Monday, May 20th, 2013 at 2:38 pm
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Isaac Redman was a guest Monday morning on 93.7 The Fan, and he talked about his off-season; the upcoming OTA session and several other team related topics in addition.
With the Steelers drafting Michigan State running back Le'Veon Bell in the second round last month in addition to adding free agent running back LaRod Stephens-Howling to the roster a few weeks ago, Redman was asked to give his thoughts on what those additions do to his mentality heading into the 2013 season.
"It just makes you work even harder," said Redman, who was originally signed by the Read more [...]
Saturday, May 18th, 2013 at 8:50 am
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Baron Batch is entering his third year in the league and with no guarantees that he will make the 53 man roster out of training camp later on this summer, he will have to prove that he can be more than just a special teams player.
Batch, the Steelers seventh-round draft pick in 2011, was forced to sit out his rookie year after suffering a torn ACL just prior to the first preseason game that year. He returned last offseason to make the Steelers 53 man roster primarily as a special teams player and emergency running back and wound up dressing for 12 games and playing Read more [...]
Friday, May 17th, 2013 at 9:48 pm
The first OTA session of the 2013 season for the Pittsburgh Steelers will get underway on Tuesday and only a few players are not expected to participate.
As far as injured players go, tight end Heath Miller (knee) and linebacker Sean Spence (knee) are both expected to be sidelined as they continue to rehab their knee injuries suffered last season. Neither are expected to practice in any of the Steelers OTA sessions or mini camp and both are also expected to open up training camp on the Active PUP list when the team assembles for training camp.
Tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle), tackle Mike Adams Read more [...]
Friday, May 3rd, 2013 at 6:46 am
The 2013 NFL draft is now behind is and the rookie camp gets underway on Friday. As I do ever year at this time, here is my first 53 man roster prediction for the 2013 Pittsburgh Steelers.
Prior to training camp getting started, I will release my next prediction and then will have a new prediction after each and every preseason game leading up to my final 53 man roster prediction.
Feel free to list your prediction below in the comments.
Quarterbacks: (3) Ben Roethlisberger, Bruce Gradkowski, Landry Jones
The quarterback position needs no explanation. These are the Read more [...]
Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 at 4:07 pm
The 2013 NFL draft will get underway in New York City Thursday evening, so it is now time for my final Pittsburgh Steelers mock draft of the year.
Mock drafts are never satisfying to me as the odds of getting all of the picks correct really doesn't exist. The process, however, is satisfying, as I get a chance to watch a lot of tape and read a ton of material on several of the draft hopeful players.
You will notice at the bottom of every selection there are nine additional players listed that I considered in each and every round. In round six, however, I duplicated the nine as both picks existed Read more [...]
Friday, April 19th, 2013 at 10:24 pm
Now that the Pittsburgh Steelers are past the period of having to worry about their restricted free agents, they are left with just $607,427.00 in salary cap space to work with as we inch closer to the 2013 NFL draft. That doesn't leave much room to sign additional players, even when you factor in displacement.
Over a week ago, there were reports suggesting former New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw would be returning to Pittsburgh prior to the draft to have his surgically repaired foot looked at again, and while that still indeed might take place, it is unlikely that he will be signed, Read more [...]
Thursday, April 18th, 2013 at 4:36 pm
According to the official daily transaction release issued Thursday by the NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Isaac Redman has signed his $1.323 million restricted tender offer and is now under contract for the 2013 season.
The deadline for restricted free agents to receive offer sheets from other teams is Friday.
Redman, who was originally signed by the Steelers as an undrafted free agent out of Bowie State, rushed for 410 yards and 2 touchdowns last season on 110 carries. He also caught 19 passes for 244 yards in addition.
Redman and fellow running back Jonathan Dwyer, who signed Read more [...]
Monday, April 15th, 2013 at 9:22 am
Now that the Pittsburgh Steelers have decided to match the $2.5 million offer sheet given to restricted free agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders by the New England Patriots, several are suggesting that they should rescind the $1.323 million tender offer to running back Isaac Redman in order to sign free agent running back Ahmad Bradshaw.
For starters, pulling the tender to Redman only saves roughly $843,000 in salary cap space after displacement takes place. That's not a lot of money in the grand scheme of themes and Bradshaw has yet to come in for his second visit yet to see how the rehab Read more [...]
Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 at 9:00 am
The Pittsburgh Steelers have started bringing in draft prospects for pre draft visits as Ohio State linebacker John Simon, Florida State linebacker Vince Williams, and Texas A&M running back Christine Michael all were in Pittsburgh on Monday.
Teams are allowed to have up to 30 non-local players visit and as many local players who went to school or live in their metropolitan area.
So how important are these pre draft visits when determining whether or not they will be drafted? When you look back at the last three years, you will see that quite a few players that made visits were either Read more [...]
Thursday, March 21st, 2013 at 11:36 am
Former New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw confirmed recently in a radio interview that he has heard that the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets and Green Bay Packers have expressed interest in him, but that he was going to wait to make free agent visits until he is fully recovered from the foot surgery that he had back in January.
"I've decided not to work out with teams yet," Bradshaw said. "I want to be as healthy as I can be, I want to be explosive, and I want teams to see what they are able to get. Right now, I'm working on that, and I think it's coming along faster and faster. Read more [...]
