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O-R Sports reporter Dale Lolley gets you the insider scoop on the NFL.

After hobnobbing around the NFL in the press boxes and sidelines, sports reporter Dale Lolley will let you know the insider scoop. Dale can also be heard on the Steelers radio network pre-game show prior to every game. Follow him on Twitter at dlolleyor.

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Feb 2017

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Surprise! Steelers closing on deal with Brown

The Steelers have made signing Antonio Brown to a contract extension a priority and that’s a bit of a surprise.

I assumed the team would work out a new deal with Brown, who is scheduled to make $4.7 million in 2017. But I also figured it would come after some of the more pressing business - ie. new contracts for Le’Veon Bell and Lawrence Timmons - were taken care of.

But GM Kevin Colbert said Thursday the team is actively working on a new deal with Brown but hasn’t opened negotiations with anyone else.

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Feb 2017

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Happy franchise tag designation day

Happy start of franchise tag designation day.

That’s not a real holiday, but it does kind of kick off the start of the NFL free agency period.

The Steelers - and any other NFL team - can officially place the franchise or transition tag on one of their pending free agents.

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Feb 2017

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Steelers have more than just big-name free agents

Last week I laid out a blueprint for what the Steelers should do in this offseason. Now, we’ll look at what the team will do with some of its own free agents as it gets closer to the NFL free agency period.

The team has already made some important and under-the-radar moves, re-signing pending free agent long-snapper Greg Warren and signing some exclusive rights free agents such as fullback Rosie Nix and placekicker Chris Boswell.

The Steelers will make signing pending free agents Le’Veon Bell, Lawrence Timmons and James Harrison the priority, and rightfully so, but there are some other players who might surprise you who also could be back.

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Feb 2017

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A blueprint for the Steelers moving forward

With the Super Bowl now completed, the 2017 offseason can now begin to heat up.

The Steelers have already begun some of the work on their offseason plans, resigning long snapper Greg Warren and placekicker Chris Boswell, among others, but still have plenty of work to do.

As team president Art Rooney II said last week, getting Le’Veon Bell signed to a new deal and Antonio Brown to a contract extension are priorities. But they aren’t the only ones.

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