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Steelers get DHB at a bargain

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How the mighty have fallen.

Receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, the seventh overall pick in the 2009 draft, recently signed a one-year contract with the Steelers.  And the Steelers won’t pay much for a guy who once had so much potential.

Per a league source, Heyward-Bey signed a one-year deal under the minimum-salary benefit.  He’ll make a base salary of $735,000 and a signing bonus of $65,000.  The labor deal holds the cap charge at only $635,000.

The only potential downside for the Steelers is that, if Heyward-Bey has a big year, they won’t be able to re-sign him until he hits the market next March.  But that’s a small price to pay for a cap-strapped team to get a player who may finally figure things out in his sixth NFL season.

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61 Responses to “Steelers get DHB at a bargain”
  1. craniator says: Apr 5, 2014 5:17 PM

    ” . . . a player who may finally figure things out in his sixth season”
    Or , his sixth season could go much the same way his first five seasons did.

  2. bassplucker says: Apr 5, 2014 5:17 PM

    Last chance for this guy. It’s not his fault the Raiders took him way too high, but he still has underperformed his potential mightily.

  3. Raider Jon says: Apr 5, 2014 5:18 PM

    unfortunately, he cannot stop catching with his body. Seriously, I would make him play basketball for four hours a day to teach him to catch with his hands.

  4. denverwally says: Apr 5, 2014 5:19 PM

    yes sure he will, because he has never played for a QB who can throw like… oh wait, he couldn’t even cut it with Andrew Luck.

  5. sdakota says: Apr 5, 2014 5:20 PM

    its not a bargain when a guy wastes a roster spot that could be taken by some one who knows how to run routes or actually knows how to catch a football

  6. barsfordays says: Apr 5, 2014 5:24 PM

    If he can learn how to catch he can be LETHAL for Big Ben.

  7. roadbiscuit says: Apr 5, 2014 5:24 PM

    His play was never mighty. He’s lucky a team signed him.

  8. rcgolf12 says: Apr 5, 2014 5:29 PM

    Bang there goes Plaxico Burress

  9. doctorrustbelt says: Apr 5, 2014 5:31 PM

    In 2013… DHB dropped 10% of passes thrown his way.


  10. meatcarroll says: Apr 5, 2014 5:32 PM

    Actually, that’s a ripoff.

  11. clashpoint says: Apr 5, 2014 5:35 PM

    I am surprised he has never been given a chance to return kickoffs, perhaps he will get that now with the steelers. He also showed good promise as a gunner in kick coverage late last season for the colts, making several tackles and being the first guy downfield consistantly. He does have blazing straight line speed, and is 6-2, 219 after all. Its not that he is a bad guy or is bad in the locker room either, because he isnt …he just cant catch the ball as well as the average wr needs to. He might have a chance to make the team as its 4th/5th wr with good special teams play.

  12. badmoonrison says: Apr 5, 2014 5:36 PM

    Glad he aint been a Raider for over a year now. Another in a long list of wasted 1st round draft picks.

  13. 6thsense10 says: Apr 5, 2014 5:38 PM

    Yea….the Steelers over paid.

  14. steeltothebones says: Apr 5, 2014 5:39 PM

    Man, we are one broken franchise. Sucks to be a Steelers fan.

  15. SAV says: Apr 5, 2014 5:39 PM

    Steelers fans laughed at the Owen Daniels pickup are probably waving their terrible towels to the DHB signing that’s how contorted the mind of of the Steeler fan is lol

  16. laxer37 says: Apr 5, 2014 5:39 PM

    Still has better hands than Mike Wallace, and comes $60 million cheaper.

  17. Wineshard says: Apr 5, 2014 5:40 PM

    If they can get him to play special teams and chase down guys like Jacoby Jones it will be worthwhile as it would save Tomlin money.

  18. Punk says: Apr 5, 2014 5:43 PM

    Last year he was handed a perfect opportunity with an offensive designed to showcase his particular skills.

    Its telling that the only bright moment he had all year was when the ball was HANDED to him out of the back field.

    He makes Clifford Franklin look good.

  19. titaniksigh says: Apr 5, 2014 5:48 PM

    I wish I made $800k to be mediocre at my job. Seems logical.

  20. watermelon1 says: Apr 5, 2014 5:48 PM

    This is a perfect receiver for roethlisberger. He typically only makes the big throws on broken plays. DHB is mainly speed. It works. And I’ve never been a fan of anything steelers related.

    Yeah, he’s been known to drop a few balls. But honestly… What else do they have?

  21. dcapettini says: Apr 5, 2014 5:50 PM

    He’ll be gone by the final cuts.

  22. steelcurtainn says: Apr 5, 2014 5:53 PM

    Excellent decision by the steelers at a bargain price. DHB speed is enough to put fear into opposing secondarys. Not many guys can stretch the field like him with his 4.2 speed. I’m sure he’ll even catch some balls every now and shut the haters up.

