Steelers Rumors & News

  • Steelers Exercise Bud Dupree’s Option

    Pro Football Rumors "The Steelers have exercised the fifth-year option on linebacker Bud Dupree, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. Dupree’s option was considered likely to be exercised, but it was not a slam dunk decision. Dupree, 25, had a career highs in sacks (6) and total tackles (40) last season. However, he..." April 23

  • Steelers don't rule out drafting a quarterback in the 1st round

    247 Sports "Lamar Jackson may still be an option for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2018 NFL Draft. Speaking to the media on Monday, Pittsburgh GM Kevin Colbert stated that the team has not ruled out drafting a quarterback in the first round of the draft. Colbert said that the team is going to select the..." April 23

  • Steelers have “no updates to provide” on Le’Veon Bell

    Pro Football Talk "The Steelers held their pre-draft press conference on Monday and General Manager Kevin Colbert addressed a couple of issues before he began taking questions from the media. One was their move to exercise their 2019 option on linebacker Bud Dupree‘s contract and the other had to do with running..." April 23

  • Mini-Me actor Verne Troyer had a big love for the Steelers

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Verne Troyer became a celebrity and pop-culture icon after starring alongside Mike Myers as "Mini-Me," the smaller, bald version of villain Dr. Evil in two of the three "Austin Powers" films. He died Saturday at age 49. Troyer was a sports fan and especially enthusiastic about rooting for the..." April 22

  • Steelers LB Anthony Chickillo signs RFA tender

    Yardbarker "Anthony Chickillo will be back in Pittsburgh next season. Pro Football Talk reports that the outside linebacker has signed his $1.907M restricted free agent tender with the Steelers (via ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler on Twitter). The 2015 sixth-round pick out of Miami has spent his entire three-year..." April 21

  • The Steelers must find a replacement for Ryan Shazier

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Steelers have had a curious draft history with linebackers, to the beginning of Chuck Noll’s tenure and right through today. Noll coached 23 seasons, and, in that time, the team drafted two linebackers in the first round. They did not draft a linebacker in the first round in Bill Cowher’s..." April 21

  • Report: Chickillo signs restricted tender to stay with Steelers

    247 Sports "Anthony Chickillo has signed restricted tender on Friday, according to ProFootballTalk.com. This ensures that Chickillo will remain with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the 2018 season. The original round tender is worth $1.907 million. A sixth round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the 6'3, 271-pound..." April 20

  • Saturday flex could be a strong hint for the next MNF deal

    Pro Football Talk "The 2018 schedule includes the inevitable flexing of two late-season Sunday games to Saturday. This is not, in my own personal view uninfluenced by anything I’ve heard or not heard from anyone at NBC, an insignificant development. For the first time ever (except in the event of inclement..." April 20

  • Steelers defense working on fixing communication breakdowns in loss to Jaguars

    Pro Football Talk "The Steelers didn’t have a fun week. They began a new season by watching how the last one ended. Defensive coordinator Keith Butler and new defensive backs coach Tom Bradley held a film review of the season-ending loss to the Jaguars in the divisional round of the playoffs. “A lot of it was..." April 19

  • James Harrison rejected Pats' offer to return for 2018 season

    247 Sports "James Harrison decided that being at home with his sons was more important than returning to the Patriots for the 2018 season. In an interview with Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Harrison said that New England did offer him the opportunity to play for the Patriots next season..." April 19

  • Steelers have requested to not play holiday games in 2018

    247 Sports "When the NFL's 2018 regular schedule is released on Thursday night, the Pittsburgh Steelers hope that they are clear of any holiday games. Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has reported that the team has requested to not play in any holiday games this season. The Steelers have played..." April 18

  • James Harrison: No animosity with Steelers

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Bill Belichick talked to James Harrison about playing one more year for the New England Patriots, but the thought of leaving Pittsburgh again was too much for him. “I knew I wasn’t going to be at home, so that’s really what it came down to,’’ Harrison told the Post-Gazette in a phone interview..." April 18

  • As expected, Le’Veon Bell a no-show at Steelers’ offseason program

    Pro Football Talk "Running back Le'Veon Bell is staying away from the Steelers’ offseason program this week, and no one is expressing surprise. Bell continues working out in Miami as the Steelers begin their voluntary workouts in Pittsburgh, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reports. Bell remains unsigned after the..." April 18

