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Bengals end James Harrison experiment after just one season

James Harrison in 2013 (photo by emeybee via wikipedia commons)

The Cincinnati Bengals made a surprising move on the third day of NFL Free Agency.

They saved $2.03 million in salary-cap space by releasing 35-year-old outside linebacker James Harrison.

The one year experiment ended because his role as the run stopper at outside linebacker was diminished because the Bengals played against a majority of teams that used the spread offense. The Bengals decided to go with younger, more talented linebackers.

Harrison signed with Cincinnati on April 23, 2013 to a two-year contract as the biggest name last offseason.

Before the 2013 season, the former Kent State star played for the Pittsburgh Steelers where he was the kingpin of the defense garnering five Pro Bowls and was named the 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

“Big Ben” has minor surgery; will be ready for Steelers training camp

Ben Roethlisberger vs. Cincinnati Bengals (photo by SteelCityHobbies via wikipedia commons)

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger recently had minor surgery on lingering discomfort in his right knee.

The 31-year-old Roethlisberger, an Ohio native, will miss the Steelers’ minicamp next week but will be ready when training camp begins in July.

Going into his 10th NFL season, all with Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger stats include: 2,374 pass completions, 63.1 percentage, 191 TD’s, 108 INT’s, 29,844 passing yards and a passer rating of 92.7 passer rating.

Steelers’ Woodley, several pro celebrities getting involved in PBA

 

(courtesy Professional Bowlers Tour)

Lamarr Woodley is a linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers but he getting involved into the PBA in the Detroit area.

The 28-year-old graduate of the University of Michigan has joined several new owners by getting involved in the eight-team PBA Professional Bowling League that’ll start in January 2013 in the Detroit suburbs.

Woodley, who grew up in Saginaw, Michigan, bowled as a kid, will be the celebrity owner of the Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits.

Jerome Bettis, former running back of the Steelers, former NFL receiver Terrell Owens and LA Clippers point guard Chris Paul will also be involved in the new venue. The PBA has some of its top pros competing on five-man teams in a team format.

 

Info compiled from PBA Tour, Radio & TV news reports

Nine years later, Roethlisberger graduates from Miami University

 

Ben Roethlisberger leads the Steelers (megasportsnews.com photo)

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback always said that he would go back and finish his degree at Miami University.

He kept his promise, as he recently graduated after leaving the Oxford, Ohio school early almost nine years ago to enter the NFL Draft.

He was only four courses shy of graduation when he left for the NFL and finished them this spring.

The 30-year-old from Findlay, Ohio, received a bachelor’s degree in education and joined almost 600 students during commencement.

Roethlisberger had his #7 jersey retired by the Miami RedHawks in 2007.

 

 

Info compiled by Miami University athletics, Radio & TV news

Steelers say they’ll cut Hines Ward before 2012 NFL calendar year

 

Hines Ward (courtesy of Pittsburgh Steelers)

The National Football League can be cruel at times, even for a star player who helped win division championships and Super Bowls.

Hines Ward, the All-Pro wide receiver of the Pittsburgh Steelers was told that the team will release him before the NFL’s calendar year which happens to come in the month of March.

The former University of Georgia quarterback who has spent all of his 14 years in the Steel City, had said several weeks ago that he would take a pay cut to stay with the Steelers, was not given that option by management.

Ward was scheduled to make $4 million in base salary in 2012, was just too much money to pay a #4 receiver in the Steelers minds eventhough he is still a playmaker.

Ward holds the Pittsburgh Steelers franchise records for receptions (1,000), receiving yards (12,083) and receiving touchdowns (85).

Ward said in a statement that he’ll play in the NFL in 2012.

 

Info compiled from Pittsburgh Steelers, Radio & TV news

 

 

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