Report: Steelers Have Yet To Talk Contract Extensions As Camp Winds Down

The Pittsburgh Steelers will break training camp on Saturday, and they will play the Washington Redskins in their second preseason game Monday night on the road. With lest than a month to go until the start of the regular season, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Thursday on Twitter that there are still no negotiations going on with players who could possibly be extended.

Just because something hasn\’t happened yet in the way of extensions, doesn\’t mean that it won\’t happen prior to the start of the season. There really is no hurry right now, and general manager Kevin Colbert hinted in a recent radio interview that a few still could get done.

The Steelers have a history of not talking contracts once the regular season begins, so we will just have to wait a little longer to see if anything happens with Emmanuel Sanders, Isaac Redman, Ziggy Hood, Ryan Clark and Brett Keisel, all of whom are entering the final year of their contracts.

The Steelers don\’t have a lot of depth at either the running back or defensive end position under contract for 2014, so these two positions figure to be the ones to watch the closest. For example, of the six running backs that are currently on the 90 man roster, only Le\’Veon Bell is under contract for 2014.

  • steeltown

    I agree.. just because theyre currently not in discussion doesn’t mean one or two wont still happen prior to the regular season

  • Gautama Om

    I know many want Sanders extended but I feel very very confident about Wheaton and Justin Brown taking over next year thus we don’t need to throw away big money at WR where it’s not needed.

    With Keisel almost retiring it would be best to extend Hood to a reasonable contract like 4 yr $16million ballpark.

  • Christopher Wilkes

    Ziggy Hood is the only one I’d want to see extended, but even he has a lot to prove. I don’t think we’d be in a position to improve at DE without him tho, so it’s almost imperative that we get him locked up. Maybe Clark would get extended, but at his age what’s the hurry. I doubt he’d want to leave for another team either.

  • Milliken Steeler

    Bingo and a great observation from you. Kudos. I was expecting to hear the same regurgitated “Hood sucks” comments. He is a valuable piece of our D-line, durable and getting better and better.

  • CW

    Hopefully they extend Hood. Somewhere in the 3 to 5 year range for around 9 to 15 million total. He’s not elite, but he’s not as bad as people make him out to be. Hood’s bad rep as a player should actually help get a deal done cheaper than it should be, which would be a huge advantage for the Steelers over the long term.

    With Clark and Keisel, they’re both getting to that stage where it might be smarter to wait and see if they would take one year extensions around somewhat more vet minimum, but not too much. Clark could be the exception. Mid to late thirties for a free safety or a defensive end is really pushing it, so at some point they are going to drop off as far as talent goes.

    Redman and Dwyer are interesting cases as both are potential extension candidates. They are both similar types of runners. They are both decent complementary backs, but nothing extremely special in either case. Each does something a little better than the other in different areas of the game. Are they worth extending? Maybe. Having a decent backup running back is a good idea, however depending on what sort of compensatory draft picks the Steelers could get next year it might be a better option to look at potential backups in the 4th or 5th round. For instance James Wilder Jr., with all the legal issues, and Kenny Hilliard easily could be available in the 4th round or late in the 3rd if the running back pool is drying up fast, assuming a 3rd round compensatory pick for Wallace, and both are power backs that are more oriented towards between the tackles running and moving the pile. Which would give the Steelers a decent bell cow back in Bell, a short yardage man in Wilder or Hillard, and if they extended him now a solid 3rd down, scatback, back in Howling.

    Add to it that Howling looked very much like a Darren Sproles clone in the Steelers backfield in the first preseason game and maybe Howling is the one to extend beyond this year.

    Finally Sanders for all intents and purposes is either not worth extending, which we will not know until after the season starts and he performs or fails to, or will demand too much, which seems to be his agent’s and his position right now. Best to play the wait and see game with him.