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Birmingham Iron continue to state their case as the AAF team Steelers fans should follow

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 6:32am

With the addition of another former member of the Black and Gold on Wednesday, the Iron are the obvious team of choice for Pittsburgh fans

For Pittsburgh Steelers fans still undecided about the team they will follow in the new Alliance of American Football, the Birmingham Iron have been doing their best to state their case for your support over the past few weeks. If hailing from the city that was once known as the “Pittsburgh of the South” was not enough, the fact that the Steelers are one of four teams affiliated with the Iron in terms of player allocation is already likely to have swayed some fans.

As we noted when we first took a look at the various rosters of each AAF teams before the season began, Birmingham opened the year with more former Pittsburgh players than any other team in the league and are also led by former Steelers defensive coordinator Tim Lewis as head coach.

Those still needing to be convinced might be encouraged by the news of the signing of another familiar face on Wednesday, with tight end Weslye Saunders becoming the latest addition to the Iron.

▪️”Wait patiently. Be strong, and take heart, and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14

Words can’t explain how humbled & appreciative I am, for this opportunity. ❤️
Now, it’s back to work! #ForgeOn #SeizeTheMOMENT @TheAAF pic.twitter.com/dGYUhGK11B

— Weslye Saunders (@Wes_Saunders88) February 13, 2019

While every team in the AAF has a least one former Steeler on their roster, with the exception of the Salt Lake Stallions, no one appears to be featuring them as much as Birmingham. Based on the depth charts created by Pro Football Focus, no other team has as many players in starting or key backup roles with Pittsburgh connections as the Iron. As per PFF.

Arizona Hotshots:

LB Steven Johnson - Starter

The Arizona Hotshots opening week depth chart, based on our play-by-play grades and data! pic.twitter.com/vaK13kEBG7

— PFF_AAF (@PFF_AAF) February 12, 2019

Atlanta Legends:

CB Dorian Grant - Starter

Continuing our look at the opening week depth charts by utilizing our play-by-play grades and data – we turn to the Atlanta Legends next. pic.twitter.com/gFe96htfAs

— PFF_AAF (@PFF_AAF) February 12, 2019

Birmingham Iron:

WR L’Damian Washington - 2nd String

TE Weslye Saunders - 3rd String

OT Larson Graham - 2nd String

DT Casey Sayles - Starter

DT Josh Frazier - 2nd String

DE Johnny Maxey - 2nd String

CB Jamar Summers - Starter

S Jacob Hagen - 2nd String

The opening week depth chart for the Birmingham Iron utilizing our play-by-play grades and data! pic.twitter.com/qDkM1SDgpt

— PFF_AAF (@PFF_AAF) February 13, 2019

Memphis Express:

QB Zach Mettenberger - 3rd String

RB Rajion Neal - 2nd String

DE Greg Gilmore - 2nd String

DB Malik Boynton - 2nd String

P Brad Wing - Starter

Next up on our opening week depth charts utilizing our play-by-play grades and depth charts – the Memphis Express! pic.twitter.com/MHDcYznUH9

— PFF_AAF (@PFF_AAF) February 12, 2019

Orlando Apollos:

TE Scott Orndoff - Starter

DE Giorgio Newberry - 3rd String

LB Terence Garvin - Starter

A look at the opening week depth chart for the 1-0 Orlando Apollos using our play-by-play grades and data! pic.twitter.com/2GfoDSIMhb

— PFF_AAF (@PFF_AAF) February 13, 2019

Salt Lake Stallions:

None

Using our play-by-play grades & data from Week 1, and after hearing your voices, we've developed what would be considered our opening week depth charts for every team, starting first with the Salt Lake Stallions! pic.twitter.com/n51w7Zkwdd

— PFF_AAF (@PFF_AAF) February 12, 2019

San Antonio Commanders:

QB Dustin Vaughan - 3rd String

RB David Cobb - 2nd String

RB Trey Williams - 3rd String

WR Demarcus Ayers - 2nd String

TE Cameron Clear - 2nd String

LB Darnell Leslie - 3rd String

And we last take a look at the opening week depth chart for the San Antonio Commanders after their 1-0 start, using our play-by-play grades and data. pic.twitter.com/GNgdOqgv4h

— PFF_AAF (@PFF_AAF) February 13, 2019

San Diego Fleet:

RB Terrell Watson - Starter

LB Travis Feeney - 2nd String

CB Greg Ducre- 2nd String

The San Diego Fleet opening week depth chart utilizing our play-by-play grades and data! pic.twitter.com/z9HanBhSWw

— PFF_AAF (@PFF_AAF) February 13, 2019

So if you want to watch an AAF game featuring players you might actually recognize. there really is no choice other than Birmingham, with the Iron very happy to have you on board as a fan.

Hey #SteelerNation, we hear you may need a distraction right now‼️

Come check out former #Steelers players and coaches now part of the Birmingham Iron this Saturday, 2pm ET, on TNT.#WeAreBirmingham #ForgeOn⚒️ pic.twitter.com/M47uCHbUlV

— Birmingham Iron (@aafiron) February 12, 2019

Podcast: Previewing the Steelers 2019 Depth chart — Outside Linebacker

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 5:31am

In the latest episode of “The Steelers Preview” show, we break down all the news you need to know surrounding the Black-and-gold from the week that was.

As the Pittsburgh Steelers season is over, and while the team isn’t playing anymore, it doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to discuss — so it was time to get back on the airwaves and discuss the Black-and-gold.

Take a look at the rundown for the latest episode of the BTSC podcast The Steelers Preview. On this show Jeff Hartman, Dave Schofield and Bryan Anthony Davis break down all things Steelers leading into the offseason.

Check out the rundown of the show:

  • News and Notes
  • Black-and-Gold News
  • Position Breakdown: OLBs
  • The wildly popular game ‘Either/Or’
  • and MUCH MORE!

Jeff Hartman, editor of BTSC, Bryan Anthony Davis and Dave Schofield walk you through everything you need to know regarding the Black-and-gold.

If you haven’t heard, we have a YouTube channel, and the main reason for this is to increase the sound quality on our shows. But if you’re a visual learner you can watch the show below. Be sure to subscribe to our channel!

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Black and Gold Links: What will the Steelers’ offense resemble without Antonio Brown?

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 4:30am

Time to check on the latest news surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ season is over, but if you think the news surrounding the black-and-gold is over — think again. For the drama-filled Steelers, things are just heating up, and this is where the daily links article comes in. You might have missed some key news, and we fill you in and give you the latest, and sometimes greatest, news surrounding the Steelers.

Today in the Black-and-gold links article we take a look at what the Steelers’ 2019 offense, and beyond, might resemble without Antonio Brown in the lineup. Can it be as lethal? Or will it just be a watered down version of the 2018 offense?

Let’s get to the news:

Reimagining Steelers’ offense without Antonio Brown

By: Jeremy Fowler, ESPN

What was once the NFL’s most formidable threesome has one Killer B left.

Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown are top-10 playmakers in their primes who will -- barring a major upset -- no longer be Steelers in 2019.

That leaves Ben Roethlisbergerworking with an offense that must utilize different parts to win games.

Bell and Brown are irreplaceable talents. More pointedly, the chemistry between Roethlisberger and Brown might never be replicated in Pittsburgh. The duo broke records with Brown’s six straight 100-catch seasons. But what many have described as a love-hate relationship seemed to boil over in late 2018, and Brown wants his proverbial fresh start.

