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maddog78
10-12-2012, 04:43 PM
So much for the 2nd coming of Antonio Gates...

http://www.steelersdepot.com/2012/10/steelers-release-te-weslye-saunders/

Fire Arians
10-12-2012, 04:48 PM
wonder why we kept pope, he sucks

fer522
10-12-2012, 04:51 PM
That sucks!! I didn't see that coming

pete74
10-12-2012, 04:55 PM
I saw this earlier and wondered why we didnt release him before the season. I see him being a really good TE in the future

Curtain_of_Steel
10-12-2012, 10:16 PM
We couldn't cut Ike and put Saunders as the CB? Like he could do worse.

Jets would pick him right up, they need a shut down corner, lol

Pete: There are certain times that hit the cap differently. I read soemthing in the preseaon but can't find it. Or there is some union BS thing there about suspensions. I would assume it was strategic.

Hawaii 5-0
10-13-2012, 03:21 AM
wonder why we kept pope, he sucks

I can't name one thing Pope does exceptionally well, but for whatever reason he's Haley's boy...

Steelers release Weslye Saunders in strange move

By Charlie Wilmoth on Oct 12

http://cdn0.sbnation.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/1249979/20120822_ter_al8_101.0_standard_500.0.jpg

Surprisingly, the Steelers have released tight end Weslye Saunders.

In a strange move, the Steelers have released tight end Weslye Saunders. Saunders had just finished serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's drug policy (it was for using adderall, he said), and he was on a roster exemption. The Steelers needed to clear space for him on the roster, and it was widely expected that they would cut fellow tight end Leonard Pope, who is older than Saunders and who has played very little recently. Saunders' release comes out of nowhere, as Chris Adamski indicates:

Weslye Saunders was asked Mon if he might be the 1 who'd get cut-He & everyone else laughed.The very idea was a joke to him & us 3 reporters

This might not be a season-altering move, but it's a very strange one. Saunders was signed as an undrafted free agent last year, but he appeared to have upside. He would seem to be a much better use of a roster spot than Pope. Saunders has a history of off-field issues -- in addition to the drug violation, he was kicked off the University of South Carolina football team for violating team rules. There may be something going on here that we're not yet aware of.

The Steelers can't place Saunders on the practice squad.

This move would appear to be good news for 2012 seventh-round pick and former Oregon tight end David Paulson, who the Steelers might prefer to Saunders.

http://pittsburgh.sbnation.com/2012/10/12/3494988/weslye-saunders-steelers-released

Fire Haley
10-13-2012, 10:24 AM
dum dum dum dum

dump the POPE

wtf are they thinking?

Goldsteel86
10-13-2012, 10:28 AM
dum dum dum dum

wtf are they thinking?

They're not, the only coach who doesn't have the "Chicken Little" syndrome is Haley. Doesn't James Farrior still live "down the road"? Also has he officially retired, might the Steelers look for some leadership on defense, or is the next question to look th the RB position????? I don't agree with the move, but then again who am i?

maddog78
10-13-2012, 10:45 AM
wtf are they thinking?

He had 4 catches for 29 yards last year. Limas Sweed has 6 catches for 64 as a rookie.

I wonder wtf everyone else was thinking about this guy...

Atlanta Dan
10-13-2012, 10:48 AM
wonder why we kept pope, he sucks

Because he is a vested veteran, Pope would have to be paid the minimum of $840,000 even if he were released.

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/steelers/steelers-release-te-saunders-657301/

No home playoff games to add to the bottom line this year - it's all about the Benjamins

Kingmagyar
10-14-2012, 06:36 AM
Wow keep Pope for maybe his last year in the league over a guy who could be playing for the next 10 years? Heath Miller isn't getting any younger either.

Don't see the logic unless Saunders ate too much Colonel Saunders over his suspension and showed up out of shape.

mikegrimey
10-14-2012, 08:00 AM
He had 4 catches for 29 yards last year. Limas Sweed has 6 catches for 64 as a rookie.

I wonder wtf everyone else was thinking about this guy...

Agreed, people's infatuation with Saunders echoes the sentiment that Thad Gibson was the next Greg loyd or jerrod Johnson was our qb of the future

Hawaii 5-0
10-16-2012, 08:07 PM
Former Steelers TE Weslye Saunders Signs With Indianapolis Colts

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 by Dave Bryan

The Pittsburgh Steelers released tight end Weslye Saunders on Friday and on Tuesday he signed with the Indianapolis Colts.

Saunders is now reunited with former Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, who is serving as the Colts interim head coach.

Saunders posted the below picture of him signing his contract on his Twitter account.

@Wes_Saunders88
Tough times don't last...tough people do. So glad to be a part of the Indianapolis Colts! Thanks for the sup instagr.am/p/Q3FfystDr-/
16 Oct 12

Saunders was forced to miss the Steelers first four games of the season after he was suspended back in February for testing positive for a banned substance.

