Good Wednesday to you Steelers’ fans.
As I’ve stated and will state many more time in this space, I am not a whiz when it comes to the NFL Salary Cap. That said, I do have some basic common sense that more fans really need to acquire. I hate to sound like I’m on my high-horse here but let me explain. If the Steelers are already going to have a hard time keeping Bud Dupree, then why all of the sudden would they be able to afford Jadeveon Clowney? Do they think he’s going to play in Pittsburgh for a lot less than what Dupree would want? No! He’s going to want money similar to what Dupree would demand. The other example of this issue is at backup quarterback. Fans are clamoring for a veteran backup quarterback. While I understand their concern and desire for this, the problem again is money. These guys aren’t going to play for peanuts especially if you’re looking for backups with quality starting experience. The truth is that there are teams who will pay much more for those services. Marcus Mariota for example is likely to go somewhere else simply because of money and what he will see as a better chance to start. Furthermore, the Steelers appear to have put all of their eggs in Mason Rudolph’s basket anyway. Look, I know we all want the Steelers to sign every big name free agent out there but that just isn’t the way they do things and they sure won’t this year with the cap issues being what they are. It boils down to common sense folks. That’s the easiest way I can put it.
Pro Bowl Hate
I’m just like everyone else…. I view the Pro Bowl as a glorified flag football game and hold my breath hoping that there are no Steelers injured during the game. I also bad mouth the heck out of it and claim that “I won’t watch that crap” like so many others. Yet, I’ll be damned if I don’t sneak a peek at least a couple of times during the game. For as much hate as we fans give the game would it surprise you to know that it’s still the most watched television event on the Sunday it is played? It has even had better ratings than the NBA All-Star game in recent years. I don’t get it either.
Tweet of the Day… The Pittsburgh Steelers
What's something you are mildly obsessed with?
— Eric Alper ? (@ThatEricAlper) January 21, 2020
Another day another awful story about Antonio Brown. It’s really not funny any longer. The guy is mentally ill and needs help. His behavior is clearly erratic and completely unstable. I continue to believe this will not end well and I just hope that when it does that no is hurt or harmed in any way.
The Franchise Tag
Art Rooney II said last week that their experience with Le’Veon Bell would not keep them from using the Franchise Tag in the future. Obviously with Bud Dupree’s situation the future might be now. I, personally, just don’t see it though. To tag Dupree would mean the Steelers would pay him over $16 million in 2020. The hope of course is that they could sign him to a long-term deal prior to the deadline but that’s not going to be easy either. With T.J. Watt and JuJu Smith-Schuster looking at potentially big paydays down the road there’s only so much to go around.
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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