Steelers news: roster moves, stars, Brown’s agent


Steelers training camp and preseason are officially underway. For the next few weeks the team will lay the foundation for the 2015 regular season. The team is headed to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars in a preseason matchup and we’re busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Friday, August 14th.

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Roster moves

The Steelers announced some roster moves prior to their preseason game against the Jaguars. They officially placed kicker Shaun Suisham on the Reserved/Injured list and running back Cameron Stingily on the Waived/Injured list.

To replace the roster spots the team added rookie free agent running back Braylon Heard and free agent wide receiver David Nelson. Heard played at the University of Kentucky and the University of Nebraska while Nelson is a six-year NFL veteran spending time previously with the Bills and Jets.

Potential stars

ESPN NFL Insider KC Joyner suggests that Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant could be on the cusp of stardom. It’s not hard to see him having a breakout sophomore season after he entered the lineup in mid-season last year he caught seven touchdowns in his first seven games.

Watching him in training camp he proves to be the tall wide receiver target quarterbacks and fans dream of where a ball can be thrown simply in his vicinity and he can reach up and grab it. He can at the very least draw some defensive pass interference penalties in those situations as well.

Brown’s agent

Antonio Brown, by all accounts, seems like a great guy. He’s known for having a borderline-OCD workout routine, keeps himself in immaculate physical condition and is one of the hardest workers in the NFL. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, on the other hand is a total jagoff.

It became clear once Brown had a chance to explain himself that the reports about him planning to skip voluntary workouts and training camp in hopes of getting a new contract were circulated by Rosenhaus and scooped up by NFL Media Insider weasel Ian Rapoport instead of coming from Brown himself.

Once in Latrobe, Brown told reporters that holding out wasn’t an option he was even considering.

"“Holdouts never go well. Just look at history. It always ends badly. It wouldn’t be the best decision.” – Antonio Brown"

Apparently Rosenhaus and Rapoport can’t leave well enough alone as Thursday Rapoport reported that Rosenhaus would be traveling to Jacksonville to meet with the Steelers about a reworked deal for Brown.

The Steelers historically don’t negotiate with players holding out or with players not in the final year of their contracts. There’s no indication from the Steelers or Brown that a new deal is on the horizon but here the story pops up again. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions about where it comes from.

Antonio Brown was with Jay Z’s agency for a period of time last year, he might want to call him up again.

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