  23. afty2001 says: Apr 5, 2014 5:53 PM

    “Andrew Luck drops back, looking looking see’s Darius Hayward Bey WIDE OPEN down the seam, the throw……….ohhh nooo he dropped it, it hit him right in the hands, my goodness. That’s one he’d like to have back for sure.”

    Later in the game:

    “Looking on the field, Griff Whalen an undrafted free agent is getting the snaps, Hayward-Bey is on the bench, not even holding his helmet”

    Bob Lamey- Colts Play by Play announcer.

  24. getyourownname says: Apr 5, 2014 5:56 PM

    Would the fact that he has never been able to consistently catch the ball technically be considered a “downside”?

  25. radrntn says: Apr 5, 2014 5:58 PM

    key word “if”

  26. bennyb82 says: Apr 5, 2014 6:04 PM

    If he can catch the deep ball, he has an opportunity to revive his career in one season…at least financially.

  27. randomcommenter says: Apr 5, 2014 6:04 PM

    He will be the #4 WR, possibly #5 if they draft a WR and with this draft full of WR, chances are they will.

    DHB may not be a starter but he’s better than what most teams have as a # 3, 4 or 5.

    Antonio Brown and Lance Moore are proven. Wheaton was injured as a rookie but he looked good in preseason. That should be a solid 3 WR set with DHB and a rookie as backups.

    DHB is also a good blocker and willing special teamer

  28. afty2001 says: Apr 5, 2014 6:05 PM


    I understand your optimism, but dude DHB couldn’t even crack the lineup after Wayne went down after his ACL tear. To put that in perspective, After TY Hilton these were the Colts WR’s:

    Griff Whalen
    Lavon Brazill
    Da’Rick Rogers

  29. deep64blue says: Apr 5, 2014 6:07 PM

    He never had that potential, absolute joke of a pick by the Raiders.

  30. Matt dog from C-town says: Apr 5, 2014 6:07 PM

    Steelers a factory of sadness

  31. arrowdead says: Apr 5, 2014 6:12 PM

    oh yeah what a steal*


  32. usedtobeasteelersfan says: Apr 5, 2014 6:17 PM


  33. jmblosser82 says: Apr 5, 2014 6:48 PM

    Even if he sucks it is still a great deal

  34. timmons94 says: Apr 5, 2014 6:52 PM

    Can he worse than Greg hands of cement little or davon bess. Or Benjamin. Low risk move. Who cares. the stains have lost at least 11 or more 6 years in a row .. Someone tell Believeland this is a league of parody. The memo must be burning in the cuyahoga river

  35. grimreaper12 says: Apr 5, 2014 7:05 PM

    Ravens fans don’t have the right to laugh at anyone. Your gm paid a QB 120 million to throw more picks then td’s.

  36. sociald124 says: Apr 5, 2014 7:05 PM

    People it’s really this simple he can’t catch and plays wide receiver. terrible signing

  37. rajbais says: Apr 5, 2014 7:09 PM

    He won’t have a big year. He should just be a rotation receiver and special teams player for the rest of his career.

    He did both in Indy last year except he dropped too many passes.

  38. wishingtonredslur says: Apr 5, 2014 7:21 PM

    And justifiably so.

  39. thepittsburghkid says: Apr 5, 2014 7:33 PM

    He will be given that opportunity to stretch the field.

  40. stew48 says: Apr 5, 2014 7:33 PM

    I have been a Steelers fan for a long time. If he can help stop the punt coverage bleeding, he will be worth a lot more than they signed him for. That bleeding is as old as Noll! And, if he does, I don’t care if he plays one down as a wr.

  41. loyalraven says: Apr 5, 2014 7:34 PM

    As a Ravens fan I’m looking forward to those 4th quarter drops on 3rd down. Ozzie strikes again buy signing DHB to the Steelers!!

  42. floratiotime says: Apr 5, 2014 7:42 PM

    It’s not a bargain … he stinks.

  43. babygaga19 says: Apr 5, 2014 7:45 PM

    Quit hating on DHB. Comning out of college, he3 was nothing more than a raw, fast project. Nobody had him going in the first round. Another example of how badly the game had passed Davis by.

  44. eddiek77 says: Apr 5, 2014 7:54 PM

    As stated repeatedly, for the first time in years I am looking forward to the Steelers season. It’s funny to see Ravens fans chiming in here when their off season has been horrible–defections, legal troubles and signings of mediocre players. They’d have you believe that all the Steelers have done is sign Heyward Bey and the worst DB in the league.
    They weren’t posting when the team signed Blunt, Moore and Moats.
    In any case, people discount the idea of Woodley and Sanders being sent packing, along with Clark. THIS is what I’m most happy about. Me first and Me only guys were shown the door. These guys–along with Wallace–spread a “going through the motions” attitude throughout that locker room over the past couple of years. Good riddance.
    It’s clear to me that the Rooneys noticed all of the empty seats at Heinz from the midway point of last season. It’s clear that fans of this team just aren’t going to support guys who want to take their paychecks and run.
    You’ve got hungry, aggressive players now. THAT’S Steelers football.

