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Jerricho Cotchery - WR Posted 4/7/14 11:11am et
With the departure of WR Jerricho Cotchery to the Carolina Panthers, the Pittsburgh Steelers are looking to add a big-bodied receiver in the upcoming NFL Draft. Texas A&M WR Mike Evans has been mentioned as a possible pickup if available.
Huddle Up: Unlikely that Evans is still on the board when the Steelers' selection rolls around at 15, but it's a deep receiver class so don't rule anything out. A bigger target would definitely compliment what Pittsburgh currently has on its receiver depth chart.

Darrius Heyward-Bey - WR Posted 4/6/14 3:36pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Darrius Heyward-Bey's 1-year contract only includes $65,000 guaranteed via a signing bonus, with a base salary of $730,000.
Huddle Up: In other words, DHB has a lot to prove after his deeply disappointing 29-309-1 1-year stop in Indy last season.

LeGarrette Blount - RB Posted 3/29/14 3:46pm et
The Pittsburgh Steelers signed RB LeGarrette Blount to a two-year, $3.85 million deal, which includes a $950,000 signing bonus.
Huddle Up: This isn't ideal for either Blount's fantasy prospects or those of incumbent Steeler back Le'Veon Bell, though it's indicative of the league's overall move towards two-headed backfields. While both are capable of putting up solid fantasy numbers, sharing the workload puts a cap on both of their values.

Markus Wheaton - WR Posted 3/28/14 11:24am et
The Pittsburgh Steelers likely will give WR Markus Wheaton every opportunity to win a starting job during training camp.
Huddle Up: Wheaton has Mike Wallace-like speed, and with both Wallace and Emmanuel Sanders departing over the previous two offseasons Ben Roethlisberger has a need for a target to step up.

Markus Wheaton - WR Posted 3/25/14 2:19pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Markus Wheaton underwent minor finger surgery this offseason.
Huddle Up: The Steelers have signed FA Lance Moore (Saints), but it's Wheaton -- the team's 3rd-round pick in 2013 -- who is primed to start opposite Antonio Brown after a 6-catch, 64-yard rookie campaign.

Ben Roethlisberger - QB Posted 3/23/14 10:58pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said the team remains interested in signing QB Ben Roethlisberger to a contract extension, but nothing likely would occur until the summer at the earliest. Colbert also indicated the team may not be able to reach an agreement with Roethlisberger this offseason.
Huddle Up: Big Ben recorded his highest yardage total (4,261) since 2009 and his most TD passes (28) since 2007 and remains a lower-tier QB1 in most fantasy leagues.

Lance Moore - WR Posted 3/21/14 5:21pm et
The Pittsburgh Steelers signed free-agent WR Lance Moore (Saints) to an undisclosed two-year deal Friday, March 21.
Huddle Up: Moore should replace Emmanuel Sanders in the Pittsburgh receiver rotation, which isn't likely to yield as much fantasy value as catching passes from Drew Brees did.

Jerricho Cotchery - WR Posted 3/18/14 7:25pm et
Free-agent WR Jerricho Cotchery (Steelers) left his visit with the Carolina Panthers without a contract Tuesday, March 18, and it's believed he will choose between the Panthers and Pittsburgh Steelers, according to a source. A decision could come as soon as Wednesday, March 19.
Huddle Up: Cotchery, one of 10 WRs to finish with double-digit TD catches this past season, has some decent leverage as both teams are in need of WR help with Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell, Ted Ginn and Emmanuel Sanders all having moved on this offseason.

Jerricho Cotchery - WR Posted 3/16/14 3:43pm et
The Pittsburgh Steelers have had preliminary talks with free-agent WR Jerricho Cotchery (Steelers), but no deal is imminent at this point.
Huddle Up: Cotchery, who had a career-high 10 TDs among his 46 catches this past season, also reportedly will meet with the Carolina Panthers, but he's moved up higher on the Steelers' priority list following Emmanuel Sanders' signing with the Denver Broncos.

Emmanuel Sanders - WR Posted 3/14/14 10:51pm et
There are medical concerns surrounding free-agent WR Emmanuel Sanders (foot), meaning he may not get the type of deal he was seeking in free agency. He has a screw in each foot after injuries he suffered in the Super Bowl following the 2010 season. Sanders is reportedly seeking a contract similar to the five-year, $31.5 million deal that WR Golden Tate received from the Detroit Lions. The Pittsburgh Steelers are open to re-signing him, but he'll likely have to accept a much shorter deal.
Huddle Up: With quality receivers still available and the 2014 draft class deep at the position, there's little incentive for a team to throw money at an injury risk like Sanders. He may wind up back in Pittsburgh after all.

