Found March 28, 2013 on
SteelBlitz Steelers Blog:
The Pittsburgh Steelers have been rumored to have interest in multiple free agents this off-season including some big names players including Elvis Dumervil and Dwight Freeney. They have also met with many other free agents who are looking for a change ofÂ sceneryÂ or a chance to start. Such players include former-Cowboys Dan Connor and Victor Butler.
Today the Steelers will meet with two more free agents who are looking for another chance in the NFL when they visit with former-Giantsâ running back Ahmad Bradshaw and former-Cardinals safety James Sanders. Bradshaw is looking for a chance to start and the Steelers could off him a chance to, at least, compete for the starting job. Bradshaw may fit the Steelers new zone blocking scheme better than the backs currently on the roster, but knee and foot injuries have plagued him during his NFL career.
Sanders is a 29 year old safety who has spent his career as a back-up safety and special teams player. Sanders has played eight seasons in the NFL with the New England Patriots, Atlanta Falcons and Arizona Cardinals. Currently the Steelers possess very little depth at safety and could look to a player like Sanders to add some veteran depth behind Polamalu and Ryan Clark.
The Steelers didnât show any known interest in bringing back safeties Will Allen or Ryan Mundy. Mundy signed with the New York Giants earlier in free agency and this week Allen left the Steelers to join the Dallas Cowboys. Allen started eight games during the 2012 season in place of an injured Troy Polamalu and played very well in his absence.
Butler, who the Steelers met with earlier this off-season, has shown promise at outside linebacker and was considered a potential option for the Steelers to bring in to compete for the spot vacated by James Harrison. Butler, however, has signed with the New Orleans Saints and leaves the Steelers with even fewer options for free agent outside linebackers.
Historically the Steelers have made low-key signings during free agency and that will be the case again in 2013 at this point. The most high profile player the Steelers may sign at this point is Bradshaw who would compete with Jonathan Dwyer for the Steelers starting running back spot. The biggest part of Bradshawâs visit with the Steelers will be his physical as there are still concerns with his foot, which he had off-season surgery on.
Sanders is another player the Steelers could sign and would fit the bill for the type of player the team typically looks at in free agency. If they do sign Sanders and Bradshaw they will put themselves in a less likely position to match an offer to restricted free agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders if another team signs him to an offer sheet. The Patriots have shown interest in Sanders and could wait for the Steelers to have less cap space before offering him a deal. In that case the Steelers would be very hard pressed to match a deal and would find themselves with even less depth at receiver.
BEST OF MAXIM
Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor was asked about the recent release of veteran linebacker James Harrison Tuesday on his weekly radio show, and while he said that he hasn't yet talked to his former long-time teammate since his release, he did give his overall opinion on football being a business, as only he can do.
"You've got to understand; we're getting...
There are quite a few people speculating that the Pittsburgh Steelers might draft a tight end as early as the first round next month in draft, but I would suggest tempering those expectations.
Most of the reasoning behind that speculation stems from the belief that Heath Miller, who tore his ACL, MCL and PCL in the Week 16 game last season against the Cincinnati Bengals, might...
Ahmad Bradshaw met with the Pittsburgh Steelers yesterday, but left without a contract offer. That isnât because the Steelers arenât interested in him, but has more to do with Bradshawâs foot which is still recovering from surgery. Bradshaw took a physical and met with the Steelers in what Ed Bouchette, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, is calling a âget to know you session...
Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark told NFL AM that heâs not mad that the Ravens decided to trade wide receiver Anquan Boldin. âIâm not upset about it at all â I think that was a very good move by the Baltimore Ravens,â Clark said with a laugh, per ProFootballTalk.com. Clark says the Ravens will have a hard time replacing Boldin. âIf you look at the plays Anquan Boldin...
Bob Labriola reported on Twitter Thursday that the dates of the Pittsburgh Steelers offseason program have now been determined.
Labriola wrote that the offseason program will officially begin on April 15 and that the OTA dates are set to be May 21-23, May 28-30 and June 3-6. Minicamp will be held on June 11-13.
THE CBA states that each teamâs voluntary nine-week offseason program...
The Dallas Cowboys gave quarterback Tony Romo a six-year, $108 million contract extension on Friday that included $55 million in guarantees and a $25 million signing bonus, according to several media reports, and somewhere Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is celebrating the news.
So why exactly is Roethlisberger celebrating? For starters, Romo, in my opinion...
Season 3, Episode 88 of The Terrible Podcast is up and co-host David Todd and I talk about safety James Sanders and running back Ahmad Bradshaw having visits Thursday with the Pittsburgh Steelers. We also talk about safety Will Allen signing with the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday and what it means to the depth of the position right now.
The Baltimore Ravens continue to fill their...
According to Aditi Kinkhabwala of the NFL Network, the Pittsburgh Steelers really want to sign free agent running back Ahmad Bradshaw.
Told Steelers brass would really like to sign RB Ahmad Bradshaw. Can say this: one of the toughest players Iâve been around
â Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) March 28, 2013
Bradshaw is a perfect fit for the Steelers because of his toughness...
The Pittsburgh Steelers met with former New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw this afternoon and according to reports he is currently undergoing a physical. If he passes the physical, which is not a given, the team is expected to make an offer to Bradshaw. The Steelers are in need of a lead back after the loss of Rashard Mendenhall in free agency.
NFL Networkâs Aditi Kinkhabwalaâ...
Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace signed a 5-year, $60 million contract with the Miami Dolphins that included $27 million guaranteed at the start of the free agency signing period, but apparently he left some money on the table.
According to Adam Beasely of the Miami Herald, the Minnesota Vikings offered him more money.
Wallace's dad, Mike Jr., said...
Former New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw might have left town Thursday following his visit with the Pittsburgh Steelers without a contract, but it doesn't mean that the two sides won't come to terms later down the road.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports on Friday that Bradshaw will be visiting the Steelers again in a few weeks to show the team how his foot rehab process...
Ed BouchetteÂ of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette mentions some of theÂ reasonsÂ whyÂ free agentÂ RBÂ Ahmad BradshawÂ left his visit with the Steelers without a contract.
According to Bouchette,Â Bradshaw is âstill lame.â
He was still sporting a walking boot on hisÂ surgically repaired right ankle.
Bradshaw reportedly has âno other real optionsâ right now.
Mike Tomlin missed the workout Tuesday of a player who would help remedy what SCI's Jim Wexell feels has become a crisis situation.