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ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler expects Eli Rogers (knee) to re-sign with the Steelers when healthy.

Rogers is four months removed from ACL surgery. He was nontendered by the Steelers this offseason but may be brought back at a lower salary. Rogers would be a depth signing behind Antonio Brown, rookie James Washington, and JuJu Smith-Schuster.
Source: ESPN
May 18 - 6:10 PM

Steelers S Sean Davis is anticipating moving to free safety.

Davis played 742 snaps as a rookie last season, primarily at strong safety. He's recovering from shoulder surgery but is expected to be ready for camp. Although he'll move positions in the Steelers' secondary, Davis will again be an every-down player this upcoming season.
May 4 - 12:06 PM

Steelers released S J.J. Wilcox.

Wilcox was due over $3 million in non-guaranteed salary, so the special teamer's release was inevitable after the Steelers drafted two safeties.
Apr 30 - 4:06 PM

Raiders acquired WR Martavis Bryant from the Steelers in exchange for the No. 79 overall pick.

The Steelers let it be known they were ready to trade their walk-year wideout, and the Raiders stepped in immediately. 26-year-old Bryant is headed to a receiver corps that already includes Amari Cooper and Jordy Nelson, but will have bounce-back potential after a slow start and coach clashing marred his 2017 return from indefinite suspension. It's no sure thing Bryant meshes with back to the future coach Jon Gruden, but he still offers legitimate upside. Bryant is a gargantuan touchdown scorer who is a threat to rip a big play every time he touches the ball. All that being said, it's a steep price for a free agent to be with a lengthy suspension history.
Apr 26 - 10:13 PM

Giants signed CB William Gay, formerly of the Steelers.

Cut by the Steelers last month, Gay did not appear to have a strong market, but he ended up landing in a pretty good spot. After cutting Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, the Giants need help at slot corner, and Gay has played pretty well in that role the last couple seasons. Gay turned 33 in January.
Apr 5 - 10:36 AM

Chiefs signed S Robert Golden, formerly of the Steelers.

Golden, 27, was released in a cost-cutting move earlier this offseason. He's mainly a special teams player but can fill in as a third safety in a pinch.
Apr 3 - 8:48 PM

Free agent S Nat Berhe is visiting the Steelers.

Berhe made two starts in four seasons with the Giants, primarily operating as a sub-package safety and special teamer. The Steelers are in the market for safety help after parting with Mike Mitchell and Robert Golden.
Apr 2 - 3:46 PM

Free agent S/CB Michael Thomas is visiting the Steelers on Monday.

Thomas has experience at all defensive back positions and was extensively used on special teams in Miami. The Steelers are looking for competitors for safety snaps after releasing FS Mike Mitchell and third safety Robert Golden.
Mar 19 - 2:07 PM

Free agent WR Matthew Slater visited the Steelers on Saturday.

Joining Pittsburgh would be quite a change for Slater, who has been with the Patriots since 2008. The Steelers generally prefer special teamers who can also play a position, which has never been Slater's MO. Pittsburgh is also strapped for cash with just over $2 million in available cap space. It seems likely that Slater is just leveraging the Patriots for a higher salary. A five-time All-Pro selection, Slater is entering his age-33 season.
Mar 18 - 8:58 AM

Steelers released safeties Mike Mitchell and Robert Golden.

Cutting Mitchell alone saves $5 million under the salary cap. The Steelers began the offseason over the salary cap. The releases move Sean Davis and J.J. Wilcox up the depth chart. Davis is expected to replace Mitchell at free safety.
Mar 14 - 4:49 PM

Browns signed OT Chris Hubbard, formerly of the Steelers, to a five-year, $37.5 million contract.

The deal comes with nearly $18 million in guaranteed money. Hubbard can play all over the field but saw most of his snaps at right tackle in Pittsburgh. He didn't wow over his 780 snaps last year, but the 26-year-old obviously represents a sizable upgrade on Shon Coleman, who was among the league's worst tackles in 2017. In Cleveland, Hubbard will be reunited with former Steelers OC Todd Haley.
Mar 13 - 6:07 PM

The Steelers did not tender restricted free agent Eli Rogers, making him an unrestricted free agent.

