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  Steelers | Antonio Brown present    Mon Apr 27, 10:45 AM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown was spotted at the team's facility Monday, April 27.

Footballguys view: Brown said he was not participating in voluntary workouts earlier because he was spending time with his newborn child. Now, he's back and ready to rock.

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  Steelers | Le'Veon Bell close to full health    Thu Apr 23, 06:31 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) said his knee is close to being 100% after injuring it five months ago.

Footballguys view: In the regular-season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals, Bell hyper-extended his right knee. Bell did not play in the Wild Card Round against the Ravens, and he skipped playing in the Pro Bowl too. He's currently suspended for three games to start the 2015 season, but he's appealing the suspension with the hopes of reducing it to one game. The Steelers will take it easy on him as he comes back.

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  Steelers | Landon Collins visits    Thu Apr 23, 02:13 PM

Alabama SS Landon Collins met with the Pittsburgh Steelers Wednesday, April 22.

Footballguys view: Collins is an in-the-box safety who can intimidate opponents and shut down the run game. He has the speed to play sideline-to-sideline, and he arrives at the ball-carrier with natural violence. Collins should be a first-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft. The Steelers are looking for safety help with legendary Troy Polamalu retiring.

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  Steelers | Antonio Brown explains absence    Wed Apr 22, 02:03 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown said he is not participating in voluntary workouts because he is spending time with his newborn child. Brown said he will report to offseason workouts at some point and is looking forward to joining his teammates.

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  Steelers | Three draft prospects visit    Wed Apr 22, 02:51 AM

North Dakota DE Kyle Emanuel, Utah CB Eric Rowe and Ohio State CB Doran Grant all visited the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday, April 21.

Footballguys view: Rowe is one of the more talented defensive backs in this class and the Steelers are sorely in need of help there. He's a big, physical corner who might not be the best suited to mirror quicker or faster receivers in man coverage.

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  Steelers | Will Johnson signs tender    Mon Apr 20, 05:45 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers FB Will Johnson signed his exclusive rights free-agent tender Monday, April 20.

Footballguys view: Johnson was on the field for around 200 snaps last year, but he doesn't produce much as a runner or receiver. He's mainly a blocker and special-teams player.

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  Steelers | Antonio Brown not at workouts    Mon Apr 20, 01:31 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown is not present for the start of offseason workouts Monday, April 20, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Yep, he's seriously underpaid and is holding out for a new deal. The Steelers have to get him on the field, so we expect something to be done before the start of the season.

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  Steelers | Antonio Brown could hold out    Mon Apr 20, 11:02 AM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown is seeking a new contract and could hold out from minicamps and training camp, according to sources.

Footballguys view: This is not what you want to hear if you're a Steelers fan. Brown has an average annual salary just a little over $8 million, 13th-most in the NFL. Over the last few seasons, Brown has played like a top-5 wide receiver--and you can easily make the argument that he's the best wide receiver in the game today. The Steelers have to have him, and we feel confident a deal will be worked out....eventually.

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  Steelers | T.J. Clemmings visits    Sat Apr 18, 09:17 AM

Pittsburgh OT T.J. Clemmings has visited with the Pittsburgh Steelers this offseason.

Footballguys view: Clemmings played his college ball at PITT, and he's one of the most intriguing tackle prospects in this draft. A former defensive lineman, Clemmings switched to the offensive side of the ball two years ago. He's incredibly athletic, but still technically raw at the position. He has the upside to be the best tackle from this draft class, but it's going to take some work.

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  Steelers | Brandon Hartson claimed    Fri Apr 17, 07:41 PM

Kansas City Chiefs LS Brandon Hartson was claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Steelers Friday, April 17.


  Steelers | Jaelen Strong visiting PIT    Fri Apr 17, 03:00 PM

Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong is meeting with the Pittsburgh Steelers Friday, April 17.