The Steelers never got to a Super Bowl with these three as primary playmakers, and now they have no choice but to make a retooled offense work.

This is how it happens.

JuJu’s Year 3 jump: JuJu Smith-Schuster is on a historic pace through his first two seasons.

Putting Smith-Schuster’s early-career success in perspective: His 11 career 100-yard receiving games tie Hall of Famer Randy Moss for most ever before a player’s 23rd birthday, according to ESPN Stats & Information. And Smith-Schuster has until Nov. 22 to break the tie.

But 2019 will be his toughest test. Without Brown drawing safety help, Smith-Schuster must show he can beat the top corners consistently.

Comparing Smith-Schuster to Brown is difficult because they are different players. Brown’s quickness and footwork have gone unmatched for the last half-decade. Smith-Schuster has quickness but relies more on strength, body control and sure hands to make his plays.

It’s up to Smith-Schuster and Roethlisberger to take their connection to a new level. Late last season, the two found a rhythm in the back-shoulder play that could become their signature.

Embolden James Washington: Tight end Vance McDonald said it best when discussing the offense last year: The Steelers need Washington to realize how good he can be. McDonald brought up that point unprompted. Talent is not an issue with Washington, who makes difficult catches look routine in practice. The issue was confidence, which is common for rookies.

(To read more, click the link in the headline...)

HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks’ is looking for a team. It probably won’t be the Steelers

By: Frank Carnvale, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Last season didn’t go as hoped for the Pittsburgh Steelers and though the offseason has been full of intrigue and questions, at least they probably won’t have to air all their drama in front of camera for HBO’s “Hard Knocks.”

The show is currently working on landing the next team for the upcoming season.

There are 5 NFL teams - Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants, Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins - that cannot say no to being featured on the show, according to rules laid out by the league in 2013.

To be exempt from the show, a team has to meet at least one of the following: have a first-year head coach; have appeared in the playoffs once in the past two seasons; or they have appeared on “Hard Knocks” in the past 10 years.

Steelers made the playoffs in 2017 season. They have never been on the show.

The Jets are reportedly on the show’s radar, but they rather not appear again, according to the New York Daily News . And as they have a first year coach with Adam Gase and were on the show in 2010, they likely can opt out of participating.

As far as the other teams that can be on the show, the Lions seem to be pushing HBO towards the Raiders.

“I think Jon Gruden is an excellent choice for that show,” Lions coach Matt Patricia said to ESPN . “I think the Oakland Raiders and everything they’ve got going on right now would be fantastic viewing for everybody to watch.”

Gruden responded with an “Lol” text to an ESPN’s reporter .

Each of the five teams would present some compelling story lines: The Raiders have second-year coach Gruden and are currently without a stadium to play in. Although the run-up to the 2020 season, prior to their Las vegas debut, may be more attempting to producers.

The 49ers have quarterback Jimmy Garropolo trying to make a comeback from injury, as well as talkative and entertaining cornerback Richard Sherman.

The Giants have dynamic wide-receiver Odell Beckham Jr., although there are questions about quarterback Eli Manning’s future with the team.

The Lions have Patricia and a perpetually under-performing team.

And the Redskins have another Gruden, head coach Jay, and owner Daniel Snyder has not shied away from controversies. Quarterback Alex Smith suffered a gruesome broken leg in 2018 and may not be back for the new season.

“Hard Knocks” debuted in 2001 and featured the Baltimore Ravens. Since then 11 NFL teams have been featured including most recently the Cleveland Browns.

The Bengals have been featured twice, making the Steelers the only AFC North team not to appear on the series.

Antonio Brown fallout: What Steelers can get, financial impact, timeline

By: Jeremy Fowler, ESPN

Antonio Brown wants out.

No more Photoshopped images of him in a San Francisco 49ers jersey or a FaceTime session with Jerry Rice to send his message. Brown was blunt Tuesday in a farewell social media video thanking Steelers fans for nine years, along with the hashtag #NewDemands.

This has bubbled for awhile. Brown has been unhappy, and agent Drew Rosenhaus told the Steelers of Brown’s position in late January.

As long as the Steelers get adequate draft capital for Brown, the All-Pro has played his last down as a Steeler. It’s over. Let’s leave the slightest wiggle room for an unprompted hug-it-out session, but that’s unlikely now.

Since everyone’s pretty clear on how things got here, let’s take a hard look at what’s next.

What do the Steelers want for Brown?

Most likely a first-round pick. That might be difficult with Brown’s antics and off-field legal issues, but the team believes Brown is too good not to get high-end capital.

”They will want a 1,” an NFL general manager said.

Brown’s palatable salaries of $12.625 million next season, $11.3 million in 2020 and $12.5 million in 2021 could entice teams to make a stronger offer -- unless Brown wants to negotiate a new deal, though he may not have much power in that case.

What can the Steelers realistically expect?

This answer will crystallize at the NFL scouting combine later this month, but two high-ranking NFL execs say if trading for Brown, they probably would give up a Day 2 pick (second or third round) for his services. One said that could fall to a fourth-round pick, depending on what’s discovered in the process.

Considering the cultural cost of keeping Brown on the roster, a Day 2 pick would have to get the job done if it’s the best offer.

(To read more, click the link in the headline...)

Local Pittsburgh radio station tells fans to not burn Antonio Brown jerseys, but to donate them

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 1:15pm

93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh is doing some good things with fans who want to dump their Antonio Brown jerseys.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Antonio Brown are not in a good place. With Brown wanting out of Pittsburgh, the fan base has turned on No. 84 like a bunch of rabid dogs. Videos of fans burning their Brown jerseys in fire places and in their back yards got the attention of 93.7 The Fan.

Why burn these jerseys when they could be donated to kids who might not otherwise ever own their very own Steelers jersey?

The event did good all around. 93.7 The Fan’s morning show broadcast their show live from Totin’s Diner, and any fan who brought in their No. 84 threads to donate got the following:

  • Discount on their breakfast at the diner.
  • A $10 gift card to Yinzers in da Burgh, a merchandise store on Penn Avenue in the Strip.

“Why burn it when you can help other Pittsburghers in need,” said Brian Engel, Development Director of St. Vincent De Paul Society of Pittsburgh.

Per KDKA:

The jerseys are being donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, which received a $5,000 donation during the morning live broadcasts. The charity will sell the jerseys in its stores and use that money to help people in need.

Maybe, just maybe, the Antonio Brown saga is actually doing some good in the Pittsburgh area? Not that this has stopped many fans from getting rid of their jerseys in a more flammable way, at least some offered to do some good with it before parting ways with the All-Pro wide receiver’s jersey.

In case you were wondering what Antonio Brown might think of all of this, he can’t pretend as if he doesn’t pay attention to the fans rebuking him the way they have.

Hahahahaha. So Antonio Brown blocked @MeghanKDKA on Instagram for reporting on our event today.
So weird.

— Colin Dunlap (@colin_dunlap) February 14, 2019

Although The Fan Morning Show was supposed to broadcast live from Jack’s on Carson Street in the South Side on Friday morning and collect Antonio Brown jerseys there as well, there had to be a change of venue.

Get the details below:

NEW LOCATION! The @FanMorningShow will collect your AB shirts & jerseys for @SVdP_Pittsburgh right here at our studios on Friday. Get the details here. https://t.co/6gOVgDPmh7

— 93.7 The Fan (@937theFan) February 14, 2019

Re-visiting the salary cap implications of Steelers trading Antonio Brown

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 11:45am

With some outlets still confused about the financial ramifications of trading Antonio Brown, we separate the fact from the fiction.

