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Steelers president: We want Ben back in 2021

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PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers want Ben Roethlisberger back, and he wants to return. Team president Art Rooney II acknowledged the mutual desire between the Steelers and their longtime quarterback in a statement Wednesday morning. “Ben Roethlisberger and I met yesterday morning and we had a productive meeting” Rooney said.......

Report: Mike Tomlin Tests Positive for COVID-19

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Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has tested positive for COVID-19, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Tomlin is away from the team facility and members of the Steelers coaching and personnel staff were sent home last week after multiple people tested positive for the virus, according to Rapoport.  Gerry Dulac......

Sources: Steelers’ Tomlin positive for COVID-19

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PITTSBURGH — Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was recently diagnosed with COVID-19, sources told ESPN. Tomlin, 48, was diagnosed last week. The Steelers could not confirm the head coach’s diagnosis but said members of the coaching staff and personnel were sent home from the facility last week after a couple of......

GM lukewarm on Big Ben’s future with Steelers

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PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger is the quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers right now, general manager Kevin Colbert said in a Wednesday news conference. Beyond that, though, Colbert was lukewarm in his assessment of the franchise quarterback’s future with the organization. “As we sit here today, Ben is a member of......

Steelers GM Colbert Didn’t Commit to Bringing Back Roethlisberger

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Madeline Coleman Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert did not commit to bringing back Ben Roethlisberger for the 2021 season. “As we sit here today, Ben is a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers,” Colbert said. “…He reiterated to us that he......

Twins Maurkice, Mike Pouncey retire from NFL

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PITTSBURGH — Twin centers Maurkice Pouncey and Mike Pouncey have retired from the NFL, Ramon Foster, a former teammate of Maurkice, announced on Twitter. “It’s my honor that my brothers from another asked me to announce the next stage in their life. After over a decade @MaurkicePouncey and Mike Pouncey......

Meet the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2021: Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson lead class

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For the ninth consecutive year, a first-time-eligible player is among the newest enshrinees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Three, including former Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, are among the Hall’s Class of 2021. Manning, a 14-time Pro Bowl selection and five-time league MVP, former Oakland......

Sources: Big Ben, Steelers to discuss ’21 contract

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PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger is expected to meet with the Pittsburgh Steelers next week to discuss both his future and his contract, sources told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. The two sides decided they needed to take time apart following the season before convening to discuss the next steps, sources said. 1......

Super Bowl timelines for all 32 NFL teams: Who’s in mix, getting closer and years away?

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6:55 AM ET NFL NationESPN Thirty other NFL teams want to be in the position of the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers — one win away from a Super Bowl title and the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Unlike for the Chiefs and Bucs, the biggest obstacle facing many teams......

Rooney II: ‘Still work to be done’ on Rooney Rule

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The NFL expanded the Rooney Rule to give more minority candidates opportunities to become a head coach and reward teams who develop them. More interviews didn’t equal more hiring this offseason. According to an analysis of candidates known to have interviewed for seven head-coaching openings this month, 11 were minorities......

Big Ben vows to help Steelers with $41M cap hit

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PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger wants to return to the Pittsburgh Steelers for the 2021 season, and he’s willing to do “everything” he can to help the team despite his massive salary-cap hit for 2021. With the salary cap decreasing because of a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic,......

Source: Ex-WFT QB Haskins agrees with Steelers

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PITTSBURGH — Dwayne Haskins, a first-round draft pick in 2019, has agreed to a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers after meeting with the team Thursday, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The quarterback was released by the Washington Football Team less than a month ago, a day after he......

Report: Steelers Hopeful Roethlisberger Returns for 2021 Season

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Wilton Jackson There is hope among the Steelers organization that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is likely to return for his 18th NFL season in 2021, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reported Saturday. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Roethlisberger is welcome to return......

Steelers not renewing contract for OC Fichtner

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PITTSBURGH — Following through on Mike Tomlin’s promise to make changes after a first-round exit in the playoffs, the Steelers announced Thursday that offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner is out. The Steelers will not renew his contract or the contracts of offensive line coach Shaun Sarrett and defensive backs coach Tom......

NFL rookie rankings: Herbert or Jefferson? Young or Chinn? Ranking the best first-years

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Well, they made it. A strange, weird, never-anything-like-it-before 2020 NFL regular season is in the books. And the rookies? They didn’t get an on-field offseason or preseason games, but plenty of them flourished throughout the year. How does the rookie class stack up? Nine ESPN writers and analysts ranked their......

NFL experts debate: Deshaun Watson trade fits, who’s on upset alert and Steelers’ future

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The Deshaun Watson saga in Houston grabbed some headlines during wild-card weekend, and we’re now down to a final eight in the NFL playoffs. Two teams that didn’t win the AFC North made big statements, but can either win on the road again this week? We asked our experts about......

Tomlin on Steelers’ collapse: We ‘died on the vine’

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PITTSBURGH — Tears streamed down Ben Roethlisberger‘s face. Sitting beside him on the bench, Maurkice Pouncey, one of his best friends and longtime teammates, also cried as the emotion spilled over. The scoreboard facing them illuminated the unthinkable: Their season was over, and their careers might be, too. After falling......

‘What in the world?’ Browns pounce on Steelers from jump with 28 first-quarter points

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The start to the Cleveland Browns‘ first playoff game in 18 years couldn’t have gone more perfectly on Sunday night. On the first play of the game, Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey snapped the ball over the head of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. After a scramble for the ball, Cleveland’s Karl......

How to Watch Browns vs. Steelers

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What to Know About the NFL’s New Playoff Format

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