Footballguys view: Strong reminds us of Alshon Jeffery (Bears) or Anquan Boldin (49ers) because of his size and physical style of play. He can rip away contested catches from defenders, and this makes him a fine target when his team is near pay dirt. Look for Strong to be a late first- or early second-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

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  Steelers | Randy Gregory meets with Pittsburgh    Fri Apr 17, 12:43 AM

Nebraska LB Randy Gregory had a pre-draft visit with the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday, April 16.

Footballguys view: Gregory is one of the best edge-rushers in this draft class. He failed a drug test at the combine earlier this year, and that was his third-known hot test for marijuana (two at Nebraska). Gregory says he used to have a problem with weed, but now he's able to kick the habit. Um, okay...but he still failed a test and could be in the "program" in the NFL from day one. He'll be a first-round pick, but there is risk associated with selecting him.

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  Steelers | Three draft prospects visit    Wed Apr 15, 07:41 AM

Washington State DT Xavier Cooper, Ohio State TE Jeff Heuerman, and UAB TE Kennard Backman came to the Pittsburgh Steelers Tuesday, April 14, for a pre-draft visit.

Footballguys view: Cooper is the guy we'd like to highlight here. He's an agile defensive tackle who can knife through the offensive line to create pressure on the quarterback. Cooper has good athleticism and lateral movement, but he needs to play with more power if he's going to be more than a part-time player at the pro level. He's likely a third-round pick.

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  Steelers | Sign Jordan Berry    Tue Apr 14, 05:16 PM

Undrafted free-agent P Jordan Berry (Eastern Kentucky) was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers Tuesday, April 14.


  Steelers | Three prospects visit    Tue Apr 14, 02:57 AM

Texas A&M TE Cameron Clear, West Virginia G Quinton Spain, and Auburn WR Sammie Coates all visited the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Footballguys view: Coates is the player we like best here. He's a fast and physical player with dynamic playmaking ability after the catch. However, catching the ball has been a problem for Coates. He had a drop rate of 19.1 percent in college, and he was rarely on the same page as his quarterback. That obviously will have to be improved if Coates wants a long career in the NFL.

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  Steelers | Tyler Murphy visits    Sat Apr 11, 07:07 AM

Boston College QB Tyler Murphy visited the Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday, April 10.

Footballguys view: Murphy was with the Florida Gators, but he transferred to Boston College as a fifth-year senior. He's a dual-threat quarterback who had around 1,500 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing in 2014. Murphy broke Boston College's career rushing record (for a quarterback) set previously by Doug Flutie.

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  Steelers | Will Allen re-signed    Fri Apr 10, 05:44 PM

Free-agent SS Will Allen (Steelers) re-signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers Friday, April 10. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Steelers | Breshad Perriman meets with PIT    Fri Apr 10, 02:09 PM

Central Florida WR Breshad Perriman is meeting with the Pittsburgh Steelers Friday, April 10.

Footballguys view: The Steelers seem to be set at wide receiver among their top three, but Perriman could be a pick in a "best player available" scenario. It wouldn't be the Steelers style, as they have struck gold in the third round or later at wide receiver repeatedly over the last six years.

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  Steelers | Draft targets clear for Pittsburgh    Thu Apr 9, 10:30 PM

Washington CB Marcus Peters is one of three cornerbacks to have a pre-draft visit with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and six of the team's seven pre-draft visitors have been either cornerbacks or outside linebackers.

Footballguys view: Peters has some character questions after an incident with a coach led to his dismissal in-season, but he is a big, tough corner who has the mentality to hang with NFL talent at wide receiver. He could end up in the first round.

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  Steelers | David DeCastro's option picked up    Thu Apr 9, 12:51 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers OG David DeCastro's fifth-year option was picked up by the team Thursday, April 9.

Footballguys view: The team likes consistency on the offensive line and DeCastro was rock solid at right guard last season. A very smart move by the Steelers.

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  Steelers | Marcus Peters visiting    Thu Apr 9, 12:25 PM

Washington CB Marcus Peters is meeting with the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday, April 9.

Footballguys view: A talented cover-corner with prototypical size, Peters has some questions about his maturity and discipline. He's raw and would take some time to hone into a useful NFL weapon.

