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2014 Steelers free agency news and rumors

The Steelers enter the post-June 1 portion of free agency with around $2 million in cap space. There are three veteran players who have spent time with the Steelers in the past still available in free agency. Is a reunion in store?

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Finley indicates his hope still rests with Packers

Finley indicates on Twitter he's still looking to re-sign with the Packers, or even already has. He had a medical evaluation Wednesday, and could be asking the team to look at the results. The Steelers' neurosurgeon, Dr. Joseph Maroon, has cleared him, and the Steelers offered him a contract.

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2014 Steelers FA rumor tracker: UPDATED 7/14

Keeping tabs on all the signings, releases, restructures and rumors associated with the Steelers during the free agency period of 2014.

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Ike says Santonio and Harrison want to return

The heroes of Super Bowl XLIII, Holmes and Harrison are both free agents, so there are probably a lot of teams they'd like to play for. The newer, faster Steelers may not have the space for them.

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Cardinals sign ex-Steelers LB Larry Foote

Steelers West 'n all that, former Steelers coach Bruce Arians inked Foote Tuesday, giving the 12-year veteran a chance to play where all the former Steelers play.

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Twitter reaction to Steelers signing Podlesh

They're relatively mixed between good ones and bad ones, with the standard humorous ones, and even a Star Wars reference.

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Steelers sign P Adam Podlesh to 1-year contract

Podlesh was a fourth-round selection by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2007, the first punter taken that year. The Steelers traded up to draft the second, Dan Sepulveda.

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Steelers sign ex-Colts WR Darrius Heyward-Bey

The Steelers have signed the free agent wide receiver presumably on a tryout contract with the receiver-thin Steelers. Second-year WR Markus Wheaton is expected to take over the split end position, and Heyward-Bey can be viewed as a veteran to push the inexperienced Wheaton in camp.

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Steelers sit around $400k under salary cap

It's not exactly an enviable position, but what exactly do they have left to sign between now and June 1?

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Steelers to host ex-Colts WR Darrius Heyward-Bey

The speedy former-7th overall pick will visit Pittsburgh on Wednesday after a down year

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Steelers sign ex-Texans CB Brice McCain

No word on the financials or accompanying move, but Pittsburgh has added depth at cornerback

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Ryan Clark signs with Redskins

Clark will head home to where he initially made his mark, the Washington Redskins.

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Ryan Clark visits Seahawks, still unsigned

The ex-Steelers safety is still without a job, but interest still appears to be there.

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Texans ink Chris Clemons to two-year deal

He was initially linked as an option for the Steelers, but that became moot when Pittsburgh signed FS Mike Mitchell to a five-year deal.

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BLOUNT FORCE: Steelers sign another big back

The Winnebago comes to the city of The Bus to back up Le'Veon Bell...and perhaps make an impact of his own.

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Blount signs two-year deal with Steelers

The Steelers have found their back-up running back.

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Blount in Pittsburgh, Steelers weighing options

The running back is reportedly in Pittsburgh Friday, having arrived and met with team officials Thursday.

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UPDATED: MJD signs with Raiders

Jones-Drew met with the Steelers earlier in free agency, but no deal ever materialized.

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MJD visiting OAK

It's a sleepover too, the free agent running back is expected to stay through to Friday.

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Steelers interested in MJD for less than $3.5m

Understatement of the Year: The Steelers are interested in Maurice-Jones-Drew for less than his $3.5 million asking price.

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MJD willing to wait in free agency

The 2011 rushing champion feels he's worth $3 million a season and is willing to wait to sign with a team who's willing to pay that price.

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MJD still on the Steelers' minds

Despite a report of a free agency visit from LeGarrette Blount, the Steelers remain interested in veteran back-up Maurice Jones-Drew.

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Steelers sign Arthur Moats to 1-year contract

The Steelers confirmed a contract was signed by Arthur Moats, the newest Steelers linebacker.

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Chiefs sign ex-Browns DB Chris Owens

The Steelers flirted with Owens briefly, but that's as far as it went.

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Tomlin doesn't see adding a vet RB as a necessity

A confidence-inspiring message to his second-year running back, the Steelers will likely add a veteran running back to bolster what should be a heavy workload for Le'Veon Bell.