  45. clashpoint says: Apr 5, 2014 8:54 PM

    All you idiots panning this move, you do know if he doesn’t make the team he only cost exactly 65k, right? No, probably not. That’s next to nothing in NFL money. The potential gain far outweighs that meager about of cash. Haters know next to nothing about football though, much less the salary cap.

  46. slick50ks says: Apr 5, 2014 9:14 PM

    faider for life!

  47. raiderapologist says: Apr 5, 2014 9:15 PM

    babygaga19 says: Apr 5, 2014 7:45 PM

    Quit hating on DHB. Comning out of college, he3 was nothing more than a raw, fast project. Nobody had him going in the first round. Another example of how badly the game had passed Davis by.
    That is the most ignorant statement you have made so far, which is no easy feat. DHB came out with a first round projection, either second or third behind Crabtree. Davis picked him too high for sure, and I don’t recall a single Raider fan praising the selection, but he would have went in the late first-early second round in 2009. Jason Smith, Tyson Jackson, Aaron Curry, and Mark Sanchez were all selected before Heyward-Bey. Ziggy Hood was a first round pick in 2009. So was Aaron Maybin. And Josh Freeman. And Larry English. Anyone can look smart in hindsight. Except you.

  48. smashadams1 says: Apr 5, 2014 9:18 PM

    Even at the minimum, this is not a bargain.

  49. Eutaw's Finest says: Apr 5, 2014 9:55 PM

    Torrey Smith > DHB
    Steve Smith > DHB
    Jacoby Jones > DHB
    Marlon Brown > DHB

    Hell, even Tyrod Taylor can catch better than DHB. Enjoy!

  50. bassplucker says: Apr 5, 2014 10:19 PM

    Man… was that first round of the 2009 draft a stinkfest or what?

  51. Steeley McBeam says: Apr 5, 2014 10:39 PM

    AB > Torrey Smith
    AB > Steve Smith
    AB >Jacoby Jones
    AB > Marlon Brown

    Haha you just compared the Steelers 5th WR to the Ravens top 4. What was the point of that? My god ravens fans are annoying.

  52. diegosteel says: Apr 5, 2014 10:52 PM

    Keep chasing 2x SB chumps…it will take your lifetime and your childern life time to come close of having 6 SB.

    Hater will always Hate…BLAH, BLAH, BLAH

  53. blackbeard43 says: Apr 6, 2014 1:04 AM

    I like DHB. Was rooting for him to develop into a decent player cuz I read he a hard worker, but if by the 3rd year you don’t pan out, or you don’t improve your catching, or even route running, then, that’s when talent is separated from mediocrity..

    and it’s season 6?

  54. 6250claimer says: Apr 6, 2014 1:38 AM

    skillet hands

  55. Punk says: Apr 6, 2014 8:55 AM

    oh, and he can’t play special teams. He played special teams, but he was not any better at that then he was offense.

  56. warhawk137 says: Apr 6, 2014 9:00 AM

    The guy has hands made of concrete. He’s a nice guy, and a hard worker, and as a Colts fan I appreciate the work he put in on special teams last year, but he just doesn’t have the natural skill set to be a productive wide receiver in the NFL.

  57. evansvc says: Apr 6, 2014 10:22 AM

    There are a lot worse QBs on NFL rosters that has never had the success Vince Young has had …(NFL Rookie of the Year, 2 Pro Bowls, Playoff experience and Mobility). Vince has a career winning record of 31-19…
    I hope some team gives this quarterback a try-out, even if it’s for third string…
    GM/Coach, sit down and talk to this guy…I think he can help….

  58. holeinone09 says: Apr 6, 2014 10:34 AM

    $65k is chickenfeed. Hand him the ball on reverses and use him as a deep decoy while he likely does catch some passes. Apparently with everyone quoting 10% drops that means he caught 90%, so teach the kid to catch better.

  59. shepwp1 says: Apr 6, 2014 1:03 PM

    If he could hook up with a position coach that could teach him to catch reliably, he’d be a force, especially with his speed. Best of luck DHB!

  60. jaypell says: Apr 6, 2014 2:52 PM

    Regardless. ….welcome to the greatest team in the NFL ..

  61. troy43mvp says: Apr 6, 2014 4:20 PM

    If he stinks still put him on the practice squad. Otherwise see what he can do. Special teams blocking assignments and the occasional deep bomb. Just make sure to never throw to him on third or fourth down.

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