PITTSBURGH — Steven Nelson is thrilled to be here, which is the posture virtually every freeagent signee takes at his introductory press conference. However, an endorsement against the newest Pittsburgh Steelers corner-back appears to be timely after a turbulent six months.
“The vibe around here is extremely chill. Guys come to work and it’s like a family,” said Nelson, who signed up a three-year, $25.5 million deal with the Steelers after four seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs. “I’ve heard great things already. I do not pay attention to the crap that is from the press .”
The Steelers desire — scratch that, want — players that want to be in Pittsburgh, because lately it’s cool to discover a way out of here.
Le’Veon Bell forced his way to free service in quest for guaranteed money, though the team is convinced Bell failed to simply take its own last-minute, $70 million offer past offseason because he wanted a brand new start elsewhere.
Morgan Burnett forced his April inch release in quest for a role because of starting safety rather than dime linebacker, though some inside the construction believe Burnett endured culture shock after eight seasons with the Green Bay Packers.
The parallel among all three: They sought outside and got their way.
“Whatever move we create at any player, it’ll be for our benefit and our benefit only,” general manager Kevin Colbert said in February.
The Steelers could say that these were unique circumstances that will not permeate the locker room, and that’s probably true. But multiple high tech defections in 1 offseason is hardly a sustainable model for achievement.
While Burnett’s death is more in accord with routine NFL business — signing Mark Barron into your couple of, $12 million contract made Burnett expendable any way — there’s reason to think the team is going to study in how it tackled Brown and Bell.
The Steelers did not need to label Bell in back to back years only to remain unmoved on ensured money throughout negotiations.
The Steelers did not need to trade Brown. They might have kept him on the roster and fined him throughout training camp before he turned up eager to work. Definitely the Steelers did not need that diversion, however they gave up the match’s best recipient for a third- and – fifth-round pick — not as ideal, even for a new person who loathed their or her own commerce value with eccentric behavior.
Perhaps fully guaranteed money attached into the past 3 years of Brown’s deal would have kept him in Pittsburgh. Either way, the Steelers clung with their traditional contract model, and two high-profile players challenged it.
They know Pittsburgh remains a desirable place to workwith. Barron said Tomlin’s blunt approach to coaching was a draw because of him. New recipient Donte Moncrief mentioned the chance to play Roethlisberger like a catalyst for his two-year deal.
The Steelers will desire these stories in the near future, so much so that team president Art Rooney II told that a small set of longtime Pittsburgh defeat authors who it is the right time to move on out of Brown and Bell.
“We’re excited about the players we have and [are] going to own from the construction and excited about starting on 2019,” Rooney said.