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The Pittsburgh Steelers’ season is over, but if you think the news surrounding the black-and-gold is over — think again. For the drama-filled Steelers, things are just heating up, and this is where the daily links article comes in. You might have missed some key news, and we fill you in and give you the latest, and sometimes greatest, news surrounding the Steelers.

Today in the Black-and-gold links article we take a look at how during an NFL Competition Committee meeting, the group, which is made up of both owners and coaches, were extremely hesitant to change any of the rules relating to the replay system.

Let’s get to the news:

Comp. Committee ‘skeptical’ changes coming to replay
By: Jeremy Bergman, NFL.com

The NFL Competition Committee convened once again on Tuesday to go over, among other things, the use and implementation of replay review in light of the controversial no-call in the NFC Championship Game.

If the responses from the presiding officials are any indication, no changes will be coming anytime soon.

New York Giants owner John Mara told NFL Network’s Judy Battista after the committee meeting he is “skeptical” that owners would muster the necessary 24 votes to change anything about instant replay. Mara added that he does not sense any movement on judgment calls and definitely none on looking at non-calls.

”To think we are going to be in a system where calls are always going to be corrected from New York or upstairs, I don’t think we’re close to that,” Mara told reporters.

The Giants owner said there was more conversation about changing the mechanics of officiating, i.e. where officials should be on the field, which official should be responsible for looking at what, as an alternative remedy.

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Steelers GM disagrees with perception of locker room

By Herbie Teope, NFL.com

From the outside looking in, there appears to be plenty of drama in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ locker room.

The past season saw the well-documented episodes of running back Le’Veon Bell electing to sit out instead of signing his franchise tender and the deterioration of the relationship between the team and wide receiver Antonio Brown.

Nevertheless, general manager Kevin Colbert took issue with the categorization of a drama-filled locker room from those not within the organization.

”I really don’t agree with the perception that there’s huge drama within the Pittsburgh Steelers’ locker room,” Colbert said Wednesday at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine. “Again, coach [Mike] Tomlin treats our players like men. He gives them the opportunity to be a man and he tries to grow them not only as professional football players, but as fathers, brothers and just as men. So, really, I have complete disagreement with the perception.”

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Tim Benz: Ties with owner, Cam Newton could make Antonio Brown a fit with Panthers

By: Tim Benz, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Perhaps those fretting about an underwhelming trade market for Antonio Brown have worried prematurely.

In recent days, Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said he has heard from at least three teams who have expressed an interest in Brown.

Both NFL.com and Sports Illustrated advanced the Raiders as a good fit because of the draft-pick collateral (three in the first round) they could maneuver in exchange. On the heels of that story, coach Jon Gruden said the Raiders may put those picks in play on the trade market.

Now, there’s this.

Author Tim Weaver of PanthersWire.com crafted a story outlining how a deal between the Panthers and Steelers could be constructed to get Antonio Brown to Charlotte.

Yes, it involves a 2019 first-round draft pick.

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Eagles won’t tag Nick Foles; QB to enter free agency

By Jeremy Bergman, NFL.com

Nick Foles is free.

Philadelphia Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman told reporters Wednesday that the team will not place the franchise tag on Foles. The Super Bowl LII MVP is a free agent.

”We’ve spent a lot of time discussing this internally and with him,” Roseman said, “and we’ve decided to let Nick [Foles] become a free agent.”

Roseman said the organization did not make the decision lightly.

”It’s hard when you have someone who’s incredibly available to your organization at the most important position in sports,” Roseman told reporters. “And at the same time, we’ve had incredible success with him when he’s had to play. Four playoff wins over the last two years. Great teammate. Huge resource for Carson [Wentz] and Nate Sudfeld, as well.

”But at the same time, he deserves an opportunity to lead a team. It’s a goal of his to lead another team and lead another locker room.”

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