For Pittsburgh Steelers fans like myself who never took the initial rumors of a possible trade Antonio Brown seriously when they first emerged after Week 17, the receiver’s social media posts on Tuesday and the subsequent reports confirming an official trade request had been made were something of a wake up call.

Given the column inches already dedicated to the subject on this site and many others, most fans are already well aware of the salary cap implications of trading Brown, but given the inaccurate reporting by some notable names in the media as of late, it would appear that a reminder might be in order.

A restructure of Browns contract in March of 2018 effectively attached a prorated bonus of $7.04 million to each of the remaining years of his deal, with the entire amount needing to be accounted for financially this season if Brown was released or traded before before June 2.

Set to earn a base salary of $12.652 million in 2019 and a roster bonus of $2.5 million due on March 17, Brown would have a total cap hit of $22.165 million if he remains with the Steelers in 2019. Should he be traded, while Pittsburgh would be off the hook for the $15.125 million in cash due to Brown, they would still need to account for the three outstanding years of prorated signing bonus attached to his contact.

Ultimately, a trade would leave the Steelers with a dead money figure of $21.12 million to account this season and create a cap saving of just $1.045 million, regardless of how some in the media might attempt to spin the numbers to make it appear otherwise.

There remains a possibility of reducing that dead money figure in 2019 by either waiting to trade Brown until after June 2 or simply releasing him outright with a post-June designation. In this scenario, Pittsburgh would only have to account for $7.04 million in dead money this year and then another $14.08 million in 2020, but also find themselves with an extra $12.652 million to work with if he was traded or $15.125 million if released before his roster bonus is due.

Unless the Steelers really want the cap space this offseason, there is nothing to be gained from giving Brown his outright release. The receivers recent antics and legal issues may have diminished his appeal, but if Joe Flacco can generate a fourth-round draft pick via trade, Brown has to the worth at least a third.

10 Things I Think I Thought about the Antonio Brown fall out

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 10:04am

Needless to say, I had a lot of thoughts going through my cranium regarding Mr. Antonio Brown.

No NFL football again this week, though plenty of talk about AB. I realize it’s not that important that I add my two cents to the massive pile of opinions on the man and his plan. I’m hoping though that writing this column will purge the theme from my future.

  1. Antonio Brown is very good at playing football. We shouldn’t let his negatives blot out the reality of his talents. I’m not arguing that we should keep him. I am arguing that those who argue, “He’s washed up anyway” are letting their emotions show, rather than their minds.
  2. The world is full of men who are very good at playing football that I would not want on my team. Because, of course, there’s more to being a football team than running routes and catching passes. That the intangibles are intangible doesn’t make them unimportant.
  3. At the end of the day, one of two things is going to happen. AB will either implode and never come close to matching the success he’s had (we’ll call that the Leveon Bell option) or he will catch a lot of passes, rack up thousands of more yards and play on a team that doesn't win (we’ll call this the Ocho Cinqo option.) What I am nearly certain will not happen is he will have several years of great success on a team having several years of great success.
  4. At the end of the day the Steelers and AB were both looking at each other, at home and dateless as the playoffs began, saying to each other, “It’s not me, it’s you.” This time next year we’re going to know the Steelers were right and AB wrong.
  5. This may seem a little weird, but one of the hard things for me is that henceforth when I watch highlights of AB with the Steelers, my stomach will turn, and I’ll be thinking about the end. I’m not upset at Franco or Mike Webster or even Greg Lloyd for drawing another paycheck or two after they no longer fit in our plans. But this is just ugly, and an utterly different situation. One need not be a diva to want to play more after the Steelers think you should hang them up. When playing is your one, holy passion, then play. And come back for a day to retire a Steeler when you know your time has come.
  6. There are three worlds to an NFL player. There’s on the field. There’s off the field football stuff. And there’s off the field non-football stuff. In two out of three AB has been through train wreck after train wreck. I believe it will spill onto the field next season.
  7. AB, instead of heading for a legacy as one of the greatest to ever play the game is driving 100 MPH toward of legacy of one of the greatest to ever raise the question, “What the heck happened there?” Instead of being mentioned with Jerry Rice, Marvin Harrison and Larry Fitzgerald, he’ll be mentioned with TO, Ocho Cinco, and Josh Gordon. That boomin’ we’re hearing? That’s AB blowing up his legacy.
  8. It is always a good thing to pause and give thanks for our spouses, like my beautiful wife. It is also always a good time to pause and give thanks for players with class. Thank you Ryan, Joe, James, Alexander, Cam.
  9. Without undermining thought #1, we’re going to be fine next year at wide receiver.
  10. Hey AB- #call God.

2019 NFL Draft Prospects: FAU RB Devin Singletary is a legitimate jitterbug

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 7:55am

If the Steelers want to get a bit more dynamic in the backfield, Singletary is a wonderful option

Running Backs are replaceable they say, but not all the attributes of specific Running Backs are replaceable. For example, Le’Veon Bell is one of the best RBs in football, but his production was all but replaced last season with James Conner and Jaylen Samuels emerging onto the scene as quality backs.

However, that does not mean the backfield cannot get a bit more dynamic. Meet Devin Singletary, who is one of the most electric prospects I have watched this draft season.

Measurements

Height: 5’9”

Weight: 200 lbs

Expected 40: 4.48

Data Courtesy of SportsReference.com

Film Room

If there is a guy who combined human joystick and contact balance together, Singletary was that guy. This man really does rattle off some crazy runs. He has dumb good feet, as they are quick and his ankles are so flexible, which causes some unreal cuts.

Devin Singletary is RB2, he has grown on me that much. This dude is an absolute stud.pic.twitter.com/JNOnZWcnY4

— Nick Farabaugh (@FarabaughFB) February 3, 2019

My real takeaway from plays like this is insane center of balance and body control. Singletary contorts his body in ways that RBs should not be able to contort their bodies. It is incredibly impressive with moves like that hop step to stay in bounds. He creates these lanes for himself. So, even if the OL somehow breaks down, Singletary is one of those RBs that can break anything.

Above all else, though, he is incredibly slippery. I mean, this guy has insane elusiveness in the open field. Somehow, he has incredible peripheral vision to make crazy cuts that can spring himself loose. He has that vision that toys with defenders and draws them inside so he can bounce it outside. It is incredibly impressive to say the least.

FAU RB Devin Singletary is legit. His cutting ability is insane. I wouldn’t say he’s a burner but he is definitely elusive and agile. With the contact balance he shows consistently, he’s gonna be a good NFL RB. #DraftTwitter pic.twitter.com/xL5MyWdgHT

— Nick Farabaugh (@FarabaughFB) January 9, 2019

Agility is key with Singletary. He is not that fast, at least in terms of his size and frame, he does not have elite burst at all, but what he does is that lateral quickness. It is why he can be so shifty and stay on his feet as he is making jukes and cuts.

However, even with all that in his arsenal, Singletary still enjoys running over guys as well. This guy can lower the boom for a dude that is only 5’9”.

Devin Singletary is a damn bowling ball. Dude has fantastic contact balance. He’s so much fun to watch. pic.twitter.com/pvBeUdD3t6

— Nick Farabaugh (@FarabaughFB) January 31, 2019

That is a violent collision and one of the facts that Singletary shows in his game is that he is not afraid of contact. Unless the situation warrants it, he will fight for the extra yards and not go out of bounds. I love that competitive toughness and spirit in my RBs.