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  Steelers | Le'Veon Bell suspended three games    Thu Apr 9, 09:42 AM

Updating an ongoing story, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell was suspended three games and fined an additional game check after violating the league's substance abuse policy, according to league sources. He has appealed.

Footballguys view: We heard a pair of games the other day, but it seems we're in the three game territory now, hurting Bell's draft stock a bit. Unless he appeals (and wins) this ruling could knock him out of the first round in some redraft leagues. However, if he's there in the second (or the late first in a snake-style draft), consider yourself blessed because Bell is otherwise the top pick in a fantasy league. If you can build a team around him top survive those first three weeks you could have a great value in him.

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  Steelers | Nate Orchard visiting Wednesday    Wed Apr 8, 01:29 PM

Utah DE Nate Orchard is meeting with the Pittsburgh Steelers Wednesday, April 8.

Footballguys view: Orchard lacks multiple moves as a pass-rusher, but he gets off the line of scrimmage in a hurry and he has a quick closing burst to the quarterback. He has a nose for the football, and Orchard does a good job of quickly bringing his man to the ground. Orchard is not a run-stuffer, and he'll struggle to set the edge. However, he's got upside as a pass-rusher in the pros. Orchard should be a second-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

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  Steelers | Meeting with Eli Harold    Wed Apr 8, 01:21 PM

Virginia LB Eli Harold is meeting with the Pittsburgh Steelers Wednesday, April 8.

Footballguys view: Harold is one of the best athletes in this draft class. At Virginia, he played both standing up and with his hand in the dirt as a pass-rusher. He's got elite speed off the edge, but Harold will have to prove himself in coverage at the pro level. He should be a late first- or early second-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

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  Steelers | Scheduled to meet with Sammie Coates    Wed Apr 8, 12:16 PM

Auburn WR Sammie Coates is scheduled to meet with the Pittsburgh Steelers next week, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Coates is amazingly gifted athletically, but he does have a problem with dropping passes and concentration on longer targets. His drop rate in college at Auburn was a whopping 19.1 percent. He'll be a project in the NFL, but one teams may feel is worth selecting in the second round of the draft. The Steelers are stacked at the wide receiver position, but they could take the time to develop Coates the right way.

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  Steelers | Le'Veon Bell suspended two games    Tue Apr 7, 05:20 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is expected to be suspended for the first two games of next season, according to sources. Bell is being suspended following an arrest last August for marijuana possession. Bell will be involved in a first-offender's program in which he will spend 15 months on probation. Bell faces a two-game suspension based on the terms of the NFL's new substance abuse policy.

Footballguys view: We knew a suspension was coming for last year's infraction, and now we know the length. Fantasy owners need to keep this in mind when they select Bell in the first round of their drafts. Even with this suspension, you could still make the argument that Bell should be the first player off the board in standard leagues.

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  Steelers | Will Johnson, Robert Golden expected back    Sat Apr 4, 10:49 AM

Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free-agent FB Will Johnson and SS Robert Golden are expected to sign their tender offers this offseason.

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  Steelers | Antwon Blake signs tender    Sat Apr 4, 10:38 AM

Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free-agent CB Antwon Blake signed his one-year tender offer Friday, April 3. He is scheduled to make $1.542 million in 2015.

Footballguys view: Blake has appeared in 30 regular-season games for the Steelers over the last two years. He's primarily a backup on defense, but he's a core special teams player for the Steelers.

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  Steelers | Shayon Green signed    Thu Apr 2, 02:02 PM

Free-agent LB Shayon Green (Dolphins) signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday, April 2. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Green attended the University of Miami and played both defensive end and linebacker for the Hurricanes. Green battled two torn ACLs in his time at Miami and battled his way back, only to go undrafted and sign as a rookie free agent with the Miami Dolphins, though he didn't make the team. He will make the team if he can be useful as a special teams player and then perhaps find a role as a backup outside linebacker.

