Tag:James Harrison
Posted on: August 23, 2011 9:40 am

Lawrence Timmons deal a perfect Steelers signing

Posted by Will Brinson

The first first-rounder that Steelers coach Mike Tomlin ever drafted -- Lawrence Timmons -- is going to end up staying with the team for a long time, as the team announced the linebacker signed a six-year, $50 million extension on Tuesday morning.

That's a hefty contract, but it's also a deal that has the Steelers fingerprints all over it, in three specific ways.

One, Timmons is a stud, but he's not a "known stud," if that makes sense.

Lacking the household-name cache of a James Harrison or the awards and public recognition of other members of the defense, Timmons comes at a pretty solid value for under $10 million a year through his prime. It's pretty standard practice for the Steelers

It's also standard practice for the Steelers to sign "their guys." As we detailed before last year's Super Bowl, the Steelers aren't exactly fond of constructing a roster made of expensive free agents. They draft well and develop those players even better -- Timmons and LaMarr Woodley (their second-round pick in 2007) both signed big deals this offseason and are now locked in for the foreseeable future at linebacker.

Additionally, the Steelers signed Timmons in for the remainder of his prime -- he was set to become a free agent right around the time he turned 26. Now Pittsburgh has the rights to Timmons and Woodley until they turn 32.

If this sounds familiar, it should. Both James Harrison and James Farrior signed deals that brought them to their early 30s. The Steelers then signed those two linebackers to an additional deal, taking them to the likely end of their respective careers.

Timmons will get one more good contract when he hits his 30s. Depending on how he's producing at that point, it might come from the Steelers.

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Posted on: August 19, 2011 10:50 am
Edited on: August 19, 2011 3:56 pm

NFL punishment of Kenny Britt 'is pending'

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Despite the four-month lockout, Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt kept plenty busy this offseason. Unfortunately, it had nothing to do with football and everything to do with running afoul of the law. Getting arrested a day after a court appearance had to be the lowlight. And for sheer comedy value, nothing beat the "I didn't say those things about the NFL Commissioner -- my Facebook page was hacked!" incident.

Britt was so regularly in trouble that there was speculation that commissioner Roger Goodell would punish him after the lockout ended. There were concerns that Goodell didn't have the authority to punish Britt, who wasn't apart of the NFL at the time (the owners had locked the players out, and the NFLPA had disbanded).

Now that order has been restored, a new collective bargaining agreement signed, and training camps and preseason games underway, the NFL may revisit Britt's offseason misadventures.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told Terry McCormick of TitanInsider that potential league discipline regarding Britt “is pending" and that the matter is still on the table.

On Thursday, Britt told McCormick that he has yet to hear from the commissioner but is expecting a call. “I'm waiting for my agent or somebody to text me or call me that I have to come and talk to somebody," Britt said. "That's what I'm waiting for. I think I'll have to (Goodell). I'm waiting if it's pending. My agent was telling me to stand by and wait for some paperwork, but the only paperwork that's come is my Nike contract.”

Good news on the Nike contract, not-so-good news on potential impending punishments.

But as PFT's Mike Florio points out Friday morning, "The idea that the league could impose discipline on players for things happening away from work at a time when they weren’t permitted to go to work falls beyond any bounds of fairness, logic, and common sense."

(Related: Steelers linebacker James Harrison faced a similar fate for comments he made about the commissioner during the lockout, although he wasn't punished.)

We mentioned it several times Thursday in light of the NFL's decision to make Terrelle Pryor eligible for the supplemental draft: This is what happens when you give one person -- in this case Goodell -- the power to make decisions regarding on- and off-field discipline. He has a history of arbitrarily meting out sanctions, and in that sense, no one should be surprised by anything he might do.

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Posted on: August 5, 2011 8:50 am
Edited on: August 5, 2011 8:55 am

LaMarr Woodley signs 6-year, $61.5 million deal

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The Steelers franchised linebacker LaMarr Woodely prior to the lockout. Friday morning he tweeted this: "Wanted u 2 hear it here 1st- drafted here... super bowl here.. will retire here!! time 2 get u #7!! @STEELERS 4 LIFE!!"

