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Report: Steelers DT Javon Hargrave Agrees to Contract with Philadelphia Eagles

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Steelers nose tackle Javon Hargrave has reached an agreement on a three-year, $39 million free agent contact with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to a report by Adam Schefter of ESPN, with $26 million guaranteed.


Hargrave, 27, was the Steelers’ third-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. He quickly became a fixture in the center of Pittsburgh’s 3-4 defensive front, starting 13 games as a rookie and playing in 63 of the Steelers’ 64 games since he joined the club, with 52 of them coming as a starter.

Steelers’ nose tackles have long been under-appreciated statistically because of their two-gap job in stopping the run, but the relatively slender Hargrave (6-foot-2, 305 pounds) was able to be stout at the point of attack and get up field in passing situations.

When the Steelers lost Stephon Tuitt to injuries in 2018 and 2019, Hargrave stepped into a greater role in the team’s sub package defense.


His stats reflect his growth. He set career highs in tackles (49), sacks (6.5) and tackles for loss (6) in 2018 and then broke his tackles (60) and tackles for loss (7) marks in 2019 while adding four more sacks to his career total of 14.5.

With Hargrave’s growth and the Steelers’ dire salary cap situation entering the 2020 offseason, his departure was a relatively expected one. When the Steelers extended a $15.9 million franchise tag to Bud Dupree earlier on Wednesday, it made the idea of re-signing Hargrave untenable.

With the Eagles, Hargrave will transition to a 4-3 scheme and he will likely replace free-agent-to-be Tim Jernigan at right defensive tackle.

Hargrave will leave a hole in the middle of the Steelers’ defensive line, with veteran backup Daniel McCullers the only other defensive tackle on the roster.

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James Conner Surprises Dad with New Truck

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One major goal athletes set out to achieve in their career is to be able to give back to those who raised them and helped them. Steelers running back James Conner was able to do that in a big way when he was able to buy his father a truck.

Conner tweeted a video of the entire exchange and moment. Mr. Conner, and that’s referring to James’ dad, was shocked, even going as far as to start handing his son the keys to the truck, assuming it was actually his. James made sure to let his dad know the new truck was a gift. While it’s unclear the exact model of the truck, it’s clearly all black and said to be a new 2020 edition.

The whole Conner family can now drive the truck down to Heinz Field to watch James and the Steelers play next season (if fans are allowed, of course). And who knows what kind of gift James may buy for his loved ones if he can take his game to another level and earn a new contract, something James has been vocal about hoping is with the Steelers. 

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Roethlisberger, Gronkowski Co-Favorites to Win Comeback Player of the Year

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski are co-favorites to win NFL Comeback Player of the Year at +400.

Roethlisberger played just two games in 2019 before suffering a season-ending elbow injury against the Seattle Seahawks.

Entering his 17th season, Roethlisberger should be primed for success this season with the help of a reloaded receiving core that added former Indianapolis Colts tight end Eric Ebron and Notre Dame-product Chase Claypool at wideout.

Roethlisberger would be the second Steelers quarterback to take home the hardware. Tommy Maddox was awarded the honor back in 2002.

Gronkowski is not returning from an injury, but the former All-Pro tight end is making a comeback all the same.

Gronkowski ended his retirement after just one season to reunite with quarterback Tom Brady in Tampa Bay. One of the biggest mismatches in NFL history, Gronkowski’s 79 touchdown catches are tied for the third-most ever by a tight end.

If he were to win, Gronkowski would join quarterback Chad Pennington as the only other player to win Comeback Player of the Year twice. He won it previously in 2014.

Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt has the next best odds at +600.

The best odds in the division behind Roethlisberger belong to Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green at +1000, fourth-best overall.

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Steelers Coaches Return to Team Facility

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With the NFL announcing that coaching staffs can return to team facilities, the Steelers wasted no time getting back to work.

Steelers coaches, including head coach Mike Tomlin, returned to the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on Friday morning.

With Pennsylvania switching over to the “Green Phase” of its COVID-19 reopening plan Friday, the Steelers were one of the organization permitted to welcome back their staffs, but only if they adhere to local and state guidelines.

The team shared a few photos of Tomlin entering the facility, including an image of the 14-year head coach getting his temperature taken in the lobby. Daily checks are clearly part of the league’s protocols with regards to reopening.

To this point, the bulk of the NFL’s offseason has been conducted remotely, including the Draft and free agency.

Tomlin is most likely excited to return to some sense of normalcy. He discussed how challenging the adjustment had been on a conference call last month.

“We face a lot of challenges, my mentality, and the group mentality is going to be they are challenges that everyone faces,” said Tomlin. “From that standpoint it’s going to be fair and the playing field is going to be level. We have to be light on our feet. There is going to be a period of adjustment from a scheduling standpoint as we gain our footing in terms of logistics of what day-to-day looks like and things of that nature.”

“The entire National Football League will be going through it and I just think if we perform relatively better than others, we put ourselves in position to be that team at the end of the journey. That is always our mentality regarding the start of a season.”

The only team employees that had previously been allowed in facilities were athletic trainers and rehabbing players.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has not yet announced when all player will be permitted to return, but did note in his memo to clubs Thursday that the league is first attempting to finalize their COVID-19 testing program.

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