Emmanuel Sanders - WR Posted 3/13/14 10:44pm et
The Kansas City Chiefs are scheduled to meet with free-agent WR Emmanuel Sanders (Steelers) Friday, March 14.
Huddle Up: Sanders, who hit career highs with 67 catches, 740 yards and 6 TDs this past season in the Steel City, would be an ideal addition to the K.C. passing game, which is searching for another weapon opposite WR Dwayne Bowe.

Antonio Brown - WR Posted 3/7/14 11:22pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown restructured his contract Friday, March 7, to free up $4 million worth of salary cap space for the team, according to a league source.
Huddle Up: The Steelers always seem to be scraping for cap space, and they always seem to find veterans willing to take one for the team and rework their deal. Brown is a favorite target of Ben Roethlisberger, so his keeping that tandem intact is good fantasy news for all involved.

Jason Worilds - LB Posted 3/4/14 10:27pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers LB Jason Worilds has accepted the transition tag and will make $9.75 million on a one-year deal unless another team steps in.
Huddle Up: Worilds hit career highs this past season with 11 starts, 8 sacks, 63 total tackles and 2 forced fumbles and now is one the key cogs on what's likely to be a revamped Steel Curtain D.

Plaxico Burress - WR Posted 2/26/14 10:42am et
Free-agent WR Plaxico Burress (shoulder) said Tuesday, Feb. 25, that he still wants to play in the NFL.
Huddle Up: It's been a while since Burress was relevant, fantasy or otherwise; even if he catches on somewhere in the league, at this juncture of his career that's unlikely to change.

Ben Roethlisberger - QB Posted 2/19/14 8:21pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said he wants to sign QB Ben Roethlisberger to a contract extension that would keep him with the team for the rest of his career.
Huddle Up: The Steelers would love to keep Roethlisberger around, and do so in a cap-friendly manner. Sounds like the GM has some work to do this offseason.

Troy Polamalu - S Posted 2/16/14 10:53pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney II has made it his goal to ensure SS Troy Polamalu retires as a member of the Steelers.
Huddle Up: Changes figure to keep coming for the Black & Yellow, but it appears one of them won't be releasing the popular SS, who had 69 total tackles, 2 interceptions and 5 forced fumbles this past season.

Emmanuel Sanders - WR Posted 2/13/14 8:47pm et
The New England Patriots could show interest in Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent WR Emmanuel Sanders this offseason if they are not able to re-sign WR Julian Edelman.
Huddle Up: The Pats, who signed Sanders to an offer sheet last offseason that was matched by the Steelers, might even make a run at the wideout even if they do sign Edelman.

Markus Wheaton - WR Posted 2/11/14 10:29pm et
The Pittsburgh Steelers may be content letting impending free-agent WR Emmanuel Sanders walk in free agency with WR Markus Wheaton waiting in the wings to take his starting spot.
Huddle Up: Sanders hit career highs across the board with 67 receptions for 740 yards and 6 TDs in 2013, and Wheaton -- a 2013 3rd-round pick out of Oregon State -- is still somewhat of an unknown quantity after logging only 6 catches for 64 yards as a rookie. In other words, fantasy GMs will have to draft Wheaton on his potential rather than production if he does indeed step in for Sanders.

Jerricho Cotchery - WR Posted 2/2/14 4:05pm et
The Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to re-sign impending free-agent WR Jerricho Cotchery this offseason.
Huddle Up: Cotchery was a fantasy surprise this season, hauling in a career-high 10 TD passes and finishing with his most receptions (46) since 2009.

Plaxico Burress - WR Posted 1/29/14 11:31pm et
New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks got advice from Pittsburgh Steelers WR Plaxico Burress over the course of the season about how to play through a contract year. "I tried to pick his mind, see what he had going and really just be a friend and let him understand I played the position," Burress told NJ.com on Wednesday. "It's not always easy but you have to go out and be focused. Hopefully between those lines, it's all football."
Huddle Up: Nicks getting advice from Burress? The jokes just write themselves. Maybe it was Plax who told Nicks to avoid scoring any touchdowns in 2013.

