Player News - Steelers

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette expects the Steelers to release S J.J. Wilcox.

Wilcox played just 131 2017 snaps after coming over in a September trade from the Bucs. Cutting him would create $3.125 million in cap space while leaving behind just $675,000 in dead money.
Feb 15 - 4:47 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette expects the Steelers to release FS Mike Mitchell.

The same is true of J.J. Wilcox. Going on 31, Mitchell started 13 games in 2017 but was mostly sub-replacement level. Cutting Mitchell would leave behind $3.135 million in dead money but create $5 million in cap space.
Feb 15 - 4:41 PM

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert told impending free agent Le'Veon Bell the organization has a "strong desire" to keep him in Pittsburgh the rest of his career.

Colbert added the franchise tag is an option, but their goal is a long-term deal. The two sides did not seem particularly close to a deal last year, but Colbert said the situation is different this time around and they are opening negotiations with a clean slate. The deadline to apply the franchise tag is March 6, but the two sides can continue to negotiate a long-term deal even if the Steelers use the tag.
Feb 15 - 10:40 AM

Steelers ILB Tyler Matakevich underwent shoulder surgery following the season.

Matakevich only played 60 snaps on defense as a sophomore, but he would have had a much bigger role if he had not suffered a labrum injury in the same game Ryan Shazier suffered his spinal injury. The issue limited Matakevich to special teams the rest of the season. The Steelers will almost certainly add someone to play next to Vince Williams this offseason, but Matakevich should get a shot to earn a role.
Source: Penn Live
Feb 13 - 12:05 PM

Steelers RG David DeCastro has restructured his contract.

DeCastro and DE Stephon Tuitt converted their salaries into bonus money. The moves saved Pittsburgh $13.26 million in cap space.
Feb 10 - 5:20 PM

Steelers re-signed FB Roosevelt Nix to a four-year contract through 2021.

Undrafted in 2014, Nix turned in two good seasons to start his career and made the Pro Bowl in 2017. Nix graded out as the second worst fullback among those with 100 or more snaps according to Pro Football Focus in 2017, however. Nix does add value with his work on special teams.
Feb 10 - 1:33 PM

Steelers owner Art Rooney is open to extending Ben Roethlisberger.

"His play this year makes you feel he does have a few years left," Rooney said. "All that is great in terms of the contract. We'll address that at the right time. Bottom line is we're excited and we'll continue to work with him." After retirement rumors last offseason, Roethlisberger plans to play for at least three more years. The Steelers have Roethlisberger signed through 2019.
Source: ESPN
Feb 7 - 7:04 PM

Updating an earlier report, Steelers ILB Ryan Shazier (back surgery) is not yet able to walk on his own.

Reports surfaced Sunday that Shazier had begun a walking routine. While Shazier has regained movement in his legs, he's still not able to walk without the assistance of a walker or other people. The 25-year-old is two months removed from spinal stabilization surgery.
Feb 5 - 8:53 AM

Steelers ILB Ryan Shazier (back surgery) has begun walking.

Shazier was released from the hospital Thursday after suffering a career-threatening spine injury in a Week 13 game against Cincinnati. One source told ESPN that the linebacker is making "incredible progress." Per Schefter, the next 3-6 months are pivotal in Shazier's recovery, though the fact he's already walking is obviously phenomenal news.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 4 - 9:04 AM

Le'Veon Bell said his priority in contract negotiations with the Steelers is guaranteed money.

"Yeah, a lot of it is about the guarantees," he said. "That's what a long-term deal really is, you know? You want that security." Bell has also changed his tune on being franchise-tagged, saying he has no plans to hold out if the Steelers tag him again in 2018. When asked if he'd accept a deal worth $50 million guaranteed, Bell said, "Absolutely." The deadline to assign the franchise tag is March 6 at 4 PM ET.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 2 - 4:27 PM

Steelers re-signed P Jordan Berry to a one-year contract.

The Steelers' punter since 2015, Berry had been headed for restricted free agency. Berry's 39.8 net punting average was just 23rd in the league in 2017.
Feb 1 - 4:09 PM

Steelers ILB Ryan Shazier (back surgery) has been discharged from the hospital.

Shazier made the announcement in a social media post. He is moving on to outpatient therapy. Shazier still has a long way to go, but seems to be making steady progress. He is two months removed from his frightening injury.
Feb 1 - 2:06 PM

According to Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey, Ben Roethlisberger told teammates he plans on playing at least three more seasons.

Roethlisberger had already confirmed his return for next season, but now it looks like he'll remain in Pittsburgh at least through the end of his current contract, which runs through 2019. The Steelers made an appeal to Big Ben last week by replacing his nemesis Todd Haley with QBs coach and noted-Roethlisberger advocate Randy Fichtner at offensive coordinator. The two-time Super Bowl champ turns 36 in March.
Jan 26 - 3:47 PM

Impending free agent Le'Veon Bell said he and the Steelers are in active contract talks and are "a lot closer" than they were last year.

Bell turned down an extension last year that would have guaranteed him $30 million over the first two years of the deal and paid around $12 million annually, which would have easily made him the league's highest-paid back. He played 2017 on the $12.1 million franchise tag. This year, the tag would cost around $14.5 million. Bell turns 26 next month. He's going to get paid either way.
Jan 24 - 12:21 PM

MMQB's Peter King expects impending free agent Le'Veon Bell to "go to the highest bidder" and names the Raiders as a team to "watch" for Bell.

King doesn't do much reporting in terms of breaking news anymore, but he still has many connections throughout the league. The new staff in Oakland has been mum when it comes to Marshawn Lynch's future with the team, so Beast Mode could very well be one-and-done for his hometown Raiders. Oakland could use that money to go after a younger stallion like Bell, but he'll have no shortage of suitors should he reach the open market. It's going to be tough for the Steelers to use the franchise tag on Bell again this year since they have very little cap room at the moment. However, creating cap space is a relatively simple task.
Jan 22 - 10:59 PM


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