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Mike Tomlin expects Cortez Allen to answer the bell in 2015

(pennlive.com) The Pittsburgh Steelers have opted to not sign a cornerback in free agency, and it’s looking more and more like they won’t. The position needs to be addressed, and most likely a top prospect will be drafted. However, head coach Mike Tomlin believes an answer may already be on the roster in the form of fifth-year corner Cortez Allen. Allen was oft-criticized in...
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Tony Romo wanted DeMarco Murray back, says he would have taken pay cut

IRVING, Texas – Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo apparently really, REALLY wanted running back DeMarco Murray to stay in Dallas. During an interview with 105.3 The Fan in Dallas earlier this week, Romo said that he would have taken a significant pay cut to help get a deal done to keep Murray a Cowboy. A deal never came to fruition, and Murray was signed by divisional rival...
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Jameis Winston makes overly confident statement regarding his draft status

(sportstalkflorida.com)   On Tuesday, former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston held his highly-anticipated pro day. His performance drew mixed reviews, and didn’t really change anybody’s mind about his NFL potential. The consensus thus far is that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will take Winston No. 1 overall, and the always confident Winston echoed that sentiment with a borderline...
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Top 5 current NFL GM’s who have drafted the most Pro Bowlers

Being a general manager in the NFL must be a taxing job. Fans constantly want you fired, and you take the blame if a draft pick doesn’t pan out, or the salary cap prohibits you from making free agency splashes. However, there are some very consistent GM’s in the league. So, what current ones have drafted the most Pro Bowlers? (Bleacher Report) 5. Kevin Colbert – Pittsburgh...
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All of the Steelers busts at cornerback since 2000

Cornerback is arguably the most urgent need on defense for the Pittsburgh Steelers heading into the 2015 NFL draft. Several times, the Steelers have attempted to address the need for a lockdown corner, especially recently. Unfortunately, for one reason or another, many of the guys drafted did not work out despite being solid prospects at the position. I think 2015 is the year Mike...
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Five cornerbacks that should be available when the Steelers pick at 22

With the cornerback being the most urgent position in need of an upgrade for the Steelers, there’s some prospects in this year’s draft they can choose from. However, outside of the undisputed No.1 Trae Waynes, the rest come with some issues. Let’s take a look at five corners Pittsburgh could have to choose from, and the pros and cons of each. (FanSided) Marcus Peters...
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Marshawn Lynch to appear in rap video named after him

(http://tommyhines.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/marshawn-2.jpg) Besides being denied the chance to win the Super Bowl for the Seahawks at the one yard line, Marshawn Lynch has had a pretty solid year. He’s received a lucrative pay raise to remain in Seattle, traveled to Turkey to promote football, and had a movie made about him (although it isn’t very good). Now, Lynch is...
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Down and Distance Mock Draft 2.0: First Round

Mock draft season is in full swing with the combine finished and all the big moves in free agency winding down. Everyone and their brother turns into an analyst and throws their hat into the ring to see who’s more accurate come draft day. In that spirit, I present my second mock draft. 1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jameis Winston – QB, Florida State 2.  Tennessee Titans: Leonard...
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NFL eliminates local “blackout” rule for 2015

The NFL has decided to suspend the league blackout policy for the 2015 season. NFL teams are in Arizona this week for their annual owners meetings between all 32 teams and the league. This is normally where rule changes are discussed and voted upon for the upcoming season. In 2015 the NFL has decided to lift its local “blackout” policy for one year to judge the impact on ticket...
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Fanspeak Draft Simulator: Pittsburgh Steelers 4.0

With the combine done, free agency winding down, and everyone’s big boards set, mock draft season is in full swing. May I present my fourth Fanspeak mock draft for the Steelers. (Note: Big board courtesy of Draft TV, prospect information courtesy of CBS Sports.) (Bleacher Report) Round 1, Pick 22: Owamagbe Odighizuma, DE, UCLA Height: 6-3 Weight: 267 Projected Round: 1
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Despite concerns, free agency won’t define the 2015 Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers defense has several perceived needs in various areas. This is no secret. The concerns over the secondary and the lack of a consistent pass rush led many fans to believe Pittsburgh would be more active during free agency than they have been in previous years. Or not. With week two of free agency coming to an end, the Steelers were unable to secure a deal with...
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Director of Player Personnel Stephen Jones

  Caption (credit: www.fansided.com) The Director of Player Personnel, Stephen Jones, has brought about a needed, highly visible change to the Dallas Cowboys. The proof is in the record books. By not going out and signing the highest profile, big dollar demanding free agents, Stephen Jones has set a new precedence in Big D. This is how the new Cowboys are approaching the future...
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Cowboys add defensive nightmare Greg Hardy

