According to this PPG article, every single player on the Steelers roster voted against ratifying the new CBA. The main sticking point for them was the unilateral power Goodell has within the fines system. The rest of the players in the league voted close to unanimously of ratifying the deal. It comes as no surprise that the team stood together as a team this early in the season. After all, the Steelers have felt for a few years now that they are being targeted by the NFL. The reason why this vote looks a little bad on the Steelers is the fact that three of their star players have had significant off the field problems over the past two years. With the ratification, the 15 free agent veterans were able to finally take the field late in the afternoon. As the article states – the Steelers finally started to look like the Steelers.
LaMarr Woodley became the highest paid defender on the Steelers roster with a deal worth $61.5 million over six years. You just had to know that it was going to be big contract after the Chiefs signed their own Tamba Hali to a 5 year $60 million deal. They’ve had similar stats, and the Steelers would need to come close in matching Hali’s payday. This deal pretty much cut Woodley’s cap in half, giving the Steelers the room they needed to get under the $120-123 million cap. This is a huge signing and an awesome time to lock up Woodley. He will be a force in years to come and a significant playmaker on defense over those six years.
Rumor has it (ok so it’s not rumor but comes from ‘anonymous sources.. oooohhh) that HGH testing is in the new CBA. That does not sit will with some players, and some like Jake Scott of the Titans are voicing their opinion on the matter.
We’re not going to turn this into a witch hunt for some independent company to make profits off of. We’re not gonna do that to our players.
He has a point. But HGH testing was bound to happen sooner or later, and I doubt the league was going to wait another 10 years before addressing the issue again. This is an important issue even if it comes from a PR standpoint from the league. The use of performance enhancing drugs has become increasingly unpopular with sports fans across the world, and the NFL needed to start addressing this issue. I don’t believe it will be a witch hunt, but there are going to be guys who will get busted for it. And rightfully so. Scott just better be careful how high he screams from the mountain top – he may be the first ‘randomly selected’ player to test….