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Steelers News: Why Ben Roethlisberger’s new contract is Priority No. 1 for the Steelers

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 Pittsburgh Steelers have a lot on their plate right now. There is the Antonio Brown saga, upcoming free agency and the looming 2019 NFL Draft. But before any of that takes place, getting Ben Roethlisberger’s new contract is next up on the docket.

Let’s get to the news:

  • Of all the stuff buzzing around the Pittsburgh Steelers right now, it might be important for fans to remember one of the biggest issues for the team is to figure out what, and when, Ben Roethlisberger’s next contract is going to be/look like.

Carter’s Classroom: Why Ben’s extension is top priority

By: Chris Carter, DKPittsburghSports

Last week I wrote about Roethlisberger’s need to mix up his targets among the Steelers’ weapons as well as why he received a B-plus grade for the season. While he didn’t receive the highest grade among the Steelers, his performance is still the most pivotal to the success of the organization in the coming years.

The natural role of a franchise quarterback can open and close a championship window more quickly than any other player on a team, which is why teams pay exorbitant contracts to even mediocre quarterbacks. The perfect example is Kirk Cousins‘ fully guaranteed contract that will pay $29 million in 2019 and $31 million in 2020. While Cousins isn’t even among the top 10 quarterbacks in the NFL, he has the third-highest average salary among quarterbacks because he was signed through the free agent market.

The Steelers haven’t had to worry about any arms race for quarterbacks since they drafted Roethlisberger in 2004. Since then, Roethlisberger has demonstrated to have one of the strongest arms in the NFL and has developed within an offensive system to complement his skills as one of the better veterans.

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  • Can the Steelers actually get a first round pick for Antonio Brown? Fans think this is a given, but the more you hear from those “insiders” is many believe it isn’t a gimme. Maybe this is why it is suggested if Kevin Colbert can get a first round pick for Brown, fans should heap praise on their GM.

Tim Benz: Build a Kevin Colbert statue if he gets a 1st-rounder for Antonio Brown

By: Tim Benz, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

If Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert really ends up with a first-round draft choice for disgruntled wide receiver Antonio Brown, that will make me sad.

I’ve always liked Colbert. So I’d hate to see him wind up in prison on a grand-larceny charge.

That’s what would be warranted if Colbert can steal another club’s first-round pick for “Mr. Big Chest.” If he can pawn off the Steelers’ biggest problem and get a first-rounder in return, the organization should tear down the Art Rooney Sr. statue. Then, they should rebuild it. But this time it should be Colbert with the smile on his face, smoking a cigar, while “The Chief” stands by his side offering to light another one for him.

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  • A player who was recently released from the Browns who might be on the Steelers’ radar. Collins likely won’t attract top dollar on the open market, but could be a bargain addition for the Steelers who are in need of linebacker help.

Browns release veteran linebacker Jamie Collins

By: Kevin Patra,

The Cleveland Browns released the outside linebacker on Wednesday, the team announced.

”We want to thank Jamie for his contributions to the Cleveland Browns,” general manager John Dorsey said in a statement. “These types of decisions are never easy. Jamie is a respected veteran player in this league and we wish him the best as he continues his career.”

Collins remains talented, but disappeared far too often, missed too many tackles, and authored too few explosive plays for a highly paid linebacker. In 2018, the 29-year-old compiled 104 tackles, four sacks and four passes defended.

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  • Think Landon Collins will cost too much money? Someone like Darian Stewart might be right in the wheelhouse of the Steelers, if they are looking to add at the safety position. Considering the other safeties on the market, you have to wonder if his price tag would be appealing enough for the Steelers to take a look.

Denver Broncos release safety Darian Stewart

By: Herbie Teope,

Stewart, who signed a four-year extension in 2016, had two years remaining on his contract and was due base salaries of $4.75 million in 2019 and 2020.

Over the past four seasons for the Broncos, Stewart appeared in 61 games with 58 starts and was a key member of the once-vaunted “No Fly Zone” in Denver. He totaled 250 tackles, nine interceptions and 24 passes defensed while manning his safety position on the back end of coverage. Before signing with the Broncos in 2015, he played for the Baltimore Ravens (2014) and St. Louis Rams (2010-13).

Stewart received the news of his release directly from Broncos general manager John Elway.

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