The AB-JuJu fighthas rolled out into the Twitter alley as the sniping continues. We give a brief nod to the feud, but quickly move on because we're sure you've has as much of this as you can stand. John Clayton wrote a piece for the Washington Post, "As NFL salaries continue to rise, more teams adopt new rules for roster-building". In it he highlights the conventional wisdom of GM and other cap analysts in their quest to optimize a the player mix within the constraints of the salary cap. We do our own analysis, comparing the Steeler situation to the principles espoused in the article. Finally - the game continues to evolve. Defenders are lighter, but more agile and faster to counter the sling fest that characterizes the modern NFL offense. As the arms race between offense and defense continues, what does the future hold? Will the Rules Committee be the ultimate arbiter of how the game will be played? The Steelers' pre season schedule has come out and voluntary workouts begin tomorrow!
With NFL free agency well underway it's far more clear what needs teams have entering the 2019 NFL Draft next month. The Armchair Scout goes through a full seven-round mock draft looking at what could potentially happen.
After Dwayne Haskins Pro Day at Ohio State, Rob Paul and AJ Marchese breakdown the impressive day from the QB. They then continue their 2019 NFL Draft position rankings with the LBs. Who will be LB1? Devin or Devin? Which linebacker isn't being talked about enough? And how much do they love "The Cashman." Finally, they preview the AFC North's draft with their dream draft picks and take a look at what the experts are saying.
NFL is being reshaped. Cleveland looks like the favorite in the AFC North having added coveted OBJ to the roster.. The Browns added to its booty with the radioactive Kareem Hunt. Although the Steelers were able to retain its own Eli Rogers, we unfortunately lost Jesse “The Outlaw” James to Detroit. We review the Steelers acquisitions: Steven Nelson- CB from the Kansas City Chiefs Donte Moncrief- WR from the Jacksonville Jaguars 2019 DRAFT - Wide Receivers We take a deep dive on the wide receiver prospects in the draft: Hakeem Butler N’Keal Harry Deebo Samuel Terry Mclaurin Parris Campbell
How did Antonio Brown being sent to the Raiders impact players' fantasy outlooks? We take a look at some key players that will be affected.
AB got his way. Unless something flukey happens between today (March 10) and March 13 at 4:00 pm when NFL trades can become official, he will once again be the highest paid wide receiver in the game. He will purportedly receive a new contract worth $50.125 million over the next three seasons. Of that amount $30.125 million will be guaranteed. In more positive news: Pouncey’s contract extension Ramon “The Big Ragu” Foster re-signs, Finney gets 2nd round tender Unfortunately, we say a fond farewell, to one of the solid offensive line veterans. Gilbert traded to the Cardinals for 6th round pick
With the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine all wrapped up, Rob Paul and AJ Marchese dive into an on podcast mock draft. Do they believe the Kyler #1 hype? Who takes Haskins? How many D-linemen could possibly go in the first? Which QB will be way overdrafted? Tune in and find out!
Through intrepid detective work, we were able to procure a recording between Kevin Colbert and Antonio Brown*. OK, we only recorded Kevin's side of the conversation, but you'll get the gist. Antonio Brown Saga Continues AB is due $2.5 million on March 15. Will this press the Steelers into dealing him, or will they keep a steady hand on the tiller in search of the best deal they can make? AB is making his case in the traditional media through this ESPN interview and on LeBron's "The Shop". There's enough finger-pointing going on to keep this story going until the trade deadline. Can the Steelers find the value they need to deal AB? Ben and the Steelers Are Talking As is the tradition with the Steelers and their QB's, negotiations have started a year early with Ben's agent Ryan Tollner meeting with the Steelers during at combine to discuss a new contract. NFL Combine Tomorrow, Monday, March 4, is the last day of the NFL Combine and we'll been keenly focusing because the DB's will be doing their field work. We start narrowing down, talking about players of interest who can possibly fill the holes in the Steeler roster.
The media did not miss an opportunity to jump all over an innocuous comment by Kevin Colbert about Ben Roethlisberger's leadership of the Pittsburgh Steelers. His interview gave the media another chance to jump all over Ben with all the insight of armchair psychiatrists, diagnosing the so-called Steeler lock room ills, attributing everything from AB's demand to leave the team to climate change on Ben's lack of leadership. Colbert cleared up the Steeler's intentions for both Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown. We were very happy to learn of the re-signing of Tyson Alu-Alu, solidifying depth on the defensive line. Still hanging out there as free agents: Chickillo, Sensabaugh, Forte, Foster and James. Jesse is attracting interest from a few teams, so we'll see if TE depth becomes another area of need. Speaking of which, Colbert mentioned both Chris Boswell and Artie Burns and the regression they experienced last season. Competition will be brought in for Boswell. We already knew that we've got to bring in real talent at cornerback and We talk about the other positions of need: ILB, WR, safety.