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Steelers News: What took the Steelers so long to show support of Ben Roethlisberger?

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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 what exactly took so long before former, and current, teammates of Ben Roethlisberger stood up for the quarterback when everyone else was seemingly against him?

Let’s get to the news:

  • It took long enough, but teammates of Ben Roethlisberger are finally coming out and supporting No. 7, but what took so long for them to do so?

Tim Benz: Steelers suddenly supporting Big Ben. What took so long?

By: Tim Benz, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

After months of being the target of misappropriated blame for the demise of the Steelers roster and the behavior patterns of Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown, Roethlisberger is finally getting support from his teammates.

Current and former.

Support has been there from management. But the silence from many players in the locker room has been deafening. The lack of counterpunch to the complaints about Roethlisberger’s leadership (or lack thereof) from recently departed teammates has helped the quarterback become a sports media piñata.

To read the full article, click HERE

  • For the first time since his end of the season press conference, Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin spoke to the media — and he talked about a lot. Check out the full interview below:

  • Remember all that talk about Antonio Brown to the Bills falling apart? Turns out it wasn’t because of the Steelers, but it was because of Brown himself.

Bills GM: Trade fell apart because of Antonio Brown, not Steelers

By: Chris Adamski, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

“We had productive talks with Kevin Colbert, with Pittsburgh, but one of the things I made clear with Kevin early on is we would have to be comfortable with where the compensation is going to have to be with AB’s representatives, and that was never something that we were even close on,” Beane told PFT.

The Steelers eventually settled on a package of two draft picks (third- and fifth-rounders) from Oakland for perennial All-Pro Brown. The reported offer from the Bills involved a swapping of first-round picks (with the Steelers moving up 11 spots from No. 20) in addition to later-round picks.

To read the full article, click HERE

  • The Steelers have 10 picks coming up in the 2019 NFL Draft, and GM Kevin Colbert is ready to use this ammunition to get the most out of his team.

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert plans big things with draft ‘ammunition’

By: Jeremy Fowler, ESPN

The man armed with 10 draft picks doesn’t seem to mind at all. The Steelers appear open for business.

”Right now we have to establish who we are in 2019. 2018 is history,” Colbert told a group of Pittsburgh-area reporters at the owners meetings on Sunday. “We don’t like being in a position where we’re not a playoff team. That’s not acceptable by any stretch of the imagination.”

It’s up to Pittsburgh to replenish the roster. And though Colbert said the team got three free agents with starting experience in corner Steven Nelson, receiver Donte Moncrief and linebacker Mark Barron, this draft marks one of the most crucial of Colbert’s nearly decade-long tenure as general manager.

The Steelers need a receiver weapon to offset the loss of Brown, a long-term solution at inside linebacker, and a palatable stable of cornerbacks after some undeniable misses.

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