May 21, 2022


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First Call: Report Steelers will “pounce” on Baker Mayfield in the open market; Mike Tomlin meets Malik Willis

Wednesday’s “First Call” delves into the report that actually links the Steelers to quarterback Baker Mayfield.

The Steelers are still interested in playing Liberty quarterback Malik Willis. Even after signing Mitch Trubesky.

We get an update on Aaron Donald’s contract status.

The capital section of the NHL had a busy night.

Steelers “pounce” on Baker Mayfield

With former Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson heading to the Browns, everyone is wondering what’s next for current Cleveland rookie, Baker Mayfield.

The former number 1 has already been selected Drafted a farewell letter to the city. It now appears that it is only a matter of whether Brown will trade with Mayfield or cut him. If the latter occurs, The Browns beat writer Mary Kay Capote and said the Steelers would “pounce” on the chance to sign him.

“As of Thursday, the phone wasn’t ringing for Baker Mayfield, which might be a little tricky. But I had someone tell me the Steelers would pounce on Baker Mayfield if he became available. If he (Brown) cuts him and he’s there as a free worker on the street.” They’ll have him in a minute,” Cabot He said in a video chat. “I’m sure a lot of people would. If you could get it for nothing and Brown had to eat that money? Then, surely, someone would catch him in that scenario.”

Some have attempted to associate the Carolina Panthers with Mayfield. Cabot said she hears nothing of this but is monitoring the Seattle Seahawks as a potential trading destination.

As far as the Steelers go, I can’t see it. I didn’t get the impression that the Steelers as an organization – and coach Mike Tomlin specifically – were all at the top of Mayfield. Every time Mayfield’s name appears during Tomlin’s press conference before a Browns game, he is quick to shift the conversation away from playing Mayfield in midfield and back to Cleveland’s running game and offensive line.

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Tomlin though, at least at times, complemented Mayfield’s movement-playing prowess, and the posing and menacing aspect of midfield. Allegedly these are areas of crime coordinator Matt Canada that have yet to be revealed thanks to Ben Roethlisberger’s lack of mobility in recent years.

I still wouldn’t buy it, though. The quarterback’s room is cluttered enough with Mitch Trubisky, Mason Rudolph, and Dwayne Haskins. Why add Mayfield to the mix when the team is still leaning towards drafting QB this year or in 2023?

However, there is nothing I am more excited about than seeing every Steelers fan and friendly team media member, who has offended Mayfield for his flaws for four years, suddenly turn themselves into pastries to justify and applaud the signing.

Trust me. I’ll search Twitter for the receipts.

Can you imagine after Trobesky’s first interception next year, chants of “Ba-Ker, Ba-Ker” hanging from the stands at Heinz Field?

It will be glorious. This is the end of days, folks. You may live to see them with your own eyes.

Meet the owner

While we’re on the topic of the Steelers quarterback stand – when wouldn’t we be? – Tomlin of Canada and general manager Kevin Colbert were all at Liberty Football’s Pro Day that featured Malik Willis.

The midfielder definitely had the strength of his arm and his ability to move.

According to Joe Person of The Athletic, Tomlin and Matt Roll of Carolina were the only head coaches on Willis’ professional day.

It appears Willis also dined with Tomlin on Monday night. Chicken wings, if you’re curious.

ESPN’s Mel Keeper named the Steelers Willis as the 20th pick in the His latest fake draft.

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Once again, my mind wanders to Trubisky’s first interception Willis sitting there on the bench and how all of the Steelers’ cries on Twitter would go from praising Trubisky’s signature to kicking him to the curb in a 15-minute period of football.

Football gods can’t be that kind to me. Can they?

Donald’s deal

There is no official word yet on a reworked contract extension for former House Panther star Aaron Donald.

The Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman hinted at this Retirement may be coming If his team won the Super Bowl over the Cincinnati Bengals, they did.

That conversation has subsided in recent weeks and has shifted toward how the franchise is reshaping the contract of the former NFL Defensive Player of the year.

Los Angeles general manager Les Snead appears optimistic about the prospect of keeping Donald on the field.

Snead said via Los Angeles Daily News. “So, we’re in progress there.”

according to to Spotrac.comDonald’s average salary is $22.5 million on a $135 million contract. Extends through 2024. The original Penn Hills player is the highest-paid defensive tackle in the NFL but ranks only 25th among players of all positions.

“I know Aaron made it clear to us that he would like to come back, and that he would definitely like to keep trying to do special things not just as an individual player but as a team,” Snead said.

metro traffic

While the penguins were Roasting Columbus Blue Jackets 5-1 Tuesday night, there were plenty of other developments in the metropolitan area.

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Ranking topping Carolina Hurricanes edged two-time Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2. The New York Rangers allowed five goals in the second half and lost a fireworks show 7-4 in New Jersey. Jack Hughes had two goals 70 seconds ahead of the Devils. Those were number 100 and 101 for Hughes.

Meanwhile, the Washington Capitals ditched their 5-2 decision in St. Louis because Payne-Richland producer Brandon Saad had a superb goal on the 19th of the season.

All of this information means that Hurricanes (90 points) maintain a three-point cushion over the Penguins (87 points) for first place in the metro. New York Rangers (85 points) were third, two points behind. The Capitals has 80 points, which is good enough to finish fourth in the division and second in the Eastern Conference.

The idle Boston Bruins hold the top spot in the wild cards category with 83 points in the Atlantic Division.

Tim Benz is a Tribune Review writer. You can contact Tim at [email protected] or via Twitter. All tweets can be reposted. All emails are subject to posting unless otherwise stated.