Saturday, February 9, 2013

Steelers Off-Season Needs; Keisel, A Viking No More; Hines Ward's Lifetime Achievement Award

Steelers Off-Season Needs

Look for movement by the Steelers next week.

It's apparent Steelers have some difficult issues to resolve in the off-season. One of these is dealing with a salary-cap that gives them little wiggle room. As reported several weeks ago, unrestricted free agents include Mike Wallace (WR), Rashard Mendenhall (RB), Keenan Lewis (CB), Casey Hampton (NT) and Larry Foote (LB).

At this time, the Steelers have 51 players under contract. Expect to see a half-dozen or more draft picks and at least a dozen or more undrafted free agents. The Steelers will pick at No. 17 meaning the stud players will be long gone. Keep in mind Woodley and Harrison are coming off disappointing seasons.

Bottom line: As commented on by Pete O'Brien of USA Today's Sports, "Reload or rebuild? Aging, expensive stars have the Steelers standing at a crossroads."

Add to the above issues, Roethlisberger is on the short side of his career now (entered league in 2004). Having said this, in 2012, Ben was on a tear to have his best season since 2007 with 32 TD's (11 interceptions). In addition, he's not had consistent running backs since Parker and Bettis were in the backfield. Right now, Heath Miller remains Ben's best target if Miller's knee holds up.

Folks, no need to panic. We've been here before.

Keisel, A Viking No More

Brett Keisel resemblance to Leif Ericksson is no more. Keisel shaved his famous beard last week benefiting Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Hines Ward Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Last Wednesday, former Steelers wide receiver received a Lifetime Achievement Award. Ward , who retired in 2011, was honored for his 11 year career with the team.

"It's such a big honor for me...I am so grateful to the Steelers, the City of Pittsburgh and the Dapper Dan Charities for recognizing me in this way. It's very humbling," said Ward.

Ward finished his tenure with the Steelers with exactly 1000 receptions for 12,083 yards and 85 touchdowns. Ward also holds the team record for most 100-yard games at 29.

Dapper Dan Charities benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania along with many other charities.

USA TODAY,, Steeler Depot