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Steelers sign LB Mark Barron

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On Sunday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported former Rams linebacker Mark Barron signed a 2 year, $12 million deal.

Barron spent two and a half seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after being selected with the seventh overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Barron was originally drafted as a safety, but after being traded to the Rams in 2014, he made the move to linebacker to fill in for injury.

Barron played 12 games for the Rams in 2018, totaling 60 combined tackles with one sack, forced fumble and pass defended. The 29-year-old linebacker was cut from the Rams on March 5 to save $6.33 million in cap space.

Barron is expected to play inside linebacker for Pittsburgh, although in Keith Butler’s defense, he may be expected to fill the role of L.J. Fort, who departed for the Eagles in free agency. With his background in pass coverage and athleticism, Barron is favored to find himself on the field during passing situations and specific defensive packages.

The signing likely rules out the rumors of signing Justin Houston, although the move for Houston might have been a stretch to begin with.

The Steelers essentially replace Fort with Barron, although the price tag for the former first round pick may be too steep for Pittsburgh’s liking.

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Report: Steelers to Hold Training Camp at Team Facility, Not at Saint Vincent College

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It looks like the Steelers will be staying home for training camp this August.

According to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday, the league has informed teams that they must hold training camp at their facilities later this summer in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Steelers will now be conducting training camp on the South Side, instead of their traditional summer home of Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, snapping a 54-year streak.

The league still plans for training camp to begin on time, but has made no announcement on changes to the season or whether games will have fans.

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Steelers Announce 2020 Preseason Schedule

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The Steelers have announced dates and times for their 2020 Preseason schedule.

Pittsburgh will start the year early in Canton, taking on the Dallas Cowboys in the annual Hall of Fame game. This will be the Steelers’ seventh appearance.

The Hall of Fame game will kickoff Thursday, Aug. 6 at 8 p.m. on NBC, shown locally on WPXI-TV.

The team will then return to Pittsburgh for a two-game home stand against NFC South foes.

Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will come to town on Friday, Aug. 14, a primetime matchup at 7:30 p.m. on CBS/KDKA-TV.

Next, another home game for the Steelers, this time against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, Aug. 23. Kickoff is at 8 p.m. on FOX/WPGH-TV.

The Steelers will close out their preseason slate with a pair of road contests.

First, a date with a familiar face, as they take on Le’Veon Bell and the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on Friday, Aug. 28.

Pittsburgh will close out the preseason schedule on Thursday, Sept. 3 in Charlotte against the Carolina Panthers.

Both games are at 7:30 p.m. on CBS/KDKA-TV.

The Steelers went 3-1 in the preseason last year, with their only loss coming in the finale, also against the Panthers.

PRESEASON SCHEDULE

Thursday, Aug. 6, 8 p.m. vs. Dallas Cowboys at Canton, Ohio

Friday, Aug. 14, 7:30 p.m. vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sunday, Aug. 23, 8 p.m. vs. New Orleans Saints

Friday, Aug. 28, 7:30 p.m. at New York Jets

Thursday, Sept. 3, 7:30 p.m. at Carolina Panthers

REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE

Monday, Sept. 14, 7:15 p.m. at New York Giants

Sunday, Sept. 20, 1 p.m. vs. Denver Broncos

Sunday, Sept. 27, 1 p.m. vs. Houston Texans

Sunday, Oct. 4, 1 p.m. at Tennessee Titans

Sunday, Oct. 11, 1 p.m. vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Sunday, Oct. 18, 1 p.m. vs. Cleveland Browns

Sunday, Oct. 25, 1 p.m. at Baltimore Ravens

Sunday, Nov. 1 BYE WEEK

Sunday, Nov. 8, 4:25 p.m. at Dallas Cowboys

Sunday, Nov. 15, 1 p.m. vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Sunday, Nov. 22, 1 p.m. at Jacksonville Jaguars

Thursday, Nov. 26, 8:20 p.m. vs. Baltimore Ravens

Sunday, Dec. 6, 1 p.m. vs. Washington Redskins

Sunday, Dec. 13, 8:20 p.m. at Buffalo Bills

Sunday, Dec. 21, 8:15 p.m. at Cincinnati Bengals

Sunday, Dec. 27, 1 p.m. vs. Indianapolis Colts

Sunday, Jan. 3, 1 p.m. at Cleveland Browns

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Steelers Announces Jerseys Numbers for Rookies and Free Agents

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The Steelers have announced jersey numbers for the rookies and free agents they added this off-season.

Wide receiver Chase Claypool already revealed on his Twitter last week he would be wearing No. 11, but the team announced Wednesday that outside linebacker Alex Highsmith will wear No. 56.

The Steelers made a splash this off-season adding a tight end Eric Ebron, who will stick with his No. 85 jersey he wore with the Colts. They also beefed up the offensive line by signing Stefen Wisniewski. He will also stick with the number he has held his entire career, No. 61.

Freshly signed fullback Derek Watt is switching to No. 44, while newly acquired defensive tackle Chris Wormley will don No. 95.

The pair of Maryland Terrapins selected in the 2020 NFL Draft — Anthony McFarland Jr. and Antoine Brooks Jr. — will wear No. 26 and 25, respectively.

Continuing with the theme of Steelers rookies, fourth round guard Kevin Dotson has chosen No. 69.

Seventh round nose tackle Carlos Davis will wear No. 73.

 

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