After third player defection, Steelers eager to get 'vibe' back

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PITTSBURGH — Steven Nelson is thrilled to be here, which is the stance virtually every free-agent signee takes at his introductory news conference. But an endorsement from the new Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback seems timely after a turbulent six months.

“The vibe here around here is very chill. Guys come to work and it’s like a family,” said Nelson, who signed a three-year, $25.5 million deal with the Steelers after four seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs. “I’ve heard great things already. I don’t really pay attention to the crap that’s in the media.”

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The Steelers want — scratch that, need — players who want to be in Pittsburgh, because lately it’s trendy to find a way out of here.

Le’Veon Bell forced his way into free agency in pursuit of guaranteed money, even though the team is convinced Bell did not take its five-year, $70 million offer last offseason because he wanted a fresh start elsewhere.

Antonio Brown forced a trade, also in pursuit of guaranteed

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