Just days removed from Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger speaking in an interview that essentially closed his portion of the saga between himself and former receiver Antonio Brown, the man who forced his way out of the Steel City now finds himself back to tie his own loose ends.
In true AB fashion, Brown brought a camera crew along with him to film a 14 minute video of him returning to Pittsburgh to appear in court for a traffic ticket he received during the 2018 season. Brown decided to turn his trip into a walk down memory lane, as the superstar receiver spends time taking viewers through his old house and reminisces about his days with the Steelers.
Should you have lived under a rock for the last few months, Brown did not suit up for the Steelers last game of the season and went on one of the most impressive social media smearing campaigns we may ever witness, pushing his way out of Pittsburgh and emerging with football’s richest contract at the receiving position in Oakland. Brown left many Steelers fans with a foul impression in his departure, although he made it clear it was nothing but love and respect from his end.
One thing I understand about this fan base and that I'll never forget and always appreciate is your passion. Know that it's all love this way and I am forever thankful for #steelernation ! 🙏🏾 (this is not a goodbye, just a thank u) pic.twitter.com/5mCg5pRjXL
— AB (@AB84) January 20, 2019
In Brown’s new video, he doubled down on his feelings:
“About to touch down here in Pittsburgh, close off another chapter in my life” Brown said before landing. “It’s such an honor to be here man, one of the first sports teams that took a chance on me when I was 21 years old. There’s nothing like that feeling walking in Heinz Field and feeling that…Feeling that knack for football and the exciting feeling the great fans bring.”
Months removed from the trade that sent the Steelers multiple picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, Brown appears to have matured (at least on camera) in his trip back to where his career first began. His tone carries with remembrance as Brown walked through his old house in Pittsburgh. It appears some of Pittsburgh carry the same sentiment, as numerous people outside of the courthouse where Brown appeared in stopped him to take selfies and talk during the video. The video closes with a black screen that reads “FOREVER INDEBTED, THANK YOU PITTSBURGH”.
The last handful of months have brought a lot of attention between Brown, Roethlisberger and anybody else that sports black and gold. Most of that attention, if not all, has arrived in a negative context. In regards to the situation, many Steelers fans have moved on. Big Ben himself appears ready to close that chapter of his life/career just a few days ago, and Antonio Brown looks as if he is ready to shut the door on his time in Pittsburgh by saying thank you one last time.
Bud Dupree ‘Ahead of Schedule’ in Rehab from Torn ACL
Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Bud Dupree joined NFL Network’s Good Morning Football on Wednesday, and shared encouraging news regarding his rehab from the torn ACL that ended his 2020 season.
“I’m feeling great right now,” Dupree said. “I’m ahead of schedule in rehab. It’s a great thing as always, it’s a blessing.”
He recently shared a video of him walking with a brace on Instagram. Dupree also said he expects to be ready for training camp, whether that is in Pittsburgh or elsewhere.
“I’m on track. And I’m going to be ready for camp. It’s a blessing to take the small things from a big injury like there was, and just know that I’m still able to perform next season.”
Dupree was having another stellar season before tearing his ACL in the Steelers’ Week 12 win over the Baltimore Ravens. He had eight sacks, eight tackles-for-loss, 15 quarterback hits and a pair of forced fumbles in eleven games.
Dupree, 27, is set to hit free agency this offseason after playing last season under the franchise tag, which paid him $15.828 million. As crucial as he has been to the team’s success defensively in recent years, it is unlikely the Steelers will be able to resign him given their drastic cap situation.
Still, plenty of clubs will be vying for Dupree’s services in just a few months, and the encouraging injury news will only increase his value on the open market.
No Guaranteed Money in Dwayne Haskins’ Low-Risk Steelers Contract
Further details of quarterback Dwayne Haskins’ new contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers have emerged, demonstrating just how low-risk the acquisition is for the club.
According to ESPN’s Field Yates, Haskins’ Reserve/Future contract with the Steelers is a one-year, $850,000 deal with no guaranteed money.
No bells or whistles to Dwayne Haskins' reserve/future deal with the Steelers: 1-year, $850K, 0 guarantees.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) January 26, 2021
He's got plenty of money still due from WFT.
This was all about fit for Haskins, with a good chance to develop in Pittsburgh, while the Steelers take a zero risk flier.
Simply put, the Steelers will not be on the hook for any money if they decide to part ways further down the line. If Haskins turns out to be a diamond in the rough for Pittsburgh, they will have acquired him on a tremendous bargain.
Haskins is not getting a raw deal financially either, as he is still being paid on his four-year, $14,416,611 rookie deal with Washington. Signing with the Steelers gives him an opportunity to prove himself with a steady organization without worrying about the financial implications.
A first round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, Haskins was waived by Washington in late December after the young quarterback was photographed maskless at a strip club, in clear violation of the league’s COVID-19 protocols and mid-pandemic common sense.
Haskins was shaky over two seasons in Washington, passing for 12 touchdowns with 14 interceptions, while completing just over 60% of his passes.
The Steelers are hoping Haskins can flash the talent he showed in his final season at Ohio State, where he completed 70% of his passes for 4,831 yards with 50 touchdowns and just eight interceptions. He finished third in Heisman Trophy voting in 2018.
By signing Haskins to such a low-risk, team-friendly contract, Pittsburgh will have an excellent opportunity to determine if some of that talent is still there.
Report: Steelers Interviewing Mike Sullivan for QB Coach Vacancy
The Pittsburgh Steelers are reportedly interviewing Mike Sullivan for their quarterbacks coach vacancy, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac.
A 17-year coaching veteran at the NFL level, Sullivan was most recently the quarterbacks coach for the Denver Broncos in 2018. He also has previous experience as an offensive coordinator with the New York Giants (2016-17) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2012-12).
Sullivan is currently the Director of Recruiting at his alma mater Army, a position he has held since March of last year.
Sullivan would also bring additional championship pedigree to the Steelers, having won Super Bowls XLII and XLVI with the Giants.
Former Giants quarterback Eli Manning had one of the best seasons of his career in 2011 under Sullivan, passing for a career-high 4,933 yards and 29 touchdowns.
The Steelers are looking to fill the void left by Matt Canada, who was officially promoted to offensive coordinator on Monday.
The Steelers are talking to Mike Sullivan, a long-time former offensive coordinator/QB coach with the NY Giants and Denver Broncos, about becoming their QB coach, per source.— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) January 26, 2021