Steelers Six From Around The Web – Tuesday July 13th – Tomlin Gets Contract Extension Edition
The biggest news today is that Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has agreed to a three-year contract extension. Tomlin\’s new contract extension will carry him through 2014. His original contract when the Steelers hired him in 2007, had one year and an option left on it. Ed Bouchette also writes that football operations director Kevin Colbert as he is in the final year of his contract.
In other big news from Monday, ESPN James Walker reported that Steelers outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley will not be given an extension before this season starts. The Steelers normally do not negotiate contracts while the season is underway, so that leaves around 8 weeks left to get something done. The biggest obstacle is the 30% rule and the guaranteed money needed to get around it that seems to be a hanging point. The Steelers could use the franchise tag if it is in the new CBA, when one is agreed upon. Woodley said on the Sirius radio show, Moving The Chains, he was not going to pout about it and things will work themselves out. He has no control over it.
John Harris caught up with former Steelers cornerback Deshea Townsend, who hasn\’t given up hope of returning to the NFL or even the Steelers in 2010. He is staying in shape by working out with speed and conditioning coach Tom Shaw down in Florida. Should an injury or two happen in the Steelers secondary, Townsend very well could be on speed dial. Let\’s hope not.
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Dale Lolley has resurfaced and writes about how big of challenge head coach Mike Tomlin faces headed into this season. Lolley says if the Steelers some how make the playoffs in 2010, it would be Tomlin\’s best coaching job to date and it is hard to argue that from the way things look right now.
Ravens veteran wide receiver Derrick Mason wasn’t shy about making his expectations known about the upcoming season during an interview with 105.7 The Fan. Mason said, “Anything less than a Super Bowl win, really, is a disappointment to us.” Prepare to be disappointed Mr. Mason.
The handicappers at Bodog.com have released the over/under props win totals for all 32 teams for the 2010 season. Right now the Steelers are at 8.5. They have the Colts and Chargers leading the AFC way with 11 and the Saints on the NFC side with 10.5.