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  Steelers | Clifton Geathers re-signs    Wed Apr 1, 02:57 PM

Free-agent DE Clifton Geathers (Steelers) was re-signed to a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers Wednesday, April 1. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

Footballguys view: Steelers fans didn't get to see anything from Geathers last year. He was signed in December, but he didn't play a snap for the team. This season, Geathers will compete for a backup job behind Cam Heyward and Stephon Tuitt.

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  Steelers | Darrius Heyward-Bey returns    Thu Mar 26, 11:46 AM

Free-agent WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (Steelers) re-signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers Wednesday, March 26. Heyward-Bey signed a one-year deal with the team, but financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: We don't expect Heyward-Bey to do all that much, just as we didn't expect him to do much in his last few landing spots. Behind Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton and Martavis Bryant, there will be little for him to do and we wouldn't be shocked if he was gone by the end of camp.

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  Steelers | James Harrison re-signs    Sun Mar 22, 12:36 PM

Free-agent LB James Harrison (Steelers) signed a two-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, March 22. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Harrison had to decide between the Titans and the Steelers. He's not what he used to be, but Harrison proved last year that he still had something left in the tank.

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  Steelers | Open to re-signing James Harrison    Thu Mar 19, 03:51 PM

Free-agent LB James Harrison (Steelers) is still an option for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the team likely will not try to re-sign him until the summer because they do not need him to participate in offseason workouts.

Footballguys view: The Steelers could use the experience but it's likely Harrison would be in a reduced role due to age. Still the 36-year old linebacker could well contribute quite a bit for one last year. Watch out for the Titans here as well. We could see Harrison following Dick LeBeau to Tennessee.

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  Steelers | Dri Archer will have role in offense    Thu Mar 19, 01:08 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Dri Archer will have a role on offense that will take advantage of his speed, but people have to be patient with his development, according to offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Archer could also be used as a kick returner next season.

Footballguys view: Archer is a very versatile back, but because of his size, that versatility will almost always have to do with speedy routes and screens and never much between the tackles. Assume LeVeon Bell returns to 100 percent, Archer will still be very limited and have inconsistent fantasy value.

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  Steelers | Martavis Bryant could start in 2015    Wed Mar 18, 04:06 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant is expected to push WR Markus Wheaton for the No. 2 wide receiver job during training camp, according to offensive coordinator Todd Haley. 'We are looking for him to come in and make a push against Markus Wheaton for that No. 2 spot and continue give us big-time production, specifically in the red area where a big target like that can make a big impact,' Haley said.

Footballguys view: An important note for fantasy owners here. We're excited about Bryant's upside because of his size, wingspan and ability to win at the point of the catch. At the same time, we've also been disappointed by Wheaton's lack of development. He's got the potential to be a better player than what he's shown. We'll see how this battle plays out in training camp.

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  Steelers | Patrick Robinson to visit    Sat Mar 14, 11:31 AM

Free-agent CB Patrick Robinson (Saints) is scheduled to meet with the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend, according to a source.

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  Steelers | Pittsburgh to add DeAngelo Williams    Fri Mar 13, 04:16 PM

Free-agent RB DeAngelo Williams (Panthers) will sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Footballguys view: Williams will serve as the primary backup behind Le'Veon Bell. A good move for the Steelers here. They bounced LeGarrette Blount last year only to have Bell go down with an injury and the offense essentially fall apart.

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  Steelers | Ben Roethlisberger signs extension    Fri Mar 13, 03:42 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has agreed to a contract extension with the team. Terms of the extension were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: We'll know more when details are released. This contract extension will likely allow Roethlisberger to retire with the Steelers. Coming off a great year in 2014, Roethlisberger's deal was set to expire at the end of this season. It's a good move for both sides.

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  Steelers | DeAngelo Williams meeting with PIT    Wed Mar 11, 12:07 PM

Free-agent RB DeAngelo Williams (Panthers) is scheduled to meet with the Pittsburgh Steelers Friday, March 13, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Williams still has something left in the tank, and the Steelers might need that for as many as four games if Le'Veon Bell suspension sidelines him at the beginning of the season. The Steelers backup RB corps is arguably the weakest in the NFL right now.