  • Steelers won't franchise tag Martavis Bryant in 2019

    247 Sports "Martavis Bryant will get a chance to test the open market next season. In his recent Q&A, Bob Labriola of Steelers.com confirmed that the Steelers won't place the franchise tag on Bryant after the 2018 season. Bryant will be an unrestricted free agent next offseason. "No," Labriola said when..." April 18

  • Strahan, Bradshaw, Long to work Thursday night pregame for FOX

    Pro Football Talk "FOX still hasn’t announced who will be in the booth on Thursday Night Football this season, but it has announced who will be on the pregame set. Michael Strahan, Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long will work the pregame show on Thursday nights, FOX announced today." April 18

  • NFL to release 2018 regular-season schedule Thursday

    NFL.com "The 2018 NFL regular-season schedule will soon be here. The schedule will be announced exclusively on NFL Network during the 2018 NFL Schedule Release Presented by Verizon at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday as part of a two-hour long special. The special will be hosted by Scott Hanson and feature NFL..." April 18

  • NFL, NFLPA announce ban of 10 helmet models after laboratory study

    CBS Sports "The NFL and NFLPA released a joint statement Monday that they have banned 10 helmet models from being used in the future. Six of the 10 helmet models are banned immediately, while four are only permitted to be worn by the players that wore them in 2017. The results of the laboratory testing,..." April 16

  • James Harrison Announces Retirement

    SI "Veteran linebacker James Harrison announced his retirement on Monday. Harrison, 39, played 16 years in the NFL with the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals. He is the Steelers' all-time sack leader. “I’ve missed way too much for way too long,” Harrison said..." April 16

  • Latest On Steelers, Le’Veon Bell

    Pro Football Rumors "While the Steelers are putting off their latest round of Le’Veon Bell negotiations until after the draft, the running back specified the offer he received last year. Bell said the Steelers offered him a deal at last July’s deadline that averaged $13.3MM per year, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com..." April 15

  • Steelers pre-draft visitor Christian Kirk of Texas A&M

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Christian Kirk of Texas A&M is considered one of the top five wide receivers available in the NFL Draft. Projections have Kirk being selected in the second or third round. Kirk visited the Steelers on Friday for a pre-draft interview. At 5-11, 200 pounds, he has the size to play the slot and..." April 14

  • Shazier: Support from sports fans has helped recovery a lot

    Sporting News "Ryan Shazier keeps moving in the right direction. Shazier attended an NCAA tournament game in Pittsburgh last month. He led cheers at the Pittsburgh Penguins' NHL playoff game on Wednesday. And on Saturday, Shazier served as an honorary coach at Ohio State's Scarlet vs. Gray game. Four months..." April 14

  • Dulac: Steelers kept Troy '1 year longer than they should have'

    247 Sports "Pittsburgh fans are still wondering what happened at the end of Troy Polamalu's time with the Steelers. Polamalu, who retired three ago on April 10, was reportedly given two options by the Steelers at the end of the 2014 season: retire a Steeler, or finish your career elsewhere. Polamalu chose..." April 11

  • The NFL is reportedly dumping its Color Rush uniforms this year

    Awful Announcing "NFL fans expecting to see the ridiculously colored “Color Rush” uniforms during Thursday Night Football this season appear to be in for a rude awakening. According to sports radio guru Jason Barrett of Barrett Sports Media, Fox Sports EVP of Programming, Research and Content Strategy Bill..." April 11

  • Jerome Bettis offers contract advice to Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers

    USA Today "Be careful what you wish for, Le'Veon Bell. That basically sums up the advice Jerome Bettis would offer his fraternity member in the Steelers' brotherhood of great running backs with Bell in the midst of another contract standoff. “That’s the tough part that a lot of guys don’t really see...." April 11

  • Report: Le’Veon Bell, Steelers not that far off in contract negotiations

    Larry Brown Sports "While it may seem like the Pittsburgh Steelers and Le’Veon Bell have accepted that the star running back will be playing under the franchise tag once again in 2018, the pessimism surrounding the situation may not be totally warranted. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler provided some analysis on several of..." April 10

  • Steelers get a visit from another linebacker — Clemson's Dorian O'Daniel

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Steelers continue to parade inside linebackers prospects into their facility in advance of the NFL draft. Dorian O’Daniel of Clemson is the latest to visit with Steelers coaches. The Steelers brought nine prospects to their facility this week, and four of them were inside linebackers. The..." April 07

