PITTSBURGH — Steven Nelson is thrilled to be here, that’s the position virtually every free agent signee takes at his introductory press conference. However an endorsement from the newest Pittsburgh Steelers corner-back seems timely after having a tumultuous half a year.
“The vibe here around here is very cool. Guys come to work and it’s really like a family group,” said Nelson, who signed up a three-year, $25.5 million deal with the Steelers after four seasons with all an Kansas City Chiefs. “I’ve heard amazing things already. I really don’t really pay attention to the crap that’s in the press “
The Steelers desire — scratch that, need — players who want to be at Pittsburgh, as lately it’s trendy to find a way out of here.
Le’Veon Bell pushed his way into free agency in search for guaranteed money, even though the team is convinced Bell didn’t simply take its own last-minute, $70 million deal last offseason because he wanted a fresh start elsewhere.
Morgan Burnett pushed his April 1 release in search for a task as a starting safety rather than dime linebacker, though some interior the building believe Burnett endured culture shock after eight seasons with all an Green Bay Packers.
The parallel one of all three: They wanted outside and got their way.
The Steelers can declare these were exceptional circumstances that will not permeate the locker room, and that’s probably correct. But multiple high-level defections in one offseason is hardly a sustainable model for success.
While Burnett’s death is more in line with routine NFL business — enrolling Mark Barron into some couple of, $12 million contract made Burnett expendable anyway — there’s reason to think the team will learn from how it handled Brown and Bell.
The Steelers didn’t need to tag Bell in backtoback years simply to remain unmoved on guaranteed money throughout discussions.
The Steelers didn’t need to exchange Brown. They might have kept him on the roster and fined him throughout training camp until he showed up ready to do the job. Clearly the Steelers didn’t want that diversion, however they quit the match’s best recipient for a 3rd – and fifth-round pick — less than ideal, even for a player who jeopardized his own commerce value with eccentric behaviour.
Perhaps fully guaranteed money attached into the past 3 decades of Brown’s deal would have retained him in Pittsburgh. Either way, the Steelers clung to their original contract model, and two highprofile players contested it.
In the aftermath, the Steelers are longing for calmer waters. They know Pittsburgh remains an appealing place to perform with. Barron said Tomlin’s blunt approach to coaching was a draw for him personally. New recipient Donte Moncrief cited the opportunity to play with Roethlisberger as a catalyst because of his two-year deal.
The Steelers will desire more of these stories in the near future, so that team president Art Rooney II told a small group of longtime Pittsburgh defeat authors that it is time to proceed out of Brown and Bell.
“We’re excited about the players we’ve and [are] likely to have in the building and excited about starting out on 2019,” Rooney said.