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  Steelers | Interested in re-signing Brice McCain    Wed Mar 11, 01:11 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers are interested in re-signing free-agent CB Brice McCain, and they have a three-year offer on the table. The Miami Dolphins and Minnesota Vikings are also interested in his services.

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  Steelers | Make play for Darrelle Revis    Tue Mar 10, 05:40 PM

Free-agent CB Darrelle Revis (Patriots) received an inquiry from the Pittsburgh Steelers Tuesday, March 10, even though it's unrealistic that he'd sign with them. It appears as though Revis will sign with either the New York Jets or New England Patriots.

Footballguys view: Revis played college football at Pitt, so it would be cool to see him back in Pennsylvania. However, this is a pipe dream. The Steelers couldn't get anywhere close to affording a talent like Revis.

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  Steelers | Three RFAs receive tender offers    Mon Mar 9, 05:16 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free-agent FB Will Johnson, CB Antwon Blake and SS Robert Golden received tender offers from the Steelers.

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  Steelers | Brett Keisel released    Mon Mar 9, 04:11 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers DE Brett Keisel was released Monday, March 9.

Footballguys view: Releasing Keisel was expected. The move clears $1.5 million off the books. Recovering from a triceps injury, Keisel could return to the Steelers for the veteran minimum. He could also just choose to retire.

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  Steelers | Matt Spaeth re-signs    Mon Mar 9, 03:16 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers TE Matt Spaeth re-signed to an undisclosed deal Monday, March 9.

Footballguys view: A blocking tight end who has spent most of his career with the Steelers stays around for a cheap price. Spaeth may catch the occasional touchdown here and there, but he's got no fantasy value.

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  Steelers | Arthur Moats returning    Mon Mar 9, 01:54 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent LB Arthur Moats has agreed to a new deal with the Steelers. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Steelers | Tajh Boyd signed    Fri Mar 6, 02:07 PM

Free-agent QB Tajh Boyd (Jets) has signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Boyd is athletic and has a strong arm. However, his say-it-don't-spray-it accuracy leaves a lot to be desired. He'll compete to be a reserve QB behind Ben Roethlisberger.

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  Steelers | Le'Veon Bell to miss four games?    Mon Mar 2, 04:23 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell could be suspended up to four games, according to the NFL's new substance-abuse policy. A two-game suspension is standard for a DUI resulting from the use of alcohol. However, Bell's DUI came from marijuana use, so he could be suspended for a longer period of time.

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners need to monitor this situation closely as Bell is a target to be one of the top players off the board in everybody's fantasy drafts in 2015. We'll know more about the NFL's ruling well before you'll have to worry about where to pick him.

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  Steelers | Lance Moore let go    Mon Mar 2, 04:01 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Lance Moore was released Monday, March 2.

Footballguys view: No surprise here. Moore wasn't used that much in Pittsburgh. He only ran 180 routes last year, was targeted a mere 27 times and finished the season with only 14 catches, 198 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Moore isn't the same player he used to be, but it wouldn't shock us to see the Saints bring him back.

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  Steelers | Darrius Heyward-Bey will not return    Sun Mar 1, 10:52 AM

Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent WR Darrius Heyward-Bey will not re-sign with the Steelers this offseason.

Footballguys view: We're shocked Heyward-Bey has made it this far in the NFL. He struggles to catch, and that's kind of an important skill set when you're a RECEIVER. Heyward-Bey is a good run-blocker, but that's only worth so much. He shouldn't be expecting a ton of phone calls on the open market.

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  Steelers | Jason Worilds to hit market    Thu Feb 26, 12:16 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers do not plan to use the transition tag on impending free-agent LB Jason Worilds, allowing him to hit free agency March 10, a league source said Wednesday, Feb. 25.

Footballguys view: Worilds has had 15.5 sacks over the last two seasons, the most by any Steelers player during that time. The Steelers are in desperate need of clearing up cap space. At this time, they are about $7 million over the cap. The new league year begins on March 10th, and they'll need to get their cap situation lined up before then.

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