Caption (credit: www.sportingnews.com) The Dallas Cowboys and defensive end Greg Hardy have agreed to terms for the 2015 season. After losing several players to the free agent market this March, the Dallas Cowboys has come to terms with the former pass rushing specialist from the Carolina Panthers. It has been a long time coming, but Dallas may have just installed the missing cog...
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Maurkice Pouncey rips former teammate Mike Wallace

During an interview with a local Miami TV station, Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey sounded off with his opinion of former Steeler and Dolphin, wide receiver Mike Wallace. Per NFL.com: “First of all, in my opinion, he’s a coward,” Pouncey told CBS Miami in a taped interview that will air later Tuesday. “I never want a guy on my team like that, man. To walk out...
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Top three NFL free agents still available at every position

Brandon Spikes is one of the best free agent linebackers left available. (David Richard/Associated Press) The first week of NFL free agency is almost completed and there has been little down time. Each team has been busy in their respective ways, trying to either get under the salary cap, bring in some big name players and even some trades have taken place. Even though many free...
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Tim Tebow lands his first workout for an NFL team

According to a report from ESPN, former NFL quarterback and polarizing figure Tim Tebow  will receive his first shot at getting back into the league since 2013. After a successful stint with the Denver Broncos and forgettable stints with the New York Jets and New England Patriots, Tebow will work out for the Philadelphia Eagles. Via ESPN: Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow is working...
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Evaluating the Steelers’ free agency period so far and moving forward

WTAE   Week one of free agency is in the books, and as expected, the Steelers didn’t make any big splashes. They rarely do, but given that the team needs help in several areas, specifically on defense, fans were hoping for a little bit more. What Pittsburgh did do, however, it take care of their in-house priorities first. Signing Ben Roethlisberger to an extension was the major...
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Cowboys Going Going Gone

  Caption (credit: www.dallascowboys.com) Some vacancies are now open in the Dallas Cowboys’ locker room with several players going elsewhere. Free agency has left the Cowboys sitting on their hands and holding firm to their pocket book. Meanwhile, some familiar faces are now leaving for bigger money. Core special teamer Dwayne Harris has parted ways with the Cowboys and will...
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Bills add another quarterback

Tyrod Taylor formerly of the Ravens scrambles against the Falcons. (AP Photo) According to Rex Ryan himself, the Buffalo Bills have signed former backup quarterback of the Ravens, Tyrod Taylor. During an interview with Toronto’s SportsNet 590, Ryan had this to say about the Bills QB situation and let slip the signing of Taylor. “No, I don’t think you’re worried it. I mean...
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Shane Vereen takes subtle jab at Patriots after signing with Giants

http://www.nepatriotsdraft.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Shane-Vereen.jpg Former Patriots running back Shane Vereen signed a three-year, $12.35 million contract with the Giants earlier this week. While he didn’t go on any sort of media-fueled tirade, Vereen did say coming to New York is a “step up” from New England. Per NFL.com: “It’s just a decision for my family,...
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Four CB’s the Steelers could target in day two of free agency

As expected, the Pittsburgh Steelers made little noise as the free agency period opened on Tuesday. Amid a myriad of crazy moves, trades, and signings, the Steelers let the storm pass. I expect them to be more active in the coming days, especially regarding the cornerback position. Pittsburgh made an inquiry about Darrelle Revis, which tells me they have an interest in upgrading...
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Six players who need to “turn the corner” for the Steelers in 2015

The Pittsburgh Steelers have a handful of young players on the roster who will make or break the team in the next few years. It is imperative that these guys develop quickly and become impact players that live up to either their draft position, acquisition in free agency, or build off a solid 2014. Of course, some of these positions will be addressed in free agency and the draft...
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Report: Jerry Hughes to re-sign with Bills

Jerry Hughes has had 10 sacks in each of the past two seasons. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo New According to Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News, the Bills have agreed to terms with defensive end Jerry Hughes for a five year deal. The #Bills and Jerry Hughes have agreed to terms on a 5 -year contract, according to an NFL source. — Vic Carucci (@viccarucci) March 9, 2015 Initial reports...
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2015 NFL free agency tracker: All news and rumors

The Dolphins will reportedly sign DT Ndamukong Suh The Eagles will reportedly sign CB Byron Maxwell and RB Frank Gore The Chiefs will reportedly sign WR Jeremy Maclin The 49ers will reportedly sign WR Torrey Smith The Raiders will reportedly sign C Rodney Hudson The Chargers will reportedly sign OL Orlando Franklin The Jaguars are reportedly front-runners for RB DeMarco Murray and...
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Six affordable free agents the Steelers should consider (updated)

With free agency set to get underway Tuesday, with teams allowed to negotiate with players as early as Saturday, let’s take a look at six guys the Steelers could pick from, and not break the bank to do so. These players will require mid-level contracts, and signing a couple of them would immediately improve the defense. (BSO) C.J. Mosley – DT Mosley, who played with Detroit...
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