And just to leave you off, check out his freaky elusiveness and cutting ability in a few clips of him doing just that insanity.

Devin Singletary is unreal. He is gonna have to be a Top 5 RB in this class, the dude is super legit. pic.twitter.com/IKI6PsHkz7

— Nick Farabaugh (@FarabaughFB) January 31, 2019 Weaknesses

As I said earlier, I am not a huge fan of the burst Singletary displays consistently. I think it is modest at best for his size, and that I would want him running near 4.38-4.41 rather than in the 4.46-4.49 range, but that is where he is at. His frame also just does him no favors for pass protection. He has to improve there, it is just okay at this point. He had limited receiving opportunities, but when he did have them, I thought he showed pretty good hands.

Fit with the Steelers

The Steelers do not have a guy who can be slippery or turn a play into a big play like Singletary can right now. He is an excellent option to be a change of pace and would create a 3 headed attack that I would love to see.

Final Thoughts

Optimistic Take: Who cares about the burst? Singletary is an elite running back who can do everything, he can ever pass protect due to an improvement in technique. He very well might be a top 5 RB and can elevate an offense whenever he is on the field.

Pessimistic Take: Yeah, that burst actually matters a lot and makes Singletary a bit less dynamic than what he was in college. He is never a good pass protector and is best served as a good rotational back who can still be dynamic.

My Take: I think Singletary is a fantastic RB and should be that at the next level. You will get instant production from him, and with limited touches in the right system to keep him fresh, he will an electric game breaker. Watch out, the only RB I see better in this class is Josh Jacobs.

Steelers fans, what value are you looking to get for Antonio Brown?

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 6:48am

What are you looking for, what would you take, and what do you do if a viable trade partner can’t be found?

With Antonio Brown announcing to the world he is ready to move on from Pittsburgh, it is time to look at what value he carries in the trade market. The value the Steelers can get in return and exactly what they’re looking for is all speculation at this point. So it is time for the BTSC community to do their own speculation and play General Manager for a day.

Here are the following three questions for users to answer in the comments. Remember the usual standards and guidelines for commenting apply, so if you disagree with someone else’s answers please be cordial in your disagreement. For each question, give an example of what you would realistically accept.

1.) What offer are you looking for first when approaching another team?

2.) What offer from another team would you be willing to accept?

3.) What would you do if no suitable offer is found through the 2019 draft?

...

Remember that Antonio Brown‘s cap hit will be around $22 million if he is on the roster and about $21 million if he is not. Any team taking Brown would be paying around $15 million per season for his services (assuming they do not rework his contract). These numbers are approximate and are only here to reference in making your deal.

So I’ll start...

1.) Trade to Oakland for the 27th overall pick (from Dallas).

With the Raiders having three first round picks- the 4th, 24th, and 27th- asking for their third one would not be crazy. As a GM, I’m trying to sell it to Oakland that they are trading away the pick they received for Amari Cooper. So getting the Raiders to see they upgraded at wide receiver for free (with the exception of the difference in salary), could be a strong selling point.

2.) Trade to the Bills with our 20th pick for their 9th pick.

I believe the Steelers are looking for additional picks for AB, not to swap. But if a team wants to play “exchange picks” and it puts the Steelers in the top 10, I would take it. The 9th pick is the lowest I would take, and I would take any pick higher with all teams being an acceptable landing spot.

3.) If no trade partner is found, tell AB how he will conduct himself as we continue to find a trade partner in-season.

Cutting Brown would be one of the most disastrous decisions the Steelers could make. If no trade for AB can be found before/during the draft, the Steelers need to track Brown down in order to have the conversation he has avoided so far. In this conversation, you let AB know you will continue to look for a trade, but he must hold up his end of the deal. He must report on time to mandatory team requirements, conduct himself in an appropriate manner, and not do anything which could hurt his trade value. If he abides by these rules, the Steelers will continue to look for a trade through the trading deadline. If not, he’s stuck in Pittsburgh three more seasons while receiving suspensions and fines as his value on the open market tanks.

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Alright BTSC GM’s, what are you looking to get?

Podcast: What led to the Steelers’ downfall in 2018? Team dysfunction or turnovers?

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 5:32am

The once famed ‘Killer B’s’ are a thing of the past. Will the Steelers be without both Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown in 2019? This question once seemed like a slam dunk, but not anymore.

The 2018 regular season for the Pittsburgh Steelers was a forgettable one. Mired by drama and poor play the team fell short of multiple goals. No AFC North division title, and most importantly, no seat in the AFC Playoffs.

It is hard to believe, when looking back, this Steelers team was at one time 7-2-1, and winners of six in a row, and finished the season 9-6-1. Talk about a fall from grace.

So, what was the main reason for the Steelers’ downfall this past year? Was it the team dysfunction, or the massive amount of turnovers?

Inquiring minds want to know the answer to this burning question, and this was the crux of the new podcast ‘Steelers Burning Question’ which aired last night on our YouTube channel.

In the podcast I go into greater detail of the main reason the Steelers fell flat on their face in 2018.

Plenty has to be deciphered here, and I lay it all out there for the listeners in the latest show...

Check out the show below, and be sure to comment who you think is to blame in the comment section below!

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Steelers News: James Harrison...athlete turned actor?

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 4:39am

Time to check on the latest news surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ season is over, but if you think the news surrounding the black-and-gold is over — think again. For the drama-filled Steelers, things are just heating up, and this is where the daily links article comes in. You might have missed some key news, and we fill you in and give you the latest, and sometimes greatest, news surrounding the Steelers.

Today in the Black-and-gold links article we take a look at how former outside linebacker, James Harrison, is now turning his attention away from the football field, and to — the big screen?

According to ESPN, Harrison is seriously considering trying to start up an acting career, and he wouldn’t be the first athlete to do so. The question is, would he be any good?

Let’s get to the news:

‘The Rock better watch out’: How James Harrison plans to sack Hollywood

By: Jeremy Fowler, ESPN

And James Harrison thought beating a tackle off the edge was tiring.

Try logging a 16-hour day on a television set or hitting up multiple auditions throughout Los Angeles.

The two-time Super Bowl winner and Pittsburgh Steelers’ all-time sack leader gained a new appreciation for the Hollywood grind during his acting debut on the CBS show “S.W.A.T.,” which shot every scene from multiple angles.

”It’s like repeating the same play 30 times,” Harrison said with a laugh. “After about five, you’re like, ‘I’ve got it.’”

If Harrison has his way, and he usually does, the guest spot as a member of the Los Angeles Fire Department will vault him into acting stardom.

He isn’t looking for a hobby. He wants a legitimate post-football career. He has signed with Mosaic Entertainment, hired an acting coach and taken dozens of meetings with producers and casting directors since he began flying from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles more frequently.

Harrison, who’s also appearing on Fox Sports 1 as an analyst, first considered acting when he retired the first time in August 2014. He added four more seasons and 18.5 more sacks before retiring for good in 2018.

As a Steeler, Harrison thrived off toughness, strength and intimidation. He’s finding that he doesn’t need that persona all the time now.

”It’s a little different [from football]. They look different. They’re not as big,” Harrison said of his Hollywood encounters. “It’s a different atmosphere. It’s something I had been looking at the last few years, thinking hopefully this would lead to other things.”

Harrison has a non-exclusive contract with Fox Sports, so while he’s out in Los Angeles working for Fox, he can take meetings and table reads.

