Fos­ter asks ex-Steel­ers to ‘chill’

Doesn’t like crit­i­cism of cur­rent play­ers

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Pitts­burgh Steel­ers guard Ra­mon Fos­ter is ask­ing his ex-team­mates to stop the crit­i­cism of cur­rent Steel­ers play­ers.

The Steel­ers went through a tu­mul­tuous 2018 sea­son with the hold­out of run­ning back Le’Veon Bell and grow­ing ten­sions be­tween quar­ter­back Ben Roeth­lis­berger and All-Pro wide­out Antonio Brown.

And even with Bell and Brown gone from Pitts­burgh, dis­sen­sion has con­tin­ued, with Brown and other for­mer play­ers shar­ing their crit­i­cism of the team on so­cial me­dia. Roeth­lis­berger and wide­out Juju SmithSchus­ter have been among the targets.

Fos­ter, ap­par­ently, has had enough.

“Mov­ing for­ward...any for­mer player or af­fil­i­ate of the Steel­ers who has an issue with any­one still in the locker room, please contact me or Mau­r­kice Pouncey or any­one else you feel you can talk to,” Fos­ter wrote on Twit­ter. “Who­ever you have an issue with, we will get you their num­ber so you can ad­dress them. I PROM­ISE. These me­dia takes might give y’all good traf­fic on your so­cial me­dia out­lets but the guys still in that locker room, who y’all still know per­son­ally have to answer for those com­ments. Call them what you want, but call them per­son­ally and tell THEM. De­fend who you want to de­fend but you don’t have to men­tion the team at all.

“Whether you have a ring or played for one year...ENOUGH... CHILL. Most play­ers at one point in their life want to take their kids back to the place where they once played, don’t burn too many bridges.”

Fos­ter and Pouncey are long­time Steel­ers, with a com­bined 18 seasons on the of­fen­sive line in Pitts­burgh.

Bell is now with the New York Jets and the Steel­ers sent Brown to the Oak­land Raiders in a trade.

Mur­ray vis­its with Gi­ants

Ok­la­homa quar­ter­back and Heis­man Tro­phy win­ner Kyler Mur­ray had a pre-draft visit with the New York Gi­ants on Thurs­day and will re­port­edly head to an NFC East ri­val next.

Mul­ti­ple out­lets re­ported the Gi­ants visit, and Mur­ray posted a photo on so­cial me­dia of the out­side of the team’s fa­cil­ity. The MMQB re­ported Mur­ray also will visit the Washington Red­skins next week.

By most accounts, Mur­ray re­mains the fa­vorite to go first over­all to the Ari­zona Car­di­nals, where the man who re­cruited him out of high school – Kliff Kings­bury – is the new head coach.

The Gi­ants (pick­ing sixth and 17th over­all) and the Red­skins (15th) are both ex­pected to consider quar­ter­backs in the first round, with New York seek­ing a suc­ces­sor for Eli Man­ning and Washington look­ing for an answer with Alex Smith’s fu­ture clouded by a serious leg in­jury sus­tained last sea­son.

The Gi­ants have al­ready brought in other top quar­ter­back prospects Dwayne Haskins, Drew Lock and Daniel Jones for vis­its, along with Will Grier, whom most have pegged as a sec­ond-tier prospect.

Washington has vis­ited with Haskins, Lock and Jones, along with mid-round prospects Jar­rett Stid­ham and Clay­ton Thor­son.

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