Good Morning Steelers fans. It’s Friday and the work week is almost over.
According to Jeremy Fowler, the Steelers are expected to decline to pick up Artie Burns’ 5th year option by today’s deadline, a development that anyone who’s followed Burns’ career was probably expecting. Artie has had a lot of adversity in his personal life between his father’s incarceration and his mother’s untimely death leading him to become not only a parent to his own children, but also his younger siblings. He has ALL of the physical skills to do the job at cornerback at a high level. We’re hopeful that he can put it together this year and deliver on all that potential. But, you have to wonder if that will be in Pittsburgh.
Of note, the guaranteed money on Artie Burns' contract has been paid out.
He's due an $800,000 roster bonus in late July, which would essentially guarantee his $957,862 salary.
If the #Steelers draft a CB, do they try to trade Burns &/or release him if that proves impossible?
— SteelCityBlitz (@SCBlitz) March 26, 2019
Another important date on the NFL schedule is just around the corner. Any free agents signed after May 7th do not count toward the compensatory draft picks equation. In other words, anyone the Steelers signed after that date would not endanger the 3rd round pick they hope to be awarded for losing Le’Veon Bell in free agency. The Steelers roster still lacks depth at tight end, outside linebacker and safety, with little proven depth behind the starters at any of those positions. My own position? I see the most pressing of the three as tight end, although all need addressed in my opinion. My hope is that the Steelers bring in some free agents at those spots after the 7th.
— SteelCityBlitz (@SCBlitz) May 1, 2019
Tuesday night on the SCB Steelers Podcast we reviewed the 2019 draft class.
I have read other opinions in a handful of reviews of the draft on other Steelers sites that see 5th round draft choice, tight end Zach Gentry as a good or even great athlete. I have nothing against Gentry and I’m sure the Steelers see something or some things in him that they believe they can develop, but it’s very doubtful that a “great athlete” is one of them.
Objectively, Gentry is a poor athlete. Mockdraftable.com has been tracking combine and pro day testing results since 2011 and then compares them in easily accessible tables. Gentry’s 40-yard dash ranks in the 22nd percentile vs other players testing in his position group over that period. His vertical and broad jumps in the 16th and 21st percentile respectively. His 3 cone and 20-yard short shuttle (drills that measure change of direction skill) both rank in the 17th percentile. I could go on, but you get the point. A good athlete he is not.
I have to close this by posting this picture of Ryan Shazier during the draft. The man continues to be an inspiration to us all.
— Ryan Shazier (@RyanShazier) April 29, 2019
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