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Steelers to visit with LB Arthur Moats Monday

Tribune-Review reporter Alan Robinson tweeted the news Sunday, coming off a report the Steelers pushed back a visit with LeGarrette Blount until Friday.

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Jermichael Finley 'months away' from clearance

The Steelers were more than likely just doing their due diligence on the injured receiving tight end, and they'll continue to do so until he's medically cleared to continue his career.

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Vikings showed interest in Stephens-Howling

The "Hypen" had six carries for 19 yards before tearing his ACL against the Tennessee Titans in Week 1.

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Delayed meeting with Blount suggests high interest

The fact the team wishes to have a full audience of decision-makers on hand to speak with Blount is suggestive they have more interest in him than they did in Maurice Jones-Drew.

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Steelers and Blount to meet after owners meetings

NFP and Baltimore Sun writer Aaron Wilson reports the meeting was rescheduled until after the owners meetings.

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Ravens also interested in Blount

Per a source, Blount will visit the Steelers Sunday, but a separate report links interest on both sides between the Ravens and Blount.

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Steelers sign Lance Moore to 2-year deal

The Steelers signed Moore to a two-year deal Friday, one day after Jerricho Cotchery moved on to Carolina.

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LeGarrette Blount to visit with Steelers

With a cold running backs market, solid players like Blount are available, and the Steelers appear interested.

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Steelers sign Palmer to 1-year deal

Pittsburgh appears to be willing to carry four tight ends into training camp - Heath Miller, Matt Spaeth, David Paulson and Palmer are all now under contract for the 2014 season.

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MJD seeking $3.5 million a season

The Steelers and free agent RB Maurice Jones-Drew failed to come to terms on a contract this week. Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports gives some pretty good evidence as to why it didn't happen.

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Steelers meet with DB Chris Owens

A move that somehow received less attention than the meeting with Maurice Jones-Drew, the Steelers look to add some depth in their secondary and special teams.

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Cotchery to sign with Panthers

The Steelers find themselves in a fairly shallow depth position at the wide receiver position.

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No contract for MJD

Ed Bouchette tweeted Maurice Jones-Drew has left his second meeting in as many days with the Pittsburgh Steelers without reaching a contract agreement. He also indicates that discussion with the running back are finished.

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MJD to meet again with Steelers Thursday

If nothing else, he didn't turn away angry. It doesn't mean a signing is imminent but the fact free agent running back Maurice Jones-Drew is meeting again with the Steelers is a sign something is going well.

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Carrington meets with Browns, Pettine, Wednesday

Mike Pettine and the Browns have the cap space and the past history with Alex Carrington. With a visit in place, all that's left is a contract between the two.

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Steelers visiting with MJD in free agency

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting Wednesday the Steelers are meeting with veteran running back Maurice Jones-Drew, noting Pittsburgh isn't the only team interested.

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Lance Moore visiting Steelers Wednesday

Initial reports suggested the meeting was scheduled for Tuesday, but these kinds of happenings are fluid; signings elsewhere and other contract offers come in all the time that change the positions of players and teams.

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Cotchery deciding between Panthers and Steelers

The free agent wide receiver left Charlotte Tuesday without a contract, and is reportedly weighing his options.

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Patriots looking into WR Lance Moore

Boston Globe reporter suggests the Patriots have been checking Moore out since he was released by the Saints earlier this offseason. Moore is in Pittsburgh today meeting with the team.

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Carrington leaves Oakland without a contract

Carrington is playing the field at an almost Sandersian level. He's visited with the Steelers and Raiders, is heading to St. Louis next and has an offer on the table from the Bills.

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James Harrison wants to return to Pittsburgh

It's Dynasty Week on NFL Network, and the focus is on the Pittsburgh Steelers. As part of that Ike Taylor and James Harrison appeared on NFL Total Access Monday, with Harrison admitting some desire to return to his former team.

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James Starks to stay in Green Bay

The Steelers reportedly have one less guest coming to the South Side Tuesday.

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Steelers were in the mix for WR James Jones

The Steelers apparently are into the wide receiver market a bit deeper than initial reports have indicated.