  • FOX Sports Working on Plan to Have Michael Strahan Host 'Thursday Night Football' Pregame Show in New York

    SI "A source tells SI.com that FOX’s plan for its “Thursday Night Football” pregame show is to bring it to New York City with a scaled down version of its regular “FOX NFL Sunday” cast. The network, whose Sunday NFL pregame show is based Los Angeles, is expected to air Thursday’s show from the Big..." April 06

  • Steelers Re-Sign RFA K Chris Boswell

    NFL Trade Rumors "According to Mark Kaboly, Steelers restricted free agent K Chris Boswell has signed his second-rounder tender on Thursday. Kaboly adds that the Steelers are still interested in signing Boswell to a long-term extension. Pittsburgh placed the second-round restricted tender on Boswell, which will..." April 05

  • Steelers Re-Sign WR Justin Hunter

    Pro Football Rumors "Justin Hunter is back with the Steelers, according to an announcement from the team. Terms of his deal were not disclosed. The Steelers also confirmed the re-signing of running back Stevan Ridley. Hunter seemed to hold serious promise when he entered the league as a second round pick of the..." April 05

  • James Harrison won't return to Steelers, Pats still an option

    247 Sports "James Harrison's time with the Pittsburgh Steelers is officially in the rearview mirror. On Wednesday, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler provided an update on Harrison, who is still a free agent nearly a month after the start of free agency. Harrison was granted his release from the Steelers after barely..." April 04

  • Steelers Sign S Nat Berhe

    Pro Football Rumors "Nat Berhe announced on Twitter that he has signed with the Steelers. It took Berhe a little while to find his new NFL home, but he’s hardly the only safety in that predicament this offseason. Here in April, the free agent safety market is still rife with big names including Eric Reid, Kenny..." April 04

  • Steelers Re-Signing RB Stevan Ridley To One-Year Deal

    NFL Trade Rumors "Adam Schefter reports that the Steelers are re-signing veteran RB Stevan Ridley to a one-year contract. Ridley, 29, is a former third-round pick of the Patriots back in 2011. He played out his rookie contract before signing a one-year, $1.25 million contract with the Jets back in April of..." April 04

  • Steelers' Le'Veon Bell painting himself as villain

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "If the Steelers are worried about winning the public relations battle in their ongoing contract dispute with Le'Veon Bell, they shouldn't be. Because Bell keeps losing it on his own. The more Bell talks — or more specifically, posts on social media — the worse he looks. On Thursday, he..." April 03

  • NFL Rumors: Steelers appear to be targeting Mason Rudolph and Lamar Jackson

    247 Sports "Mason Rudolph and Lamar Jackson have each received interest from the Pittsburgh Steelers leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft. Pittsburgh met with Rudolph during the NFL Combine, while Mike Tomlin, General Manager Kevin Colbert and offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner attended Jackson's Pro Day..." April 03

  • No Sweatpants in Public: Inside the Rule Books for N.F.L. Cheerleaders

    New York Times "Cheerleaders for the Carolina Panthers, known as the TopCats, must arrive at the stadium on game days at least five hours before kickoff. Body piercings and tattoos must be removed or covered. Water breaks can be taken only when the Panthers are on offense. TopCats must leave the stadium to change..." April 02

  • Ex-NFL RB Isaiah Pead Gunnin' for Paralympic Gold After Losing Leg in Car Wreck

    TMZ "Former NFL running back Isaiah Pead ain't gonna let a life-changing accident rob him of his athletic dreams ... telling TMZ Sports he's now on a quest for Paralympic gold!! We spoke to Isaiah 16 months after he lost most of his left leg in a car crash ... and he told us he's planning on..." April 02

  • The Steelers' 2015 draft class has struggled to make a mark

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said earlier this week the team has not yet decided if the fifth-year option on Bud Durpee’s rookie contract will be exercised. Colbert has until May 3 to make that decision on the outside linebacker who has been held back by injuries and inconsistencies in..." April 01

  • On being a 'villain,' James Harrison tells Le'Veon Bell 'welcome to the city'

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "James Harrison knows what it's like to be a villain. Just ask him. In response to Le'Veon Bell's Instagram post in which he declared "It's hard to be a hero in a city that paints you as a villain.," James Harrison had a short, poignant response "Welcome to the city" Bell has..." March 31

  • JuJu Smith-Schuster I Got Pantsed By a TMZ Photog!!!

