Aug 30, 2020; Los Angeles, California, United States; Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Melvin Ingram III (54) and running back Austin Ekeler (30) stretch during training camp at the Jack Hammett Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Free agent DE Melvin Ingram visits Steelers

Free agent defensive end Melvin Ingram visited the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday, multiple outlets reported.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection with 49 sacks in nine seasons with the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers, Ingram has also drawn interest this offseason from the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins.

Ingram, 32, missed nine games last season with two separate stints on injured reserve for a knee injury. He failed to record a sack for the first time in his career.

A first-round draft pick (18th overall) in 2012, Ingram posted a career-high 10 1/2 sacks in both 2015 and 2017. He has 360 career tackles (70 for losses), 108 quarterback hits, 14 forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries and three interceptions in 113 games (96 starts).

The Steelers could play Ingram opposite two-time All-Pro pass-rusher T.J. Watt, who led the NFL with a career-high 15 sacks in 2020.

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Jan 23, 2020; Kissimmee, Florida, USA; Carolina Panthers guard Carolina Panthers guard Trai Turner (70) during NFC practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: 5-time Pro Bowl G Trai Turner visits Steelers

Free agent offensive guard Trai Turner visited with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday, ESPN reported.

The 28-year-old, a five-time Pro Bowler, was released by the Los Angeles Chargers on March 12, saving $11.5 million against the salary cap.

Turner started nine games at right guard in his only season with the Chargers in 2020, missing one game with a knee injury and six with a groin injury.

Drafted in the third round by Carolina in 2014 out of LSU, Turner started 80 of his 84 games with the Panthers from 2014-19 and made the Pro Bowl in each of his last five seasons there.

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Jan 3, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) warms up before the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers extend backup QB Mason Rudolph’s contract

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Thursday they signed backup quarterback Mason Rudolph to a one-year extension.

The deal keeps Rudolph signed though the 2022 season as starter Ben Roethlisberger’s deal ends at the conclusion of the 2021 season in a deal negotiated earlier this offseason. Roethlisberger enters the season at age 39.

Reports put Rudolph’s deal at $3 million for the next two seasons, with yet-undisclosed incentives to get it to go higher.

The 25-year-old Rudoph has played in 15 games for the Steelers after being picked in the third round in 2018, throwing for 2,089 yards with 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He has compiled a 5-4 record in nine starts.

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Dec 13, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin looks on against the Buffalo Bills during the third quarter at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers extend coach Mike Tomlin through 2024

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed coach Mike Tomlin to a three-year contract extension, which runs through the 2024 season.

Tomlin, 49, has coached the Steelers since 2007 and has never had a losing season.

“I am pleased to announce we have extended Mike Tomlin’s contract through the 2024 season,” said team president Art Rooney II in a statement announcing the deal on Tuesday.

“Mike is one of the most successful head coaches in the National Football League, and we are confident in his leadership to continue to lead our team as we work to win another championship.”

Tomlin led the Steelers to a Super Bowl title in his second season, making him the youngest head coach (36) to win a Super Bowl. The Steelers went back to the Super Bowl after the 2010 season, but lost.

“I am extremely grateful for this contract extension and want to thank Art Rooney II and everyone in the organization for the support in my first 14 seasons,” said Tomlin. “We have a goal of winning the organization’s seventh Super Bowl championship, and I couldn’t be more enthusiastic about this upcoming season.”

Tomlin has posted a 145-78-1 regular-season record in his 14 years in Pittsburgh, going 8-8 in the playoffs.

His .640 overall winning percentage is tops in Steelers history.

Only Bill Belichick, who joined the New England Patriots in 2000, and Sean Payton, who has coached the New Orleans Saints since 2006, have a longer tenure with their current team.

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Nov 15, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Chargers running back Kalen Ballage (31) runs the ball against the Miami Dolphins during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers sign RB Kalen Ballage to one-year deal

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed running back Kalen Ballage and offensive lineman Rashaad Coward to one-year deals on Tuesday.

Ballage, 25, split last season with the New York Jets and Los Angeles Chargers after playing his first two seasons with the Miami Dolphins.

The 2018 fourth-round pick has rushed 201 times for 629 yards and seven touchdowns and added 52 receptions for 285 yards in 35 career games (eight starts).

Coward, 26, appeared in 30 games (15 starts) with the Chicago Bears since signing as an undrafted free agent in 2017. He started 11 games at right guard, three at left guard and one at right tackle.

