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Steelers future: Breaking down specialists

It's a wait-and-see approach for the Steelers' kickers, punters and long-snappers. All are signed for 2014 but none of them are for 2015 and beyond.

Steelers future: Breaking down safeties contracts

Signings were made and picks were used to drop the average age of the Steelers' safeties. Those moves have, in turn, made the safety position a strength on this team heading into the future.

Williams hoping to return for OTAs

The Steelers' seventh-round draft pick in 2013 suffered a knee subluxation during training camp, had surgery in October and was on crutches through January. Unable to play, he spent his time working on the mental aspects of the game by watching film.

Tom Savage rocketing up draft boards

The former Pitt quarterback is quickly emerging as one of the top prospects at the position in the 2014 NFL Draft. BTSC's Dale Grdnic, a Panthers beat writer, explains why.

Adams leaned on 2012 draft mate David DeCastro

Adams had a rough 2013 season, but along with leaning on teammate DeCastro for help, he says he had support from the whole offensive line, leading to his ability to end the season on a high note.

Rooney turned down trade offer for top pick in 70

Long-time NFL personnel guru Gil Brandt says his trade attempt to Pittsburgh for the top pick in the 1970 NFL Draft was turned down by Art Rooney. His target was Steelers Hall of Fame QB Terry Bradshaw.

Steelers future: Breaking down CB contracts

Perhaps the position that's most up in the air, the Steelers are undergoing something of a cornerback facelift over the next two years. Which ones will stay and which ones will go is an important question over the next two years.

Steelers third in AFC North in guaranteed money

Only Cincinnati committed fewer guaranteed dollars in this year's free agency class.

Jarvis Jones preparing to lead Steelers pass rush

It isn't a question of work ethic or effort with Steelers' second-year OLB Jarvis Jones. It's simply a matter of time. The more he learns, the more likely the Steelers are to break out of their recent sack funk.

Steelers future: Breaking down OLB contracts

A large part of the Steelers' future at their most critical defensive position rests in Jason Worilds. There's risk (lack of historic proof he can back up his second half of 2013) and reward (immediate cap space and securing a future starter.

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Meet Adam Podlesh, punter and cancer survivor

The Steelers signed P Adam Podlesh Tuesday, a player coming off his worst career season. Not long ago, Podlesh was booming punts, and defeating cancer.

Steelers future: Breaking down ILB contracts

Williams and Garvin give the team cap optimism in the future. Lawrence Timmons is a bit of a different story.

7 reasons from 7 rounds to .500: Seventh round

The contributory value of Kelvin Beachum is through the roof, and he alone may carry the argument the Steelers' seventh round has been it's best Day 3 round over the last six years.

Munchak is a 'for the moment man'

If everything works out right for everybody, Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak could be in Pittsburgh for a long time, he recently told the team's web site.

7 reasons from 7 rounds to .500: Sixth round

The Steelers have had more success finding capable players in the sixth round than many other rounds, highlighted by All-Pro WR Antonio Brown.

7 reasons from 7 rounds to .500: fifth round

Nine picks in six drafts, the Steelers failed to produce a consistent starter, and the last two they selected, Chris Rainey and Terry Hawthorne were off the team by the following season. Several of them since 2008 only stuck around one year in Pittsb

Ike Taylor transitioned to CB in unusual fashion

It's an amusing tale, how Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor was moved to defense. Taylor will speak at a dinner in Steubenville Saturday, and spend some time with the Star-Herald highlighting his long career in Pittsburgh.

Future of the Steelers: Breaking down DL contracts

The future of the Steelers' defensive line is...in the future. The contract of the unit's best player, Cameron Heyward, will impact the team overall, but the development of the young players on the roster may be more important.

7 reasons from 7 rounds to .500: Third round

Pittsburgh saw an exodus of third round picks taken in the last six years. Of eight players, only two are on the roster, and one of those two has yet to see the field. Meanwhile, four others have received extensions on other teams.

Future of the Steelers: Breaking down OL contracts

From the doghouse to the penthouse, the Steelers' investment in their offensive line can finally pay dividends this year.

Future of the Steelers: Breaking down TE contracts

The Steelers' plans at tight end last season were decimated by injury. Selecting a tight end with a high pick in May's draft isn't likely but it wouldn't be a surprise to see them nab one late.

Sax's backs attack in packs

The Steelers signed LeGarrette Blount to join Le'Veon Bell in Pittsburgh's LeBackfield for the 2014 season. He has experience in dealing with high-level multi-back groups. Perhaps that's why the Steelers hired him.

Steelers future contracts: Breaking down the WRs

Antonio Brown is still very affordable, considering his production, but question marks abound for the Steelers receivers over the next few years.

Eddie George compares LeBackfield to Byner/Mack

How closely does LeBackfield resemble Cleveland's power and power duo from the late 80s?

Steelers future contracts: Breaking down the RBs

Second-year running back Le'Veon Bell has three years left on his rookie deal for few dollars while newly signed LeGarrette went for two years. The running backs position is secure for a while in Pittsburgh.

It may be the right time to extend Pouncey

Coming off an injury and the (as of now) wait-and-see approach for division rival Alex Mack, this may be the best time for both Pouncey and the Steelers to hammer out a long-term deal.

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