With the first day of training camp upon us, all the Steelers' draft picks have been signed. Lawrence Timmons was the last to fall, signing a 5 year deal that could be worth as much as $15 million if he can earn all of the bonuses. With enough story lines from the transition from Cowher to Tomlin and the Alan Faneca business, it was key to stop any rookie holdouts from being a distraction, and the Steelers accomplished that. If there is one person though, who was unhappy to hear the news about Timmons' signing, I'm betting it was this guy:
In other Steelers' news, defensive line coach John Mitchell was appointed assistant head coach, the position last held by Russ Grimm. Or was it assistant to the head coach, ala Dwight Shrute? Either way, I'm not sure how his responsibilities change. I suppose he dons the headset in case Tomlin can not perform his duties or maybe is just the guy who has to get him coffee every morning. Looking at his career though, you have to like the move. Lets just hope he has more success than the last John Mitchell to be appointed to such a high position.
John Mitchell promotion [Post-Gazette]
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