Head coach Mike Tomlin was asked about the release of Saunders on Tuesday and he would only say the decision to release the former undrafted tight end was a personnel based one.

http://www.steelersdepot.com/2012/10/former-steelers-te-weslye-saunders-signs-with-indianaolpis-colts/

SteelerJay
10-16-2012, 09:56 PM
watch the Patriots sign Saunders

Hawaii 5-0
10-16-2012, 10:05 PM
watch the Patriots sign Saunders

the Colts just did...

Lady Steel
10-16-2012, 10:30 PM
It looks like the Indianapolis Colts are becoming the Pittsburgh Steelers Midwest.

Hawaii 5-0
10-17-2012, 01:32 AM
It looks like the Indianapolis Colts are becoming the Pittsburgh Steelers Midwest.

you make a great point.

we now have the Pittsburgh Steelers, a Pittsburgh Steelers Midwest and a Pittsburgh Steelers West.

still missing a subsidiary farm team in the South though...:tt02:

Lokki
10-17-2012, 08:21 AM
you make a great point.

we now have the Pittsburgh Steelers, a Pittsburgh Steelers Midwest and a Pittsburgh Steelers West.

still missing a subsidiary farm team in the South though...:tt02:

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

Fire Haley
10-17-2012, 09:05 AM
Fire Arians!

Fire Haley
10-17-2012, 09:15 AM
He had 4 catches for 29 yards last year. Limas Sweed has 6 catches for 64 as a rookie....

WTF does Sweed have to do with the TE position?

We just released a young guy for a washed up stiff, are you Pope's designated ball licker?

Riddle_Of_Steel
10-18-2012, 12:20 AM
Agreed, people's infatuation with Saunders echoes the sentiment that Thad Gibson was the next Greg loyd or jerrod Johnson was our qb of the future

Considering that he was only thrown to around that many times, that is pretty good. I believe one of those was a huge TD catch as well.

Also, Saunders is a Tight End, while Sweed is a Wide Receiver, so Sweed should have much higher numbers. Heath Miller is having a great season, but is still only averaging around 25 yuards per game.

Poor analysis.

mikegrimey
10-18-2012, 06:24 PM
WTF does Sweed have to do with the TE position?

We just released a young guy for a washed up stiff, are you Pope's designated ball licker?

This was predictably thoughtless vitriol bit the image of the Pope's designated ball licker was just too wet to toss aside

SquirrelHillSteelNut
10-21-2012, 07:57 PM
i believe it all had to do with his off-field issues and the Steelers long-time history of zero tolerance for drugs, criminal acts, and anything detrimental to the organization's image, though there have been several obvious exceptions. i still have never understood why Santonio Holmes didn't go to rehab or something similar, for his substance problem, instead of leaving after being a Superbowl star. *shaking my head*

austinfrench76
10-22-2012, 12:18 AM
If it was their no tolerance policy then why the hell did they keep him until this week???!!! What, they kept him around to gather more info of the Steelers new offense to use when he plays for Indy??? It was nothing more than them feeling great about Paulson. That's it.

Fire Arians
10-22-2012, 12:18 AM
his name is david paulson

dreegking
10-26-2012, 01:40 PM
his name is david paulson

Exactly. This young man has more upside and will prove to be better. IMO he probably is better already. I think Saunders can contribute in Indy and be a solid NFLer, but Paulson will be better.

teegre
10-26-2012, 02:55 PM
his name is david paulson

I don't think that anyone else caught this one...

Nicely played, space monkey. :wink02:

mikegrimey
10-27-2012, 12:12 AM
i believe it all had to do with his off-field issues and the Steelers long-time history of zero tolerance for drugs, criminal acts, and anything detrimental to the organization's image, though there have been several obvious exceptions. i still have never understood why Santonio Holmes didn't go to rehab or something similar, for his substance problem, instead of leaving after being a Superbowl star. *shaking my head*

There is no real world where the Steelers have a zero tolerance policy about drugs, crimes or thing "detrimental" to their image.
We're certainly not the Cincinnati bengals when it comes to second chances, but you'd have to have been purposely not been paying attention to think we have zero tolerance of shenanigans

teegre
10-27-2012, 11:47 AM
There is no real world where the Steelers have a zero tolerance policy about drugs, crimes or thing "detrimental" to their image.
We're certainly not the Cincinnati bengals when it comes to second chances, but you'd have to have been purposely not been paying attention to think we have zero tolerance of shenanigans

Shenanigans?

He was taking Adderall for ADHD. The same medication that Dwyer takes.

The difference: Dwyer informed the NFL before he was tested; Saunders never informed them. Hence, Saunders was suspended.

EbonySteel86
10-27-2012, 03:28 PM
his name is david paulson

His name is David Paulson! His name is David Paulson! His name.is David Paulson! His name is David Paulson........

teegre
10-27-2012, 03:31 PM
His name is David Paulson! His name is David Paulson! His name.is David Paulson! His name is David Paulson........

You're too... BLONDE!!!