Good Wednesday to you Steelers’ Fans.
Today is officially the beginning of the 2019 National Football League season and I for one couldn’t be more excited to see our 2018 season get kicked into the annals of history. There’s a lot to get to today so without further ado, Happy New League Year everyone!
The Steelers signed free agent cornerback Steven Nelson last night. He spent his first four seasons in Kansas City and recorded four interceptions in 2018. By the way, that’s more than any Steelers’ defender last year. Nelson will average over $8 million per season on his three year deal. This is not a great signing but I do think it’s a good one. Upgrading the corner opposite Joe Haden was a must. Artie Burns has become a first round bust and Coty Sensabaugh is a nice reserve corner who should have never been thrust into a starting spot. What will this do to the Steelers’ Draft strategy? Stay tuned.
Tweet of the Day… Yup.
Bell probably is getting what he was always going to get: two years guaranteed for about $30 million. But now he's given up $14.5 million to get it. Never made any sense.
— Andrew Brandt (@AndrewBrandt) March 13, 2019
I’m sure you know by now the Cleveland Browns have traded a first round pick, a third round pick and safety Jabrill Peppers to the New York Giants for wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. This trade hurts because it makes the Browns better. It hurts worse because it makes the Steelers haul of a third and fifth round pick for Antonio Brown look even worse. Please rescind the trade Kevin Colbert. There’s still a few hours left.
The Steelers re-signed OLB Anthony Chickillo to a two-year, $8 million contract. Apparently the Patriots were sniffing around Chickillo and the Steelers upped the price to keep him around. My question is why? Chickillo is a hard worker and core special teams’ player but he does nothing on defense other than spell the guy in front of him. In 54 career games he has seven total sacks including just 1.5 sacks in 2018. This is a lot of money for such little production.
And finally we come to Le’Veon Bell. He has agreed to a four-year deal with the New York Jets for $52 million. To say that he has received far less than he thought he would make in 2019 is an understatement. Not only will he not make up the $14.5 million he left on the table last season but he’s getting substantially less than he would have had he signed what the Steelers were offering. At some point in the season we’ll see Bell and the Jets and perhaps by then he’ll have realized the grass isn’t always greener. Except in this case because the Jets are green but….
On the radar today… Unless the Steelers can come to terms with Bud Dupree on a long-term deal that pays him much less than the $9 million he’s scheduled to make by 4pm then that’s it. Dupree and his 5.5 sacks will play for over $9 million buckaroos. Unreal. And also, the Steelers could still rescind the trade of Antonio Brown to Oakland. Did I mention that already?
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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