Steelers Rumors & News

  • In the NFL draft, speed has been a prerequisite for the Steelers

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "When the Steelers were building their dynasty in the early 1970s, coach Chuck Noll sent his scouts on the road with specific instructions. He wanted them to find athletes. It didn’t matter if they played small-college football or major-conference football. Noll wanted fast and athletic players. He..." May 04

  • NFLPA warns players against meat that could trigger positive PED test

    Fox Sports "Almost every athlete who tests positive for a banned PED says he must have ingested something unknowingly, and now there’s evidence that can actually happen – if you eat a lot of meat in China or Mexico. The NFL Players Association sent a letter to its members this week warning them that eating..." May 03

  • Steelers snag Nagurski winner Tyler Matakevich in 7th round

    The Score "The Pittsburgh Steelers have selected linebacker Tyler Matakevich out of Temple in the seventh round (246th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. Matakevich lacks ideal size and athleticism, but was highly productive in college and could turn out to be a steal of a pick for the Steelers if he can..." May 01

  • Steelers add 10 undrafted free agents

    Pro Football Talk "The completion of the draft sparks the commencement of the land rush for undrafted free agents, with teams aggressively pursuing players who weren’t among those on whom the 32 teams squatted in the seven rounds of the selection process. The Steelers are among the first to announce the signing of a..." May 01

  • Steelers Draft needs and prospects for Rounds 2 and 3

    Behind The Steel Curtain "With the Pittsburgh Steelers taking cornerback Artie Burns with their first round selection in the 2016 NFL Draft it filled a giant void on their current roster. Whether you believe the team reached to draft him in the first round, or not, doesn't matter. The simple fact they addressed the..." April 29

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    Michael Fabiano @Michael_Fabiano

    The Pittsburgh Steelers select Artie Burns, CB, Miami…

  • UM's Artie Burns drafted 25th overall by Pittsburgh Steelers

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "And so, a new streak of producing first round draft picks has begun for the Miami Hurricanes. Cornerback Artie Burns, who in December announced he was bypassing his senior year to enter the NFL draft, was taken with the 25th overall pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night, his..." April 29

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    Jason La Canfora @JasonLaCanfora

    Steelers take Artie Burns, a corner that would have been in play for the Cardinals among others

  • Cris Collinsworth to call Thursday Night Football with Mike Tirico

    Awful Announcing "It’s been widely reported that Mike Tirico will be joining NBC and calling Thursday Night Football this season. According to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, his partner will be Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth: At the NFL owners meetings in Boca Raton last month, NBC Sports..." April 28

  • Draft haul could determine how Steelers proceed with Jarvis Jones

    Pro Football Talk "Linebacker Jarvis Jones was the Steelers’ first-round pick in 2013 and the results of the 2016 draft will likely go a long way toward determining whether the team exercises their contract option on Jones for the 2017 season. The deadline to enact the option falls on May 3 and Steelers General..." April 26

  • From DeflateGate to tampering, how 4 teams forfeited picks in the 2016 NFL Draft

    SB Nation "Forfeited draft picks are a rare occurrence in the NFL, but they do happen -- just not as frequently as they did this year. In fact, the 2016 NFL Draft will have four teams forced to give up a pick due to various infractions. This is the biggest amount of lost picks since 2012, when the New..." April 26

  • Report: Mike Tirico is leaving ESPN for NBC

    Sports Business Daily "Mike Tirico, one of ESPN’s best known on-air voices, is leaving the network for NBC, according to several sources. Tirico has been a mainstay with ESPN since '91, and given his many roles at ESPN, he will be an incredibly difficult talent to replace. Tirico has been ESPN's on-air face of the NFL,..." April 25

  • Steelers have drafting receivers 'down to a science'

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "In the first half of Kevin Colbert’s tenure as the Steelers general manager, he invested some high draft picks in receivers, with varying amounts of success. Plaxico Burress came in the first round of his first draft in 2000. Antwaan Randle El came in the second round in 2002 and Limas Sweed in..." April 23

