The Pittsburgh Steelers signed free-agent safety Morgan Burnett to a three-year, $14.5 million deal. During eight seasons with Green Bay, Burnett has played linebacker, slot corner and both safety positions. Scouts predict Burnett will probably be a strong safety in Pittsburgh, which would allow Sean Davis to slide to free safety.
The Steelers have restructured left tackle Alejandro Villanueva’s contract to create close to $4 million in salary cap space. Pittsburgh is interested in signing an inside linebacker but usually don’t spend much in free agency’s first wave.
Steelers’ linebacker Ryan Shazier said he plans to play football again. 25-year-old Shazier underwent spinal stabilization surgery December 6 and has been in a wheelchair, but is making progress in his rehab. He said all of his football goals are still in front of him.
Steelers’ GM Kevin Colbert said the franchise tag is an option with running back Le’Veon Bell, but the goal is to have something done on a long-term basis. If Bell is tagged again this year, it is projected to fall somewhere around $14.5 million.
Steelers’ president Art Rooney II said the team will explore extending quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s contract, and want to sign running back Le’Veon Bell to a long-term deal this offseason. Big Ben has two years left on his current contract and Bell wants to complete a deal before February 20…the first day teams can designate franchise tags.
Steelers’ linebacker Ryan Shazier was discharged from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and will transition to outpatient care. Yesterday, Shazier posted pictures of him standing with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Le’Veon Bell and the Steelers have made significant progress on a contract extension. Bell said he’s “happy’ with what the team has presented to him.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is taking some heat off Steelers coach Mike Tomlin. Big Ben said he didn’t agree with the perception that Tomlin did not inject the necessary discipline into his team for a playoff run.
The Steelers elevated quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner to offensive coordinator. Fichtner has been with Pittsburgh since 2007 and the quarterbacks coach since 2010, helping Ben Roethlisberger throw for 31,763 yards and 202 touchdowns during that span.
The coaching staffs of the Steelers and Saints have been selected to work the Pro Bowl January 28. Mike Tomlin and his coaches will handle the AFC squad.