Translation: the Steelers signed Woodley to a six-year, $61.5 million deal. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the contract "includes a $22.5 million bonus and will significantly reduce his previous salary cap number. He was to be on the books for about $10 million in 2010 because of the franchise tag the Steelers applied to him. His new salary cap number could be about half of that."

And a source tells PFT that Woodley will make $18.1 million in 2011, and $27 million over two years making him the second highest-paid player in team history behind quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. (By comparison, James Harrison signed a six-year, $51.7 million contract in 2009.)

Since the lockout ended, Pittsburgh hasn't been as aggressive in free agency as their cross-state counterparts, Philadelphia, but they have been busy rejiggering their roster. They cut Max Starks, Antwaan Randle El and Flozell Adams, and re-signed cornerback Ike Taylor and now Woodley, two key cogs in the league's best defense a year ago.

A former 2007 second-round pick out of Michigan, Woodley has 39 sacks in his NFL career, including 10 in 2010. The Steelers first-round selection in 2007, inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons, is now on the short list of players next in line for a new deal.

One final thought on the Woodley news: Joe Flacco must be psyched.

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Posted on: August 1, 2011 9:38 pm
Edited on: August 1, 2011 9:38 pm

Roethlisberger, Harrison redo contracts for cap

Posted by Will Brinson

Every team in the NFL is scrambling to get under the $120 million salary cap by the (still theoretical!) start of the year on Thursday, August 4. Which is precisely why the Steelers recently re-worked the contracts of superstars Ben Roethlisberger and James Harrison.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the two Steelers players have agreed to restructure their current deals in order to help the team get underneath the cap by the start of the league year.

"It was something for Ben to do," Ben's agent Ryan Tollner said. "The team needed to free up space and Ben was certainly happy to help out."

Roethlisberger signed an eight-year, $102 million deal back in March of 2008 and Harrison signed a six-year, $51.7 million deal in April of 2009.

This would normally be where we might say something like "good for these guys for doing the Steeler-like-thing by taking less money." But they're not doing that (although you can all but bet they'll be applauded for their selflessness).

Instead, Roethlisberger and Harrison are spreading the amount of money they'll earn over the course of a different time frame so that the Steelers can benefit in the long run.

Yes, this works just like any sort of money movement in that, eventually, there money will be paid and it'll be paid against the salary cap. It was just a matter of whether the Steelers felt like they could deal with the hit now or deal with it later.

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Posted on: July 29, 2011 12:56 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2011 1:09 pm

Sadly, Harrison apologizes to Goodell

HarrisonPosted by Josh Katzowitz

You remember what Steelers LB James Harrison told Men’s Journal, yes? Harrison now would like you to know that he's very, very sorry about that, telling reporters that his comments might have been just a bit out of line.

You’ll recall that he called commissioner Roger Goodell a “crook” and a “devil” (and ahem, a gay slur, "stupid," "puppet" and "dictator"), and he said other nasty assorted things about QB Ben Roethlisberger and RB Rashard Mendenhall.

But obviously this was the best line in the article regarding Goodell: "If that man was on fire and I had to piss to put him out, I wouldn't do it. I hate him and will never respect him."

So, obviously, we couldn’t wait to hear what Harrison had to say when he first talked to reporters Friday during the opening of Steelers training camp. What other bodily functions would Harrison choose to use as metaphors when diiscussing Goodell?

Instead, Harrison went soft, saying, basically: um, hey guys, that's my bad.

"The interview that I did and the comments that I made about Roger Goodell were inappropriate, at the least," Harrison said, via ESPN.com. "They were way out of line, and I was speaking out of anger and frustration at the time. Any comments that I made that offended anyone, I apologize."

Despite talking trash about some of his teammates, he hasn’t apparently created any long-term problems. In fact, team president Art Rooney said any discipline directed at Harrison won’t go as far as a suspension from team activities.

