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A man who pleaded guilty to trying to extort $15,000 from former Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward will spend two years on probation.
The Associated Press could not immediately reach 26-year-old Joshua Van Auker for comment Friday on his guilty plea, which was entered with little fanfare Tuesday before an Allegheny County judge.
The attorney who represented Van Auker after his arrest last year, David Shrager, told the AP he had no part in the plea bargain, even though court records continued to list him as the defense attorney. Shrager believes the county public defender took over the case, but officials there didn't immediately return a call to confirm that.
Those same court records show Van Auker plead guilty to a lesser version of the original charge of attempted theft by threatening to expose a secret.
Ward's assistant, Raymond Burgess, contacted authorities last fall after Van Auker sent him a text message claiming to have damaging information. Detectives with...
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Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network is reporting Saturday morning on Twitter that the Pittsburgh Steelers are trying to trade running back Jonathan Dwyer.
Dwyer, the Steelers sixth-round draft pick in 2010, is considered to be the more marketable running back on the roster currently, but is also only under contract for 2013 after signing a one-year restricted tender in the amount...
Pencils down. It is now time for you to vote in the poll below as to who you think the Pittsburgh Steelers will draft in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft that gets underway this evening in New York City. The list of names include all of the players that I have seen associated as possibly being the pick over the course of the last several months. I believe only 400 votes can...
Steelers.com The Pittsburgh Steelers addressed two needs in round two of the 2013 NFL Draft by replacing running back Rashard Mendenhall with Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell with the 48th overall pick and replaced wide receiver Mike Wallace with Oregon State wide receiver Markus Wheaton with the 79th overall pick.
In a pre-taped segment that aired on ESPN before the NFL draft, comedian Frank Caliendo broke out his impression of NFL draft expert Mel Kiper Jr., and he absolutely nailed it.
Fellow NFL draft analyst Todd McShay played the straight man as Caliendo takes Kiper's personality and expands it to topics way outside the NFL world. Brilliantly funny.
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Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones is the Pittsburgh Steelers first linebacker selected in the first round since Lawrence Timmons in 2007 and the first outside linebacker they have picked since Huey Richardson in 1991, one of the teams biggest busts ever.
After parting ways with veteran linebacker James Harrison, the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones to upgrade their pass rush for 2013 and beyond. Jones had a monster season for the Georgia bulldogs in 2012 after racking up 14.5 sacks. Need NFL Tickets? The post Steelers replace James Harrison by drafting Jarvis Jones appeared first on Pro Football Zone.
The Pittsburgh Steelers used their 115th overall draft pick to select Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones. Jones, 6-foot-3 and 221-pounds, started 50-0f-42 games at Oklahoma passing for 4,267 yards and 30 touchdowns as a fifth-year senior. Jones said he
Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert never likes to refer to drafted players as needs. Instead, he likes to call them wants. On Friday, it is quite obvious that needs is indeed the correct word to use as the Steelers drafted Michigan State running back Le'Veon Bell in round two of the 2013 NFL draft and Oregon State wide receiver Markus Wheaton in the third round...
The Pittsburgh Steelers have wrapped up their NFL draft by taking defensive tackle Nick Williams with their seventh-round pick.
The 6-foot-4, 320-pound Williams will likely be moved to defensive end at some point. Defensive line coach John Mitchell calls Williams a raw talent who plays quicker than many players his size.
Williams was a highly touted high school basketball player...
According to several media reports, the Pittsburgh Steelers have signed former Arizona Cardinals running back LaRod Stephens-Howling to a one-year deal on Friday.
Stephens-Howling visited with the Steelers earlier this month, but was not signed.
In his four seasons with the Cardinals, the Pittsburgh product rushed for 651 yards and five touchdowns on 182 carries. He also registered...
Ok, thanks to the great participation that we had in the day one post on the 2013 NFL draft, we will give you a clean thread to post in for day two. I have already posted my thoughts on the potential targets of the Pittsburgh Steelers in rounds two and three, so add a few of yours and tell us what a few other teams might do in addition. Use this post to discuss anything and everything...
The Steelers touched on most of their needs this draft weekend except one big one: depth for the offensive line.
The 2013 NFL draft is finally here and tonight the first round selections will be made. You can use this post to discuss round one of the draft throughout the evening. Feel free to post your first round mock drafts in this post and I will add mine to it later in the day as time permits.
I will have a separate post up following the first pick made by the Pittsburgh Steelers so...