--Mike Tomlin signed a four-year contract with an option year when the Steelers hired him in 2007, a contract similar to what Ken Whisenhunt signed in Arizona. Now that the Cardinals have doubled Whisenhunt's average salary on a new deal, attention has been turned toward the Steelers to see what, if anything, they do for Tomlin. Both sides have declined comment.
--Whisenhunt took what many believed was a subtle shot at Tomlin, who got the job Whisenhunt wanted with the Steelers in 2007.
"If you look at an organization like Pittsburgh, where you lose a Bill Cowher and the next coach comes in and a lot of elements were in place that allowed it to continue and be successful, certainly that would be attractive to a head coach," Whisenhunt said at the NFL scouting combine. "And they went on and won a Super Bowl. There were a lot of questions about Arizona that have been answered, with the new stadium, could they win if they had a plan. And I think we've showed that to a degree."
--A judge dismissed charges of simple assault and resisting arrest against Steelers K Jeff Reed, accused of raising his fists at a Pittsburgh police officer last fall when ordered back in his vehicle as police dealt with a teammate. Reed must perform 40 hours of community service and if he does so two summary charges of disorderly conduct and public drunkenness against him likely will be dropped. The Steelers made Reed their franchise player two weeks ago.
--SS Troy Polamalu missed the final seven games of the season with a torn PCL (following an earlier sprained MCL) and then left Pittsburgh to work out in California, as he did the previous two offseasons.
"We're not concerned about that," director of football operations Kevin Colbert said of Polamalu's readiness for 2010. "Troy is a give-it-all type player. Injuries can happen. He is on the road to recovery from his knee injuries. That's going to happen. We're not going to sit there and worry about Troy being available because it can happen to anyone."
QUOTE TO NOTE
"If you have a great pass rush, you might be able to get by with a lesser defensive backfield." -- Kevin Colbert, director of football operations.
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