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Report: LaMarr Woodley next up for restructure
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, linebacker Lawrence Timmons and wide receiver Antonio Brown have all restructured their contracts in order to give the Steelers more cap space and it looks like they’ll have a little more company on that front soon. AdamUpvote Share Tweet
Lessons learned in Cole's first game actionGerrit Cole, the Pirates' top pitching prospect, saw his first game action on Wednesday, learning some valuable lessons about life in the big leagues.Upvote Share Tweet
Niemann, Hellickson have solid outingsJeff Niemann and Jeremy Hellickson combined for 2 2/3 scoreless innings in the Rays' 8-2 victory over the Pirates on Wednesday.Upvote Share Tweet
Russell Martin Leaves Canada's WBC Team Because They Won't Let Him Play Shortstopdeadspin.com Updated Feb 27, 2013Pirates backstop Russell Martin doesn't want to be a catcher. It's boring. You have to crouch all game. You never get to run around. You rarely get to throw the ball beyond returning it to the pitcher. Rather than getting to enjoy a sunny afternoon on t…Upvote Share Tweet
Antonio Brown restructures contractThe Steelers are looking under every rock to create cap space. The latest candidate for a restructured deal was receiver Antonio Brown. Per a source with knowledge of the transaction, Brown reduced his $4.5 million base salary to a minimum salary of $65…Upvote Share TweetThe second annual Lawrence Timmons contract restructuring has created a nice chunk of cap space for the Steelers. Per a source with knowledge of the deal, Timmons dropped his compensation to a base salary of $750,000 in 2013. The rest of the money he w…Upvote Share TweetRussell Martin walked out of the Pirates' training room on Wednesday morning wearing a wide smile and an electronic heating gadget strapped to his right shoulder and said he "feels much better today."Upvote Share TweetESPN.com Updated Feb 27, 2013The Baltimore Ravens could be getting help from two of their biggest rivals in the AFC, the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers. As ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter points out, the restructured quarterback contracts make it easier for Baltimore t…Upvote Share TweetWide receiver Steve Breaston’s tour of the AFC North starts on Wednesday with a visit to Cleveland. Breaston will meet with the Browns on Wednesday and, per Mike Garafolo of the USA Today, will move onto the Steelers Thursday. Since he was released by tUpvote Share TweetESPN.com Updated Feb 27, 2013The Ravens and Steelers like to build their teams through the draft and don't spend money on big-name free agents. The one practice where they differ is restructuring contracts. Over the past two years, the Ravens have reworked two contracts. The Steele…Upvote Share Tweet
NFL Scouting Combine: Only one running back might be taken in first roundpost-gazette.com Updated Feb 27, 2013There aren't many "cant-miss" running backs in the 2013 draft class for the Steelers to choose from, but there could be some sleepers.Upvote Share Tweet
Big Ben Restructuring ContractFeb 27Adam Schefter discusses the Steelers' efforts to restructure Ben Roethlisberger's contract.
Don Banks: 2013 NFL Mock Draft 2.0Feb 27We told you this year's draft was one of those exception-to-rule affairs, and the just-completed NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis seemed to confirm it. To wit:
Detroit Lions now $5M under cap with reworked dealsFeb 27Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola and wide receiver Nate Burleson accepted combined pay cuts of $5.55 million to help the Lions get under the salary cap.
Source: 49ers agree to trade Smith to ChiefsFeb 27The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to trade quarterback Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs, league sources confirmed to ESPN.
The Sports Guy spends a week with Mike TysonFeb 27On a rooftop in Harlem, Bill Simmons discovered the only place where Mike Tyson finds peace.