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Steelers may struggle to get Emmanuel Sanders to sign long-term

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Emmanuel Sanders will remain a Steeler for another season after Pittsburgh matched New England’s one-year, $2.5 million offer. But if the Steelers lose Sanders a year from now, they’ll regret passing on the Patriots’ third-round pick. And Sanders’ agent is talking like a man who wants to test free agency 11 months from now.

Agent Jordan Woy told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the Steelers are going to have to make Sanders a very lucrative offer if they’re going to lock him up for the long term before he gets a chance to test the market in 2014.

“We are also open to him playing the year out. It would have to be a very good deal for us to sign a multi-year agreement,” Woy said.

Woy sounds like he believes there will be multiple teams eager to offer Sanders a contract in free agency next year, in part because, he says, the Patriots weren’t the only team to make Sanders an offer this year.

“We had several teams make offers in free agency so we know there are teams who really like Emmanuel,” Woy said.

The Steelers really like Emmanuel, too — enough that they turned down a chance to get a third-round draft pick for him. But that doesn’t mean they’ll be able to afford the kind of contract that Sanders will command next year.

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  1. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says: Apr 15, 2013 12:35 PM

    What are the chances the Steelers see a player at 91 overall they REALLY like and offer Sanders to the Patriots in exchange for the pick during the draft?

  2. thegronk87 says: Apr 15, 2013 12:37 PM

    Steelers should have let him go. It’s not like they were gong to win the super bowl next year any how. Maybe wishful thinking on the part of rothberger when he lobbied the steelers brass.

  3. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Apr 15, 2013 12:38 PM

    “the Steelers are going to have to make Sanders a very lucrative offer if they’re going to lock him up for the long term”

    With what money?

  4. Deb says: Apr 15, 2013 12:38 PM

    And why would the Steelers want to struggle to sign Sanders long-term? I like the guy, but struggling to sign mid-level receivers has never been the mindset in Pittsburgh. Yes, our receiving corps has thinned out, but I still wish this signing made a little more sense to me.

  5. ras1tafari says: Apr 15, 2013 12:40 PM

    I think this is a good move by the Steelers, in the sense that everyone knows Belichick and co. cannot scout or develop a WR, so why provide them with one? Keep your rivals down.

    Let Belichick draft some WR stiff in the 3rd round, watch Brady get all pissy with him, and finally get shoved down the depth chart before his release in 2 years.

  6. Steeley McBeam says: Apr 15, 2013 12:41 PM

    What exactly does “We had several teams make offers in free agency,” mean? They submitted offer sheets that Sanders turned down? Doubt it. They couldnt sign him longterm this offseason and would have to negotiate trades with the Steelers first. I call BS on this agents statement.

  7. ravenator says: Apr 15, 2013 12:41 PM

    Haha just another blunder in a long line of Steelers mistakes. This team will be living in the basement for awhile. Enjoy.

    Cheers!

  8. greglloydrules says: Apr 15, 2013 12:41 PM

    Want to get paid big, you’ve got to play big. Sanders will have a chip on his shoulder this season, that’s why the Steelers matched the offer. He’s a very hard worker and he’s going to play harder and better than any 3rd player. Not that taking a 3rd would’ve been a good move, but Sanders has experience and a good relationship with B. Roth. That matters A LOT.

  9. thetruth146 says: Apr 15, 2013 12:41 PM

    Patriots- 1
    Steelers- 0

    Pats just owned the steelers on this one. A true win-win scenario. Lets just hope BB can figure out how to draft an early round wr for once.

  10. rc33 says: Apr 15, 2013 12:46 PM

    Could be agent-speak but interesting that the Patriots were not the only team to offer for Sanders. Really just shows that the Steelers tendered him too low. RFA’s almost never move elsewhere but if you have a late first round pick and you need WR depth…why not?

  11. ravenator says: Apr 15, 2013 12:49 PM

    Colbert would be better served running the neighborhood snow cone stand. He has proven time and time again that he is an incompetent GM. Ill tell you though, its simply too easy being a Ravens fan.

  12. pgh15212 says: Apr 15, 2013 12:52 PM

    6 of the top 10 contracts on the books next year will either be extended or cut. The Steeler’s will be fine.