Sunday, March 17th, 2013 at 4:15 pm
Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting on Twitter that the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers have both expressed interest in former New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw.
Bradshaw, who was released by the Giants in early February, reportedly received clearance recently to begin making free agent visits as he continues to recover from January foot surgery. That surgery consisted of Bradshaw having a smaller screw in his right foot replaced with a larger one and it was the third surgery on his right foot. In addition to his right foot problems, Bradshaw has also had a left foot Read more [...]
Saturday, March 9th, 2013 at 6:35 pm
The Saturday business moves for the Pittsburgh Steelers now appear to be in the books following the release of linebacker James Harrison and the restricted tendering of running back Jonathan Dwyer, running back Isaac Redman, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and nose tackle Steve McLendon. Although it hasn't been reported, running back Baron Batch and cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke have both likely received their minimum salary exclusive rights tenders by now as well. Until I hear otherwise, I will assume they have.
With all of those moves now behind us we can take a look at where the Steelers are Read more [...]
Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 at 3:06 pm
There is just one week to go now before the start of the 2013 league year. The Pittsburgh Steelers are already under the $123 million cap number with a current Rule of 51 number of roughly $121,065,372.66 after the signing of cornerback William Gay on Monday. That number includes the $1.4 million cap credit that they are also reportedly due.
As you can see, that number is just $1,934,627.34 under the $123 cap number. Next up for the Steelers will be tendering of the restricted and exclusive rights free agents that they wish to keep. The restricted free agent list consist of Jonathan Dwyer, Jeremy Read more [...]
Thursday, February 28th, 2013 at 1:40 pm
Three contract restructures down and possibly one more to go for the Pittsburgh Steelers. On Thursday quarterback Ben Roethlisberger became the third player to have his contract restructured which resulted in $6 million in 2013 cap space being cleared.
With the restructures of Roethlisberger, wide receiver Antonio Brown and linebacker Lawrence Timmons now out of the way the Steelers have cleared $14,423,750 in cap space in the last three days
The Rule of 51 number now sits at roughly 121,478,706.00, which is $1,521,294.00 under an estimated $123 million cap number. The Steelers also reportedly Read more [...]
Thursday, February 28th, 2013 at 8:39 am
The Pittsburgh Steelers are not even through with their restructures this offseason and already there is concern about the damage that they are doing to 2014 and beyond by pushing forward more money. Fans go through this concern every year because most just don't understand the real numbers and what lies ahead. Thank God Omar Khan does.
Here is the 2014 big picture for you.
The Steelers currently have 32 players under contract for 2014. Assuming the forthcoming restructures of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and linebacker LaMarr Woodley go as planned, the team will have $122,517,760 committed Read more [...]
Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 at 11:47 pm
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported on Tuesday that a source with knowledge told him that the 2013 NFL salary cap number could come in at $123 million or higher. That is great news if you are a Pittsburgh Steelers fan as this number has slowly been inching up over the course of the last several weeks.
It was also reported on Tuesday that the Steelers restructured the contract of Lawrence Timmons to free up roughly $5 million in cap space. With that restructure out of the way now, I will give you a quick update as to where the team currently is at in their Rule of 51 number as it relates Read more [...]
Thursday, February 21st, 2013 at 1:14 pm
Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert joined SiriusXM NFL Radio on Thursday for an interview following his NFL combine press conference and he talked about several topics related to the team and the draft.
Colbert was asked during the interview just how disappointed he was with the running game last season and if that is an area of priority this offseason.
"It is and we were disappointed," said Colbert. "And I stated in no deference to the guys that played there, but we weren't good enough at that position and that falls on me. We had a lot of guys that tried to take the reigns Read more [...]
Thursday, February 21st, 2013 at 9:03 am
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer has another mouth to feed after his first child was born on Wednesday, but that wont slow down the former sixth round draft pick out of Georgia Tech from focusing on his offseason preparations in hopes that he will be the starting running back in 2013 for the black and gold.
"Any running back wants to be the feature guy," Dwyer told Teresa Varley of steelers.com. "The situation we were in last year, we couldn’t just sit one of us. We all bring something different to the team, to the running and passing game, all aspects of it. I just have to work Read more [...]
Monday, January 14th, 2013 at 9:48 pm
Some new quotes have emerged from the year-end talk that Pittsburgh Steelers team president Art Rooney II had with members of the Pittsburgh media last week concerning injuries suffered this past season and training.
“I do think it’s something that comes in cycles,” said Rooney about injuries, per the Steelers official website. “I remember sitting there a few years ago and looking at the Colts, who had like 15 guys on injured reserve, and I was thinking, ‘I’m glad that’s not us.’
“It does happen sort of in cycles, and hopefully we’re getting through this cycle. But having Read more [...]
Monday, January 14th, 2013 at 10:53 am
The release of running back Chris Rainey following his Thursday arrest down in Florida came quickly and it now leaves the Pittsburgh Steelers without any running backs under contract for 2013 as we sit here in the middle January.
The release of Rainey, however, won't make the running back position any higher of a priority in the April draft than it already was heading into last week as both Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer will be restricted tendered as previously planned, and Baron Batch will also be exclusive rights tendered. While there might be a slight chance that Redman could be signed Read more [...]