Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle Javon Hargrave has made a change in representation in advance of his important offseason.
Hargrave, who will be an unrestricted free agent for the first time this offseason, has signed with Drew Rosenhaus of Rosenhaus Sports.
— Drew Rosenhaus (@RosenhausSports) February 14, 2020
A third-round draft pick by the Steelers in 2016, Hargrave was the primary starter at defensive tackle for the Steelers for the last four seasons. He started 52 games and made 63 appearances for the team, recording 168 tackles, 22 tackles for a loss, 14.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two passes defended.
The 6-foot-2, 305-pound Hargrave started as the nose tackle in the Steelers’ 3-4 alignment, but in 2019, saw an expanded role in sub packages due to the injury of defensive end Stephon Tuitt.
Hargrave earned $2.025 million in the final year of his rookie contract in 2019. The 27-year-old is due for a big pay raise, and it may not be able to come in Pittsburgh due to the Steelers’ salary cap crunch.
Without Hargrave or fellow unrestricted free agents Artie Burns, Kameron Canaday, Sean Davis, Bud Dupree, B.J. Finney, Tyler Matakevich and Nick Vannett, the Steelers are already over the salary cap for the 2020 season.
Ben Roethlisberger: ‘If They Decided to Trade Me I Would Probably Just Call it Quits’
Don’t expect a Tom Brady/Phillip Rivers/Peyton Manning situation ever developing between the Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger.
Speaking with Bill Cowher on the NFL on CBS pregame show before the Steelers’ 26-21 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Roethlisberger made it clear that he isn’t interested in finishing out his career with a different franchise.
The interview, which ranged from Roethlisberger’s return in front of an empty NFL stadium, to his long road to recovery, ended with Cowher asking (if not downright pleading) for his former star quarterback to remain in Pittsburgh.
"This is home. I don't know anything but bleeding black and gold."
@Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger sits down with his former coach @CowherCBS to discuss his fight to get back in the game and his devotion to the Steelers organization. pic.twitter.com/A0Q7Yj2yBA
— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) September 20, 2020
“You’re in your seventeenth year,” Cowher said. “Tom going to Tampa, we saw Phillip go to Indianapolis. Please tell me you’ll follow the footsteps of Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu and you will always be a Steeler. Can you go on record and say that?”
“I can most likely go on record and say that,” Roethlisberger said. “I have no plans on going anywhere. And I feel like even if they decided to trade me I would probably just call it quits. This is home. I don’t know anything but bleeding black and gold.
While anything can happen in the NFL, as clearly illustrated by Brady playing in Tampa Bay red and pewter this season, it doesn’t sound like Steelers fans should have any worries about where Roethlisberger’s loyalties lie.
From the Locker Room: Joe Haden says Steelers Looked to be Physical Despite Penalties
Steelers cornerback Joe Haden speaks with reporters, including Alan Saunders of Steelers Now, about the pass interference penalties against his team and the defense’s fourth-quarter stop in their 26-21 win over the Denver Broncos.
Joe Haden had an up and down day, recording an interception but also losing some one-on-one battles, most notably almost being beat for what would’ve been a sure touchdown until the receiver tripped.
Steelers Postgame Show: Turnovers, Big Plays Allow Steelers to Beat Broncos
It wasn’t exactly as pretty as some expected, but the Steelers managed to win nonetheless. Mike Asti and Matt Gajtka guided fans through a Steelers edition of Pittsburgh Postgame, discussing the 26-21 win over Denver and what needs to improve to keep the winning streak going.
How did Ben Roethlisberger look after another week of actual game play? Is James Conner back or are his week 2 numbers a bit misleading? What were the bright spots, as well as, weaknesses from the defense? Mike and Matt answered all those questions and much more immediately following the game.