    You know your favorite team is awesome when 8-8 is considered a terrible year!

    Cheers! 6

  13. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 15, 2013 12:52 PM

    I doubt that the Steelers have many regrets.

    Worst case scenario, renting Sanders for 1 yr at $2.5M. Not unreasonable, considering he’s pretty good, knows the offense, and they were a couple ill-timed turnovers from winning the division last year.

  14. damnsureis says: Apr 15, 2013 12:55 PM

    This man has more articles written about him than receptions. As a Pats fan, I’m glad the Steelers matched. The Pats already have enough injury prone receiving threats.

  15. ravenatorlikesboysbeeholez says: Apr 15, 2013 12:57 PM

    I’ve never seen such damned if you do, damned if you don’t line towed by the media concerning a 44 catch, 1 TD player. As far his agent’s confidence Sanders will land a big contract next year, let’s just say it wouldn’t be based on anything he’s done in the past. THIS 2013 season is the make or break year for Emmanuel Sanders, and if he doesn’t produce as a starter and four year player in the leauge, you can bet he won’t be picking where he goes next.

  16. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 15, 2013 12:57 PM

    @thetruth146 says:

    Pats just owned the steelers on this one. A true win-win scenario.
    ————————————————
    Yes genius, other than that small thing of not getting the player you ultimately wanted.

    And if you’re going to tell me it was an elaborate scheme by BB to reduce the Steelers cap #, well then isn’t that cute how worried they are about the Steelers. You’d think they would target one of the players from the Ravens, who’ve managed to spank your sorry-a$% handily as of late.

  17. fbothharbaughs says: Apr 15, 2013 12:58 PM

    & yet, Ravenator, the Steelers are STILL the Ravens Kryptonite come playoff time…

  18. drunkshortbusmunkeys says: Apr 15, 2013 12:59 PM

    I like Sanders, but I hate this move. Especially if what his agent says is true, sounds like the second coming of Mike Wallace, just wants the money. I would have much rather seen them take that 91st pick and draft someone like Marcus Lattimore. Would have been a free pick so why not use it on a potential franchise RB? I think the “Young Money” theme was right on the “Money”. All Wallace and Sanders want is a paycheck, while I don’t discount them for that, I think there should be some sense of wanting to finish what you started? I hope the Steelers send him to the Jaguars for a 4th and 6th round draft pick :)

  19. eessppnn says: Apr 15, 2013 1:05 PM

    As a Pats fan I think I follow their thinking in 2.5 mil, with the chance to extend. I also understand the Steeler’s keeping him.
    They had a down year, but still have a 2 time SB champ and 3 Superbowls at QB, so not like it hard to think they won’t be good again??
    I think the idea of some year long plan that the Patriots will pursue is a stretch, and think they will find something in the draft at reciever by trading up^^^^^ way up, and will target Freeny and J.A on the defense….

  20. inyofaceagain says: Apr 15, 2013 1:09 PM

    Seems like WRs aren’t lining up to play with Big Ben. He seems like a good enough QB…

  21. abel660 says: Apr 15, 2013 1:11 PM

    @thetruth146 says:

    Pats just owned the steelers on this one. A true win-win scenario.
    ————————————————
    Crownofthehelmet:

    Yes genius, other than that small thing of not getting the player you ultimately wanted.

    And if you’re going to tell me it was an elaborate scheme by BB to reduce the Steelers cap #, well then isn’t that cute how worried they are about the Steelers. You’d think they would target one of the players from the Ravens, who’ve managed to spank your sorry-a$% handily as of late.

    You sir are so idiotic sanders was never the ultimate guy for the patriots they keep their 3rd rd pick and lots of cap space to do anything they want unlike the steelers they lost one guy and they think sanders would do better BB thought this up and it was good he knows the steelers are going to suck even more now and cant do anything about it so that is one less team to worry about in the afc

  22. briedoe says: Apr 15, 2013 1:13 PM

    Lol Ed Bouchette is a hack. I can’t stand the fact that he’s the “go to” guy for the national media when it comes to the Steelers.

    Anyway…

    I’m sure this time next year we’ll be having this same convo. If the Steelers want him, they’ll keep him. It’s also *gasp* up to Sanders himself to prove he’s worth this so-called lucrative contract.