Known as one of the NFL’s most prolific weightlifters, thanks to workouts posted on Instagram, Harrison admits that action films would be “preferable, no question.” He’s built for that. But he’s open to all ideas. He recently read a dramatic part about a family member getting kidnapped and surprised himself with his depth.

”I would say I’m not actually skilled in it as far as a student of it. What I bring is raw,” Harrison said. “I’m trying to get that refined. Emotional responses, that’s the hard thing. Being able to be, like, extremely compassionate. Actors like Denzel [Washington] being able to go that whole spectrum. I think that’s what I’ll have to get a lot of help on refining.”

(To read more, click the link in the headline...)

Tim Benz: Antonio Brown misses one important detail from his goodbye tweet

By: Tim Benz, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Tuesday was the ultimate Antonio Brown day.

Shortly before news broke from ESPN that the disgruntled Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver hadformally requested a trade , Brown sent a tweet, bidding a fond farewell to Pittsburgh.

It was a pleasant, grounded message. It was a kind outreach. The video even included hugs and warm moments with Ben Roethlisberger, the apparent subject of Brown’s discontent in the ’Burgh.

When I saw that post, it struck me as the lone mature, sane, human thing Brown has done during this whole divorce he is trying to force.

Then I thought about it some more.

That’s when I realized: This is “as AB as AB gets.”

I’ll grant him this. He was trying. His heart was in the right place. He — and whoever he hired to edit that video — tried to hit the right notes.

Keep something in mind, though. Just because Brown is asking for a trade doesn’t mean he is going to get one.

Not yet anyway. Nor has he been guaranteed a release.

Unless Brown — and his agent Drew Rosenhaus — know something we don’t, no deal is in place.

If general manager Kevin Colbert doesn’t get return to his liking, the Steelers may not trade Brown. If Art Rooney II is so nauseated by the notion of Brown engineering his own ticket out of Pittsburgh, he may not acquiesce by cutting his pouting star.

Let me be clear. Those options would be the best possible outcomes to end this ridiculous situation. Get Brown out of town and perhaps get some sort of return in a deal. The Steelers need to find a partner, however. Or they need to accommodate AB’s whim and cut him.

Isn’t this latest development, “Sooooo Antonio Brown?”

(To read more, click the link in the headline...)

49ers have much to consider in potential pursuit of Antonio Brown

By: Nick Wagoner, ESPN

There has been nothing subtle about the flirtation between Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown and the San Francisco 49ers. Or, better put, between various players on the Niners’ roster and Brown.

Before we dive into the pros and cons of a potential union between the 49ers and Brown, let’s recap the very public evidence indicating that Brown would like to be a Niner and that potential Niners teammates would like to remove the potential qualifier from the equation.

Soon after rumors of a potential divorce between Brown and the Steelers began to spread in January, 49ers tight end George Kittle tweeted at Brown, a move that Kittle told Jim Rome during Super Bowl week was the result of a dare from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Brown responded positively to Kittle’s tweet and his response spurred a retweet from Garoppolo himself. Brown then followed various 49ers-related accounts.

All the emojis and tweets were one thing, but Brown’s apparent interest in the 49ers seemed far more real when 49ers legend Jerry Rice joined the fray, telling 95.7 The Game, a radio station in San Francisco, that Brown wants to come to San Francisco “really bad.” That was after Brown posted an image on his Instagram of a FaceTime conversation he’d had with Rice. Brown even went so far as to post a doctored photo of himself in a Niners uniform embracing Rice.

In the end, even after Brown officially requested a trade Tuesday and thanked Steelers fans via Twitter, none of that stuff matters much because it doesn’t account for the only variables that truly count: whether the Steelers will actually trade Brown, what the price would be if they do, whether the 49ers decision-makers are truly interested, what they’d be willing to give up and how that would compare to other offers the Steelers could get.

At this point, the Steelers haven’t been in a hurry to move Brown, though owner Art Rooney II has acknowledged that it’s “hard to envision” Brown still with the team come training camp while also keeping the door open for a reconciliation.

For their part, the Niners have not and will not publicly comment on potential interest in Brown out of deference to the NFL’s tampering guidelines.

(To read more, click the link in the headline...)

Steelers 2019 Free Agent Market Watch: Inside Linebackers

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 1:45pm

BTSC examines available Inside Linebackers in free agency and whether they would be a possibility for Pittsburgh.

The Steelers defense missed Ryan Shazier greatly after his devastating injury on December 4th in 2017. They didn’t adequately address the ILB position in both the draft and free agency. Jon Bostic was serviceable, but wasn’t enough. L.J. Fort played honorably, but he might not be enough, and his contract is up as well. This year, they have cap space to look outside the organization.

Here is a look at what is currently available at this crucial position.

C.J. Mosley - Baltimore Ravens

No. 57 for the Steelers greatest rival was picked two slots later than Shazier. While he never became a clone of Ray Lewis, the former member of the Crimson Tide became the leader of the defense. With a career best top 11 % ranking in run-stopping, the four-time Pro Bowler erased the stigma that he was a pass-coverage liability by allowing career lows in YAC and YPR.

Jordan Hicks - Philadelphia Eagles

Hicks should be a top priority for the Eagles to resign. He has become a pillar of the Phily defense. The former third-round selection is equally adept as a run stopper and a coverage linebacker. Hicks has nine career picks.

Patrick Onwuasor - Baltimore Ravens

His name may be tough to pronounce, but the name of the Raven LB is easily rolling of the tongue of GMs across the league. The three-year man from Portland State was the most productive out of a talented stable of Raven LBs. Onwuuasor had 5.5 sacks last season and could be a great find for any team in the league, including Pittsburgh.

Corey Littleton - Los Angeles Rams

Littleton had a Pro Bowl season in 2018 after a breakout year that saw him achieve 125 tackles and four sacks. Littleton was phenomenal in the playoffs too. The RFA could be enticing to teams after last season, but could he be a one-season wonder on a great defense? Being restricted, a team would have to give up a pick. Littleton could be worth that for Pittsburgh.

Other Notable Available Inside Linebackers

Denzel Perryman - Los Angeles Chargers

Manti Te’o - New Orleans Saints

L.J. Fort - Pittsburgh Steelers

Deone Bucannon - Arizona Cardinals

Kwon Alexander - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jake Ryan - Green Bay Packers

Midweek Mock Draft Roundup 4.0: A look at the Steelers latest mock draft projections

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 12:00pm

We take a look at 10 of the latest mock draft offerings from some of the more notable names in the game.

With the drama surrounding wide receiver Antonio Brown reaching new levels on Tuesday, we will attempt to distract ourselves from this ongoing fiasco with our weekly look at the next generation of players who could be joining the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2019.

Each and every Wednesday for the next 10 weeks, we will bring you a selection of the latest mock draft projections from around the NFL draft community. So far, we have looked at 30 contrasting offerings from some of the more well-known names in the business, with three different defensive players standing out from the pack as the most popular names to project to the Steelers over the last three weeks.

This week we have 10 more mock drafts worthy of review:

Maurice Jones-Drew, NFL Network - LB, Devin White, LSU

“White is the perfect fit for this Steelers defense. He can do everything exceptionally well.”

(Previous pick - First mock)

Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports - LB, Devin White, LSU

“Dream come true for Pittsburgh. While secondary may be a bigger need, White is the game-changing linebacker the Steelers also desperately must acquire on defense.”

