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Steelers clear nearly $10 million in cap, potential big moves on the horizon?

Wednesday, the Steelers restructured the contracts of Mike Mitchell, Marcus Gilbert, and Maurkice Pouncey to free up just under $10 million in cap space. These moves brought Pittsburgh’s cap number to $6.9 million, with an extension for Ben Roethlisberger and a decision on Troy Polamalu also both on the horizon before free agency begins March 10th. Breaking it down in laymanâ€...
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2011 report of Dez Bryant incident at Wal-Mart released

(atlantablackstar.com) Since last Friday, the sports world has been buzzing about the possible existence of a video showing Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant doing something very, very bad. As it turns out, the NFL already has some sort of relevant evidence regarding the incident in question. It apparently took place at a Lancaster, Texas Wal-Mart in 2011. Here is some of the report,...
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4 do’s and dont’s for the Steelers during free agency

With free agency right around the corner and several specific needs on the defensive side of the ball, the Pittsburgh Steelers will look to add some pieces before the draft in April. While Pittsburgh usually isn’t a major participant in free agency and rarely make mistakes regarding how much players are paid, there’s still a couple do’s and dont’s to watch out for when March...
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WATCH: “Leah Strong” Leah Still walks runway at NYC Fashion Week

Leah Still, daughter of Bengals’ defensive tackle Devon Still, captured the hearts of sports fans everywhere when her battle with neuroblastoma became public last summer. Normally, Leah gets to watch her dad take the field on Sundays. This time, the roles were reversed as Leah took to the runway at Fashion Week in New York City. A touching and happy moment for a little girl who...
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Jameis Winston impresses at combine with his…intelligence

(Credit: CBS) Former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is one of the more polarizing NFL draft prospects. He’s made headlines for good and bad reasons, and almost anyone you ask already has some sort of preconceived notion about him. His inability to stay out of the news off the field will stop some teams from taking a chance on him. But after last week’s draft combine...
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Alleged video of Dez Bryant will have “Ray Rice-type of an impact”

Last week, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk went on 105.3 The Fan to talk about an alleged video that exists of Dez Bryant doing something “really bad.” Florio said a lot of the NFL’s national insiders have known about the video for quite some time, but it has remained out of the public eye. Does this explain why Jerry Jones has been hesitant thus far in negotiating a long...
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Report: Dolphins expected to re-sign Charles Clay

Miami Dolphins tight end Charles Clay (42) runs with the ball after making a catch against the Detroit Lions during an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, in Detroit. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini) According to Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post, the Miami Dolphins are expected to re-sign tight end Charles Clay before free agency starts on March 10th.  Clay is seen...
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The 10 most intimidating Steelers defenders of all-time

(pittsburghsportingnews.com) 10. Ryan Clark Clark played second fiddle to Troy Polamalu most of his career in Pittsburgh. However, he was one of the league’s hardest hitters. Clark made receivers think twice about going over the middle and had no problem coming up to stop the run. Just ask Willis McGahee about Ryan Clark. (ESPN) 9. Joey Porter Porter was a bad man,...
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WATCH: Marshawn Lynch has message for Oakland

Even though he doesn’t like to talk to the media, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is a thoughtful guy, especially when it comes to his hometown of Oakland. He routinely speaks about the charity work he does in the city. A video from 2014 has surfaced, in which Lynch takes the stage at a hip-hop show in Oakand. What he says is very touching. Via TMZ: Unfortunately your browser...
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Despite need at CB, the Steelers should be wary of recent first-round busts

I don’t think there’s anyone who covers or follows the Steelers that doesn’t think getting a top-flight cornerback somehow during the offseason should be a huge priority. Personally, I think free agency is the route to take here. Corner is one of the toughest positions to learn from college to the pros, and very rarely do rookie corners make an immediate impact. The delusion...
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You won’t believe what Warren Sapp paid prostitutes before being busted

(offtherecordsports.com) Let’s be real for a second. Warren Sapp was one hell of a football player. However, he was an awful analyst on NFL Network, and he got the short end of the stick in the looks department. So it’s no surprise he was dishing out some cash to a couple prostitutes in his Phoenix hotel room on February 2. Sapp apparently was very shrewd in negotiating the...
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Cowboys show signs of life in Free Agent signings

  Caption (credit: www.fansided.com) The Dallas Cowboys are showing signs of life this early off-season by signing some of their Exclusive Rights Free Agents. Jerry and Stephen Jones has been preparing for this ever since the loss against Green Bay in the second round of this year’s playoffs. The whole idea is to keep this machine heading in the right direction. The Cowboys’...
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NFL Power Rankings: Heading into the offseason

