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Big Al Signs with Rats

SteelerSask

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He’s a middle of the pack LT but you know what you got with him. Chuks struggled at RT. Maybe with better coaching Chuks takes a big step forward and maybe Banner comes back 100% and stays healthy and maybe Moore is a capable swing tackle. But that’s a lot of maybes.
Id say calling his play middle of the pack over the past two years is a big maybe.
 

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SteelerSask

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and one thing I will always give the coaching staff the benefit of the doubt on is an olineman being done. They have the all 22 and know his blocking assignment on every play. 12 million and 6 guaranteed probably keeps him here before FA. They didn't make an offer as far as we know.
 

Steelworth

Absolutely worthless
I have more respect for Big Al as a US Army Ranger than as a football player. You wear purple and you are an enemy of my beloved Steelers. It is as simple as that.

When I first saw the news I thought "traitor!", but you summed it up perfectly (surprising, dickhead).
 

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FordFairLane

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When I first saw the news I thought "traitor!", but you summed it up perfectly (surprising, dickhead).
I don’t fault him. Steelers wanted to move on with Chuks and Banner. From what I could tell the market wasn’t huge for him so he took the best deal he could. Now if we would have offers 2-years 14 million and he signed with the ravens then I’d be perturbed.
 

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Steelworth

Absolutely worthless
I don’t fault him. Steelers wanted to move on with Chuks and Banner. From what I could tell the market wasn’t huge for him so he took the best deal he could. Now if we would have offers 2-years 14 million and he signed with the ravens then I’d be perturbed.

Ugh, you make a good point - the man is trying to get the most he can for he & his family while he can.

Just part of me can't ever look at that great man in a purple shitbird uniform.
 

Big Ben Rules

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https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/202...lks-pittsburgh-steelers/#.YJLrbmPqKcs.twitter



After Joining Rival Ravens, Former Pittsburgh Steelers Tackle Alejandro Villanueva Throws Shade At Former Team​

May 5, 2021 at 2:31 pm
https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/liv...10224563-20210505204443-kdka-news-at-4-part-6
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva wasted no time in throwing shade at his former team.
Speaking to the media for the first time since joining the rival Baltimore Ravens on a two-year deal, Villanueva said the Steelers told him they weren’t interested in retaining his services shortly after the season ended.

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“I just think that everybody makes business decisions,” Villanueva told members of the media.


Big Al also said that part of his motivation for joining the Ravens, was to play the Steelers twice a year.
But Villanueva wasted little time throwing shade at his former team.
When asked about the Ravens running style, Villanueva took shots at former teammate JuJu Smith-Schuster, saying, “I’m assuming it’s not as much fun for the receivers because they’re not getting all of the catches, they’re making the TikToks and and they’re having fun on their social media.”
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Villanueva didn’t stop there, he also went after former teammate, guard David DeCastro.
“I’m sure Kevin Zeitler will be an upgrade,” Villanueva said.
Villanueva’s deal is reportedly worth $14 million total over two years, with $8 million fully guaranteed.
Villanueva first signed with the Steelers in 2014, after being waived by the Philadelphia Eagles.
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He was converted to play on the offensive line in Pittsburgh, and spent 7 years with the Steelers.
 

SteelerSask

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If he directed that at DD purposefully I just lost a lot of respect for that guy. You don't say something like that ever. Army Ranger whatever. If he said that purposefully......... fuck off. I hope Watt beats him like a rented mule and ends Jackson while he stands there like a turnstile.
 

mightyguru

On a cloud...
Woah...media fools making a big deal out of the tiktok crack directed at juju...but damn...not a word about that smack on DDC. Yowza...ratbirds are back on the menu boys.

I would like to thank Al. DDC should be a little extra motivated after that crack.
 

SteelBuckeye

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I saw the supposed crack at DD as more a crack at Dotson/Feiler. As in "I'm sure (playing on the side that has) Kevin Zeitler will be an upgrade (over playing on the side that had Dotson/Feiler)."
Either way, we all saw it last year. They couldn't run left unless Dotson was at Guard. And that was because Feiler and Al both sucked. At least Feiler could point to playing out of position.
 

Litos

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I saw the supposed crack at DD as more a crack at Dotson/Feiler. As in "I'm sure (playing on the side that has) Kevin Zeitler will be an upgrade (over playing on the side that had Dotson/Feiler)."
Either way, we all saw it last year. They couldn't run left unless Dotson was at Guard. And that was because Feiler and Al both sucked. At least Feiler could point to playing out of position.
not that he got any push on the run either
 

FSF

The Agile Financial
I don’t fault him. Steelers wanted to move on with Chuks and Banner. From what I could tell the market wasn’t huge for him so he took the best deal he could. Now if we would have offers 2-years 14 million and he signed with the ravens then I’d be perturbed.
Ironically, this deal is more annual per year than Al got when he was 29 from Steelers. He got $6.5 guaranteed with APY of $6M per year. Of course it doesn't work out exactly like that, he had a cap hit of $8.3 in 2020 and was paid $5M (his bonus was pro-rated over the last 3 years).

Not sure how it's structured, but normally guys don't get bigger guarantees and pay raise when they will be 33.
 

FSF

The Agile Financial
I saw the supposed crack at DD as more a crack at Dotson/Feiler. As in "I'm sure (playing on the side that has) Kevin Zeitler will be an upgrade (over playing on the side that had Dotson/Feiler)."
Either way, we all saw it last year. They couldn't run left unless Dotson was at Guard. And that was because Feiler and Al both sucked. At least Feiler could point to playing out of position.
There was no crack on DeCastro. It's twitter clickbait. Check out the story on the main page for more insight.
 
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slashsteel

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That was just Al clowning a non story. Soon you will see TJ clowning Al on the football field, that will be the story while their RB is running for his life.
 

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