First call: Steelers website says club has ‘interest’ in Tyrann Mathieu; Steven Nelson’s new home; Baker Mayfield ‘respected’

The Pittsburgh Steelers may, after all, have eyes on Tyrann Mathieu. A former Steelers defensive back has a new home. Baker Mayfield is not satisfied. The New York Rangers are gaining ground on the penguins. And a Pirates name from the old days has just won a major league victory.

All that in Thursday’s “First Call”.


Honey Badger bucks

One mindset that exists is that the Steelers must not have an interest in signing safety Tyrann Mathieu.

They have an obvious need for security. Mathieu dwells in free agency, unsigned. So if they wanted him, they would have signed him.

Right? According to the franchise’s own website, not so fast.

In a question and answer on Tuesday, Bob Labriola from Steelers.com made it sound as if the team actually wants the “Honey Badger”, but only if his bid price for a contract drops.

“The Steelers have an interest in signing Tyrann Mathieu and they would have enough room to sign him to a two-year contract for what they think he’s worth. The question is whether Mathieu agrees with the Steelers’ assessment. of what he is worth, ‚ÄĚLabriola said.

According to OverTheCap.com, the Steelers sit at $ 13.2 million in cap space. It’s number 18 in the NFL. But they still have several veteran contracts that they can restructure if necessary.

Mathieu earned $ 14.5 million in salary last season at the Kansas City Chiefs via Spotrac.

ProFootballTalk says that “Rams, Eagles and Saints have all been reported to have an interest in Mathieu, although reports have suggested he is not very close to signing with anyone.”


Nelson’s new home

Steven Nelson has a new place to play.

According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, the former Steelers cornerback signs a $ 10 million two-year deal to join the Houston Texans.

Nelson played two solid seasons in Pittsburgh from 2019-20. After leaving the Steelers for Philadelphia in 2021, he recorded 50 total tackles with one interception and seven passes defended.


Boo-Hoo Baker

Cleveland Brown quarterback Baker Mayfield is not happy with his current situation and he is letting the world know.

Mayfield appeared on the “YNK” podcast, saying he feels “not respected” by the Cleveland Browns after they switched to former Texans QB Deshaun Watson last month. Basically, it ended Mayfield’s race in Cleveland after four seasons.

However, the former No. 1 overall draft pick has not yet been released or traded.

“I was told one thing and they did something completely different,” Mayfield cried, adding, “I’m ready for the next chapter.”

The Browns are believed to be actively looking to trade with Mayfield. The former Oklahoma Sooner claims the Seattle Seahawks are “probably the most likely option” for him. They recently traded quarterback Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos.

Mayfield is under a fully guaranteed contract of $ 18.9 million for 2022 since Cleveland picked up its fifth-year option before last season.


‘Pheeling it’ in Philly

The New York Rangers moved closer to first place in the Metropolitan Division on Wednesday night.

They also put a little more distance between themselves and the penguins to second place.

New York shut out the Philadelphia Flyers 4-0 on the road after 28 saves from Alexander Georgiev. Kaapo Kakko scored with two goals.

Rangers now have 102 points, two behind the Carolina Hurricanes for first place in the Metro. The Penguins are in third place with 95.

On Thursday, Pens will host the Islanders. Meanwhile, Canes welcomes the Detroit Red Wings, and fourth-place Washington Capitals (92 points) visit the Toronto Maple Leafs. All these matches start at 19.00


Is he still nearby?

Oliver Perez won Wednesday for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Yes. The Oliver Perez. The last to hit for the Pirates in 2006. He is 40 now and has already appeared in three games for the DBacks, earning $ 1.25 million this season.

Perez induced a ground ball in the top 10. inning to exhaust the only man he met. So, at the bottom of the inning, Arizona won 3-2 thanks to this lost fly ball, Houston Astros outfielder Chas McCormick.

Prior to that miscue, McCormick had three hits on the day. Arizona had lost its previous four games with an overall score of 20-8.

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at tbenz@triblive.com or via Twitter. All tweets could be reset. All emails are subject to publication unless otherwise stated.

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