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Steelers OTAs Recap Day 10: Alejandro Villanueva speaks about contract status

The Pittsburgh Steelers wrapped up their Organized Team Activities, and there was plenty of news before the players have a few days off between OTAs and minicamp.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers and offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva are talking about a long-term contract, but that is about all we, the general public and fan base, know at the current time.

When Villanueva spoke to the media for the first time during the three weeks of OTAs, he usually stated he had to stick to his strict lifting schedule, but the big news, other than that the two parties are indeed talking, is that Villanueva isn’t sure he will be in attendance at mandatory minicamp next week.

You can hear more from Villanueva in the video below.

The Steelers’ contract negotiations will be anything but smooth, as Villanueva will be expecting a big-money deal as a starting left tackle, and second year player Jerald Hawkins is waiting in the wings for a spot in the next year or so. We wrote more about Hawkins throwing a wrench into these contract negotiations, and you can read that HERE.

Tuitt talks about legends

When current players pay homage to former players, it is pretty awesome. The fact Stephon Tuitt spoke about wanting to be a part of a defensive line like Casey Hampton, Brett Keisel and Aaron Smith is enough to get the calmest Steelers fan pumped up.

With Tuitt, Javon Hargrave and Cameron Heyward, he certainly could be a part of a special group, and this year they will have better depth with Tyson Alualu and a much improved L.T. Walton.

Cowher visits OTAs

The Steelers had a familiar face, kind of, at OTAs Thursday when Bill Cowher took the time to visit the team’s OTAs.

Steelers OLine takes in the Penguins game

Sometimes a picture, or video, is worth a thousand words. Just watch David DeCastro in the first video below from the NHL official Twitter feed. It looks like the big boys enjoyed the hockey game. Then again, when the home team dominates to a 6-0 lead, it is easy to sit back and enjoy the festivities.