"That's all behind us," Harrison said. "Those comments [toward teammates] were taken out of context with a long conversation. It's not anything I haven't talked to those guys about or my teammates about."

And though Harrison was apologetic, I wouldn’t expect the muzzle to stay on too long (the guy DID just debate the merits of taking a leak on the commissioner). Nor would we have that any other way.

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Posted on: July 27, 2011 12:05 am

Ike Taylor to return to Steelers


Posted by Josh Katzowitz

For those teams looking for a CB who was a talent level below Nnamdi Asomugha but also would be much less expensive, the multiple reports that have surfaced about free agent Ike Taylor re-signing with the Steelers for a four-year deal is not welcome news.

All along, we thought a team could get much better values in CBs like Taylor and Cincinnati’s Johnathan Joseph, rather than pay $18 million a year for Asomugha (who likely will have to take less than that anyway).

Instead, Taylor is now off the board and returns to a top-notch defense that includes LB James Harrison, LB LaMarr Woodley, DE Brett Keisel, S Troy Polamalu, etc.

He’s always been a good fit for the Steelers, and it’s no surprise that he returned (even if he is, by chance, making less money than he could get on the open market).

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Posted on: July 24, 2011 11:34 am

Your "Roethlisberger is married?!?" FAQ sheet

B. Roethlisberger has gotten married (Goldstein Photography).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Ben Roethlisberger married his fiancé, Ashley Harlan, Saturday, and the Pittsburgh Post Gazette gives us a detailed report with how exactly how the ceremony and reception proceeded.

So, a quick Q&A session so you can get all your “Roethlisberger is married?!?” queries answered without you having to search too hard.

How many people were at the wedding? About 600.

Was Steelers LB James Harrison there? You know the guy who told Men’s Journal that Roethlisberger should “stop trying to act like Peyton Manning. You ain't that, and you know it, man. You just get paid like he does."  Yes, Harrison reportedly was in attendance.

Did the two engage in fisticuffs? No.

If they did, who would win? I would pick Harrison in a second-round KO. Except Roethlisberger is hard to bring down. So, the ref would probably have to stop the fight with Roethlisberger dazed and leaning against the ropes.

Were the wedding colors black and gold? No, it sounds like the drapes that the reporters could see were cream with gray and pink accents, while “the ballroom featured a silver, ivory and blush pink color scheme.”

How ‘bout those centerpieces? From the article, they were “created from locally grown phalaenopsis orchids, roses, hydrangea and peonies in shades of ivory, white and blush pinks.” Sounds pretty, eh?

Were workers at the reception site allowed to carry cell phones? No.

If the over/under on the bridal party was set at 16, how should I bet? Over. Apparently, it was a 21-person bridal party.

If the over/under on the amount of tiers on the wedding cake was set at five, how should I bet? Over. It was a six-tiered vanilla bean buttercream cake.

Most important question. What was on the dinner menu? Filet and halibut from the Common Plea restaurant (for my money, one of the best restaurants in Pittsburgh).

Second-most important question. Where is the happy couple honeymooning? They’re not. You know why, though, right? Because football is almost here.

Photo courtsey of Goldstein Photography.

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Posted on: July 20, 2011 9:00 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2011 10:33 am

Podcast: Bomani Jones talks NFL lockout

Posted by Eye on Football Staff

Welcome to Groundhog Day: NFL Lockout Edition. We're 127 days into this thing, but we swear, the end is right around the corner. The players were set to vote on the new labor agreement Wednesday afternoon but having to sift through the "massive volume of information" slowed things down (as did this, apparently).

So while we wait, it's another Eye on Football podcast. Wednesday's guest: "The Morning Jones" host and frequent "Around the Horn" panelist, Bomani Jones, who stops by to talk about the latest lockout developments, James Harrison's racially-charged comments and Cam Newton's prospects to be a successful NFL quarterback.

Talking starts below; you can also listen to Bomani's show during the morning on Sirius/XM channel 158 or stream online at The Score's website.

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