Ireland Contracting Sports Call: March 23, 2019 (Pt. 2)

Ireland Contracting Sports Call: March 23, 2019 (Pt. 2)


WELCOME BACK, 412-575-2600 IS THE NUMBER . I WANT TO REMIND EVERYBODY, GOT SOME BONUS STEELERS COVERAGE COMING TOMORROW. PITTSBURGH’S BEST SPORTS SHOW — BOB POMPEANI IS OUT WEST FOR THE OWNERS MEETING. THE ONLY THING A PROBABLY A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT, SOME OF THE CANDID COMMENT YOU WILL GET. THAT IS ONE OF THE THINGS YOU WANT TO KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR AS YOU GO ALONG THE DAY TOMORROW. AS WE BRING YOU COVERAGE OF THE NFL BONUS MEETING, IN THE MEANTIME, LET US LOOK AT THE PHONE LINES. DAVE YOU ARE ON THE NIGHTLY SPORTS CALL. NICE SEEING YOU ON THERE, I ALWAYS ENJOY TALKING TO YOU. HERE IS WHAT I WANT TO ASK YOU, ARTICLE IN SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. AND, YOU KNOW, I GET THE PICTURES PITVHERS, I DO NOT KNOW HOW YOU FEEL PHIL, BUT DO YOU SEE WHAT THEY ARE REALLY SAYING HERE, I AM TALKING ABOUT, NOW, IF THE GUARANTEED MONEY, THAT IS WHAT THE STEELERS CAME UP SHORT. IF YOU ARE RUNNING BACK IN CAN’T YOU SEE THE REAL REASON THAT HE WANTS GUARANTEED MONEY? ABSOLUTELY. YOU CAN GO DOWN AND GET HURT SO QUICK. STEELERS DO NOT COME UP WITH A GUARANTEED MONEY LIKE SOME OF THESE OTHER CLUBS, IT IS THAT SIMPLE. THEY DO NOT WANT TO SEEM TO WANT TO GO BEYOND ONE YEAR, I CAN REALLY SEE THE GUYS POINT, WHETHER HE SANG, HE LOST, HE DID GET WHAT HE WANTED, HE MAY NOT HAVE GOTTEN WHAT HE WANTED, BUT HE DID GET GUARANTEED MONEY THAT WOULD PROTECT HIM. HERE IS THE THING. APPRECIATE THE CALL. NOTHING YOU ARE SAYING IS FALSE, PER SE, IT IS THE PERCEPTION OF IT, IT IS HOW IT IS LOOKS AT. THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS, IF THEY WERE TO TAKE THE OFFER THAT THE STEELERS HAD GIVEN TO HIM, YES IT WOULD HAVE BEEN EXTREMELY — BUT THE SALARY HE WOULD GET IN THE FIRST COUPLE OF YEARS? HE WAS PROBABLY GOING TO EARN THAT, THEY ARE NOT GETTING RID YEARS BECAUSE HE WAS THE GUY. I DO NOT THINK THEY WOULD’VE SIGNED THE CONTRACT WITH HIM, WITH THE INTENT OF GETTING RID OF HIM AFTER A YEAR OR TWO. YES IT MAY NOT HAVE BEEN THE MONEY THAT YOU SEE IN THE CALL AS FAR AS GUARANTEED CONCERN. HE WAS GOING TO COLLECT THAT MUCH, WHICH WOULD’VE BEEN ABOUT AS MUCH IF NOT CLOSE TO WHAT HE WOULD’VE WANTED. I THINK THAT IS WHERE THE DISPARITY LIES. SO A LOT OF IT REALLY IS JUST SEMANTICS, IF YOU WILL. BUT, YES, IN THEORY IF YOU WANT TO LOOK AT ON PAPER EVERYBODY WANTS THAT GUARANTEE, OF COURSE YOU WANT THAT PIECE OF MIND AGAINST INJURY, YES YOU DO. THE FACT THAT BOTH SIDES WERE ON EITHER SIDE OF IT, THAT IS BUSINESS. IT HAPPENS IN EVERY PROFESSIONAL SPORT THEY ARE NOT GOING TO ALWAYS SEE EYE TO EYE. DID HE MAKE THE BEST DECISION GOING ABOUT HIS DISAGREEMENT WITH A? PROBABLY NOT. I SAY THE SAME THING ABOUT ANTONIO BROWN. LITTLE BIT MORE MONEY, ONE ABOUT THE BEST WAY OF HOW HE WANTED TO GET IT, PROBABLY NOT? HOWEVER, HE PROBABLY DID GET WHAT HE WANTED, BUT THAT SITUATION IS NOT ENTIRELY SIMILAR, AT THE SAME TIME IT IS SOMETHING THAT YOU ARE GOING TO FIND. IT IS IN BASEBALL, HOCKEY, TEAMS AND PLAYERS ARE GOING TO DIFFER ON WHAT A PLAYER IS WORTH. IT IS HOW YOU GO ABOUT IT AND TRY TO MAKE IT WORK. IN EITHER SITUATION, NEITHER LOOKED GOOD. LET US GO TO DAVID IN THE SOUTH SIDE, DAVID YOU ARE ON THE NIGHTLY SPORTS CALL. HOW ARE YOU DOING TODAY? GOOD HOW YOU? GOOD. I WANT TO MAKE A COMMENT ABOUT THE STEELERS, SURE WE GOT RID OF THE