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posted on Jun, 1 2003 @ 01:14 AM
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Taylor, Wall agree to three-year contracts

Adopting what the agents for both players termed a "very proactive" stance in negotiations, the Pittsburgh Steelers on Wednesday began the process of getting their draft picks under agreement, reaching accords with two rookies.

Fourth-round cornerback Ivan Taylor of Louisiana-Lafayette and seventh-round fullback J.T. Wall of the University of Georgia both agreed to three-year contracts. They are the frst of the Steelers' five draft choices, one of the smallest classes in the league, to reach accords.

Taylor, 23, received a deal worth $1.1855 million. It included a $275,500 signing bonus, ESPN.com has learned, and rookie minimum base salaries of $225,000 (2003), $305,000 (2004) and $380,000 (2005).

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TRD

posted on Jun, 14 2003 @ 01:00 PM
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With starting safety Mike Logan out rehabbing a knee injury, top pick Troy Polamalu had been attempting to take advantage of the extra workouts during minicamp. But he recently suffered a setback, missing some practices with a strained hamstring, the same injury that plagued him during his senior year at USC. Polamalu first suffered the strain last August. He said he re-aggravated it at Pittsburgh's minicamps, but isn't worried about it becoming a chronic problem.


TRD

posted on Jun, 28 2003 @ 04:46 AM
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The Pittsburgh Steelers on Wednesday re-signed offensive lineman Marvel Smith, who has started 40 games at right tackle over his first three NFL seasons.

The Steelers did not announce terms of the deal. ESPN.com reported it to be a six-year contract worth 26 million US dollars (15.49 million) with a 6 million dollar (3.57 million) signing bonus.

The Steelers plan to move Smith to left tackle, even though he has no professional experience at that position.

Smith will replace Wayne Gandy, the Steelers' starter at left tackle for the past four years, who signed with the New England Patriots.

Smith will not turn 25 until August. Taken by the Steelers in the second round of the 2000 draft, Smith played left tackle for nearly three seasons at Arizona State.


TRD

posted on Jul, 13 2003 @ 04:24 AM
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The Steelers added a quality pass rusher on Saturday by selecting Florida State defensive end Alonzo Jackson with the 59th pick in the NFL draft.

Pittsburgh ranked seventh in total defence, but was 20th against the pass. They hope for steady pressure from Jackson, who recorded 125 tackles with 23 sacks and 33 stops behind the line of scrimmage in his career.

His sack total ranks fifth on the school's all-time list.

Jackson had 13 sacks last season, including four of Louisville quarterback Dave Ragone.

The Steelers addressed a need at safety in the first round by taking Southern California safety Troy Polamalu.



posted on Jul, 17 2003 @ 07:22 AM
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Defensive tackle Roy Attieh was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday, reducing their roster to the 82-player limit. Attieh signed in April as a rookie free agent from Kent State.

Steelers players are to report to training camp in Latrobe on July 25.



posted on Aug, 21 2003 @ 03:10 AM
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Jerome Bettis, the 10th leading rusher in NFL history, will start the season on the Pittsburgh Steelers' bench following his surprise demotion Wednesday by coach Bill Cowher.

Cowher, unhappy not only with his team's play in the preseason but also with how it is practicing, also benched tight end Mark Bruener and said cornerback Deshea Townsend will play more with the starting defense.

Amos Zereoue, who replaced an injured Bettis at the end of each of the last two seasons, will start the Sept. 7 opener against Baltimore. Jay Riemersma, signed away from the Bills during the offseason, replaces Bruener and either Chad Scott or Dewayne Washington will take off some series to accommodate Townsend's increased playing time.

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That's a surprising move, although Amos did look good filling in for The Bus when he went down last year. This should be a good wake up call to the team though, Cowher showing that nobody is starting just based on their name or their past accomplishments. I'm sure we'll still see plenty of Bettis this season.

This makes things a bit tougher for my fantasy football draft, I'm sure they'll both get carries.


Ben

posted on Aug, 22 2003 @ 03:12 PM
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Pittsburgh has and i think will always been known for there great running attack. And this season even though there wont be a main starting back there will be 2 great backs and this could be a tough team to stop.



posted on Aug, 22 2003 @ 10:52 PM
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Originally posted by Ben
Pittsburgh has and i think will always been known for there great running attack. And this season even though there wont be a main starting back there will be 2 great backs and this could be a tough team to stop.

I totally agree Ben, the Steelers have always been known for their ground game smashmouth football. I dont really think it matters who starts, they have "The Bus" for tough, up the gut yards and quick little Amos to run sweeps and catch balls out of the backfield.

As usual, the Steelers defense should also be tough.


Ben

posted on Aug, 23 2003 @ 12:19 PM
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Well the Steelers did lose some key players in the off-season but that shouldnt affect their defense at all. Cower will make their defense strong.


TRD

posted on May, 18 2004 @ 08:00 PM
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PITTSBURGH - Wide receiver Plaxico Burress was a no-show again when the Pittsburgh Steelers resumed their offseason workouts Tuesday.

Burress was fined earlier this month for missing a mandatory minicamp.

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