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Divisional Rival History:
Baltimore Ravens: Joe Flacco is 0-6 against Ben Roethlisberger.
Cincinnati Bengals: The road team has inexplicably claimed eight of the past 11 meetings. Go figure.
Cleveland Browns: Pittsburgh has won 20 of 21 against Cleveland.
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2011 NFL Free Agent Signings:
Jerricho Cotchery, WR, Jets. Age: 29.
Signed with Steelers (1 year)
Jerricho Cotchery is a very good slot receiver when healthy. The problem is that he's coming off back surgery. He's reportedly healthy, but back injuries tend to linger and re-surface. Cotchery is a risk.
- Weslye Saunders, TE, South Carolina. Age: 22. -- Signed with Steelers
- John Gilmore, TE, Buccaneers. Age: 31. -- Signed with Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers Free Agents:
Salary Cap: No cap.
LaMarr Woodley, DE/OLB, Steelers. Age: 26.
Re-signed with Steelers (6 years, $61.5 million)
One of the top pass-rushers in the NFL, LaMarr Woodley has 35 sacks in the past three years.
Willie Colon, OT, Steelers. Age: 28.
Re-signed with Steelers (5 years, $29 million)
Willie Colon missed the entire 2010 season with a torn Achilles, but his recovery apparently has gone pretty well. Colon is an outstanding, Pro Bowl-caliber right tackle, so Ben Roethlisberger would love to have him back.
Ike Taylor, CB, Steelers. Age: 31.
Re-signed with Steelers (4 years)
Ike Taylor had a poor 2009 season, but did a great job bouncing back this year. Taylor surrendered only one touchdown in 2010.
Max Starks, OT, Steelers. Age: 29.
Max Starks is a starting-quality left tackle. Well, he was before he ballooned up to 400 pounds. Starks lost his job because he wasn't able to work out after suffering a neck injury.
Daniel Sepulveda, P, Steelers. Age: 27.
Re-signed with Steelers
Daniel Sepulveda averaged 45.5 yards per punt, but tore his right ACL for the third time in December.
- Flozell Adams, OT, Steelers. Age: 36.
- William Gay, CB, Steelers. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with Steelers (1 year)
- Jonathan Scott, OT, Steelers. Age: 28. -- Re-signed with Steelers
- Nick Eason, DE/DT, Steelers. Age: 31. -- Signed with Cardinals (2 years)
- Chris Hoke, NT, Steelers. Age: 35. -- Re-signed with Steelers
- Matt Spaeth, TE, Steelers. Age: 26. -- Signed with Bears
- Ryan Mundy, S, Steelers. Age: 26.
- Dennis Dixon (RFA), QB, Steelers. Age: 26. -- Tendered by Steelers
- Trai Essex, G, Steelers. Age: 28.
- Doug Legursky, G, Steelers. Age: 25.
- Mewelde Moore, RB, Steelers. Age: 29. -- Re-signed with Steelers
- Anthony Madison, CB, Steelers. Age: 29.
- Tony Hills (RFA), OT, Steelers. Age: 26. -- Tendered by Steelers
- Antwaan Randle El, WR/KR, Steelers. Age: 32.
- Keyaron Fox, ILB, Steelers. Age: 29.
- Jeremy Kapinos (RFA), P, Steelers. Age: 27.
I was really high on the Steelers prior to this season - until Ben Roethlisberger's sexual assault charge. I bumped Pittsburgh out of Super Bowl (and playoff) consideration because I didn't know how Roethlisberger would respond. Well, give Big Ben credit. Despite the distraction and subsequent suspension, he led his team to its third Super Bowl appearance in six years.