    1200 yards and 2 TDs in three years doesn’t equal that…

  23. guinness021 says: Apr 15, 2013 1:15 PM

    pgh15212 says:Apr 15, 2013 12:52 PM

    6 of the top 10 contracts on the books next year will either be extended or cut. The Steeler’s will be fine.

    You know your favorite team is awesome when 8-8 is considered a terrible year!

    Cheers! 6

    Awesome and the steelers are 2 words that have not been used together lately. 8 and 8 will soon be a good year for them. i know i know we have count im 6 rings blah blah blah

  24. steelcurtainn says: Apr 15, 2013 1:16 PM

    Why wouldn’t his agent say that. The steelers matched the offer…… Alot of it will depend on who which receivers the pick up this year and how productive they will be. Either way, it will be on the steelers terms and not sanders agent. They won’t break the bank with Pittsburgh as Mike Wallace found out. I still think he will be signed long term unless he’s unproductive.

  25. ampats says: Apr 15, 2013 1:16 PM

    The Steelers just matched for a one year rental on top of the fact they gave up an opportunity for a 3rd round pick which they will not recoup via the supplemental draft. I have seen Steeler fans post they will get that pick back but obviously with no understanding how supplemental compensation works.

    The other comments about the Pats drafting a receiver in the 3rd round makes no sense since NE can draft one or more receivers in round 1,2,3 or even 7th. And anyone who has followed how NE drafts knows BB will flip the 1st round pick for extra picks by one on the QB needy teams looking to trade back into the 1st round

  26. j0esixpack says: Apr 15, 2013 1:19 PM

    This was a win win for the Patriots. They didn’t set the bar too high, but have gained some appreciation from Sanders.

    In the end they’ve made themselves front runners for 2014 and forced the Steelers to spend more on the cap this year.

  27. rockthered1286 says: Apr 15, 2013 1:20 PM

    One month ago: “we don’t need Wallace we have 2 studs in Brown and Sanders!”
    One week ago: “we don’t need Sanders he’s an injury prone guy who has too many drops, lets take the 3rd and run!”
    Now: “Sanders will be playing with a chip on his shoulder in a contract year and will have a solid year.”

    Make up your minds Steelers fans. Can’t have it both ways.

  28. sschmiggles says: Apr 15, 2013 1:21 PM

    Yes genius, other than that small thing of not getting the player you ultimately wanted
    ______________________

    Please, the Pats don’t need Sanders as badly as Pitt does. We have better tight ends, a better o-line, a better QB, and better RBs. NE only wanted Sanders at their price, they don’t need him.

    After using 1st or a 2nd picks on some receivers the Pats will be a top 5 offense once again. Even if those don’t pan out, they will still be top 10.

    And as far as getting owned in the playoffs goes… lol… we all know how the Squealers fair against the Pats in the playoffs.

  29. ziggy26 says: Apr 15, 2013 1:22 PM

    Wow! The Patriots owned the Steelers here. They drove their cap number up by a whopping 0.8%.

    Seriously, why is this such a big issue? Is it because it’s one of a few topics occurring between the big free agent signings and the draft?

    The Steelers were going to have a tough time resigning Sanders regardless of the Free Agent tender status. He was going to be on a one-year deal either way, with next year having UFA status.

  30. raiderufan says: Apr 15, 2013 1:23 PM

    I don’t really get this move from the Steeler side…they’ve shown a solid ability to get later round guys that are contributors and he’s most likely not coming back next season. Wallace and Sanders were 3rd round picks and they could’ve taken another shot at gold in the 3rd this year with no $2.5 million and a guarenteed 4 years with the team.

    I don’t get it.

  31. joe6606 says: Apr 15, 2013 1:26 PM

    This discussion is asinine. We already have more holes than could possibly be addressed by the draft. Given our horrendous drafts from 08 to 12 , what are the odds that that pick would’ve ended up making the team, much less starting? In the past 5 years only mike Wallace has been a legitimate starter drafted in round 3.

