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Steelers News: James Conner and the Steelers believe this team can go all the way

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

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With all of the Steelers’ 2019 offseason workouts in the rear view mirror, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ fan base has to suffer through the dog days of summer until the boys of fall return to the gridon. In the meantime, don’t think the news surrounding the black-and-gold is over. As the team disperses for the summer, we continue to provide you with features, commentary and opinions to tide you over until training camp!

Today in the black-and-gold links article we take a look at how running back James Conner in a recent interview wasn’t shying away from the team’s goals of going all the way in 2019.

Let’s get to the news:

  • After the season(s) of turmoil in Pittsburgh, the players still on the roster feel this upcoming 2019 team is a team of destiny. James Conner went as far as saying he can see them winning it all this year.

James Conner: Steelers have “a great chance of going all the way”

By: Michael David Smith, ProFootballTalk

Steelers running back James Conner has high hopes for Pittsburgh’s chances in 2019.

Conner told NFL Media that he sees no reason the Steelers can’t win the Super Bowl at the end of this season.

“Not guaranteeing nothing but I think we have a great chance of going all the way,” Conner said. “That’s what we play for, that’s why we show up every day, that’s the ultimate goal, is to get a ring. I know that’s a lot of people don’t think that we can do it, with the pieces that we lost, and just counting us out. We don’t mind it, though. We know that they’re counting us out, but that’s why I said we’re going to shock them because I don’t think they expect us to do what we’re about to do this year.”

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  • Could the Steelers and Joe Haden get a new contract done before the season to not only keep Haden in Pittsburgh longer, but also to free up some cap space?

No movement on new contract for Joe Haden

By: Josh Alper, ProFootballTalk

There was word during the offseason program that Steelers cornerback Joe Haden was looking for an extension as he enters the final year of the three-year contract he signed with the team in 2017.

Such a deal does not appear to be on the front burner for the team, however. Haden’s agent Drew Rosenhaus told Dale Lolley of that nothing is happening in regard to talks concerning a new deal.

An extension that lowers Haden’s 2019 cap number could be useful as the NFLPA’s daily cap calculations have the Steelers with less than $985,000 in cap space at the moment, but the team may prefer to see how Haden does as a 30-year-old before committing to anything beyond this year.

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  • Joe Haden needs a

Classroom: Why Haden’s still vital

By: Chris Carter, DKPittsburghSports

When our staff debated keeping Joe Haden around, it was an important question because of how it would affect the Steelers’ salary cap, both this season and beyond.

But make no mistake, if the decision on Haden’s contract was based purely on his value to the defense, he would receive top priority. Haden’s presence has boosted efficiency in communication and helped mask mistakes of a young secondary. Here’s why keeping him needs to be part of the plan:

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