(Previous pick - CB, Deandre Baker, Georgia)

Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports - WR, D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss

“Yes, the Steelers need help at linebacker, cornerback and edge rusher but can they pass up the best wideout in this draft class, especially since it looks like Antonio Brown has played his last down for the Steelers?”

(Previous pick - CB, Deandre Baker, Georgia)

Dan Kadar SB Nation - CB, Deandre Baker, Georgia

“Although Pittsburgh’s offense seems to be crumbling, the team arguably has bigger needs on defense this offseason. The Steelers especially need talent in the back seven, where they’ll be picking from edge rushers, linebackers, and cornerbacks. Baker is the type of player who could come in and start straight away for them.”

(Previous pick - LB, Devin White, LSU)

Vinny Iyer, The Sporting News - CB, Trayvon Mullen, Clemson

“Mullen saw his stock go down in the middle of the Tigers’ season as he struggled at times as a No. 1 corner. But his size (6-1, 194 pounds), speed, length and physicality is allowing him to test well and get more attention from scouts. The Steelers should see him a strong complement and soon replacement to Joe Haden, who turns 30 in April and is a free agent in 2020.”

(Previous pick - CB, Byron Murphy, Washington)

Will Brinson, CBS Sports - DL, Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State

“Don’t think he falls this far, but think Pittsburgh would be willing to grab him if he did, considering the struggles they’ve had on the defensive side of the ball in recent years. Please don’t @ me with a list of Steelers defensive line starters, because they are potentially losing a lot of depth in free agency.”

Note: Simmons tore his ACL during training a few days after this mock was written.

(Previous pick - CB, Greedy Williams, LSU)

Trevor Sikkema, Draft Network - CB, Byron Murphy, Washington

“Whew. Avoided disaster by the skin of their teeth with this one.”

“If Greedy Williams, Byron Murphy, and all five of the top edge rushers are off the board when Pittsburgh goes on the clock, just turn off the TV if you’re a Steelers fan. It would be the second year in a row where they would likely be making a massive reach for a player in the first round to help mask a massive need that likely won’t work out in the long run.”

“But, thankfully, if Murphy is still on the board, they won’t have to worry about that. They will get a true first-round cornerback.”

(Previous pick - LB, Jachai Polite, Florida)

Kristopher Knox, Bleacher Report - DT, Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio State

No analysis

(Previous pick - DT, Dexter Lawrence, Clemson)

Charlie Campbell, Walter Football - LB, Devin Bush, Michigan

“The Steelers grab an inside linebacker upgrade.”

“The 5-foot-11, 233-pound Bush is a very short linebacker by NFL standards, but he has received a lot of media hype as a first-round prospect. In 2018, Bush recorded 78 tackles with nine tackles for a loss, five sacks and six passes batted. As a sophomore, he totaled 101 tackles with 9.5 tackles for a loss, five sacks, eight passes batted and one interception.”

“Bush is a bit of a tweener linebacker/safety who might have to be used in a hybrid role in his NFL defense. He could fit as a Will - weak side - linebacker, which would let him use his speed and athleticism to defend sideline to sideline and cover in the passing game.”

(Previous pick - LB, Jachai Polite, Florida)

Luke Easterling, DraftWire - LB, Jachai Polite, Florida

“Corner is the bigger need for the Steelers, but there’s better value with Polite, who is one of the best pure pass rushers in this year’s class. His knack for bending the edge and forcing fumbles will end up helping a dismal secondary, and give the Steelers one of the league’s better edge-rushing tandems with T.J. Watt.”

Round 2 - Amani Oruwariye | CB | Penn State

Round 3 - Khalil Hodge | LB | Buffalo

(Previous pick - CB, Byron Murphy, Washington)

Just four weeks into this process and we are already seeing a shift in the names projected to the Steelers. Defensive line prospects have made their first appearance on our list this week, with no obvious consensus as we have seen in previously. Linebacker Devin White earns the top spot as the most popular player to mock to the Steelers by virtue of being the only player named more than once this time around.

We will add more mock drafts to our weekly roundup as they appear and we encourage you to let us know which experts you think we should be highlighting over the next 10 weeks.

Report: Broncos agree a trade in principle with Ravens to acquire Joe Flacco

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 11:04am

After 11 seasons in Baltimore, the veteran quarterback will attempt to resurrect his career in Denver in 2019.

With the Lamar Jackson era having already started in Baltimore, it would appear that the Ravens have wasted little time in removing his veteran predecessor from the roster after it was announced on Wednesday that they had an agreement in place with the Denver Broncos to trade quarterback Joe Flacco.

Breaking: Baltimore has agreement in principle to trade former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco to the Broncos, league sources told ESPN.

Trade cannot be processed until new NFL league year begins Wednesday, March 13. Teams prohibited from commenting on deal or terms surrounding it.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 13, 2019

Consistently ranked among the bottom third in the league at his position statistically since winning the Super Bowl in 2012, no player has made more out of a successful playoff run financially and done less on the field than Flacco. Signed to six-year, $120.6 million deal in 2013, the Ravens quarterback never came close to living up to the size of the contract and the deal would impact the teams ability to retain their own free agents for years to come.

Joe Flacco brings to #Broncos:

* recent history of back & hip injuries at age 34

* forthcoming salaries of 18.5M (2019) & 20.3M (2020)

* pocket-sloth mobility

* 6.3 yards per attempt over the last 4 years

* last reached 7.0 YPA a half-decade ago

— Evan Silva (@evansilva) February 13, 2019

With initial reports suggesting Baltimore may have earned as much as a fourth-round pick from the Broncos, the Ravens should consider themselves lucky to have found a suitor willing to pay that much for a player who has failed to record a quarterback rating higher than 84.2 in each of his last four seasons.

Confirming Broncos have agreement on trade for Baltimore QB Joe Flacco. I was told teams had been discussing 4th-round pick in exchange. Broncos had two, fourth-round picks -- one from Demaryius Thomas trade to Houston. #9sports

— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) February 13, 2019

At 34-years-old, Flacco will now attempt to resurrect his career in Denver and will also have to agree to a reduced contract by the sounds of it.

The #Broncos are trading for #Ravens QB Joe Flacco, sources confirm. @AdamSchefter on it first. He’ll have to rework his deal for Denver.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 13, 2019

Meanwhile, many Broncos fans will rightly be questioning whether Flacco is really an upgrade over Case Keenum. Sadly, the Pittsburgh Steelers will not play the Broncos in 2019.

The overall reaction to Antonio Brown’s “goodbye” tweet was interesting, to say the least

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 9:10am

After Antonio Brown posted his “gooodbye” tweet, the reaction on Twitter flowed wildly.

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ fan base received some shocking, yet expected, news when Antonio Brown gave the following farewell message/video to fans on his verified social media platforms.

In case you haven’t seen it...here it is:

Thank you SteelerNation for a big 9 years...time to move on and forward..........✌ #NewDemands pic.twitter.com/fbIoFNdqK4

— Antonio Brown (@AB84) February 12, 2019

So, after this tweet was sent out, the reaction to it was strong. For the sake of everyone’s sanity, I didn’t add the fan reaction into this article, but I did collect many NFL players/media’s comments on Brown and his new found demands to get out of Pittsburgh.

Some are more informative, while others are more opinionated, but the reaction following the tweet/post was strong, to say the least.

Check out some of the responses which flowed across the internet in the article below...and be sure to check back often for the latest news on the entire situation.

(Editor’s Note: This story is ongoing, and as more players/media take to social media to discuss Brown’s most recent comments, they will be added here.)

