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Steelers Listed as Fourth Most Likely to Land Leonard Fournette by SportsLine

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On Saturday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter revealed on Twitter that the Jacksonville Jaguars have been shopping franchise running back Leonard Fournette ahead of Thursday’s NFL Draft.

Fournette is on the last year of his rookie contract and would be owed a very manageable $4.16 million dollars in 2020.

Would the “win-now” Steelers be interested in landing a player of Fournette’s talents?

SportsLine lists the Steelers as one of the top four trade teams, behind the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions.

Speculation of course, has started.

Mike Florio and Chris Simms think the Steelers could or should be interested in landing the productive former 4th overall pick.

Fournette had a very strong year in 2019 with over 1600 yards from scrimmage, despite playing on the 20th ranked offense. The former LSU back rushed for 1,152 yards on 265 carries along with 76 receptions for 522 yards but only three touchdowns. The 25 year old back has 800 touches in three seasons with the Jaguars and figures to have lots of tread on the tires.

Jacksonville has in recent years been on the rebuilding path after their 2017 AFC Title Game appearance, jettisoning Jalen Ramsey, Nick Foles, Dante Fowler and Calais Campbell. Pass rushing specialist Yannick Ngakoue is also thought to be available for trade.

However, despite being available, the Jaguars have not found any takers yet.

A team trading for Fournette would likely only have one year of service, especially a team with the salary cap constraints of the Steelers.

Despite the odds from Sportsline, there have been no legitimate rumors that the Steelers would be interested in making a trade for Fournette.

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Should Steelers Sign Zach Banner to be Starter in 2021?

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Zach Banner has become a prominent member of the Steelers, but that’s not because he’s had success on the field over the past year. Banner’s success has come off the field by connecting with fans on social media and doing his part to help those in need than he has on a football field. But by no means is that Banner’s fault.

He suffered a season ending torn ACL in Week 1 of the 2020 season. This injury was especially devastating for the USC product because it occurred on the heels of Banner winning the starting right tackle position following a tough training camp battle with Chukwuma Okorafor.

Due to Banner’s injury, it was Okorafor who ended up starting 16 games, including the postseason. While Banner kept in good spirits and became his team’s loudest cheerleader on Twitter during games, it was clear he wanted to be on the field and contributing.

Earning a starting spot as a member of the Steelers offensive line was a major career achievement for Banner, but it was one he didn’t get to enjoy. With Banner expected to be ready for a return next season, should the Steelers sign the 27-year-old with the anticipation that he could be a key piece to bolster the offensive line that was missing during the 2020 season?

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Zach Banner Announces Self-imposed Social Media Ban Until he Signs New Deal

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Zach Banner is sending a clear message about his priorities ahead of the 2021 NFL season. Banner, who is a free agent and looking for a new deal with the Steelers, tweeted that he is going to stay off social media until he officially signs on the dotted line.

Zach Banner has become a prominent member of the Steelers, but that’s not because he’s had success on the field over the past year. Banner’s success has come off the field by connecting with fans on social media and doing his part to help those in need than he has on a football field. But by no means is that Banner’s fault. He suffered a season ending torn ACL in Week 1 of the 2020 season. This injury was especially devastating for the USC product because it occurred on the heels of Banner winning the starting right tackle position following a tough training camp battle with Chukwuma Okorafor.

Due to Banner’s injury, it was Okorafor who ended up starting 16 games, including the postseason. While Banner kept in good spirits and became his team’s loudest cheerleader on Twitter during games, it was clear he wanted to be on the field and contributing.

Earning a starting spot as a member of the Steelers offensive line was a major career achievement for Banner, but it was one he didn’t get to enjoy. Banner now hopes to return to Pittsburgh and be the missing piece the Steelers offensive line desperately needs.

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Rooney: Steelers Plan to Return to St. Vincent for 2021 Training Camp

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There is plenty that remains up in the air about the 2021 NFL offseason, but the Pittsburgh Steelers still have plans to resume one of their enduring traditions that was broken by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

The Steelers were forced to forgo their trip to the campus of St. Vincent College near Latrobe, Pennsylvania in 2020 due to the NFL’s rules regarding keeping players isolated during the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s unclear how much those restrictions will change for the NFL teams this summer, but as things stand as of today, the Steelers are still making plans to return to the Laurel Highlands for the team’s annual training camp this summer.

“As we sit here today, our plan is to have training camp in Latrobe,” team president Art Rooney II said to Steelers.com on Friday. “We still have a ways to go to get there, but I think there’s a pretty good chance that’s going to be able to happen. We’re still hopeful we’re going to have some form of offseason program, and it’s probably not going to start on time but I think it’s important particularly for the young players that we get back to having an offseason program and then a full training camp and preseason games. I think we need to have that to help the young players continue to develop.”

Displaced from their usual bucolic summer home and from UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on the South Side due to capacity limitations, the Steelers spent the 2020 training camp and preseason at Heinz Field.

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