  • NFL players investing in cannabis pain-management

    Denver Post "The former Broncos’ quarterback and other retired and active NFL players believe Cannabidiol, or CBD, a nonpsychoactive compound in cannabis, could be an alternative to potent painkillers used by players in the league. Nestled at the base of the Flatirons and tucked behind a dog park is Jake..." April 23

  • Report: 49ers, Steelers, Dolphins among teams inquiring about Josh Norman

    Pro Football Talk "The de facto release of Josh Norman by the Carolina Panthers on Wednesday has dropped a top-tier free agent onto the market right before the NFL Draft. Norman became an unrestricted free agent when the Panthers removed the franchise tag on Wednesday afternoon. While there is less money and cap..." April 21

  • Le'Veon Bell spent his 4/20 getting a 'random' drug test

    The Score "Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell missed the first two games of the 2015 season under suspension for a marijuana arrest, so perhaps it should come as no surprise that the NFL came knocking at his door this morning. After all, it's April 20, or 4/20, the day potheads around the globe..." April 20

  • The day the Browns passed on Big Ben

    ESPN "The most decorated quarterback jersey in Cleveland contains 24 names. The list could have stopped at six: Couch, Detmer, Wynn, Pederson, Holcomb, Roethlisberger. The Browns should be drafting a playmaking safety or wide receiver for a playoff-caliber team instead of potentially the franchise's..." April 20

  • Steelers host Utah RB Devontae Booker

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "While the run on defensive backs to visit the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex this month continued, one of the draft's top running backs also was welcomed into the building by the Steelers. Utah's Devontae Booker — projected as a second-round pick by — became just the fifth..." April 20

  • Kickoff time changed for Steelers preseason opener against Lions

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Steelers announced today a time change for their 2016 preseason opener against the Detroit Lions. The game has been moved to a 7 p.m. kickoff Aug. 12 after it was originally scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. It will be shown on KDKA-TV. The change was made to accommodate the NFL..." April 19

  • NFL $765 Million Concussion Accord Upheld by Appeals Court

    Bloomberg "The National Football League’s $765 million concussion settlement was given the all-clear by a federal appeals court. The ruling sets in motion the resolution of thousands of lawsuits covering more than 20,000 retired players. About 1 percent of players opted out of the settlement, which is to..." April 18

  • Steelers release Cortez Allen

    Pittsburgh's Action News 4 "Cornerback Cortez Allen has been released by the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team said Friday." April 15

  • 9 franchise tag talks: 1 can alter NFL draft, 2 others could get ugly

    Yahoo! Sports "In an NFL draft class robust with defensive linemen, a player who has already proven to be among the NFL elite might be the name to watch on the opening night of the draft: the New York Jets' Muhammad Wilkerson. If Wilkerson, a defensive end, is traded, the Jets' asking price will be a first-round..." April 13

  • Study: Over '40 percent' of ex-NFLers tested had traumatic brain injury

    CBS Sports "The medical community continues to make strides in the study of concussions and one study, according to the American Academy of Neurology, claims "more than 40 percent" of retired NFL players studied had some sign of traumatic brain injury (TBI). The study conducted tests on 40 different former..." April 12

  • Players with low Wonderlic scores are more likely to be arrested

    Pro Football Talk "The Wonderlic intelligence test that has long been part of the NFL’s pre-draft screening process is mocked by many as irrelevant to a player’s football playing ability. But one group of researchers says the Wonderlic can be valuable in predicting how a player will fare off the field. A paper..." April 12

  • NFL won’t stream any London games this year

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL’s live-stream of last year’s London game between the Jaguars and Bills was so wildly successful that the NFL will be doing it again. Sorry, that should be the NFL will not be doing it again. According to Jessica Toonkel of Reuters, the NFL won’t stream any of the three 2016 London..." April 12

  • Arbitrator upholds NFL's use of paid leave for players under personal conduct policy