OLB Antony Chickillo, another restricted free agent, was tendered at the lowest level. The Steelers are barely under the cap right now and figure they can probably re-sign Rogers at a reduced price coming off his ACL injury. Rogers nabbed 48 catches as the Steelers' primary slot receiver in 2016 but was wasn't much of a factor last year with JuJu Smith-Schuster and Martavis Bryant eating into his targets.
Mar 13 - 5:04 PM

Steelers released CB William Gay.

The move creates $1.75 million in cap space. Gay was a reserve last season, playing 264 snaps. He turned 33 in January.
Mar 12 - 1:50 PM

Free agent OG Kraig Urbik announced his retirement.

A 2009 third-round pick by the Steelers out of Wisconsin, Urbik wound up making 63 career starts between the Bills and Dolphins, seeing action at both guard positions and center. Urbik spent 2017 out of football following a knee injury.
Mar 7 - 10:19 PM

Browns hired ex-Steelers OC Todd Haley as offensive coordinator.

It took Haley less than a week to resurface after the Steelers decided to let his contract run out. Haley comes with plenty of NFL experience, but he should have done more with the talent he had in Pittsburgh and the same could probably be said of his previous stint as the offensive coordinator in Arizona. Haley's play-calling was extremely suspect in Pittsburgh's Divisional Round loss to Jacksonville and his messy relationship with Ben Roethlisberger, which eventually led to his ouster, should be taken as a red flag. In Cleveland, Haley will be tasked with getting the most out of whatever quarterback the Browns end up drafting in April.
Jan 22 - 5:43 PM

The Steelers will not bring back OC Todd Haley.

The writing was on the wall for this one. Both coach Mike Tomlin and Ben Roethlisberger reportedly butted heads with Haley, and the Steelers will let Haley walk now that his contract is up. There's no question he ran some of the most potent offenses in his six years calling plays for Pittsburgh, but the Steelers were never able to clear the final hurdles, failing to even win an AFC title with Haley. It's possible OL coach Mike Munchak will earn a promotion to OC after he turned down a second interview with the Cardinals for their head-coach job on Wednesday.
Jan 17 - 12:06 PM

Patriots signed OLB James Harrison, formerly of the Steelers.

Mothballed by the Steelers, 39-year-old Harrison arrives in New England having played all of 40 snaps this season. He did manage a sack in his brief time on the field. Although the Patriots are tied for 12th in sacks (38), their pass rush hasn't come close to matching that number. It's a unit that could really use some extra juice. Harrison is a zero-risk flier with upside who could obviously provide intel on a team the Patriots have a good chance of facing in the AFC Championship Game.
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 04:02:00 PM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports the Steelers have interest in free agent SS T.J. Ward.

Ward is the top safety available after getting dumped during final cuts. The Steelers are one of three teams that have been connected, but aren't the frontrunners to sign him. Ward is expected to make a decision no later than Sunday.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Sep 2, 2017 07:06:00 PM

Giants acquired CB Ross Cockrell from the Steelers in exchange for a condition 2018 seventh-round pick.

Cockrell was one of 14 corners to play over 1,000 defensive snaps last season. He was Pro Football Focus' No. 29 cover corner out of 119 qualifiers and was tendered at the fourth-round level as a restricted free agent in March. With the addition of Joe Haden in Pittsburgh, the Steelers deemed Cockrell expendable. In New York, Cockrell will be needed depth behind Janoris Jenkins, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and sophomore Eli Apple.
Sat, Sep 2, 2017 04:06:00 PM

Browns acquired WR Sammie Coates and a 2019 seventh-round pick from the Steelers in exchange for a 2018 sixth-round pick.

Coates struggled throughout his time in Pittsburgh as a 2015 third-rounder, whether it was rookie-year mistakes or the injury bug. Injuries have particularly held him back recently. Coates broke his fingers in 2016 then needed groin and knee surgeries after the season. He's extremely gifted physically at 6'1/212 with long arms and good speed but has yet to put it all together. Coates has two years left on his rookie deal and is another downfield threat for DeShone Kizer.
Sat, Sep 2, 2017 12:33:00 PM

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