    We already need to find a number 1 receiver. Why force us to draft 2 Wrs when we have urgent needs all over the board. Our d is old and recent draft picks (hood, heyward, worilds) are lackluster. We have no rbs. Our te is on Ir. we need a new ilb. And safety

    Even if we just end up renting him for a year, I’d rather have him and wait till next year to look for his replacement.

    Stop the insanity of overvaluing draft picks!

  32. cynicalbengalsfan says: Apr 15, 2013 1:28 PM

    In all honesty, I feel the Patriots knew that Pittsburgh would match and drove the price up for a few laughs.

  33. jollyrob68 says: Apr 15, 2013 1:29 PM

    My thoughts have always been what does EMU WANT? If they’re not going to sing him to a long term deal then the should of taken the pick. It sounds like his Agent is willing to let him playout the season just like Wallace did. Steelers might regret this Decision.

  34. jackhall00 says: Apr 15, 2013 1:30 PM

    Who is Brady going to throw to?
    Amendola is always hurt.
    Hernandez is always hurt.
    Edelman is always hurt.
    Gronk is always hurt.

    Going to be a long year for the Steeler and Pats.

  35. jimyritz says: Apr 15, 2013 1:35 PM

    As a Patriots fan, I would have thought the Steelers would have liked the 3rd round pick- after all they would get control for 4 years.

    What I don’t get is that the Steelers knew that they would have trouble signing this guy long term so why sign him? If the Pats really wanted him they would have made an offer that Pitt couldn’t have matched.

  36. stainlessstill says: Apr 15, 2013 1:37 PM

    Colbert would be better served running the neighborhood snow cone stand. He has proven time and time again that he is an incompetent GM. Ill tell you though, its simply too easy being a Ravens fan.

    ———————————————-

    Colbert took over as GM of the Steelers in 2000.

    6 Division Championships
    5 AFC Championship Appearances
    3 Super Bowl Appearances
    2 Super Bowl Titles

    A 5-0 record against division opponents in the playoffs including a 3-0 record against the Ravens in the post-season.

    Yep, total garbage. Looking forward to seeing you SPLAT all over the concrete, ravenator.

  37. andrewproughcfe says: Apr 15, 2013 1:39 PM

    If he wants the big money, Emmanuel might want to score more than 2 TD’s for the first time in his career this year. And get more than 600 yards for the first time. And stop fumbling. And stay healthy. And not get beat out for first string by an old guy like Plaxico or Jerricho. And, actually dress for all the games for the first time.

    Just sayin….

  38. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 15, 2013 1:43 PM

    @sschmiggles, I can’t remember when the last time the Steelers played NE in the playoffs, but I’m pretty sure it was back during that whole spygate thing.

    Steelers have been to 3 and won 2 since your last SB win*. Please stop talking until you’ve accomplished something legitimately.

  39. judsonjr says: Apr 15, 2013 1:44 PM

    It’s kind of foolish to think Sanders is going to have a huge market next year.

    I mean take James Jones from Green Bay after their Super Bowl win. He had better stats in limited playing time, and no one was willing to pay him so he ended up back in Green Bay for $3M.

    So if Sanders goes for 60 catches for 800 yards and 5 TD’s this year what is he worth? I’m sure someone might give him 3 years 15 million for that, but I don’t know that teams will be falling over themselves to get the guy.

  40. axespray says: Apr 15, 2013 1:50 PM

    wasn’t this dude like 4th string last year?
    Antonio Brown and Mike Wallace were the good players, right ?

  41. 6ball says: Apr 15, 2013 2:01 PM

    .

    This was more of a proposed trade than a ” poison pill ” attack. The Patriots offered their 3rd round pick and 1.2 million in dollars / cap space for Sanders. The Steelers politely said ” No, we’d rather the player. ”

    Based on the divergent points of view, it appears that the Patriots offer was fair and reasonable.

    .

  42. wrenches2pipes says: Apr 15, 2013 2:17 PM

    Ampats Please stop with the drivel. The Patriots flipping picks, trading down for more value,blah, blah, blah. They have been treading water for 9 years. No Superbowl wins in that time. Your posts sound like you work for the Patriots.

  43. thestatsishere says: Apr 15, 2013 2:18 PM

    Lucrative offer??? This agent needs to be realistic. Sanders is a good receiver with a lot of potential, but he hasn’t broken out yet. He can be a deep threat and a weapon, but let’s be frank. He’s not a Larry Fitzgerald or even Mike Wallace yet. If he wants a big deal, he will HAVE to break out this year. Has to.

