Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 at 11:24 am
The Pittsburgh Steelers signed free agent tackle Guy Whimper on Monday and the contract details are pretty simple and not taxing cap wise.
According to an agent, Whimper signed a one-year qualifying contract that includes a base salary of $715,000 and no signing bonus. Being as it was a qualifying contract, the cap hit for Whimper will be $555,000. Thanks to displacement in the top 51 salaries, the Steelers only used $75,000 of cap space to sign Whimper.
Being as Whimper received no signing bonus, he will not cost the Steelers anything in the way of dead money to release should he not make Read more [...]
Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 at 10:18 am
On Monday, Hall of Famer Joe Greene retired from the Pittsburgh Steelers personnel department and I couldn't help but think about the story in the Jan 28, 1969 edition of The Pittsburgh Press following the selection of Greene in the first round of the NFL draft. The fan reaction almost reads like modern day tweets on Twitter following a draft. I don't know who the author of the piece was, but it very well could have been the late Pat Livingston or the late Les Beiderman. If anyone knows for sure, please let me know. Below is a reprint of the article.
'Who's Joe Greene?'
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Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 at 9:28 am
On the Monday episode of NFL Live on ESPN, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark was asked to rank his top five safeties in the league and below are his rankings.
1. Earl Thomas
2. Dashon Goldson
3. Troy Polamalu
4. Eric Weddle
5. Jarius Byrd
Here is what Clark had to say while ranking Troy Polamalu at No. 3.
"This was a decision for me, because here is a guy that I really want to put at number one, but he's had some injuries over the past few years and hasn't been as a effective," said Clark. "He's a guy I feel like can be number one if we get him back fully healthy. Anticipation, Read more [...]
Monday, May 6th, 2013 at 10:52 pm
I previously posted that Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark was a guest analyst Monday on NFL Live, and during one segment dedicated to the New England Patriots, Clark was asked to comment on them losing wide receiver Wes Welker via free agency this offseason, and how vulnerable it now makes them offensively as a result. Clark, as expected, was very straight forward in his response.
"I think what’s really underestimated is Wes Welker’s importance, to not only the New England Patriots, but Tom Brady," said Clark. "A lot of what they do is timing. A lot of what they do is option reads, Read more [...]
Monday, May 6th, 2013 at 8:24 pm
On Monday, the Pittsburgh Steelers signed free agent tackle Guy Whimper to help bolster their depth on the offensive line and I speculated that tackle Marcus Gilbert might not be ready for the first OTA session that takes place in a few more weeks due to him coming off ankle surgery in December. Gilbert, however, told me tonight that the ankle is indeed fine and that he plans on working during the OTA session.
Gilbert injured the tendon in his right ankle in the Week 6 loss last season to the Tennessee Titans and flew to North Carolina shortly thereafter to see specialist, who deemed at that Read more [...]
Monday, May 6th, 2013 at 6:32 pm
By Jeremy Hritz
Sure, it’s early, and there are still three months to go until training camp kicks off, but that won’t stop us from discussing what position will be the greatest strength of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2013 season. While it is easy to say that quarterback is the best position on the team because of Ben Roethlisberger, the unit that will have the most potential to be dominant and to transform the team from 8-8 to Super Bowl contender is the offensive line.
In 2012, the offensive line struggled through a spate of injuries that disrupted any sense continuity. At some point Read more [...]
Monday, May 6th, 2013 at 6:22 pm
I passed along the word Sunday night that Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark would be all over ESPN this week and on Monday he was a guest analyst on NFL Live.
During the hour long show, Clark was asked if he thought that the Steelers did enough this offseason.
"Well if you look historically at the Steelers, we're not a very active team in free agency, said Clark. We don't bring in top name free agents. We try to stand pat as much as possible and we develop through the draft.
"You get Jarvis Jones in the first round to replace James Harrison, who left via free agency. You also come Read more [...]
Monday, May 6th, 2013 at 4:50 pm
The Pittsburgh Steelers announced on Monday that Hall of Famer Joe Greene has retired from their player personnel department. Greene, 66, has spent the last nine years as a special assistant for pro and college personnel.
Greene was drafted by the Steelers with the fourth overall selection in the first round of 1969 NFL draft out of North Texas and of course was part of the four Super Bowl winning teams of the 70's. He retired from the Steelers following the 1981 season after 13 years in the league and was rightfully inducted into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame in 1987.
During his 13 seasons Read more [...]
Monday, May 6th, 2013 at 2:27 pm
I knew at some point this offseason that the Pittsburgh Steelers would need to address their depth at the tackle position, but I never envisioned it leading to the team signing Jacksonville Jaguars castoff Guy Whimper, who according to Pro Football Focus gave up five sacks in 2012 in less than 400 snaps played and another 14 in 2011 in a little more than 950 snaps played.
So looking forward now past the signing of Whimper, what does this do to the prospects of Max Starks returning later on in the offseason?
For starters, I think the Steelers needed a veteran warm-bodied tackle for the upcoming Read more [...]
Monday, May 6th, 2013 at 1:31 pm
The Pittsburgh Steelers made a move to bolster their depth at the tackle position on Monday as it was announced that the team has come to terms with veteran free agent tackle Guy Whimper. In addition to Whimper, undrafted rookie free agent linebacker/safety Terence Garvin was also signed to the roster.
To make room for both Whimper and Garvin on the roster, the team released undrafted rookie center Ivory Wade and rookie defensive tackle Anthony Rashad White.
Whimper was originally drafted by the New York Giants in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft out of East Carolina. He played for Read more [...]