Le'Veon Bell - RB Posted 1/24/14 11:02pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell should benefit the most from the zone-blocking scheme new offensive line coach Mike Munchak plans to install. Bell is a patient, yet decisive runner, which is a perfect combination for the scheme.
Huddle Up: Bell would also benefit from some upgrades to the personnel along Pittsburgh's line, as well as the return to health of Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey. And if he himself can stay healthy, Bell is looking at some serious fantasy production in 2014.

Heath Miller - TE Posted 1/24/14 11:02pm et
The Pittsburgh Steelers may look to sign TE Heath Miller to a contract extension this offseason in order to reduce his 2014 salary cap figure of just under $9.5 million. Miller is entering the final year of his current contract.
Huddle Up: It only makes sense for the Steelers to keep Miller around, and to ease their cap pressure by stretching Miller's contract across a few more years in the process.

Ben Roethlisberger - QB Posted 1/5/14 2:17pm et
The Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to offer QB Ben Roethlisberger a contract extension this offseason. Roethlisberger has two years left on his current contract.
Huddle Up: Despite the personnel changes around him, Big Ben actually posted the second-highest passing yardage (4,261) and TD pass totals (28) of his career, and with franchise QBs at an all-time premium, look for an extension to be forthcoming.

Troy Polamalu - S Posted 1/5/14 10:47pm et
The Pittsburgh Steelers could release SS Troy Polamalu and CB Ike Taylor, or ask one or both to take salary cuts. Releasing Polamalu would save the team $8.25 million, and Taylor would save $7 million.
Huddle Up: LB LaMarr Woodley ($8M) could also be on the bubble. It all may seem shocking, but it's simply a sign of the times in the Steel City where it's time to inject some youth into an aging D.

Emmanuel Sanders - WR Posted 12/28/13 10:59pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders (knee) will be a game-time decision for Week 17 because of his knee injury. Sanders said he will play if he can't make the injury any worse.
Huddle Up: If Sanders can't play, Jerricho Cotchery will see more targets in the passing game but as usual expect Antonio Brown to get a majority of the looks from Ben Roethlisberger.

Emmanuel Sanders - WR Posted 12/23/13 3:46pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said WR Emmanuel Sanders (knee) is considered questionable for Week 17 because of a knee injury he suffered in the team's Week 16 game.
Huddle Up: Monitor his status throughout the week if you were counting on him

LaMarr Woodley - LB Posted 12/17/13 5:07pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers LB LaMarr Woodley (calf) was placed on Injured Reserve Tuesday, Dec. 17. In a corresponding move, the team signed LB Jamaal Westerman (Bills). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: It's been a tough season for Woodley and the Steelers' D, but now it's over for the LB, who has missed 3 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games and ranks 2nd on the squad with 5 sacks.

Brett Keisel - DE Posted 12/17/13 5:57pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said 'the arrow is pointing up' for DE Brett Keisel (foot) to play this week. Keisel could practice Wednesday, Dec. 18.
Huddle Up: IDP owners take note as Keisel has missed the Steelers' last 2 games.

Jarvis Jones - LB Posted 12/17/13 10:24pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers LB Jarvis Jones will start at right outside linebacker in Week 16 with LB LaMarr Woodley (calf) out. Jones has only one sack this year in his rookie season.
Huddle Up: Jones has played in 13 games, starting 7 of them, but the first-round pick has definitely been a disappointment with 27 total tackles and the 1 sack so don't expect a sudden reversal of fortune now that he's back in the starting lineup.

Ben Roethlisberger - QB Posted 12/10/13 1:52pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger said he has no issues with offensive coordinator Todd Haley, and his comments were taken out of context. 'It's unbelievable,' Roethlisberger said. 'It gets blown up and it's by reporters that come in there and ask the dumbest questions after a game, and it makes it ridiculous when they only take part of your answer. 'It was taken way out of context. There is absolutely no issue between coach Haley and I. I love where this offense is right now.'
Huddle Up: There seems to be too much smoke for there not to be a fire here, but no one can debate Big Ben's statistical success of late as he is tied with Peyton Manning for the most TD passes (16) since Week 9 and ranks third in the league with 1,794 passing yards over that span.

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