Steelers Rumors & News

  • Mike Matthews approaching Steelers shot the right way

    Pro Football Talk "Being part of one of the first families of football has given Mike Matthews the chance to learn plenty of lessons. But the perspective he gained last year gave him a chance to teach one to his Hall of Fame father. The son of legendary offensive lineman Bruce Matthews, Mike is fighting for a..." June 27

  • Le’Veon Bell, Steelers reportedly motivated to agree on long-term deal

    Larry Brown Sports "Le’Veon Bell is hoping for a long-term contract extension before the July 17 deadline to negotiate with franchise tagged players passes, and the Pittsburgh Steelers would like the same. However, there’s a chance Bell will have to wait at least another season to get his big deal. ESPN’s Adam..." June 27

  • Steelers expect “great deal of improvement” from tight ends

    Pro Football Talk "Before the 2016 season, the Steelers signed Ladarius Green as a free agent in hopes of keeping the tight end position as a key one in the wake of Heath Miller’s retirement. Green missed a lot of time after offseason ankle surgery, however, and ended the year in the concussion protocol, leaving..." June 25

  • The Steelers need to protect their stars with bubble wrap

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "If the Steelers don’t come to terms with Le’Veon Bell on a new long-term contract before July 17 he will play for $12.1 million next season on the franchise tender the Steelers extended earlier this year. If they wanted to place the franchise tender on him again following next season they would..." June 25

  • Steelers DT Daniel McCullers in a rush to prove himself

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Daniel McCullers shed some pounds over the past offseason. But that doesn't mean he isn't feeling the weight of pressure applied by his position coach. The Steelers' big defensive tackle is entering his fourth pro season without any guarantees of a roster spot after largely failing to assert..." June 24

  • Jerome Bettis still doesn't like the Patriots but he loves owner Robert Kraft

    CBS Sports "Jerome Bettis was on the business end of several losses to the Patriots during his career, including two AFC Championship Game defeats. But the Steelers Hall of Famer has a newfound respect for Patriots owner Robert Kraft after spending a week in Israel with Kraft and 17 other Hall members. It..." June 23

  • Running back Davis might be answer to Steelers' sputtering kick return game

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "After a year in which he bounced between destinations, Knile Davis is striving for some stability by returning to a place he had been with regularity over his first three NFL seasons: the end zone at the end of long kickoff return. Signed by the Steelers in March, Davis is listed as a backup..." June 23

  • Young Steelers tackle Hawkins making up for lost time

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Even after a minicamp practice in which he scuffled post-whistle with the team's newest first-round pick, Jerald Hawkins was smiling. Even while discussing what would could be an uphill climb to secure a 53-man roster spot this season, Hawkins was upbeat. Answering what could be a downer of..." June 22

  • Sammie Coates expecting “good fight” for receiver spots in Pittsburgh

    Pro Football Talk "After the Steelers drafted wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster in the second round of this year’s draft, Martavis Bryant tweeted that the rookie would be replacing Sammie Coates in the team’s receiving corps. Coates responded with a laugh, but he’s aware that it is going to be a competitive..." June 22

  • Antonio Brown freaks everyone out wearing Panthers helmet practicing at home

    Yardbarker "Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown’s life is practically an open book. He updates his social media accounts multiple times a day showing off and documenting his rigorous exercise habits. On Wednesday, Brown posted a Snapchat of himself wearing a Carolina Panthers helmet while..." June 22

  • Free Agent CB Justin Gilbert Suspended One Year

    NFL Trade Rumors "Ian Rapoport of NFL Media is reporting that free agent CB Justin Gilbert has been suspended one year for a violation of an undisclosed NFL policy. This is Gilbert’s second suspension in less than a month, as he previously received a four-game ban from the league for a separate violation. At..." June 21

  • Bruce Arians thinks Byron Leftwich is a future head coach

    Pro Football Talk "Of all the quarterbacks in the 2003 NFL Draft, Carson Palmer has lasted the longest as a player. But the guy picked six spots after him, who is now his coach, might have a much longer run on the sidelines. After the Bengals took Palmer first overall, Byron Leftwich was chosen seventh by the..." June 19

  • Ben Roethlisberger: Martavis Bryant 'looks like a stud, as usual'