How does your favorite team stack up against the competition heading into the NFL offseason? (AP Image) Now that the Super Bowl is officially over and some of the excitement of Malcom Butler’s incredible play (Pete Carroll’s bad decision) has worn off, let’s look at the NFL power rankings going into the 2015 offseason. Obviously we all know who will be listed number one at...
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WATCH: Tom Brady’s awful combine performance proves the combine isn’t THAT important

Let’s be realistic, there’s a reason Tom Brady was drafted in the sixth round. Minimal playing time at Michigan, iffy scouting reports, and a horrible combine lowered his stock significantly. Watching his combine video, you wouldn’t think Brady was about to become possibly the best quarterback the game has seen. I have always thought the combine was overrated anyway. Athletic...
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Four players (some) Steelers fans will owe an apology next season

Don’t get me wrong, I love the passion Steelers fans have on social media. We are one of the greatest fan bases in the NFL and the world. Perhaps its this type of blind passion that clouds people’s ability to be rational. Way too often, I have seen some Pittsburgh fans go off the deep end over various topics, including Mike Tomlin, free agents, and draft picks. There are several...
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The Top 10 Football Movies of All-Time

After seeing our Top 10 Boxing movies list, I was compelled to go ahead and do one for football. Countless movies have been made with football being the basis, whether it be drama, action, romance, or any other category of film. Enjoy!   10. Varsity Blues (1999) Director: Brian Robbins Starring: James Van Der Beek, Paul Walker, Amy Smart, and Jon Voight. Varsity Blues follows...
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Five NFL rule changes that need to happen

Ever since Dez Bryant’s catch that wasn’t a catch against the Packers in the 2015 playoffs sent the Cowboys home early, NFL fans and analysts alike have been buzzing about rules that need to be changed or tweaked. I tend to agree that a lot of rules are inconsistent, and some just plain make no sense at all. In the spirit of being a critic and a cynic, here’s five changes that...
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Fanspeak Draft Simulator: Pittsburgh Steelers 3.0

Draft speculation is in full-swing for sportswriters all over the country. There is nothing better than a bunch of people, myself included, who think they are experts and know more than NFL organizations. In that spirit, I bring you another seven-round mock draft for the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Big Board courtesy of Draft TV, prospect rankings courtesy of Walter Football.) 1. DE/OLBâ€...
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Despite character concerns, the Steelers should draft Marcus Peters

(Bing) Cornerback Marcus Peters is the most talented player at the position in the 2015 NFL Draft by a wide margin. He’s a natural cover man, complete with the ball skills, technique, size, and speed to become a star in the pros. However, concerns over his character will most likely lead teams to stay away from him, especially in the first round. The Steelers have never been an...
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NFL coaches that are probably bad asses

Some NFL coaches look like they could lay someone out if they had to. Whether it be an animated personality, showing zero emotion, getting in the faces of officials, or flipping out on players, some coaches just look or act like they’re people you don’t want to screw with. (www.sltrib.com) Bruce Arians (Arizona Cardinals) Arians may be the most outspoken and animated...
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The Cowboys lead the way to the Combine

This is the time of the year for players to relax and recover from a hard season, scouts to watch film, personnel to interview potential players and fans to wait on the edge of their seats for some Dallas Cowboys football related news. This is Breaking News to nobody; however, things seem to move at a snail’s pace until draft day, with only a couple of points of interest to the...
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Having the league’s toughest schedule is a good thing for the Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers have the toughest schedule in the NFL next season. It includes games outside the AFC North against the Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots, and Indianapolis Colts. Pittsburgh has plenty of room for improvement on the defensive side of the ball, so playing the league’s toughest schedule will probably make fans cringe. Not me. This past season, as the Steelers...
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Big Ben’s Top 10 Comeback Wins

2015 will mark Ben Roethlisberger’s 12th season in the NFL. Throughout his career, he has solidified himself as one of the game’s best crunch-time quarterbacks. Since 2004, Big Ben has engineered 25 fourth quarter comeback and 35 game-winning drives. So, which of Ben’s clutch moments are the best? Let’s find out! (CBS) 10. Steelers 11 Chargers 10 (2008 regular season)...
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The 10 most heartbreaking losses in Steelers history

I feel like there is nothing worse than the feeling immediately following a Steelers loss, especially in an important game or post-season game. Since I became a fanatic, some losses stick out in my mind more than others over the last 20+ years. Since I was born in the 80’s, I am going to stick to games that I personally watched or remember with great accuracy. These are in chronological...
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There is a chance the NFL won’t punish Le’Veon Bell in 2015

Bell emerged as one of the NFL’s best running backs in 2014. (sportsworldreport.com) In December, Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell accepted a plea deal for his charges of marijuana possession and DUI last August. His punishment via the plea deal was/is entering a program for first-time offenders, and being on probation for 15 months. His charges will be dropped once the program...
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