Steelers Fan Playa Hatin’ Round 1: No. 2 Tom Brady vs No. 15 Aaron Rodgers

BTSC continues to establish the most-despised NFL player according to our readers. We continue with an alleged cheat and another Super Bowl winning QB.

This time around in our look at which player most burns the beans on the grill of Steeler Nation, BTSC brings you the battle of the quarterbacks. Will it be a perrennial tormentor or a Super Bowl vanquisher?

Let’s take a look.

#2 Tom BradyNew England Patriots

AFC Championship - Pittsburgh Steelers v New England Patriots

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A lot of BTSC’s readers thought that Tom Brady should be the top seed in the bad guy bracket. Brady is a different kind of villain. The Pats quarterback is regarded by some as the GOAT due to his five Super Bowl victories. Others label him as a cheat not worthy of that label due to Deflategate.

He’s smug, has a supermodel wife and seems to get calls if he is merely breathed on. But the number one reason that Steeler fans loathe Brady is his long history of beating their team. Against the Steelers, Brady (in nine regular-season games) is 7-2, has thrown 24 touchdowns against three picks for 2,826 yards, has a QBR of 114.2 and a completion percentage of 69.5%. In the playoffs, he haS proved even more devastating to the Steelers. He’s 3-0 with 5 TDs to 0 INTs, has a completed 71.60 per cent of his passes and has a QBR of 118.6.

#15 Aaron Rodgers-Green Bay Packers

Super Bowl XLV

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Rodgers was a write-in selection from the comments section in the preview for this series. The two biggest knocks against Rodgers was the media’s lovefest for Ay-Ay Ron and the fact that he picked-apart the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV. In that game, the Steelers could not get Rodgers to discount double check himself before he wrecked himself. He threw for 3 TDs, no picks had a QBR of 111.5 and was named MVP of that game. I’m still not over it.

Be sure to cast your vote and voice your opinions. Check back for the results and check in for our next installment #3 vs #14.

Pittsburgh Steelers have trio of contracts to negotiate before the 2017 season

The Pittsburgh Steelers will have some work to do at the contract negotiations table prior to the regular season.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are a team whose roster is practically set for the 2017 regular season. Barring injury, there are very few position battles up for grabs as the offseason winds down and training camp picks up later this summer. While the roster is seemingly in place, it doesn’t mean everything is cool and calm on the home front. In fact, the Steelers will have some work to do at the negotiations table this offseason with a trio of players.

Let’s examine the situations:

Le’Veon Bell – RB – Franchise Tagged

Le’Veon Bell hasn’t signed his franchise tag yet, in hopes of getting a long-term contract done, and he has until July 15th to do so. If he doesn’t sign on the dotted line, he will be playing on a one-year, $12.1 million dollar contract. It would make him the highest paid running back in the league, but he wants that security of a long-term contract.

The Steelers, who also drafted James Conner in the 3rd round of the 2017 NFL Draft, have publicly said they want Bell to play for the Steelers for years to come, but at what cost? The team has their work cut out for them, and depending on if Bell shows for minicamp, it could mean a long drawn out battle until the two sides come to an agreement on something.

Priority: VERY HIGH

Stephon Tuitt – DL – Entering 4th year

Tuitt has been rock solid for the Steelers opposite Cam Heyward, and he is about to hit a major pay day. The question remains, will it be with the Steelers?

If Tuitt and the Steelers can’t come to terms on a new contract, or an extension, the former Notre Dame product would be set to hit the free agent market in 2018. Not an ideal situation for the Steelers. The team has stated they want to keep Tuitt, and Tuitt would love to stay with the Steelers.

I would love it here, he told Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. It’s a blessing if they see me being here for the long term. I love the organization. We were a game away from doing something.

Tuitt has turned into a very important part of the Steelers’ defense, and signing him prior to the 2017 season, like the Steelers typically do, will be key.

Priority: VERY HIGH

Alejandro Villanueva – OT – Exclusive Rights Free Agent

You feel bad for Villanueva. The man’s story to get to the NFL is straight from the silver screen, and yet here is looking at potentially earning roughly $613 thousand dollars this year as a starting left tackle in the NFL.

Villanueva wants a new contract, and the Steelers would like to re-sign him, but if they can’t come to terms on a deal the man they call Big Al might be out of luck. Villanueva could sit out, but that doesn’t seem to be in his make up. This may be the most difficult signing for the Steelers, as Villanueva likely would want starting left tackle money, but the team has to weigh their options, especially with Jerald Hawkins waiting in the proverbial wings.

Priority: HIGH

FA Cup win hasn’t eased uncertainty over Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal future

Stevie Nicol believes Arsenal's FA Cup triumph over Chelsea will be enough to keep Arsene Wenger at the club.

Watch on as Arsenal lift their 13th FA Cup trophy, as Aaron Ramsey's late goal proved to be the decisive goal vs. Chelsea.

Arsenal's Per Mertesacker and Alexis Sanchez recap a thrilling 2-1 FA Cup final win over Chelsea.

Thibaut Courtois laments the decision to allow Arsenal's opener, where he feels Ramsey clearly interfered.

Antonio Conte addresses Arsenal's controversial goal in the FA Cup final, which he feels shouldn't have stood.

LONDON — There is an Arsenal supporters' banner that reads, simply, “Arsene Knows.” It has been around for a while and is supposed to relate to his wisdom in all football-related matters, but with uncertainty once again swirling around his future following the FA Cup final victory over Chelsea, a win that secured his seventh FA Cup, “Arsene Knows” seems wholly appropriate as he seems to be quite happily keeping everyone guessing for just a while longer.

Nobody else seems to know, so surely…

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