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Speaking in between running around the field at his annual youth football camp Sunday, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger weighed in on a few of the hot topics from the recently concluded OTAs and minicamp. On how wide receiver Martavis Bryant is fitting back in with the team after being..." June 19

  • Ryan Shazier wants CBA changes for rookie deals

    ESPN "Lengthy rookie contracts shouldn’t stop NFL stars such as Odell Beckham Jr. and Aaron Donald from wanting new contracts, fellow 2014 first-rounder Ryan Shazier says. The New York Giants wide receiver and the Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle are among the game’s best players, but they aren’t..." June 17

  • Steelers inspired by seeing Stanley Cup

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "If it wasn't for the prosthetic leg/walking-boot contraption that he's wearing for his broken tibia, Nick Bonino would be virtually unrecognizable after shaving his long beard. But even if none of the Steelers recognized Bonino on his visit to UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on Thursday, they..." June 16

  • J.J. Watt: It's time for little brother T.J. to buy dinner

    Houston Chronicle "Now that Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker T.J. Watt has signed his four-year, $9.258 million contract that included a $4.873 million signing bonus, he can afford to buy his famous big brother a big, juicy steak. Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt is looking forward to having T.J. Watt..." June 16

  • Steelers release Rushel Shell, sign Brandon Brown-Dukes

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Rushel Shell, the former Hopewell star running back who made college stops at Pitt and West Virginia, didn't even make it to training camp with the Steelers. Shell was released Wednesday and replaced by Brandon Brown-Dukes, the former Mercyhurst running back, on the 90-man roster. Shell was..." June 15

  • Keith Butler plots to beat Tom Brady with “conventional coverages”

    Pro Football Talk "As the Patriots try to match the Steelers with six Super Bowl titles, the Steelers hope to get past the Patriots for a shot at Lombardi Trophy No. 7. To get there, the Steelers are working on more man-to-man coverage in an effort to slow down the New England offense. Defensive coordinator Keith..." June 15

  • Ryan Shazier: League has “Patriots problem”

    Pro Football Talk "The Steelers have lost their last four games against the Patriots, including twice last season. They haven’t beaten New England since 2011. Ryan Shazier was asked about the team’s “Patriots problem,” which included a 36-17 loss at New England in the AFC Championship Game last season. “If you..." June 15

  • Steelers considering all options with Le'Veon Bell's workload in 2017

    ESPN "Giving Le'Veon Bell the ball was the Pittsburgh Steelers' best offensive option last season. His 157 yards from scrimmage per game were the third-most ever for a running back. But that instant offense required 28 touches per game, resulting in a groin injury that resurfaced in the AFC title..." June 15

  • Steelers sign first-rounder T.J. Watt

    Pro Football Talk "The Steelers wrapped up their draft-class signings Wednesday. The team announced that first-round pick T.J. Watt had signed his four-year rookie deal. The Wisconsin linebacker — who is of course the brother of Chargers fullback Derek Watt — had 11.5 sacks in his final college season. Like..." June 14

  • Mike Tomlin indifferent to Le’Veon Bell’s absence

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "While the Steelers began minicamp with a two-hour workout that started in scorching heat and ended indoors following a rainstorm, running back Le'Veon Bell apparently was in a living room playing video games. Bell posted a Snapchat short Tuesday afternoon about the same time the Steelers were..." June 14

  • Le'Veon Bell and the Steelers have roadblocks to long-term deal

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Why has Le’Veon Bell not signed the franchise tag the Steelers placed on him more than three months ago? When he does sign it, he will be guaranteed $12.12 million this season, which would make him by far the best-paid halfback in the NFL in 2017. Next is LeSean McCoy with an average of $8..." June 13

  • Lawrence Timmons makes good impression on new teammates

    Pro Football Talk "One of the more overlooked free-agent signings came for the Dolphins, where linebacker Lawrence Timmons made the move to Miami after a decade in Pittsburgh. Timmons has, to date, made a positive impression on his teammates. “We watch tape every day and you watch him and he is flying around,..." June 12

  • Le’Veon Bell and Aaron Donald could skip minicamps

    Pro Football Talk "Odell Beckham has shown up, but two other stars looking for new contracts could be skipping minicamps this week. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell and Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald aren’t considered locks to show up their respective teams’..." June 12