DRAMA WITH JP, ANTONIO BROWN I MEAN, BUT HE IS ONE OF THE BEST THAT IS IN THE GAME, THEY ARE GOING TO DOUBLE TEAM WHO IS WHO NEXT YEAR, JAMES CARTER CANNOT SEEM TO GO A WHOLE YEAR WITHOUT GETTING HURT. IN THE SECONDARY, THE DEFENSE IS SUSPECT. I THINK THAT THE STEELERS, THEIR THIRD IN THE DIVISION NEXT YEAR BEHIND CLEVELAND, BALTIMORE, THEN THE STEELERS IN CINCINNATI, WHAT DO YOU THINK? THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE THAT FEEL THE WAY YOU DO, THANK YOU FOR THE CALL. NFL.COM, THEIR POWER RANKINGS AT THE END OF THE WEEK. THEY ACTUALLY HAVE THE BROWNS AND THE RAVENS AHEAD OF THE STEELERS RIGHT NOW IN DEEP THE POWER RANKINGS, YOU’RE NOT ALONE IN THAT THEORY, I AGREE WITH YOU ON THE PART OF THE DEFENSE, I ACTUALLY OPENED MY SHOW, SUNDAY MORNING 7-10. LAST WEEK I OPENED MY SHOW TALKING ABOUT, OKAY YOU GOT RID OF LE’VEON BELL, GOVERNOR OF THE DRAMA WITH ANTONIO BROWN, YOU MAY HAVE EVEN GOTTEN SOME HELP WITH DANTE. THAT IS GREAT, BUT HAVE YOU FIXED THE DEFENSE YET? THAT IS THE QUESTION I WILL CONTINUE TO ASK MYSELF, EVERY TIME WE SEE SOMETHING DONE WITH THE TEAM, I AM STILL ASKING MYSELF, HAVE YOU FIXED THE DEFENSE YET? I LIKE THE ADDITION, I THINK IS A CABLE FOR GUY, DO I THINK HE IS CAPABLE? AT THE SAME TIME, I LIKE THE ADDITION, I LIKE THE SPEED. I THINK STEPHEN NELSON REALLY HELPS A LOT, HE IS THE GUY THAT THE STEELERS LIKED WHEN HE’S COMING OUT IN THE DRAFT. I LIKE THE THOUGHT OF STEPHEN NELSON, HE IS A GUY WHO HAS ACQUITTED HIMSELF PRETTY WELL. BUT YOU STILL HAVE TO DO SAFETY, AND THE NEXT WEEK OR SO. THAT IS SOMETHING YOU HAVE TO FIGURE OUT, I’LL KEEP KEEP GOING BACK TO THE SAME CONDITION. HAVE YOU FIX THE DEFENSE? IF YOU HAVEN’T I DID NOT THINK I CAN BE THAT OPTIMISTIC. LET US GO TO CALVIN IN CLEARFIELD, CALVIN YOU ARE ON THE “NIGHTLY SPORTS CALL” GOOD EVENING JOSH HOW ARE YOU DOING? I AM GOOD HOW ARE YOU? OKAY I HAVE TWO QUESTIONS ABOUT THE STEELERS WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO ABOUT ARTIE BURNS THAT THEY CANNOT TRADE HIM YET? WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO GET FOR HIM? THAT IS THE THING, COULD YOU IMAGINE TRYING TO PICK UP THE PHONE AND SAY I WANT TO GET RID OF ARTIE BURNS. BUT WE ARE TRYING TO GET RID OF HIM. WHAT KIND OF SUITABLE RETURN ARE YOU GOING TO GET FOR A GUY THAT HASN’T DONE HIS JOB WELL AS A FIRST-ROUND PICK? IF YOU DO NOT A LATE ROUND PICK, IT IS PROBABLY A CHARITABLE EFFORT IF YOU ARE GOING TO TRY TO MOVE ARTIE BURNS YOU ARE BETTER OFF LETTING HIM PLAY THIS LAST YEAR AND THE NOT OFFERING HIM THAT EXTRA YEAR, THAT EXTRA EXTENSION AND LETTING HIM WALK. I THINK THAT IS THE THING TO DO. RIGHT NOW TRYING TO OFFER HIM, WHAT IS THERE REALLY TO GET FOR A GUY WHO, FRANKLY, HAS NO CONFIDENCE AND CONTINUES TO GET WORSE AND DOING HIS JOB OVER THE SEASON? HE HAS NO TRADE VALUE AT THIS POINT. T.J. YOU ARE ON THE NIGHTLY SPORTS CALL. HEY JOSH HOW ARE YOU? GOOD HOW ARE YOU? GOOD. I WANT TO ASK YOU HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT PITTSBURGH MOVING UP ON THE DRAFT. PUTTING SOME PICS IN, GETTING DEVAN WHITE. THIS IS ME NODDING BECAUSE THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT I WANTED TO DO. WITH 10 DRAFT PICKS, PACKAGE A COUPLE, WITH A 20th MOVE UP, AND TALKING ABOUT THE IDEAL SCENARIO, AT LEAST FOR MY MONEY? PACKAGE THOSE PICKS, MOVE UP, AND THEN FINALLY CROSS THAT ITEM. IT GOES BACK TO MY QUESTION, HOW DO I FIX THE DEFENSE, THERE

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