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Two other teams interested in James Starks

The Packers may find themselves back in the running for Starks's services as well. He's scheduled to visit with the Steelers Tuesday.

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Cotchery in Charlotte Monday, will stay overnight

ESPN reporter David Newton doesn't think ex-Steelers WR Cotchery will leave town without a contract.

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Ryan Clark a Raven? He says they're interested

It'd be quite the welcome back to Heinz Field, particularly if Clark is a member of the Steelers' nemesis.

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Steelers West eyeing Foote in free agency

Adding more black and gold to Arizona's red desert landscape is likely the Cardinals' main objective this offseason. It usually ranks near the top.

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Steelers resign offensive lineman Guy Whimper

The Steelers have resigned offensive lineman Guy Whimper to a 1 year deal

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Clark's asking price 'exceeds' Redskins' interest

Clark is able to leverage a potential broadcasting career, so he can afford to be choosy. Whatever he's asking to play may be too much for the Redskins, but not enough to keep him out of the studio.

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Steelers will host WR Lance Moore Tuesday

Along with James Starks coming to down, the Steelers are digging into offensive players in free agency after targeting defensive players early.

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Carrington set to visit Raiders, Rams

A target of the Steelers in free agency, he left town without a deal and is in Oakland Sunday with a trip to St. Louis planned next.

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Cotchery will visit Panthers Monday

So much for the Steelers Cruise theory. Jerricho Cotchery will visit the WR-strapped Panthers Monday.

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Emmanuel Sanders signs 3-year deal with Broncos

Sanders' memorable voyage through free agency ends with the ex-Steelers wide receiver coming to terms with Denver on a three-year contract, pending a physical.

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Exec: 'one of the worst situations' in football

Dirty deeds done dirt cheap, says an unnamed executive. Emmanuel Sanders agreed to terms with the Chiefs, then shopped that deal around to multiple teams. Is it any wonder why the Steelers didn't make him an offer?

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Sanders allegedly had agreed to deal with Chiefs

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport cites "at least one executive" upset over the manner of business conducted by Steve Weinberg, the agent of Emmanuel Sanders, in their recent negotiations in free agency. Sanders reportedly came to terms with the Broncos Saturday, but had agreed previously with the Chiefs.

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FoxSports1 report confirms Sanders to Denver

FoxSports1 reporter Alex Marvez confirms Sanders has a deal in place with the Broncos. The question now is how long is it, and for how much?

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Steelers didn't make Sanders an offer

One report says he will sign with the Broncos, another hints he was in Kansas City when the deal with the Broncos was allegedly made, but the constant is the report that says the Steelers didn't even make an offer for Sanders, the player the Steelers essentially gave up a third round pick for in 2013.

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Sanders expected to sign with Denver

When Sanders does sign elsewhere, he will become the second receiver to leave the Steelers in the last two seasons. Markus Wheaton is the presumed starter as the offseason continues.

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Steelers will meet with James Starks

The former Packers running back will head to Pittsburgh to talk about a job backing up Le'Veon Bell for the Steelers.

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Injuries limiting Sanders' appeal in free agency

Sanders has been plagued by injuries over his career. A source told ESPN's Scott Brown that history may be holding Sanders back in free agency.

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Carrington's visit with Steelers reportedly good

Ian Rapoport has tweeted that the meeting between the Steelers and defensive end Alex Carrington that took place today went well, and both sides will continue to talk.

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Sanders Tour still heading west

Steelers receiver takes his fourth free agency trip, going from Kansas City to San Francisco after apparently not reaching a deal with the Chiefs Friday.

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Twitter reaction to Cam Thomas signing

The Steelers signed a utility defensive lineman Friday when they nabbed ex-Chargers DL Cam Thomas in free agency. The reaction was fairly mixed, which describes a lot of the player wearing his jersey in game tape this season.

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Carrington leaves Pittsburgh without a contract

The Steelers signed a nose tackle Friday (Cam Thomas) but they won't get the defensive end they met with - at least not yet. Alex Carrington has other trips set up and has left Pittsburgh without a deal.