    ESPN "An arbitrator has ruled against the NFL Players Association in its grievance, filed more than a year ago, that the league's personal conduct policy implemented in late 2014 violated terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The union had challenged the authority granted to commissioner..." April 11

  • Star Alabama DT Robinson visits with Steelers

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Steelers hosted a draft-eligible player Tuesday morning, and it was a big one. Literally. Six-foot-four, 307-pound Alabama defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson visited the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex for a pre-draft visit Tuesday. A consensus All-American as a junior last season for the..." April 06

  • Report: NFL ditching rookie symposium, teams responsible

    Sportsnaut "In a strange move that could portent unintended negative consequences, the NFL has reportedly ditched its rookie symposium, per Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer. The rookie symposium has been held every year for all the drafted rookies around the league the past 20 years. It is..." April 05

  • Roger Goodell returned to Twitter and NFL fans let him have it

    Fox Sports "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell returned to Twitter Tuesday for the first time in nearly two years to announce the league's new plan to stream Thursday night games on Twitter. Within seconds of Goodell's tweet, however, it was immediately apparent why the commissioner hasn't been on social media..." April 05

  • Twitter Said to Win NFL Deal for Thursday Streaming Rights

    Bloomberg "Twitter Inc., making a strategic push into online programming, won a deal to show Thursday night National Football League games online, a person familiar with the matter said. The social-media company was said to be bidding against a slate of heavyweights including Verizon Communications Inc.,..." April 05

  • Roger Goodell says expanded NFL playoffs will 'likely' happen

    CBS Sports "The topic of expanding the NFL postseason seems to come up every year, and every year, the league ends up nixing the idea. Don't be surprised if that changes soon, though. During a meeting with Jaguars season-ticket holders over the weekend, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that the NFL..." April 05

  • Ben Roethlisberger gets trim with 'high cardio' offseason regimen

    ESPN "Ben Roethlisberger looked noticeably slimmer in a picture from a recent University of Pittsburgh football practice. Turns out the Steelers quarterback has lost at least 15 pounds this offseason on a "high-cardio" plan with team trainers, according to Roethlisberger's agent, Ryan..." April 05

  • What is the NFL’s actual position on the link between football and CTE?

    Pro Football Talk "So does the NFL concede that there’s a link between football and CTE? The answer isn’t as clear as it could be, or should be. NFL executive V.P. of player health and safety Jeff Miller recently told a Congressional committee that a link exists. Multiple owners have since questioned Miller’s..." April 04

  • Michael Vick's outspoken brother charged with assaulting police officer

    CBS Sports "It's been nine years since Marcus Vick was on an NFL roster, but he remains in the news -- and almost always for the wrong reasons. This is no exception. Marcus -- whose older brother, Michael Vick, starred at Virginia Tech, was the No. 1 pick in the 2001 NFL Draft, and just finished his 13th NFL..." April 04

  • Michael Vick feels like he has one more season in his blood

    Pro Football Talk "The movements and potential movements of Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III have been well covered this offseason, which is not something that you can say about one of their predecessors as a quarterback whose ability to make plays with his legs. Michael Vick was last seen on the field in..." April 04

  • Steelers add depth on defensive line "Defensive line was a position the Steelers were looking to add depth, and they did just that with the signing of free agent defensive lineman Ricardo Mathews to a one-year contract. Mathews played the last two seasons for the San Diego Chargers, playing in 28 games and starting nine. He..." March 31

  • Report: NFL cancels veteran combine

    The Score "The NFL cancelled the veteran combine this year, according to Yahoo Sports' Eric Edholm. In an initiative built to provide veterans with a chance to re-enter the league, the league debuted the inaugural NFL Veteran Combine last March. Unfortunately, the combine did little to bolster the..." March 31

  • Steelers GM: Roethlisberger’s ‘prime’ won’t end soon

    The Sports Daily "Ben Roethlisberger turned 34 on March 2. Now, as March draws to a close, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said that the prime of Roethlisberger’s career should consist of “three to four more good years” according to There is nothing groundbreaking in the NFL about a..." March 30

