Jun 17, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier (50) participates in drills during minicamp at the UPMC Sports Performance Complex. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers Morning Huddle 6/24/2014

Steelers season goes all year long so whether we’re previewing training camp, predicting roster moves, 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.

Getting to know Mike Mitchell

Mike Prisuta is doing a series of “Getting to Know You” columns for the Steelers new additions. The Steelers have more new additions this year than they ever had before with nine draft picks and seven free agents signed from other teams. The Steelers signed safety Mike Mitchell as an unrestricted free agent this offseason and he spoke with Prisuta about everything from his football inspiration to his career goals, as well as his impression of the city of Pittsburgh.

“It’s grey a lot. I don’t know if I’m going to get sad and depressed out here. Besides that the organization has been outstanding.” – Mike Mitchell

He’s right, it’s grey a lot. I’d say there are about a dozen or so really, really nice weather days in Pittsburgh. But when it’s nice out, it’s absolutely gorgeous.

Rookie contract #’s

ESPN’s Scott Brown breaks down the figures for the contracts of the Steelers 2014 Draft Class. If all nine rookies make the 53-man roster, Brown says that the rookie salary cap hit will be about $5.887 million. Obviously the first-round pick, Ryan Shazier has the highest paid contract of the bunch, with a $9.5 total value of his four-year contract. With the new rookie wage-scale all the first-round picks will have the 5th year option, similar to how Cameron Heyward was extended this offseason for a fifth year to his initial rookie contract. As ESPN’s Stats & Information last said the Steelers are about $6.5 million under the salary cap since signing Shazier.

They shot him in Denver

As the Trib’s Alan Robinson explains, the Steelers are hoping that newly hired defensive assistant coach Joey Porter hasn’t lost his “edge” from his playing days and can bring that into a coaching position. Porter, who only has one year of graduate assistant coaching under his belt, was hired by the Steelers this offseason in response to their lowest sack numbers by the defense since 1990. Since it’s only been about 3 years since Porter played in an NFL game, perhaps his lack of coaching experience can benefit the players like Jason Worilds and Jarvis Jones, who can learn from Porter on a player-to-player level. Porter explains that he’s going to coach the same way he played, with his emotions.

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