The Steelers offseason which includes everything from free agency to draft prep and anything in between is in full swing.
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 Monday, Mar. 14th.
Last week when the Steelers signed tight end Ladarius Green all of the NFL took notice that the Steelers’ already stacked offense just got a little bit better and there was little doubts that not only could Ben Roethlisberger keep up his historic pace with yards and touchdowns but he’d beat them as well, possibly making him an early favorite as a league MVP candidate.
Chris Wesseling of Around the NFL suggests that the potential year-long suspension of receiver Martavis Bryant could actually hurt Roethlisberger’s chances to earn the MVP award for the first time in his 13-year career.
Talk about a little premature speculation. No one wins the NFL MVP in March, so there’s that. Also, while it is incredibly frustrating that this offense just can’t seem to be all on the field at the same time I hardly think Roethlisberger or the Steelers offense is going to suffer that bad in Bryant’s absence.
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Free agency recap
The first few days of free agency have come and gone and the Steelers made some minimal but important moves. Teresa Varley recaps the signings which included keeping guard Ramon Foster, cornerback William Gay, safety Robert Golden and receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey from becoming free agents by signing them to deals.
The Steelers signed one outside free agent in tight end Ladarius Green. Several Steelers players became unrestricted free agents on March 9th including Bruce Gradkowski, Michael Vick, Will Johnson, Jordan Todman, Kelvin Beachum, Doug Legursky, Byron Stingily, Clifton Geathers, Steve McLendon, Cam Thomas, Sean Spence, Will Allen, Antwon Blake and Brandon Boykin.
The Steelers had a visit from offensive tackle Russell Okung on Sunday and according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, they made him an offer. The Steelers are also hosting visits with Denver’s Ryan Harris and San Diego’s Chris Hairston all as contingency plans if in case Kelvin Beachum doesn’t re-sign with the team.
Beachum visited with the New York Jets last week. The Steelers had Alejandro Villanueva fill in for an injured Beachum last season so if they can re-sign Beachum or sign Okung he can continue to develop and provide depth to the offensive line.