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Steelers sign Chargers' NT Cam Thomas

The Steelers have signed a new nose tackle bringing Cam Thomas from San Diego

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Steelers free agency: Market for Cotchery quiet

This year's group of free agent receivers isn't quite as illustrious as the past, but with the top names likely to be off the market by the end of Friday, Cotchery's name should start to circulate.

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Steelers still looking into free agent linebackers

A recent report linked interest from the Steelers in recently re-signed Packers OLB Mike Neal suggests the Steelers are looking to add depth at either inside or outside linebacker.

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Sanders to meet with Chiefs

Kansas City will meet with the ex-Steelers wide receiver Friday after he met with Tampa Bay and Jacksonville in his run through free agency.

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Steelers met with Carrington, today with Thomas

The Steelers are looking to get bigger up front in a hurry. Former Bills defense end Alex Carrington and interior defensive lineman Cam Thomas of the Chargers are the players they're speaking with - both reclamation projects to some degree.

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Ryan Clark indicates he's found a new team

Clark announced via Twitter he's going to call 25 fans of the Steelers to say goodbye, and 25 fans of his "new team" and say hello.

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Raiders sign ex-Steelers OLB LaMarr Woodley

A short deal but with decent money kept Woodley in Oakland amid a scheduled trip to Tennessee.

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Steelers to meet with DL Cam Thomas

Steelers have their second reported visit scheduled with a defensive lineman. Cam Thomas will visit with the Steelers Friday.

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Steelers to visit with Bills DL Alex Carrington

In an attempt to bolster some of their depleted depth along their defensive line, the Steelers are looking to sign Bills free agent DL Alex Carrington, and will meet with him Thursday evening.

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Ziggy Hood signs with Jacksonville Jaguars

The Steelers lose their second defensive end in two days as Hood, the team's first round pick in 2009, joins Gus Bradley and the Jaguars.

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Eagles ink Nolan Carroll to 2-year deal

A reported target of the Steelers, Carroll heads to the other side of the state to compete for a starting position.

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Emmanuel Sanders leaves Jacksonville without deal

The Jaguars reportedly met with free agent WR Emmanuel Sanders Wednesday, but Sanders is heading to Tampa Bay to talk terms on a contract.

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Woodley to meet with Titans

Looking to build off the Steelers brand, Woodley is expected to sign with the Titans after his meeting Friday.

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Cardinals sign Jonathan Dwyer to a 1-year contract

You know how this goes...Steelers West. After the Cardinals spent the last year with Rashard Mendenhall, they pick up another former Steelers running back in Jonathan Dwyer.

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Al Woods signs with Titans...for real this time

...For real this time. Al Woods joins former Steelers defensive backs coach turned defensive coordinator Ray Horton in Tennessee.

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Browns free agency priorities visible in presser

Maybe they did it on purpose and it doesn't appear to be anything that either hasn't already been reported or is something of a confidential nature, but it is funny to see how basic it appears the board is, complete with the last names of several players Cleveland has already been reported to have targeted.

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Sanders will visit Buccaneers if he passes on JAX

Sanders may be leveraging his current meeting with the Jaguars, but he's scheduled to meet with the Buccaneers tomorrow in his quick run through free agency.

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Sanders and Hood in Jacksonville

A report puts Steelers free agents Emmanuel Sanders and Ziggy Hood in Jacksonville meeting with the Jaguars Wednesday.

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Bucs will cut Darrelle Revis

The game's best cornerback will be a free agent, and a bidding war is expected to take place.

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David Johnson signs with Chargers

Another homegrown prospect has moved on to greener pastures as David Johnson signs with the San Diego Chargers for two years.

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Report: Al Woods to sign with Titans

According to a source cited by Ed Bouchette, Al Woods may not be returning to Pittsburgh in 2014; choosing rather to possibly take his chances with the Tennessee Titans.

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Ryan Clark says he will visit with Redskins

The place where Clark first broke into the lineup may be his next employer.

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Steelers sign C/G Cody Wallace to contract

Pittsburgh helped solidify interior offensive line depth Wednesday with the announcement of a contract for free agent C/G Cody Wallace.

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Steelers re-sign veteran longsnapper Greg Warren

Greg Warren may not have been one of the sexiest free-agents on the market, but the Steelers know how valuable he is to their special teams, making him a top priority in the opening days of free agency.

