The Steelers are officially on summer vacation as the offseason workout program wrapped up and they won’t come back together until reporting to training camp later this month.
Steelers season never really ends for Steeler nation so while the Steelers players get their minds and bodies right to embark on the 2016 regular season we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Saturday, July 16th.
We run the North
It’s never too early for a playoff prediction, right? The AFC North crew at ESPN all predicted which team(s) from the division would make the post season this year and which one will take home the AFC North crown.
There was pretty much a consensus that the Steelers are the odds-on favorite to win the division this season seeing as how they would have run away with the title last year if it weren’t for the injuries.
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The Bengals will see the postseason for a sixth straight season if and only if they don’t get in their own way again.
The Ravens should be able to rebound from their “down” year but that’s no guarantee considering the injuries they continue to face. The Browns will probably try to piggyback off of the Cavs somehow to get fans interested. Should be a fun season.
The most ridiculous scandal in NFL history is officially dead. Hopefully. On Friday Patriots quarterback Tom Brady announced that he would no longer pursue legal action and serve his four-game suspension for deflating balls and being an all-around thorn in Roger Goodell’s side.
The NFLPA, apparently, is still considering taking the case from here to the United States Supreme Court. Brady saved himself a boat-load of money with his latest contract restructure so the already gozillionaire will only really be docked a few hundred thousand dollars for the four missed games.
Don’t be fooled into feeling like because the NFLPA is considering taking this fight to the Supreme Court that this is a labor vs. management issue we should all be concerned with. The NFLPA afforded Goodell the right to suspend the players in the last CBA. They’re less than half-way through the term of the CBA.
In a record-breaking contract that is sure to shape the way future NFL contracts are done the Denver Broncos came to terms with linebacker Von Miller on a six-year, $114.5 million contract.
The contract includes an unprecedented $70 million in guarantees, making Miller the highest paid defensive player in NFL history.
The deal surpasses the deals signed by Ndamukong Suh in March of 2015. NFL Media worm Ian Rapoport reports the deal has a reported $42 million fully guaranteed money with a $23 million signing bonus. Wow.