  • Antonio Brown’s phone number leaked on Twitter by ex-girlfriend Jena Frumes

    Larry Brown Sports "Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown is going to need some new digits. Brown’s ex-girlfriend, Instagram model and actress Jena Frumes, leaked the five-time Pro Bowler’s phone number in a tweet on Sunday. The tweet has since been deleted, but 412 is indeed a Pittsburgh area code. A call..." June 12

  • Mihalik tries to follow in the footsteps of Villanueva

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Nothing seems more trivial at this time of the year than another football practice in shorts, so let’s do some Steelers trivia. Name this Steelers player: He stands 6 feet 9 and weighs more than 300 pounds. He entered the NFL as a defensive lineman with the Philadelphia Eagles and was turned..." June 11

  • Now that OTAs are over, Ryan Shazier is ready for Steelers' work to begin

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fans greeted the Steelers on the last day of OTAs Thursday — at least from afar. Three kids stood on a nearby hill and peaked over the fence at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. One held up a sign that read, “We drove all the way from Utah to see you guys.” Another read “Steelers” in bold..." June 10

  • Stephon Tuitt would like an extension, not sweating about it

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Stephon Tuitt is set to earn a little more than $1 million in the final year of his rookie contract. That’s not small change, but it’s less than what the Steelers will pay Tyson Alualu, a free agent they signed away from Jacksonville earlier this spring. That won’t be the case for long. Tuitt..." June 09

  • Steelers K Chris Boswell ejected from Stanley Cup game for banging on glass?

    Sportress of Blogitude "Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Chris Boswell was among the enthusiastic Penguins fans in attendance for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final at PPG Paints Arena. In Boswell’s case, though, perhaps a bit too enthusiastic, apparently. Boswell took to Twitter Thursday night to announce he had been ejected..." June 09

  • Browns DE Desmond Bryant's return from torn pec fueled by 'seeing Big Ben on 3rd down' in the opener

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Myles Garrett isn't the only one eager to pounce on Ben Roethlisberger in the opener Sept. 10. It's one of the main things that fueled Desmond Bryant's comeback from his torn pectoral muscle. "It's a long process but you're sitting on the rehab table and you're thinking about that next time..." June 08

  • Arthur Moats eager to share knowledge with younger Steelers

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "From passing on footwork tips to teaching younger guys how to take care of their bodies, Steelers linebacker Arthur Moats is fully embracing his role as a veteran. “It’s fun when you get to this stage in your career, when you’re able to pass on your knowledge to these younger guys who are..." June 08

  • Alejandro Villanueva looking for long-term Steelers deal

    ESPN "Left tackle Alejandro Villanueva said he doesn't know what his options are if his agent and the Steelers don't work out a long-term contract. For now, Villanueva remains without a contract entering next week's mandatory minicamp. Asked whether he'll attend, Villanueva said the only certainty..." June 08

  • Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell's teammates eager for his return

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Ramon Foster couldn't resist a good-natured jab Wednesday at Steelers teammate Le'Veon Bell, who remains absent from organized team activities. “When you're a superstar,” Foster said, “you do what you want.” Bell, the Pro Bowl running back who led the NFL in yards from scrimmage average,..." June 08

  • Steelers' Golson grateful airport gun incident wasn't worse

    ESPN "Cornerback Senquez Golson is finally healthy and enjoying the Steelers' organized team activities. He even broke up a pass at the goal line early in Tuesday's session. The oft-injured Golson knows his spring could have been far worse after what happened in Mobile, Alabama, on April..." June 08

  • Players' union believes language in many rookie deals violates CBA

    ESPN "The NFL Players Association has identified language in about 160 of this year's rookie contracts that it believes violates the collective bargaining agreement and is considering filing grievances to have the deals voided. "The union has undergone a comprehensive review of rookie contracts and..." June 07

  • Steelers' James Harrison submits third offseason drug test

    Sporting News "James Harrison can't seem to escape the NFL's skepticism. The Steelers linebacker on Tuesday shared a photo on his Instagram account of what he claimed was his sample for his third random drug test in as many months this offseason. In the hashtags of his caption, Harrison appeared to say..." June 06

  • Steelers go big at wide receiver

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "When the Steelers went to the Super Bowl in 2010, none of their top five wide receivers was taller than 6 feet. Just five years ago, only one of their top three wideouts — Mike Wallace — was 6 feet tall. Remember when the Washington Redskins won the Super Bowl with a collection of wide..." June 05

  • When will Le’Veon Bell show up for the Steelers?

