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.
Al Villanueva spoke today for the first time during OTAs. He did not commit to mandatory minicamp next week. #Steelers— Chris Mueller (@bychrismueller) June 8, 2017
You can hear more from Villanueva in the video below.
#Steelers LT Alejandro Villanueva speaks Thursday regarding contract status pic.twitter.com/5xFYCBtjKO— Chris Bradford (@BCTBradford) June 8, 2017
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.
Tuitt says he's talked with Hampton, Keisel, A. Smith: "I want to experience that feeling here. I want to know what that's like."— Chris Bradford (@BCTBradford) June 8, 2017
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.
Former #Steelers coach Bill Cowher was in attendance at the team's OTA session today— Dale Lolley (@dlolleyor) June 8, 2017
Steelers @CoachTomlin & @CowherCBS chatted during today's OTA session. pic.twitter.com/GQ3ULQnd1t— Teresa Varley (@Teresa_Varley) June 8, 2017
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.
The @steelers' offensive line is having a pretty good time. #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/rGZzbbKjn9— NHL (@NHL) June 9, 2017
#HereWeGo pic.twitter.com/JV17DjKKMX— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) June 9, 2017
DB shake-em drills. Holding allowed. Senquez Golson and Ross Cockrell in coverage. pic.twitter.com/ZtZwVWsScc— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) June 8, 2017
Mike Mitchell (WR) beats Artie Burns and breaks out familiar dance pic.twitter.com/vVNj0UkY77— Chris Bradford (@BCTBradford) June 8, 2017
Here's Alejandro Villanueva practicing today. pic.twitter.com/X8niRvLyeG— Jacob Klinger (@Jacob_Klinger_) June 8, 2017
Group of Steelers fans, apparently from Utah, tried to peer from neighboring building to watch OTA on Thursday. pic.twitter.com/HLyw2caskt— Chris Bradford (@BCTBradford) June 8, 2017