite to land Mike Tolbert

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Kevin Acee is reporting that Mike Tolbert is unlikely to resign in San Diego.  He is asking for more then what the Chargers are willing to pay.  Acee gives two landing spots for Tolbert.  The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Carolina Panthers.  He lists the Steelers as the favorite to sign Tolbert.
If Tolbert is not willing to play for what the Chargers are willing to pay him I am not sure how the Steelers will afford him.  If the Steelers do acquire Tolbert they will most likely have to cut Rashard Mendenhall to cover the cost.  The Steelers have been rumored around a few running backs this offseason.  That most likely means they have no expectation that Mendenhall will return to the field this year.

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AFC North Fortunate Robert Griffin Will Land Outside the Division


It appears that Cleveland will remain Cleveland for at least another year.

Robert Griffin III, Baylor’s Heisman-winning quarterback who shot up draft boards all year and cemented his place behind the league’s next Golden Boy, Andrew Luck, is the target of Washington’s version of the Herschel Walker Trade (though not nearly as reckless) for the No. 2 overall pick.

It’s not a bad trade for the Redskins, either. Or is it?

Washington reportedly will give up the No. 6 overall pick as well as its second-round pick in the 2012 draft, plus, first round picks in 2013 and 2014 in exchange for the No. 2 pick in this year’s draft.

When the deal is finalized – which won’t happen until March 13, the start of the new league year – it’s likely that St. Louis will throw in a later round pick or two over the next three years. But the Rams still picked up a bonanza many would have thought unattainable leading up to the draft.

It wasn’t about the Rams showing interest in Griffin – they still have 2010 No. 1 overall pick Sam Bradford under center. It wasn’t about Minnesota at No. 3, who could have made a convincing argument they may take Griffin at No. 3 even after taking Christian Ponder in the first round last year. This was about Cleveland at No. 4.

The Browns had the scratch to pull off the deal: they hold Atlanta’s first-round pick (No. 22 overall) since the Falcons included it in their package to move up 21 spots last year to select Alabama WR Julio Jones. Many speculated that Cleveland could give up their first-round picks this year, plus perhaps a second-round pick next year, for the second overall pick. The two-pick difference between Cleveland and Washington suggests that the Browns would have given up a little less, but the three first-round picks St. Louis is receiving in exchange for a player they wouldn’t have drafted is the kind of windfall usually bestowed on lottery winners and heirs.

I get the adage, “You’re only as good as your weakest link,” and how Cleveland could improve at a higher rate with two first-round picks instead of just one. But many people fail to notice how good Cleveland’s young defense was last season. If they had a quarterback, plus the addition of even a reasonably talented receiver in this draft, they could legitimately compete next year.

Ryan Tannehill and Brandon Weeden (possible QB targets for the Browns at No. 22) do not have the core skill set Griffin has. Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon (a possible target for Cleveland at No. 4) won’t be as dominant a player as Griffin will be.

In other words, the AFC North is breathing a sigh of relief that Griffin won’t be going against them twice a year. With his accuracy on deep passes, athleticism and mental make-up, it won’t take him long to be a very dangerous passer.

Washington mortgaging its future and counting solely on its salary cap space this season to rebuild a depleted roster is already a huge plus for the Steelers. They still may have to deal with Blackmon, an Anquan-Boldin-With-A-Lot-More-Speed kind of receiver, but without a high-ceiling QB coming into the division, they can feel confident in their ability to keep Cleveland in the basement.

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