  • New York Times has no public response to retraction demand from NFL

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL has launched an extensive attack on the New York Times in response to a double-barreled article regarding flawed concussion research and alleged ties to the tobacco industry. In response, the New York Times has nothing to say publicly. Contacted by PFT Live with a request for a..." March 30

  • NFL demands retraction of Times article on player concussions

    Capital New York "The National Football League is demanding The New York Times retract an article published last week about the league's research into concussions among pro football players. In a letter that was sent to the Times' legal counsel Monday and obtained by POLITICO, an attorney for the NFL, Brad S...." March 29

  • Lingering CTE debate launches new lawsuit against NFL

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL has been unable to get certain owners to not spout off nonsense about the link between football and Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy. The good news is that the league now has a sufficiently compelling reason for telling the members to quit putting their feet in their mouths regarding..." March 29

  • Panthers sign Brandon Boykin

    Charlotte Observer "As he fought for playing time with the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2015 season, cornerback Brandon Boykin couldn’t help but see what the Carolina Panthers were doing on defense. He saw Carolina’s league-high 24 interceptions with four going back for touchdowns. He saw the 39 takeaways, which..." March 28

  • Brandon Boykin is visiting the Carolina Panthers

    Charlotte Observer "Free agent Brandon Boykin has a visit scheduled this week with the Carolina Panthers, who are looking for a nickel cornerback in their reconfigured secondary. Boykin, the Philadelphia Eagles’ fourth-round pick in 2012, will be in Charlotte on Monday, a league source said. Boykin, 25, played..." March 27

  • Stefan Wisniewski visited with Steelers

    Pro Football Talk "The Steelers didn’t have center Maurkice Pouncey in the lineup at all during the 2015 season because of a broken leg and coach Mike Tomlin said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, this week that Pouncey may not participate in offseason workouts as a result. Cody Wallace played in place of..." March 26

  • Bucs have NFL's best RB duo? Le'Veon Bell has some thoughts on that

    CBS Sports "When you think of the NFL's best running backs, the Steelers' Le'Veon Bell immediately comes to mind. He's a threat both as a runner and a receiver, and his combination of patience, shiftiness and acceleration make an already explosive Pittsburgh offense nearly unstoppable. And Bell's backup..." March 25

  • Steelers Sign LB Steven Johnson To A One-Year Deal

    NFL Trade Rumors "The Pittsburgh Steelers announced that they’ve signed LB Steven Johnson to a one-year contract on Friday. Johnson, 27, wound up signing on with the Broncos back in 2012. He spent three years in Denver before he was among their final roster cuts at the start of the 2015 season." March 25

  • NFL used flawed data, left out at least 100 concussions in studies

    CBS Sports "On Thursday the New York Times released a bombshell of a report on the NFL's research into concussions, claiming the data the league used is "incomplete," "flawed" and "faulty." These assertions are made largely in part because of missing information from the concussion research the league began..." March 24

  • Talks over Roger Goodell's disciplinary role take 'massive step backwards'

    ESPN "Negotiations to remove NFL commissioner Roger Goodell as the final voice on all player appeals under the personal conduct policy took a "massive step backwards," NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said in an email to the union's executive committee. obtained a copy of the email,..." March 24

  • League officials admit touchback rule may have unintended consequences

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL views kickoff returns as the most dangerous play in football, with players running full speed at each other. As a result, the league continues to pass new rules designed to increase the number of touchbacks and decrease the number of returns. Another such rule was passed today. But..." March 23

  • Bruce Arians keeps needling Steelers over 2012 exit

    ESPN "Bruce Arians just can't help himself. Four years after his separation from the Pittsburgh Steelers, Arians is still needling the franchise for his clumsy departure. After the 2011 season, the Steelers announced Arians -- who has since earned NFL coach of the year awards with the Indianapolis..." March 23

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