AB, all these dudes hitting you up ain’t real, period. Come roll with a savage. Where I go , you go? Good bet.

— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) February 12, 2019

From our Up to the Minute segment following @AB84's song tweet: The #Steelers WR has requested a trade, but hasn't gotten the OK just yet. pic.twitter.com/mk2sVP1mbK

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 12, 2019

Sounds like someone who wants out.... https://t.co/18qZcdJ10I

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 12, 2019

New demands? You are not really in position to demand anything!! https://t.co/J5H8y4GvWl

— Bob Pompeani (@KDPomp) February 12, 2019

Well he can't be traded until March so he must be getting released. If so, Steelers will count $21M for a player no longer there.. https://t.co/8NPzi8ysrr

— Andrew Brandt (@AndrewBrandt) February 12, 2019

If @AB84 really leaving man Pittsburgh about to be funny looking next year The truth always come to the light pay attention. He opened up everything for the passing game and still got his.

— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) February 12, 2019

The track choice tho https://t.co/oOJo9JDTW7

— Prince Amukamara (@PrinceAmukamara) February 12, 2019

https://t.co/FKXbXpv8Tr

— Patrick Peterson /P2 (@P2) February 12, 2019

Yo @AB84 ...Hit my line.

— Patrick Peterson /P2 (@P2) February 12, 2019

AB, all these dudes hitting you up ain’t real, period. Come roll with a savage. Where I go , you go? Good bet.

— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) February 12, 2019

When your hero can’t and won’t explain why he quit ... https://t.co/aEpaDM1DmF

— James C Wexell (@jimwexell) February 13, 2019

... blame the media.

— James C Wexell (@jimwexell) February 13, 2019

Antonio Brown found guilty of reckless driving after failing to show at court appearance

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 7:51am

The Steelers star receiver missed a court date on Tuesday morning to answer a charge of reckless driving.

Antonio Brown added a court date to the list of things he has failed to show up at on Tuesday after he failed to present himself for a scheduled court appearance to face charges relating to a driving offense he committed in November.

Caught by police driving over 100 MPH on McKnight Road in a 45 MPH zone on his way to team facilities the day of the Steelers game against the Carolina Panthers, Brown had been given a trial date of February 12 at 8.30 a.m. in front of Magisterial District Judge Richard Opiela in West View, as reported by Megan Guza of the Tribune Review.

Antonio Brown didn't show up for court this morning and was found guilty of reckless driving after going over 100 mph on McKnight Road in November. https://t.co/Hzp8ezLHGP pic.twitter.com/MM6PVouTDv

— WTAE-TV Pittsburgh (@WTAE) February 12, 2019

While his attorney had been under the impression Brown would be arriving at court in time for his hearing, according to Channel 11 news, his failure to appear meant the Steelers star receiver was instantly found guilty of reckless driving in his absence.

With the charge carrying a fine of $200, Brown has now paid $426.77 in fines relating to this incident, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.

Antonio Brown found guilty for reckless driving after failing to show up for his court date Tuesday, according to the magistrate’s office. Brown has paid $426.77 in fines. Police cited Brown Nov. 8 for allegedly driving a black Porsche more than 100 MPH through Ross Township, Pa.

— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) February 12, 2019

Brown now has 30 days to appeal the case or the charges will stand, but given the cost of an attorney to lodge such a appeal compared to the fine, it seems likely he will let this one go. However, given his current issues with the Steelers and his desire to leave Pittsburgh, missing a court appearance and the ensuing fine is probably the least of Brown’s concerns right now.

Rod Woodson shares stories about his time with the Steelers and his decision to leave

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 6:51am

The former Steeler and Hall of Fame cornerback sat down with Dan Patrick for a must watch interview about his life growing up and his years in the NFL.

As someone who only found the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1983 and missed out on the glory days of the 1970’s, there is little doubt in my mind who was the greatest player I ever saw wearing the Black and Gold live in my 35+ years following the team. Drafted with the 10th pick of the 1987 NFL Draft, Hall of Fame cornerback Rod Woodson was not only the best defensive back of his era, but arguably one of the greatest cornerbacks of all-time.

His departure in 1997 as a free agent after being lowballed by Pittsburgh devastated me as fan and seeing him play in the uniforms of the San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens and Oakland Raiders was heartbreaking to watch.

Appearing as a guest on Undeniable with Dan Patrick on the A&T Audience Network last week, Woodson shared several stories about his life growing up and his time in the NFL. Revealing details of his time with the Steelers and the final phone call that caused him to turn his back on Pittsburgh, the interview is well worth a listen for all Pittsburgh fans.

Conflicts about money would bookend Woodson’s career with the Steelers, starting with a 94-day holdout over his rookie contract and ending with a dispute over an extension in 1997.

After 10 years with the Steelers, @RodWoodson26 made the decision to leave Pittsburgh because he felt the team took him for granted.

He'll talk about that decision and more this Wed. on #UndeniableShow at 8PM on #AUDIENCEsports, available on @DIRECTV Ch. 239 & @DIRECTVNow pic.twitter.com/hHS9C5tLtS

— AUDIENCE Sports (@AudienceSports) February 2, 2019

The Hall of Fame cornerback reveals how much he learned in Pittsburgh.

From former #Steelers CB and Hall of Famer Rod Woodson's interview with Dan Patrick on Undeniable. Well worth watching the full 50 minutes version here ➡️https://t.co/ENk7a5ljYi⬅️ pic.twitter.com/YURGrKNnas

— Simon Chester (@SimonAChester) February 12, 2019

While also sharing tales that would have social media up in arms if they happened today.

On last night’s #UndeniableShow, NFL legend @RodWoodson26 joined Dan Patrick for an intimate conversation covering his life and NFL career, including a dispute with coach John Fox. Watch the full episode now: https://t.co/yH91CxR8No pic.twitter.com/ICSgOwForW

— AUDIENCE (@AudienceNetwork) February 8, 2019

Some might want to gloss over the parts about his years with the Baltimore Ravens, perhaps the most upsetting part of his career from a Steelers fan perspective and the only team he would earn a Super Bowl ring with.

The full interview is 50 minutes long and can be found here.

Podcast: History shows how awful Mike Tomlin is at drafting and developing DBs

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 5:30am

In a brand new show titled ‘Yeah, I said it’, we talk about some burning topics surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers.

There are certain aspects of life which are guarantees.

Death.

Taxes.

The Pittsburgh Steelers drafting dud defensive backs.

Yes, it is sad to say, but the draft history under Mike Tomlin regarding his selection of defensive backs is less than stunning. In fact, it is downright awful.

This is where the newest BTSC podcast “Yeah, I Said It” comes in. My co-host on ‘The Standard is the Standard’, Lance Williams, goes back into the draft history since 2007, Mike Tomlin’s first year on the job, and shows all the defensive backs selected, and how they almost all fell flat on their faces in one way or another.

Lance is the perfect man for the job, and delivers the goods in the latest show.

Check out the audio below:

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Black and Gold Links: San Francisco 49ers have the best odds to land Antonio Brown via trade

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 4:32am

Time to check on the latest news surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ season is over, but if you think the news surrounding the black-and-gold is over — think again. For the drama-filled Steelers, things are just heating up, and this is where the daily links article comes in. You might have missed some key news, and we fill you in and give you the latest, and sometimes greatest, news surrounding the Steelers.