Monday, May 6th, 2013 at 1:06 pm
Season 3, Episode 100 of The Terrible Podcast is up and co-host David Todd and talk about the news that came out of the Pittsburgh Steelers rookie camp that took place over the weekend and this leads to us eventually talking about the undrafted free agent offensive lineman that were present over the weekend. I give a quick and dirty breakdown of all of them.
Head coach Mike Tomlin seems to have a different opinion than linebackers coach Keith Butler does about the health of linebacker Sean Spence so we go over what each said about the Steelers third-round draft pick from last year.
Reports Read more [...]
Monday, May 6th, 2013 at 11:39 am
According to Kevin Acee of the The San Diego Union-Tribune, the San Diego Chargers recently tried to sign tackle Bryant McKinnie, who just re-signed back with the Baltimore Ravens over the weekend, but have yet to reach out to Pittsburgh Steelers veteran free agent tackle Max Starks.
The Chargers, as Acee eludes to in his report, still have question marks at their left tackle position, but now appear to be set to try either King Dunlap or Kevin Haslam on the left side after missing out on McKinnie.
Being as the Chargers reportedly made a run at McKinnie, it makes you wonder why they wouldn't Read more [...]
Monday, May 6th, 2013 at 10:02 am
I wrote in my post draft breakdown of Pittsburgh Steelers fifth-round draft pick Terry Hawthorne that I thought it looked like he really got up high on his toes during his back pedal after watching tape of him and apparently he gets up too high for the liking of defensive back coach Carnell Lake.
Hawthorne, who took part in the Steelers rookie camp this past weekend, said in an interview with steelers.com that him backpedaling too high was one of the areas that he received correction in over the weekend when it came to his technique.
"They were correcting me on my technique," said Hawthorne. Read more [...]
Monday, May 6th, 2013 at 8:44 am
41 players came to the 2013 Pittsburgh Steelers rookie camp and most reports suggest 41 players left without suffering a serious injury. That in itself made the first real Steelers practices of the offseason a success.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin best summed up the rookie camp on Saturday after practice.
"This is an instructional camp and obviously there are some things that we are evaluating, but primarily just giving and receiving of information, working with the young people, just laying a foundation for their careers and our football here in 2013," Tomlin said. "We're excited about Read more [...]
Monday, May 6th, 2013 at 6:34 am
The Pittsburgh Steelers signed former San Diego State right guard Nik Embernate as an undrafted free agent last week and I came away unimpressed with him after watching him play against Boise State last year.
In that game, Embernate had trouble anchoring in pass protection and was on the ground quite a bit after slipping off blocks. At that time I wondered to myself why there was such a fuss about him. Instead of researching him further, I moved on and pretty much wrote him off as being way over hyped.
Shame on me.
On Sunday I came across a 2011 highlight compilation video of Embernate Read more [...]
Sunday, May 5th, 2013 at 9:54 pm
Are you ready for an overload of Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark on ESPN this coming week? If not, you better get yourself ready, because Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated is reporting Sunday evening that Clark will be on SportsCenter, NFL Live, NFL32, and ESPN Radio starting on Monday.
According to Deitsch, Clark, who is entering the final year of his contract with Steelers, asked ESPN senior coordinating producer Seth Markman at the Super Bowl in New Orleans, if he could intern for the network over the summer in order to hone his broadcasting skills.
"I want to show I'm capable Read more [...]
Sunday, May 5th, 2013 at 6:58 pm
The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Oregon State wide receiver Markus Wheaton in the third-round of the 2013 NFL draft and below is my breakdown and grade of the pick.
Measurables: Combine Invite: Yes, Height: 5110, Weight: 189, 40 Yrd Dash: 4.40, 20 Yrd Dash: 2.50, 10 Yrd Dash: 1.59 225 Lb. Bench Reps: 20, Vertical Jump: 37, Broad Jump: 10'00", 20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.02, 3-Cone Drill: 6.80
Breakdown: While Wheaton is fast, he certainly isn't as fast as Mike Wallace on the football field and I saw now evidence of an elite top gear. I am not knocking him for that, I am just trying to put the Read more [...]
Sunday, May 5th, 2013 at 4:26 pm
Many of you probably already knew that the Pittsburgh Steelers did away with mocking the first round of the draft several years ago and now choose to mock themselves instead. General manager Kevin Colbert was asked to explain the process following the draft in an interview with David Todd on ESPN 970.
"About five years ago we did away with really the mock scenarios, because it was an endless exhibition of the possibilities and what ifs, and we really didn't want to deal with that, said Colbert. "So what we started to do was we just mocked ourselves and said if he we were picking first, who would Read more [...]
Sunday, May 5th, 2013 at 2:34 pm
Following a 2012 season that saw him miss three games due to injury and registering just four sacks, starting Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley is certainly under the microscope this offseason.
Woodley, who was called out by an unidentified teammate after the 2012 season ended for not being in the best of shape last year, was back in Pittsburgh on Saturday to speak at a luncheon for the P.A.C.T. Initiative and he spoke to Dan Gigler of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about his offseason training.
"My offseason is going great. I'm looking forward to getting back with the team Read more [...]
Sunday, May 5th, 2013 at 12:57 pm
It has long been known that Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen is again working out down in Florida at the Wide World of Sports complex alongside teammates Ike Taylor and William Gay under the watchful eye of renown trainer Tom Shaw, and Ralph Paulk of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review recently caught up with him to talk about the process.
"Ike is one of the hardest workers I've met," said Allen, according to Paulk. "Seeing the way he does things is something that I would one day like to model. I'm getting a close-up view of what it takes to play 10 years in this league.
"We know what's Read more [...]