  44. ravenator says: Apr 15, 2013 2:30 PM

    My 11 year old female cousin knows more about the value of a 3rd rd draft pick than Colbert does.

    You have a pathetic front office Pittsburgh. Just some friendly advice, accept it and own it. It will make this upcoming disastrous season that much easier to handle.

  45. blackngold4life says: Apr 15, 2013 2:36 PM

    Colbert is the king of Kicking the can down the road..if they really want Sanders they’ll make room. 4years 20m Max He’ll probably want more. I’m not sure about the draft pick anymore because Colbert would probably Blow it! #Cowher4GM

  46. shaunypoo says: Apr 15, 2013 2:39 PM

    “Emmanuel Sanders will remain a Steeler for another season after Pittsburgh matched New England’s one-year, $2.5 million offer. But if the Steelers lose Sanders a year from now, they’ll regret passing on the Patriots’ third-round pick. And Sanders’ agent is talking like a man who wants to test free agency 11 months from now.”

    How can you use a reference to an article you wrote to bolster the argument that they will regret passing on taking the 3rd round pick? Sure, they may regret it if he has a great year and wants lots of money, or they could be fine with it if he has a mediocre year and plays to what the contract is worth. They may also be estatic if they sign him to a long term contract soon for a decent sum and he becomes top 5. See how easy it is to make suppositions.

    I am not a Steelers fan, but agree that they will get more out of him then they probably will any 3rd round pick. Plus it puts off needing to draft a WR until next year.

    Nobody played anybody in this scenario. If the Pats had gotten him, it would have been for a price they were willing to pay. As it stands the Steelers kept him, for a price they were willing to pay. Now they have a whole year to try to work out a long term contract, it only cost them a little more than was initially thought, but not enough to break the bank.

  47. andrewproughcfe says: Apr 15, 2013 2:43 PM

    ravenator says:
    Apr 15, 2013 2:30 PM
    My 11 year old female cousin knows more about the value of a 3rd rd draft pick than Colbert does.

    You have a pathetic front office Pittsburgh. Just some friendly advice, accept it and own it. It will make this upcoming disastrous season that much easier to handle.

    =======================

    Good! Please enlist her immediately to write all your comments from now on.

    Bringing your idiotic rants up to the level of a 5th grader would be a tremendous accomplishment.

  48. matthewmtg45 says: Apr 15, 2013 2:56 PM

    Ravenator -

    You’d think by all of your negative posts towards the Pittsburgh Steelers, that you’d be a fan of someone like the Dallas Cowboys, or the 49′ers.

    Two teams that both currently have 5 Lombardi trophies and pose a legitimate threat to Pittsburgh in terms of being able to share the title ‘King’ of the NFL.

    Baltimore Ravens? Really?

    (Yawn).

  49. citizenstrange says: Apr 15, 2013 2:58 PM

    Sanders must be cursing his luck.

    He was soooooooooo close to signing with the Pats and having Brady throwing to him and putting up MONSTER numbers before becoming a free agent after this season …

    … back to the quarterback who threw more game ending pick sixes than touchdown passes to him.

  50. steelcurtainn says: Apr 15, 2013 2:59 PM

    a pathetic front office…ha……the steelers have won 2 superbowls with that front office. Your comments are about as silly as they come. I guess the ravens have a disastrous front office to…….that team has been ripped to shreds and is going nowhere this year.

  51. jr4real says: Apr 15, 2013 3:04 PM

    Ravens Players abandon team…all that is left to do is…troll Steelers thread???

  52. rockthered1286 says: Apr 15, 2013 3:12 PM

    stainlessstill says:
    Colbert took over as GM of the Steelers in 2000.

    6 Division Championships
    5 AFC Championship Appearances
    3 Super Bowl Appearances
    2 Super Bowl Titles

    A 5-0 record against division opponents in the playoffs including a 3-0 record against the Ravens in the post-season.

