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Steelers News: Playing for Mike Tomlin is still appealing for some, including Mark Barron

Time to check on the latest news surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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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 the thought of Mike Tomlin’s name being tarnished throughout the league due to the Steelers’ drama is purely false. In fact, newly signed Mark Barron said playing for Mike Tomlin was a plus when choosing where to play in 2019.

Let’s get to the news:

  • Mark Barron likely had plenty of suitors to choose from after the Los Angeles Rams cut him from their roster this offseason. Barron eventually chose the Steelers, and one of the main reasons why? Mike Tomlin.

Chance to play for Tomlin lured Mark Barron to Steelers

By: Joe Rutter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Barron said he signed with the Steelers because of a chance to play for coach Mike Tomlin.

“With the things I heard about him, I thought it might be a good fit,” he said.

Such as?

“The way he goes about things and how straight up and down he is about his work and how he handles and communicates with players,” Barron said. “I feel like I’m a similar type of person. I’m straight up and down. I like things to be on the table clear cut.”

Barron spent the first two and a half years in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who drafted him No. 7 overall in 2012 out of Alabama. He was traded to the Rams during the 2014 season and was toiling in the secondary early in 2015 when Ogletree was injured.

To read the full article, click HERE

  • In case you didn’t hear, Antonio Brown and Vontaze Burfict are now teammates on the Oakland Raiders! Oh HBO, please put Hard Knocks in Oakland this year...

Vontaze Burfict brushes aside past with Antonio Brown

By: Kevin Patra,

Burfict signed a one-year contract with the Raiders on Tuesday night and was immediately asked about sharing a field with Brown.

”It’s all positive, man,” Burfict said, via Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “He’s a great player. He’s going to be in the Hall of Fame one day. Honestly, I’m just going to approach him like I do all my other teammates, introduce myself, all that good stuff. There’s nothing negative over here. We’re all on the same team. We’re trying to win a championship over here. ... Honestly, we might be the closest friends on the team, you know what I mean? So, just got to go along with it, and I can’t wait to meet him.”

To read the full article, click HERE

  • While fans like to look at the whole sum of a contract, sometimes the details show the true worth of the contract. For all the Steelers’ recent activity? They made some smart moves and signed players to some team-friendly deals.

Steelers’ signings basically one-year deals

By: Dale Lolley, DKPittsburghSports

Realistically, the deals are all for one year, with the Steelers capable of getting out of them after this season at minimal cost to their 2020 cap, showing the team is, indeed, ‘going for it,” in 2019.

For example, Nelson’s three-year contract is worth $25.5 million as a total package. That looks good on paper. But the cornerback counts just $4 million against the cap in 2019. In 2020 and 2021, his cap hit jumps to $10.75 million. That is because his base salary goes from $1.5 million in 2019 to $5.25 million in 2020 and then $8.25 million in 2021. He also has a $3 million roster bonus in 2020.

So if the Steelers decide after the 2019 season Nelson isn’t the long-term answer at cornerback, they can release him with a cap hit of $5 million pre-June 1 and save $5.75 million against their cap. The cap hit would account for the remainder of his $7.5-million signing bonus.

To read the full article, click HERE

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