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Dec 15, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Tyson Alualu (94) is introduced before playing the Buffalo Bills at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Steelers DT Tyson Alualu staying in Pittsburgh

Defensive tackle Tyson Alualu has decided to forego an offer from the Jacksonville Jaguars and stick with the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to reports.

Terms of the deal were not available.

Alualu, 33, had agreed to a two-year, $6 million deal with the Jaguars earlier in March, but apparently changed his mind after testing positive for COVID-19 and quarantining for 10 days.

He reportedly accepted the Steelers’ original offer, which was slightly lower than Jacksonville’s, according to ESPN.

Alualu, who was drafted 10th overall by the Jaguars in 2010, joined the Steelers as a free agent in 2017 after seven years in Jacksonville.

Starting 10 of 15 games last season, Alualu finished with 38 tackles, four tackles for loss, two sacks and a forced fumble.

In 172 career games (109 starts), Alualu has 398 tackles, 46 tackles for loss and 24.5 sacks.

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Jan 3, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin talks with cornerback Steven Nelson (22) during the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers terminate CB Steven Nelson’s contract

The Pittsburgh Steelers terminated the contract of cornerback Steven Nelson on Tuesday.

The move came shortly after Nelson posted on social media that the Steelers were holding him “hostage.”

“Making a public announcement is a little out of my character, but you guys made your decision please don’t hold me hostage #dontholdmeback,” he wrote on Twitter.

Nelson, 28, was entering the final season of a three-year, $25.5 million contract he signed in March 2019. Releasing him clears $8.25 million in salary cap space for the Steelers.

Pittsburgh reportedly gave him permission to seek a trade last week. He now becomes a free agent.

Nelson started 15 games in 2020 and posted 48 tackles, two interceptions and nine passes defensed.

A third-round pick by Kansas City in 2015, he has 291 tackles, seven interceptions and 52 passes defensed in 82 career games (68 starts) with the Chiefs (2015-18) and Steelers.

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Feb 25, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert speaks during the NFL Scouting Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers sign GM Kevin Colbert to 1-year extension

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced a one-year extension Monday for general manager Kevin Colbert through the 2022 NFL Draft.

Colbert, 64, has been with the organization since 2000 and has been the GM since 2010. His tenure includes wins in Super Bowl XL and XLIII.

“I am excited to announce that we have extended the contract of Kevin Colbert for an additional year,” Steelers president Art Rooney II said in a release. “Kevin has been instrumental to the success of our franchise over the last two decades, and we are happy to have him continue for another year.”

Colbert was the pro scouting director with the Detroit Lions from 1990-99 before joining the Steelers as director of football operations in 2000.

“It has been such an honor to be in this position with the Steelers for over 20 years,” Colbert said in a statement. “I want to thank Art Rooney for his continued support in extending my contract another year. We’ve been able to accomplish some great things, but my determination to help the Steelers reach our ultimate goal — to win another Super Bowl — has never been greater.”

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Jul 27, 2019; Latrobe, PA, USA;   Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner observes drills during training camp at Saint Vincent College. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers part ways with OC Randy Fichtner, 2 others

The Pittsburgh Steelers parted ways Thursday with offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner and two other assistant coaches.

Fichtner, offensive line coach Shaun Sarrett and defensive backs coach Tom Bradley will not have their contracts renewed, the team announced four days after Pittsburgh’s 48-37 wild-card loss to the Cleveland Browns.

“I want to thank all three of the coaches for their commitment and dedication to the Pittsburgh Steelers,” head coach Mike Tomlin said. “They have all played integral roles in our success and I am appreciative of their efforts.

“Personally, Randy and I have been in Pittsburgh since I hired him in 2007, but our relationship began well before that. He has been a friend of mine for years and wish his family nothing but the best, and I am eternally grateful for our relationship both on and off the field.”

Fichtner, 57, coached the wide receivers from 2007-09 and quarterbacks from 2010-17 before taking over as the offensive coordinator in 2018.

The Steelers started 11-0 before losing four of their last five regular-season games in 2020. The Pittsburgh offense ranked 12th in scoring, 15th in passing yards and 32nd (last) in rushing yards.

Sarrett, 41, joined the Pittsburgh staff in 2012 as an offensive assistant before being elevated to assistant offensive line coach in 2018 and to OL coach in 2019.

Bradley, 64, coached the defensive backs for the past three seasons following a long career in the college coaching ranks, mostly at Penn State.

–Field Level Media