    TMZ "JuJu Smith-Schuster may be one of the best rookies in the NFL, but that's not enough to get him into a fancy restaurant when he's rockin' sweats, so our photog came to the rescue ... for a price. JuJu hit up Mastro's in Bev Hills Friday night, but the doorman gave him a 10 yard penalty for..." March 31

  • Mike Tomlin pays couple’s dinner tab while in Louisville on scouting trip

    Yardbarker "Mike Tomlin led a Pittsburgh Steelers delegation to Louisville, Ky., to attend the Cardinals pro day on Thursday. And the Steelers head coach left a very good impression with a couple who was dining at a table next to him at an area restaurant Wednesday night by picking up their dinner..." March 29

  • Le’Veon Bell: It’s hard to be a hero in a city that paints you as a villain

    Pro Football Talk "The Steelers say Le'Veon Bell will play in Pittsburgh in 2018, but he sounds like he doesn’t think he’s getting a fair shake there. Bell tweeted on Thursday afternoon that he thinks he’s been villainized in Pittsburgh. “It’s so hard to be a hero in a city that paints you out to be the..." March 29

  • Steelers GM on Le’Veon Bell: ‘He’ll be a Pittsburgh Steeler in 2018’

    Sportress of Blogitude "Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert insisted this week ‘that despite some conflict and uncertainty, Le’Veon Bell will be with the team in 2018. “[H]e’ll be a Pittsburgh Steeler in 2018,” Colbert said this week on “PFT Live” at the owners meetings, via Pro Football Talk. “Unless he..." March 29

  • Goodell: Helmet should be for protection, not a weapon

    NFL.com "A day after the NFL broadened the helmet-hit rule, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell expanded on the decision the league hopes will help make the game safer. "Our focus is how to take the head out of the game and make sure that we're using the helmet as protection, and it's not being used as a..." March 28

  • Report: Le’Veon Bell seeking $17 million per year

    Sportress of Blogitude "Le’Veon Bell is actively seeking a massive long-term contract from the Pittsburgh Steelers, a deal that would make him the highest-paid running back in the game. And now a new report suggests Bell wants to be paid as well as the top wide receivers in the game, including teammate Antonio..." March 28

  • NFL Competition Committee may consider eliminating kickoffs

    Larry Brown Sports "Kickoffs may be the next NFL stalwart to go out the window in the name of player safety. Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy, a member of the NFL Competition Committee, said that if nobody can find a way to reduce injuries on kickoffs, the committee will strongly consider eliminating them..." March 28

  • NFL institutes 15-yard penalty, possible ejection for lowering head to make hit

    ESPN "NFL owners passed an unexpected rule Tuesday that will expand penalties for helmet-to-helmet contact, one that is more significant and far-reaching than the NCAA's targeting rule. Under the change, a player will be penalized 15 yards and potentially ejected any time he lowers his head to..." March 27

  • NFL gives officiating office authority to eject players remotely

    Pro Football Talk "Ejections are no longer at the sole discretion of the on-field officials. The NFL’s owners voted today on a new rule that authorizes a designated member of the officiating department to instruct on-field game officials to eject a player who commits “a flagrant non-football act,” if a foul for..." March 27

  • CBS says fewer ad breaks in NFL games will stay for the 2018 season

    Awful Announcing "Last season, the NFL and its television partners reduced the amount of ad breaks from five per quarter to four. That was in hopes of stopping the silly score-commercial-kickoff-commercial sequence. While it did reduce the number of those silly sequences, the change didn’t get rid of them..." March 27

  • Owners unanimously approve simplified catch rule

    ESPN "NFL owners approved new rules and bylaws on Tuesday, including unanimously approving the proposal to change the league's catch rule and authorizing in-game ejections from the league's officiating office. The owners also made permanent the rule change that teams start from the 25-yard line after..." March 27

  • Steelers reportedly meeting with Derrius Guice

    Larry Brown Sports "The Pittsburgh Steelers’ ongoing difficulty to reach a long-term deal with Le’Veon Bell could reportedly see them take a running back in the first round of the NFL Draft. As evidence of that, Steelers brass is reportedly meeting with LSU running back Derrius Guice, and their interest in making..." March 26

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