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Steelers News: As a Restricted Free Agent, Matt Feiler isn’t looking to go anywhere soon

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The Pittsburgh Steelers 2019 season is officially over. After finishing the year 8-8, the Steelers, and their vast fan base, has another long offseason awaiting them. Just because the games are done doesn’t mean we stop providing you with features, commentary and opinions to tide you over throughout the offseason!

Today in the black-and-gold links article we take a look at how Matt Feiler, a Restricted Free Agent, isn’t looking to go anywhere anytime soon.

Let’s get to the news:

  • The Steelers have another diamond in the rough when it comes to offensive tackle Matt Feiler. Feiler is a Restricted Free Agent this offseason, but the Steelers will likely lock him up sooner than later.

Feiler hoping to stay put

By: Teresa Varley, Steelers.com

Matt Feiler shook his head, thinking about it for a minute.

He remembers the days when he didn’t know if he would make an NFL roster, let alone be a starter.

Keep in mind this is a guy who went undrafted in 2014, eventually signing with the Houston Texans and spending the 2014 season on their practice squad.

He was then released by the Texans before the start of the 2015 season, and was signed to the Steelers practice squad, spending another season watching and learning.

The 2016 season was almost the same, spending the vast majority of the year on the Steelers practice squad, active for just one game.

In 2017 it all changed. Feiler made the Steelers 53-man roster and played in five games, including one start. It might not seem like a lot, but it was the start of something special. In 2018, when Marcus Gilbert went out early injured, Feiler stepped in, playing in 11 games and starting 10 at right tackle.

This past season, he started all 16 games and became a staple on the offensive line.

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  • So, what if Mason Rudolph did sue Myles Garrett? What would that even look like?

Lawyer discusses what could happen if Mason Rudolph sues Myles Garrett for defamation

By: Tim Benz, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Of all the ridiculous things that were said by ESPN panelists over the past week regarding the Myles Garrett-Mason Rudolph situation, one of them genuinely made me laugh.

In the moments after Mike Tomlin’s interview on “First Take” where he defended Rudolph against Garrett’s reiterated charge of a racial slur, co-host Max Kellerman sarcastically referred to Mike Tomlin on numerous occasions as “Rudolph’s defense attorney.”

To which fellow host Stephen A. Smith responded, “As far as I’m concerned you’ve acted as a defense attorney for Myles Garrett.”

That was funny. And Smith was right.

On a couple levels.

Because whether Kellerman meant to do this or not during the course of the conversation, Kellerman kept slipping in the phrase, “I think Myles Garrett believes Mason Rudolph said something. He thought he heard something.”

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  • Who should the Steelers be targeting at the NFL Scouting Combine?

Going on the offensive: Who should the Steelers scout at the NFL combine?

By: Brooke Pryor, ESPN

With a tight cap situation and $33.5 million tied up in Ben Roethlisberger’s 2020 salary, the Pittsburgh Steelers will have to acquire most of their talent for the upcoming season through the draft.

Adding to the difficulty of that task is the lack of a first-round pick, traded away to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for safety Minkah Fitzpatrick.

It was a smart trade for the Steelers, grabbing a Pro Bowl safety in exchange for the No. 18 overall pick, but, barring a trade back into the first round, it means things in Pittsburgh will likely be pretty quiet on the first day of the draft.

Assuming they stand pat, the Steelers aren’t slated to make their first selection until the second day with the No. 49 overall pick, coming midway through the second round.

That means the first wave of ultra-talented prospects will be off the board by the time the Steelers make their first selection. Pittsburgh has had recent success with mid-round picks, adding players like receivers Antonio Brown (No. 195 overall) JuJu Smith-Schuster (No. 62) and Emmanuel Sanders (No. 82), defensive lineman Javon Hargrave (No. 89), and running back James Conner (No. 105).

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