    Yep, total garbage. Looking forward to seeing you SPLAT all over the concrete, ravenator.
    ____________________________
    The NFL is what have you done for me lately, not what have you done in the past 13 years (or decades ago as most Steelers fans rely heavily on). Colbert has also laid a TON of eggs in the draft during that stretch (especially with RB’s), has been forced into restructuring contracts of aged veterans year in-year out, just to stay afloat, and in recent years? His team has been outplayed by Baltimore, who has won the division the past 2 years, including an AFCC game 2 years ago and a SB victory this past year. And before you give me the whole “Baltimore can’t beat the Steelers in the playoffs” let me remind that Pitt actually has to MAKE the playoffs for that argument to matter. then there’s the other typically Pitt phrases that have faded in recent years:
    “Joe can’t beat Ben.”
    “Baltimore can’t win this division.”
    “Ravens will never win a SB with Flacco.”
    “They can’t score on us.”
    “When’s the last time you won a SB?”

    It’s been fun Steelers fans, but alas, your time has come and gone. Our newest rivals are the Pats. At least they play on the same level as us consistently, have RECENT playoff history with us, and has reason to brag.

  53. matthewmtg45 says: Apr 15, 2013 3:22 PM

    Patriot fans -

    Admittedly, at one point in time, I truly was terrified at the (strong) possibility that the New England Patriots would surpass the Pittsburgh Steelers in total super bowl wins.

    However, not so much these days. I, as a fan, owe tremendous ‘Thank You’s” to the New York Giants & the Baltimore Ravens for assisting in keeping the Pittsburgh Steelers ‘at the top’.

    …and the clock continues to ‘tick’….[ as I witness the window of opportunity for Tom Brady and staff closing]

    My smile grows larger upon every passing season that they (Patriots) go home with no Lombardi..

  54. matthewmtg45 says: Apr 15, 2013 3:29 PM

    “the NFL is what have you done for me lately” -stated by rockthered1286.

    So you are suggesting that there is an expiration date on a Lombardi Trophy that any given team has stored in their trophy case?

    With that theory, in due time, the Baltimore Ravens will not be able to relish in the joys of bringing home those lonely 2 Lombardi’s sitting in your front office.

    For that great feat of earning those 2 trophies will expire, according to your openly stated logic…

    Interesting..

  55. matthewmtg45 says: Apr 15, 2013 3:38 PM

    Seems to me RockTheRed1286, that you are a fan who is failing to grasp the ‘big-picture’ within the NFL.

    32 teams.
    1 goal.

    Nothing else matters.

    Remember that..

  56. johnnyhambone says: Apr 15, 2013 3:43 PM

    Agent Jordan Woy tell your client emmanuel sanders to put some meat on his bones and toughen up and maybe he will get that lucrative contract. Right now sanders is an injury prone soft underachieving wr.

  57. stainlessstill says: Apr 15, 2013 3:48 PM

    “Baltimore can’t beat the Steelers in the playoffs” let me remind that Pitt actually has to MAKE the playoffs for that argument to matter.

    —————————————-

    The Steelers had an 8-8 season plagued with off-season turmoil and even more difficulties with injuries in every position on the football field.

    They missed the playoffs by one lousy game and made a few off-season changes that doesn’t look pretty on the surface but I assure you, this isn’t the first time in our history that certain off-seasons looked to be bleak.

    Pittsburgh still has a STRONG core of veterans and young talent prospected to step up who can EASILY turn all the rights into wrongs going into next season and field a contender.

    Here’s a history lesson. The Steelers haven’t missed the playoffs twice in a row since 1999-2000.

    This front office knows what their plan is with how they deal with contracts being pushed back and already know which players are on their last legs and are anticipating future players when they need to terminate somebody at the right time.

    Haters are free to bark up their trash talk with such confidence in April before the draft even started yet or before FA ends. Lots will change from now until September.

    If there’s ANY team not to sleep on, it’s Pittsburgh. So please, keep doing it.

  58. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 15, 2013 4:09 PM

    It’s been fun Steelers fans, but alas, your time has come and gone. Our newest rivals are the Pats. At least they play on the same level as us consistently, have RECENT playoff history with us, and has reason to brag.

    This post shows you have been watching the NFL for at least a year and have a very short memory…Charlie Batch? You are like many Raven trolls…long on wind short on logic. Bark on little terrier you are quite amusing in a simplistic way.