    Pro Football Talk "With exclusive-rights free agent (i.e., not a free agent at all) Alejandro Villanueva unsigned but nevertheless showing up for offseason workouts, exclusively-tagged running back Le’Veon Bell hasn’t. The question becomes when will he? Under the rules of the labor agreement, Bell can stay away..." June 04

  • Unsigned but practicing, Villanueva deserves a fair contract

    Pro Football Talk "When players use the rules to their advantage in order to benefit their financial positions, fans tend to complain that the players are being selfish. When teams do it, fans tend to shrug and say, “Them’s the rules.” And so at a time when plenty of fans are wagging fingers at players who are..." June 03

  • Is The NFLPA Still Preparing For A Lockout?

    Pro Football Rumors "We learned back in May that the NFLPA’s board of representatives had approved a plan that would set aside millions of dollars into a “work-stoppage fund,” allowing the players to make some money if an NFL season is cancelled or delayed. Now, it sounds like the Players Association wants the..." June 03

  • The NFL will allow liquor ads during their games this year

    The Comeback "You’re about to start seeing liquor ads during NFL games this season. According to the Wall Street Journal, the NFL has relented on allowing liquor ads during games, though the total spots will be limited to just four per game and two during pre and postgame shows. The NFL said it will accept..." June 03

  • Instagram Model Karen Vi Did Not Appreciate Le'Veon Bell Sliding Into Her DMs

    The Big Lead "Karen Vi is an Instagram model of some note based on her million-plus followers. Le'Veon Bell is an NFL running back of note based on his two Pro Bowl selections. The latter tried to slide into the former’s direct messages and the attempt was thwarted before it reached the line of..." June 03

  • Off-field issues for Steelers could loom large

    Beaver County Times "Six down, four to go. The Steelers concluded the second week of organized team activities on Thursday. With minicamp on the horizon, the focus shifted to a couple potential off-field issues that could loom large before the start of the regular season. Times Steelers Writer Chris Bradford..." June 03

  • Texans, Lonnie Ballentine hope he can finally stay healthy

    Houston Chronicle "When the Texans drafted safety Lonnie Ballentine three years ago as the final pick of the draft and Mr. Irrelevant, they had high hopes for the former Memphis safety. Ballentine has prototypical size at 6-3, 215 pounds, outstanding speed with a time of 4.39 seconds in the 40-yard dash and an..." June 02

  • Despite Twitter call-out, Martavis Bryant and Sammie Coates are good friends

    CBS Sports "The Steelers already had one of the league's most explosive offenses when the team used its 2017 second-round pick on USC wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. And while the news was widely praised by fans, there's also the stark reality that the addition Smith-Schuster would come at a cost: a..." June 02

  • Michael Vick: 'I would love to coach' in the NFL

    ESPN "Four-time Pro Bowl quarterback Michael Vick, who officially retired this offseason, would like to return to the NFL -- as a coach. "I would love to coach in the National Football League one day," Vick told ESPN's Adam Schefter on his "Know Them From Adam" podcast. "... At some point, I'd..." June 02

  • Penguins run to Stanley Cup final motivates Steelers, too

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Steelers are fully aware of the Penguins’ Stanley Cup final run, and they’re even using the postseason success as motivation. “We see what they’re doing. Obviously they know what we do,” linebacker Arthur Moats said. “We’re always competing, man. They won a championship, we gotta get us..." June 02

  • Artie Burns explains why playing man is the only way Steelers are winning a Super Bowl

    CBS Sports "For as explosive as the Steelers' offense will be in 2017 -- and we could be looking at a group that averages 30 points a game -- the team is only going as far as their defense takes them. On the surface that sounds silly because Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell are three of the..." June 01

  • Sammie Coates’ ‘healed’ index finger is just disgusting

    Sportsnaut "Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Sammie Coates might want to turn back the clock to go ahead and have his broken finger surgically repaired. Because his “healed” index finger is just nasty, and we imagine not exactly 100-percent functional. For those brave enough to look, here it is. Again,..." June 01