Today in the Black-and-gold links article we take a look at the latest news surrounding Antonio Brown officially requesting a trade from the Steelers. At this point, it is worth noting it is the San Francisco 49ers who are leaders in the clubhouse, in terms of odds, to land Brown via trade.

Let’s get to the news:

If Antonio Brown is traded, 49ers have best odds of getting him

By: Joe Rutter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Current and former San Francisco 49ers players have courted Antonio Brown over the past six weeks, and that appears to be the destination that makes the most sense for the disgruntled Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver.

According to Bookmaker.eu, the 49ers are the favorite to land Brown, who has formally requested a trade. Bookmaker.eu has installed the 49ers as a +200 to acquire Brown in a trade.

San Francisco tight end George Kittle tagged Brown in a tweet shortly after the 2018 season concluded. And 49ers Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice has said in interviews that Browns wants to play in San Francisco.

The New York Jets, listed at +500, have the second-best odds of landing Brown, according to the betting site. Other potential suitors include the Oakland Raiders (+650), Miami Dolphins (+1,000), Dallas Cowboys (+1,300) and Indianapolis Colts (+1,500).

Despite Brown’s trade request, the Steelers remain listed at +350. Brown has played his entire nine-year career in Pittsburgh and resides in Miami, but he’s no stranger to the West Coast. Brown recently spent some time in California and attended the Grammy Awards on Sunday night in Beverly Hills.

Gambling site ignores other needs, has QB Kyler Murray on Steelers’ radar

By: Joe Rutter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

By using draft picks on a quarterback in the past two years, the Pittsburgh Steelers have no need to address the position in 2019.

That’s especially true with starter Ben Roethlisberger, the NFL’s passing yardage leader in 2018, hoping to play several more seasons.

Josh Dobbs is entering his third year and Mason Rudolph, a third-round pick in 2018, will be pushing him for the backup job behind Roethlisberger this offseason.

And with areas of weakness at inside linebacker, cornerback, outside linebacker and possibly wide receiver, the Steelers have other pressing issues in the draft.

Still, that hasn’t stopped one gambling site from putting the Steelers among the NFL teams that could take Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Kyler Murray in the first round.

One day after the former Oklahoma quarterback spurned a pro baseball career and declared for the NFL Draft, BetOnline.ag listed the Steelers as having 14-1 odds of taking Murray in the first round. Seven other teams have better odds of selecting Murray, according to BetOnline.

The Miami Dolphins are the 3-2 favorite, followed by the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants (5-1 odds apiece), followed by the Oakland Raiders (6-1), Arizona Cardinals (7-1), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (12-1) and Washington Redskins (12-1). Also listed at 14-1 are the Cincinnati Bengals an Denver Broncos.

The Steelers have the No. 20 overall pick in the draft. BetOnline has set Murray’s over/under draft position at 9.5. ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. has Murray among his top seven prospects.

(To read more, click the link in the headline...)

Tim Benz: Le’Veon Bell’s pathetic pouting about feeling ‘appreciated’

By: Tim Benz, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Le’Veon Bell sent out this tweet last week.

it’s just a great feeling when you’re appreciated...isn’t it?

— Le'Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) February 8, 2019

It’s not the first time Bell has whined about feeling underappreciated .

The guy makes a good point. I mean, a contract that would’ve paid him $45 million over the first three years? Talk about a lack of appreciation.

I mean, that’s one step removed from having someone spit in your face and tell you it’s raining.

That poor Bell. The Rodney Dangerfield of running backs. No respect, I tell ya! No respect.

Maybe I’m leaping to conclusions.

Or maybe I’m just connecting the dots right in front of my face.

Sure. I suppose that tweet could’ve had something to do with some positive words about his upcoming rap album. Or maybe someone complimented his jump shot at L.A. Fitness.

But Bell sent that tweet moments after he publicly flirted with the Ravens on Twitter last week, then he got acknowledgment from Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson in the form of a Twitter follow.

My gosh, in 2019 that’s roughly the same thing as going steady, isn’t it?

So, between that and his previous tweets, I’m going to assume this is football related.

Is this guy serious? A pro athlete with this much acclaim, fortune, talent, and accomplishment needs public flattery and adulation in a Twitter-follow to feel appreciated?

Make me puke.

Quick! Someone tell Art Rooney II to get on Instagram. Maybe if he lobs a mention Bell’s way, he’ll sign for the league minimum.

(To read more, click the link in the headline...)

2019 NFL Draft: The Buffalo Bills are on the clock...would will they take?

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 2:36pm

Time to make a pick for the Buffalo Bills in our 2019 Community Mock Draft.

...the pick is in.

With the 8th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft the Detroit Lions select Clelin Ferrell Edge from Clemson.

The Buffalo Bills are now on the clock

Team Needs: OL / WR / CB / DT / Edge

2018 Draft Selections

1 (7) Josh Allen, qb, Wyoming.

1 (16) Tremaine Edmunds, lb, Virginia Tech.

3 (96) Harrison Phillips, dl, Stanford.

4 (121) Taron Johnson, cb, Weber State.

5 (154) Siran Neal, s, Jacksonville State.

5 (166) Wyatt Teller, g, Virginia Tech.

6 (187) Ray-Ray McCloud, wr, Clemson.

7 (255) Austin Proehl, wr, North Carolina.

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2019 Draft Order and Selections

Pick 1 - Arizona Cardinal Nick Bosa Edge Ohio State

Pick 2 - San Francisco 49er’s Josh Allen Edge Kentucky

Pick 3 - New York Jets Jonah Williams OT Alabama

Pick 4 - Oakland Raiders Quinnen Williams IDL Alabama

Pick 5 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Greedy Williams CB LSU

Pick 6 - New York Giants Dwayne Haskins QB Ohio State

Pick 7 - Jacksonville Jaguars Drew Lock QB Missouri

Pick 8 - Detroit Lions Clelin Ferrell Edge Clemson

For those that may vote “other” please leave the name of the prospect in the comment section.

Report: Antonio Brown has officially requested for a trade from Steelers

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 12:28pm

If his tweet earlier in the day left you in any doubt, a post from Adam Schefter of ESPN minutes later confirmed it - AB wants out of Pittsburgh

For Pittsburgh Steelers fans searching for any apparent ambiguity in Antonio Brown’s goodbye tweet on Tuesday, a post by Adam Schefter of ESPN just 20 minutes later should have clarified matters for anyone holding out hope that the receiver would still be in Pittsburgh next year.

Antonio Brown has not been traded nor has he been released. But Brown wants a trade and he officially has requested that from the Steelers, per source.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 12, 2019

With Schefter now reporting that Brown has officially asked for a trade from the Steelers, it is becoming almost impossible to believe there can be any resolution to this saga that ends with the receiver still wearing the Black and Gold.

Given the continued lack of communication between the team and their star receiver since the season ended, it has been hard to maintain much optimism that Brown had any intention of repairing the damage done in Week 17. This latest news seemingly the final nail in the coffin.

This had been building. Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN a few weeks ago that he had told the Steelers Brown’s ‘position’ on things. Many close to Brown believe he was done playing scapegoat for Steelers‘ problems and wanted new start.

— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) February 12, 2019

If recent rumors are to be believed, the trade market for Brown might not be as strong as the Steelers would have hoped and his recent domestic dispute with the mother of his daughter is unlikely to have helped in that regard, regardless of any alleged blame on his part. The more vocal Brown is about his desire to leave Pittsburgh, the harder it will be for the front office to max his trade value and fans could well be disappointed by the return the Steelers ultimately get for the best wide receiver in the the NFL.

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