October 7, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) calls a play in the huddle against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers Morning Huddle 2/9/2014

Steelers season goes all year long so whether we’re looking ahead to the start of free agency, predicting the possible draft choices, or looking around for mentions of your Black & Gold we’ve got you covered. Here’s what’s being said about your Pittsburgh Steelers around the block.

Scott Brown’s Mailbag

In some non-Ryan Clark related news ESPN’s Scott Brown answered some questions posted to him by some familiar Steelers fans on Twitter. Your very own Nice Pick Cowher contributor Nick Kelly asked Brown what his thoughts on the possibility the Steelers go secondary with their first-round draft pick and pick up Alabama’s Clinton-Dix. Brown agreed that Clinton-Dix would be an attractive addition to the Steelers secondary, as he sees him in a free safety role, but doubts that the team goes in that direction with their first pick or that Clinton-Dix would make it out of the first round to be picked up by the Steelers later in the draft. Your very own Dominic DiTolla asked Brown about which of the free agent running backs are most likely to be re-signed. Brown thinks that the team will attempt to keep Dwyer and Stephens-Howling and let Felix Jones go. Obviously, Le’Veon Bell is the starting back for the team going forward, so having Dwyer and Stephens-Howling there would be to spell and compliment the running game. Brown also speculates that the team could possibly just keep Stephens-Howling if Dwyer is looking for more of a starting role and try to add their depth via free agency or the draft.

Jets interested in Emmanuel Sanders

The New York Jets surprised a lot of people by going 8-8 after many picked them to be the dumpster-fire team for 2013. Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports points out that whether or not all of us have to go through the Geno Smith or Mark Sanchez drama again the Jets are going to go out looking for someone for either of them to throw to. Former Steelers WR Santonio Holmes will have too much of a cap hit to keep so their eyes are looking towards Emmanuel Sanders. Sanders will be an unrestricted free agent come March 11th but isn’t expected to be re-signed by the Steelers. He’s not likely to play for the $2.5 million he played for this season after the Steelers signed him to an offer sheet.

Why not Pittsburgh?

Apparently my persistence on the city of Pittsburgh being considered as a possible Super Bowl host city someday has paid off.  Steelers President Art Rooney II agrees with me. As Bob Labriola of the Steelers Digest explains, the stadium would need expansion as well as the hotel room availability in the area would need to be increased. But, those things may already be in the works. Makes sense to have a Super Bowl in the same place where the first ever professional football game was played, doesn’t it?

“There’s no doubt that football and Pittsburgh go together. We have a great tradition going all the way back to the early days of football, and because of that people in a lot of ways have come to look at Pittsburgh as a football town. Pittsburgh has come a long way, there’s no doubt about that. Twenty years ago, maybe even 10 years ago, we wouldn’t be talking about this.” – Art Rooney II

What are your thoughts, Steeler Nation? Do you think the Steelers go secondary with their first round draft pick? Which running backs do you think will be on the roster next season? Where do you think Emmanuel Sanders ends up?

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