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Minus Verner, Talib, CB market is still moving

Two of the top names are signed, and one other still may be traded, but the Steelers are still in a position to get a solid cornerback, should they choose to do so.

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Titans are expressing interest in Woodley

The Titans may be interested in acquiring the services of former Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley.

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Titans scheduled a meeting with Al Woods

The Steelers have to consider Woods a priority in free agency, given his position flexibility allows the team to fill depth at a low cost. The Steelers have three defensive ends in free agency, Woods, Ziggy Hood and Brett Keisel.

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Woodley to meet with Raiders

Former Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley is reportedly meeting with the Oakland Raiders in his first of likley multiple stops in free agency.

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Steelers hoping to bring back Jerricho Cotchery

Despite letting Cotchery wade through the waters of free agency, they want to retain him, writes Trib-Review reporter Alan Robinson.

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Mike Mitchell has signed with the Steelers

Former Panthers safety Mike Mitchell has confirmed he has signed a free agent deal with the Steelers. The versatile and athletic safety made draft lore by becoming a surprise second round pick of the Raiders in 2009. He's shown in five years why he was worth it.

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Steelers looking into FS Chris Clemons

Looking to continue adding to a transitioning safety group, the Steelers are reportedly looking into free agent safety Chris Clemons.

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The lowest of three CB options

The Steelers are reportedly interested in Alterraun Verner, Nolan Carroll and Captain Munnerlyn among their (alleged) free agency targets. There's a wide gap with the shortest one standing firmly on the bottom.

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Report: Browns in the mix for Sanders

Cap-loaded Cleveland could be in the market for a veteran second receiver to go alongside Josh Gordon and emerging tight end Jordan Cameron.

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Taylor at $2.75 million, cuts cap $4.25 million

Pittsburgh continued to reduce salary for the 2014 season, coming to terms with veteran cornerback Ike Taylor on a restructured contract that will pay him $2.75 million for the 2014 season. The move saved the team $4.25 million against the salary cap.

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Louis Delmas signs with the Dolphins

It appears the Steelers were only doing their due diligence on Delmas.

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STEELERS CUT LAMARR WOODLEY

Steelers will reportedly save $10.1 million off the salary cap in 2014 and 2015 seasons with Woodley's release.

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Steelers look into CB Nolan Carroll in free agency

The team may be looking to hedge depth at the position with the signing of an experienced but unspectacular cornerback.

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Steelers looking into Alterraun Verner

The Steelers aren't likely to pursue the top cornerback on the market, but the alleged interest they may have simply could indicate they're doing their due diligence and looking to establish the market on cornerbacks.

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Report: Lions linked to Sanders

Looking for a sidekick to Megatron, the experienced Sanders makes sense, even if the Lions do have the possibility of landing a talented receiver with the 10th overall pick.

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Steelers reportedly interested in Finley

Provided Finley gets medical clearance, it appears there's a substantial amount of interest on the free agency market.

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Steelers release Larry Foote, two others

The Steelers wasted no time after re-signing Heath Miller and Troy Polamalu to make more roster moves.

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Steelers sign Polamalu, Miller to three-year deals

Both deals were confirmed by the team Wednesday afternoon, and will keep both players in Pittsburgh through the 2016 season.

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Report: Steelers won't release Troy Polamalu

Team is $15 million over the salary cap, meaning lots of moves, including either an extension or a paycut for Polamalu, are on the horizon.

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Jason Worilds signs transition tag

The move will ensure Worilds returns to Pittsburgh next season, and likely signals the end of La'Marr Woodley in Pittsburgh. Worilds is no longer able to negotiate with other teams.

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Jason Worilds Receives Transition Tag

Steelers free agent linebacker Jason Worilds has received the transition tag before hitting free agency.

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Report: Louis Delmas visiting Steelers

The first bit of action leading into the start of NFL free agency came Monday when safety Louis Delmas visited the Steelers. Delmas is eligible to be signed because he was just released by Detroit. He could be in line to replace Ryan Clark in 2014.

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Report: Jets will target Sanders in free agency

Another AFC East team appears to be targeting a Steelers receiver.

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