  59. morganstan100 says: Apr 15, 2013 4:09 PM

    Steelers still yaking about those trophies? Ask Bill Leavy about who should have won SB XL. And barely beating the 9-7 Cardinals? Wow! That’s quite an accomplishment! Try the 2000 Giants or the 2012 49ers. Or better yet, the 2010 Packers. Oops.

    And all this chest thumping about owning the Ravens in the playoffs? Ravens were ready to shread you in the last two post seasons, but you were too busy either sitting on the couch eating onion dip or letting Tim Tebow make fools of your pathetic defense with an 80 yarder on the first play in OT. An 80 yarder? C’mon! Who does that?

  60. matthewmtg45 says: Apr 15, 2013 4:11 PM

    This is what I believe Pittsburgh concluded regarding the Emanuel Sanders deal:

    1.) Pittsburgh believes Emanuel Sanders is currently a semi-good WR who has a realistic opportunity to get even better. Projected depth chart position for Sanders upon reaching full-potential: Slot, with possible 2nd-string placement.

    2). If Pittsburgh did NOT keep Sanders, he’s gone forever.

    3). Ultimate Reasoning behind matching N.E.: Keep Sanders for 2013 based on #1 above (with non-significant pay raise set forth by N.E.) – with legitimate hopes in retaining Sanders for the long-term if price vs. performance is deemed ‘fair’ by the Steelers.

  61. ravenator says: Apr 15, 2013 4:20 PM

    Hahaha all steeler fans have is a hope, a prayer and a Charlie Batch regular season victory to hold onto. Its really pathetic you take so much pride in that. Shows how little a fan you truly are. Your entire fan base would trade that victory for a Lombardi.

    Cheers!

  62. tedmurph says: Apr 15, 2013 4:22 PM

    mathew, if you really think Pats fans fret because the steelers won 4 SB’s 30-35 yrs ago, you’re delusional. I was too young to be a football fan then. I’m sure Packer fans still revel in those old NFL Championships too. Pats are the team of the 21rst century, so far. You know, the present day. They’re one of the 3-4 teams favored to win it this yr too. Keep smiling, it’s gonna be a couple more lean yrs for ‘ya.

    Which brings me to stailesssteel. Sorry, I’m gonna go ahead and sleep on the steelers. Hope you guys have a nice draft, you’re gonna need it.

  63. matthewmtg45 says: Apr 15, 2013 4:25 PM

    organstan100 stated, “Steelers still yanking about those trophies?”.

    “Trophies”, Morgan, is all that matters in the NFL. I welcome you, or anybody else to ‘challenge’ me on that logic.

    Good luck with that if you do.

  64. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 15, 2013 4:30 PM

    morganstan100 says:
    Apr 15, 2013 4:09 PM
    Steelers still yaking about those trophies? Ask Bill Leavy about who should have won SB XL. And barely beating the 9-7 Cardinals? Wow! That’s quite an accomplishment! Try the 2000 Giants or the 2012 49ers. Or better yet, the 2010 Packers. Oops.

    And all this chest thumping about owning the Ravens in the playoffs? Ravens were ready to shread you in the last two post seasons, but you were too busy either sitting on the couch eating onion dip or letting Tim Tebow make fools of your pathetic defense with an 80 yarder on the first play in OT. An 80 yarder? C’mon! Who does that?

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    Never say your bias gets in the way of logic, history or reality? Please everything you say becomes noise with your hate and lack of objectivity. Pretty much standard Raven troll stuff nothing new just the same old envy shining thru… Keep it coming but try to be funny on occasion.

  65. matthewmtg45 says: Apr 15, 2013 4:30 PM

    Ravenator:

    What is pathetic is that you ( A Raven fan) feel the need/desire to continuously post comments regarding Pittsburgh Steeler news.

    “hahaha, all steeler fans have is hope, prayer and a Charlie Batch regular season victory to hold onto.” -Ravenator.

    Personally, the only thing I hold onto as a Steeler fan is what matters: Lombardi Trophy Count.

    Perhaps you should follow in my footsteps, Ravenator..

