The Steelers are headed to either surgery or their offseason destinations to close out the season.
Steelers season never truly ends for Steeler Nation so while the offseason starts to heat up we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Friday, Jan. 22nd.
No Hawaii for AB
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will not be taking the trip to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl as he still hasn’t been cleared from the concussion he sustained in the Steelers’ 18-16 win over the Bengals in the Wild Card playoff game.
Fox Sports reports that Dolphins receiver Landry Jones will replace Brown citing reports from Steelers beat writers Ed Bouchette and Dale Lolley. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ben Roethlisberger declines the trip as well as he recovers from his shoulder injury even though he played in the game against Denver.
The Steelers have an interesting offseason ahead of them, particularly concerning their secondary. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reminds us that the team has three of their top four corners and two safeties entering free agency.
William Gay, who played almost every snap this season and was the only corner in the league to not allow a touchdown who also had the most epic pick-six celebration in the history of celebrations, will be a free agent. Other members of the secondary who could hit the market are Brandon Boykin, Antwon Blake, Will Allen and Robert Golden.
What the Steelers could do, aside from hope that last year’s second-round pick Senquez Golson can jump right into it after missing his rookie season with injury, is make a Mike Mitchell-like signing for the secondary. The secondary got drilled for tons of yardage this year but managed to generate turnovers. A solid veteran cover-corner could be an ideal free agent pickup if the Steelers are so inclined.
For everything you’ll need to know about what’s coming up for the Steelers in the coming weeks and months Teresa Varley has compiled a list of key offseason dates. Included are the dates for the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis (Feb 23-29) and when free agency opens (March 7-9).
The 2016 NFL Draft will be April 28-30 in Chicago and we can expect the typical mid-to-late July for the opening of training camp in Latrobe.