Steelers sign WR Jerricho Cotchery
Steelers re-sign DE/OLB LaMarr Woodley
Steelers sign TE John Gilmore
Steelers re-sign NT Chris Hoke
Steelers re-sign RB Mewelde Moore
Steelers re-sign CB William Gay
Steelers re-sign P Daniel Sepulveda
Steelers cut OT Flozell Adams
Steelers re-sign OT Willie Colon
Cardinals sign DE/DT Nick Eason
Steelers re-sign OT Jonathan Scott
Bears sign TE Matt Spaeth
Steelers cut WR/PR Antwaan Randle El
Steelers cut OT Max Starks
Steelers sign K Shaun Suisham
Steelers re-sign CB Ike Taylor
Steelers sign TE Weslye Saunders
Steelers tender QB Dennis Dixon
Steelers tender OT Tony Hills
Steelers franchise DE/OLB LaMarr Woodley
- Right Guard: Pittsburgh needs to protect Ben Roethlisberger. If he keeps getting hit like this, he won't last much longer. Mike Pouncey could be the pick at the bottom of the first round in the 2011 NFL Draft. He'd look great next to his brother, Maurkice. Drafted Keith Williams
- Offensive Tackle: Max Starks has been cut. Willie Colon is a free agent. The Steelers might spend their first-round pick this April on someone like Gabe Carimi or Derek Sherrod. Re-signed Willie Colon; drafted Marcus Gilbert
- Cornerback: I think Steeler fans have seen enough of Bryant McFadden. The team's second-round selection could be used to address this position. Re-signed Ike Taylor; drafted Curis Brown and Cortez Allen
- Nose Tackle: Casey Hampton turns 34 in September. A successor could be found in Rounds 3-5.
- Inside Linebacker: James Farrior just had a great year, but he turned 36 in January. He won't last much longer, so a Round 3-5 selection could be used as a future replacement.
- Punter: Free agent Daniel Sepulveda just had his third knee surgery. Re-signed Daniel Sepulveda
2011 NFL Draft Grades:
No one should be surprised that the Steelers just had a brilliant draft. There's a reason why they contend for the Super Bowl every year.
Two areas Pittsburgh needed to address were the offensive line and defensive backfield. Kevin Colbert found upgrades for both fairly early with solid value selections. Meanwhile, Cameron Heyward and Ziggy Hood figure to be a formidable duo on the defensive front for years to come.
While many teams spent Draft Weekend trading up like crazy, and using countless selections on dime-a-dozen running backs and blocking tight ends, the Steelers just patiently waited each round and plucked one of the top talents off the board.
Overall 2011 NFL Draft Grade given on 5/1/11: A+
2011 NFL Draft Individual Grades:
31. Cameron Heyward, DE/DT, Ohio State
This is a typical Steelers pick. They're bolstering their defense with one of the top players available. He doesn't fill an immediate need, but will definitely be starting for the team in a year or two. (Pick Grade: B)
63. Marcus Gilbert, OT, Florida
The Steelers almost had to make this pick. They need to protect Ben Roethlisberger. Marcus Gilbert fits their blocking scheme, and he's arguably one of the top tackles available. (Pick Grade: B)
95. Curtis Brown, CB, Texas
I had Curtis Brown to the Steelers in the second round of my mock re-draft, so I love this pick. Brown provides tremendous value and fills a huge need for them. He's also a great fit for Mike Tomlin's defensive scheme. That's why the Steelers were very interested in Brown this offseason. (Pick Grade: A)
128. Cortez Allen, CB, The Citadel
Another solid cornerback selection for the Steelers. Cortez Allen fits the range at the bottom of the Round 4, and he figures to improve the secondary sometime in the near future. (Pick Grade: B)
162. Chris Carter, DE/OLB, Fresno State
Kevin Colbert continues to dominate the 2011 NFL Draft. Chris Carter could have gone as high as the bottom of the second round, so this is a major steal. Carter won't contribute right away, but he could step in once James Harrison moves on. (Pick Grade: A)
196. Keith Williams, G, Nebraska
Another quality pick. The Steelers have to keep adding solid offensive linemen to the roster, and Keith Williams fits the range. (Pick Grade: B)
232. Baron Batch, RB, Texas Tech
The Steelers were expected to find a change-of-pace back behind Rashard Mendenhall. Baron Batch qualifies, but there were better prospects available. (Pick Grade: C)
2011 Pittsburgh Steelers Analysis: The Steelers have the talent, depth and easy schedule to make another trip to the Super Bowl. It's only a question of motivation. Super Bowl losers have fared extremely poorly the following year during the past decade. Even the Colts, who won a Lombardi before, barely beat out a mediocre Jaguars team for the AFC South title in 2010.
Pittsburgh will almost certainly make the playoffs, but making it all the way to Indianapolis will be more challenging than it was last year, especially if Troy Polamalu isn't healthy.
Projection: 12-4 (1st in AFC North)
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