  66. matthewmtg45 says: Apr 15, 2013 4:32 PM

    TedMurph -

    If you truly believe that your own Patriots would not love to surpass everybody in the league in terms of total Lombardi Trophies Garnered…

    You, my friend, are mistaken.

  67. matthewmtg45 says: Apr 15, 2013 4:35 PM

    TedMurph:

    If someone asked you, “Well which team in the entire NFL has achieved the most success?”

    You’d be forced to answer: Pittsburgh Steelers.

    Are you actually going to attempt to dodge the history books, and say otherwise?

    Care to revise your initial assessment on the matter, Ted?

    (smirk).

    No one can challenge me on here. Nobody. And I love it..

  68. steel2372 says: Apr 15, 2013 4:42 PM

    And all this chest thumping about owning the Ravens in the playoffs? Ravens were ready to shread you in the last two post seasons, but you were too busy either sitting on the couch eating onion dip or letting Tim Tebow make fools of your pathetic defense with an 80 yarder on the first play in OT. An 80 yarder? C’mon! Who does that?

    Kinda like how Charlie Batch shredded the Ravens last year? And for that “pathetic” defense comment. It was too busy ranking first in the league last year in total defense. Keep on hating haters. -Steelers nation

  69. matthewmtg45 says: Apr 15, 2013 4:48 PM

    A Patriot fan actually initiating conversation about a questionable Pittsburgh Steeler super bowl victory ?

    Oh, I see..

    Let’s not discuss ‘spygate’, right?

    Guys…get to number 6, until then…

    Allow the history books to reveal all that matters.

  70. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 15, 2013 4:52 PM

    @tedmurph – your team and its cheating ways doesn’t matter. Only Pats fans will talk about the 2000′s as the Pats decade – it’s one big asterisk for everyone else.

    2 legitimate SB wins > 3 tainted SB wins

  71. tedmurph says: Apr 15, 2013 4:55 PM

    mattysmirkboy:

    Which team in the NFL has had the most success ? The Green Bay Packers, you know, since history counts. 11 NFL Championships pre-merger, 4 after. You lose. BOOM.

    I care about who wins it this yr. Guess who has no chance, Mr. Logic

  72. morganstan100 says: Apr 15, 2013 4:57 PM

    Yaking about past Steelers’ glories makes about as much sense as Baltimore bragging about how it defeated the British at Ft. McHenry. On the other hand, the Star Spangled Banner IS kind of warning to Steeler fans that their ship is about to be sunk again.

  73. tedmurph says: Apr 15, 2013 5:02 PM

    If you guys think that spygate stuff fazes me in the least, you’re barking up the wrong tree. Meaningless. You may be able to bait some Pats fans with that, but not me. Just sour grapes for those two AFC Championship games the Pats won in Pitts, on their way to the 1rst two SBs.

  74. steelcurtainn says: Apr 15, 2013 5:21 PM

    Ravens and Pats fans can talk up a storm about the steelers all they want. Either team won’t even make it to the afc championship next year. Ravens win one sb after losing in the playoffs the last 5 years and raven fans act like they’ve won 10 superbowls in a row. The Ravens ship is sinking as we speak. Oh, and the the spygate champions, not much to say about them since they haven’t done nothing since 2004 but lose in the playoffs.

  75. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 15, 2013 5:33 PM

    morganstan100 says:
    Apr 15, 2013 4:57 PM
    Yaking about past Steelers’ glories makes about as much sense as Baltimore bragging about how it defeated the British at Ft. McHenry. On the other hand, the Star Spangled Banner IS kind of warning to Steeler fans that their ship is about to be sunk again.

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    Seriously dude, you have been hating on the steelers very often as of late. What prompted your hate? My guess is you are a Raven troll with a second handle….very nice history lesson, but pay attention to history and think about the last repeat SB winner….troll on little raven terrier you bark I can barely hear your bite is like Ravenators life weak.

  76. morganstan100 says: Apr 15, 2013 7:44 PM

    Just my point. Ancient history is irrelevant. Ravens are the Superbowl Champs. They are the best team in the NFL and have already replaced all their exiting players (except maybe Boldin) with better ones. If I wanted to spend my life pining for the Steelers good ole days, I’d go down to the Museum of Natural History with all the other dinosaurs.

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