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Steelers News: Since when did the Steelers become big spenders in free agency?

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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 all of a sudden the Pittsburgh Steelers are big spenders in free agency — sort of.

Let’s get to the news:

  • The Steelers had glaring holes on their roster, and while those holes might still exist, you can’t blame the team for doing the best with what they have available — financially. All of a sudden the Steelers are spenders in free agency.

Why the conservative Steelers just threw $46 million at free agency

By: Jeremy Fowler, ESPN

For a team that traditionally combs through the clearance rack of free agency, even mildly aggressive spending caught the attention of Pittsburgh Steelers fans.

Pittsburgh used the tampering period to offer cornerback Steven Nelson $25.5 million over three years, the richest contract in franchise history for the first week of free agency. Then it doubled-down with a complementary receiver, Donte Moncrief, at $9 million over two years. And after losing linebacker L.J. Fort to free agency, the Steelers thought bigger. Hybrid linebacker/safety Mark Barron has the pedigree of a former top-10 pick and got $12 million over two years from Pittsburgh after the Los Angeles Rams cut him.

To be sure, the Steelers aren’t exactly locking into $46 million on these three players. The team doesn’t guarantee money beyond the signing bonus, and each deal can be escaped after one year with minimal issues. And multiple teams around the league have doubled the Steelers’ spending.

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  • Ryan Shazier is still an active member of the Steelers, just as a member of the scouting department for the second year in a row. Last year he was seen timing 40-yard dashes, and jotting measurables into a notebook while in a wheelchair at Pitt’s Pro Day. He did the same yesterday, and the Pitt players took notice.

Ryan Shazier appearance provides thrill for former Pitt players at pro day

By: Joe Rutter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Seated next to the measuring station and jotting down the sizes was Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier, who is continuing his recovery from spinal cord surgery.

“You’re getting in line to have your hand measured, and he comes walking through the door,” linebacker Elijah Zeise said. “It was pretty sick.”

A year ago, Shazier was confined to a wheelchair when he attended the Pitt Pro Day. He recently started doing some light jogging and walked at ease through the indoor complex Wednesday while observing the events. Shazier took part in timing the 40-yard dash and remained on hand through individual position drills which wrapped up the four-hour session.

“It was cool to see him,” said defensive back and special teams player Colin Jonov, who spent a year at Pitt after getting his degree from Bucknell. “He’s an inspiration to me with just everything he’s been through. Being this close to him was really cool.”

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  • So you thought Vontaze Burfict and Antonio Brown would be awkward, but according to Brown this isn’t the case. According to Brown, he is willing to let bygones be bygones.

Antonio Brown insists there’s no issue with LB Burfict

By: Herbie Teope,

They were once were bitter rivals in the AFC North, but Antonio Brown and Vontaze Burfict are apparently now the best of pals as new teammates with the Oakland Raiders.

And at this rate, there might be a future outing with Brown and Burfict joining hands near a campfire singing Kumbaya and roasting marshmallows.

A day after Burfict, who has a history of questionable hits on Brown, offered high praise on the wide receiver, Brown had his turn Thursday with a post on Instagram emphasizing there is plenty of respect between the two players.

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