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2017 Schedule
13-3, 1st in AFC North

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

The Steelers are trying to keep Le'Veon Bell, but their second-biggest unrestricted free agent, offensive tackle Chris Hubbard, is likely to get a good contract on the market. The Steelers will meet with Hubbard's reps at the combine but understand that after acquitting himself well in 10 starts, Hubbard can probably start elsewhere.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Model of consistency: The Steelers are the NFL's only team without a top-10 NFL draft pick since 2001. Twenty-nine NFL teams have had multiple top-10 picks. Pittsburgh selected Plaxico Burress with the eighth overall pick in 2000. The Colts and Broncos have had one top-10 pick apiece during that span. (Numbers verified by ESPN Stats and Information).

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

In his Mock Draft 2.0, ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper pegs Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch to the Steelers at No. 28. Vander Esch is 6-4, 240 pounds and can play outside but projects as 3-4 ILB here, with the ability to cover tight ends over the middle and stop the run.

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Steelers' Shazier says he plans to play again

Speaking on a teammate's podcast, Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier said he plans to play football again, adding that he wants to become a Hall of Famer. Shazier is recovering from a severe spinal injury suffered in December.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Ryan Shazier spoke on teammate Roosevelt Nix's podcast, marking his first interview since the severe spinal injury in December. He plans to play again. "I really feel I'm the best linebacker ever," Shazier said. "I just have to be back out there so everybody can see it. You know what I'm saying?"

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Max: NFL is set up to steal money from running backs (2:00)

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

GM Kevin Colbert seems eager to see what CB Joe Haden and TE Vance McDonald do with a full Steelers calendar. "Having that type of player with us for the whole offseason will only enhance their abilities to help us," said Colbert about the two players, who were acquired in late August. Haden and McDonald carry a combined salary cap number of $16.2 million but would also fill big voids in the starting lineup.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Interesting time for Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell, who turned 26 on Sunday, two days before the start of franchise-tag season. The team wished Bell congratulations on social media, nodding his 2017 stats and a few highlight tapes. Teammate JuJu Smith-Schuster tweeted a picture of the pair with the message, "2018 is going to be something scaryyyy."

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Why the Steelers should give Bell the franchise tag (0:50)
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Darlington: 'Bell wants to be paid like a playmaker' (0:55)

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert details Ryan Shazier's full workload at the Steelers facility each day. Never once has he said, ‘why me?'"

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Another franchise tag likely for Le'Veon (1:20)
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Steelers GM on Bell: Prefer extension over tag

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said Thursday he prefers an extension over relying on the franchise tag to keep star running back Le'Veon Bell with the team in 2018.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert anticipates roster tweaking: “If we don't change the roster we had in 2017, what reason would we think there wouldn't be any difference in the results? We have to be ready to be better than we were last year.”

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers prefer to sign Le'Veon Bell to long-term deal than rely on franchise tag, though tag an option, GM Kevin Colbert said. Team expressed ‘strong desire' to re-sign Bell at exit meeting.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

OC Todd Haley talked to Cleveland media about his ‘fond memories' in six years with the Steelers and how the need for ‘new challenge' became evident.

Team Stats

Passing Yards273.83rd
Rushing Yards104.220th
Points For25.38th
Points Against19.37th