Player News - Steelers

Date: Team: Pos:

Steelers exercised OLB Bud Dupree's fifth-year option for 2019.

The No. 22 overall pick of the 2015 draft, Dupree has been mostly a disappointment through three seasons, recording just 14.5 sacks total. He had his most productive season last year, however, and the option is guaranteed for injury only, meaning the Steelers can still cut him next spring if he does not improve. If he plays out the option year, Dupree will earn $9.232 million in 2019.
Apr 23 - 9:54 AM

Steelers re-signed LB Anthony Chickillo.

Chickillo had been a restricted free agent. He was tendered at the original-round level, locking him into a $1.907 million salary. The 25-year-old logged 19 tackles and three sacks over 269 defensive snaps last season.
Apr 20 - 2:33 PM

Franchise player Le'Veon Bell did not report for the Steelers' offseason program this week.

These "practices" are voluntary, and it was widely expected that Bell wouldn't report, as he remains unsigned on the franchise tag for the second consecutive year. Contract talks have completely stalled and possibly broken off. The sides have until mid-July to hammer out a long-term deal, one that looks like a long shot right now. Bell would then likely skip training camp as well.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 18 - 3:58 PM

James Harrison announced his retirement after 16 seasons in the league.

The seemingly immortal pass rusher finished up his career in New England and spent a year with the Bengals, but he will be remembered for his 14 seasons with the Steelers. Those Pittsburgh years resulted in two Super Bowl victories including his iconic 100-yard interception return for a touchdown in Super Bowl 43 and Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2008. Harrison is the only undrafted free agent to ever win the DPoY award. He finishes his career with 84.5 regular season sacks and another 11 in the playoffs. Harrison will have a case for the Hall of Fame when he is eligible.
Apr 16 - 8:11 AM

Steelers re-signed WR Justin Hunter.

The formerly-hyped second-rounder caught four passes in seven games last season. Going on 27, Hunter has 82 career receptions. He should remain a deep reserve for the Steelers in 2018. That's if he makes the 53-man roster.
Apr 5 - 4:04 PM

Steelers re-signed K Chris Boswell to a one-year, $2.914 million contract.

Boswell was a restricted free agent tendered at the second-round level. The sides reportedly maintain interest in a long-term deal. The Steelers' kicker since 2015, 27-year-old Boswell has converted an elite 89.5 percent of his field goal attempts.
Apr 5 - 3:05 PM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports free agent LB James Harrison will wait until after the draft to sign.

Harrison wants to avoid a situation like the one he faced last season in Pittsburgh, where he was scarcely used before being released. He showed pretty well with the Patriots in the playoffs and still has something to offer as a rotational rusher. He should find a new team when he is ready to sign.
Apr 5 - 9:27 AM

Steelers signed S Nat Berhe, formerly of the Giants, to a one-year contract.

Berhe will replace Robert Golden as Pittsburgh's No. 3 safety and special teams leader.
Apr 4 - 8:23 PM

Steelers re-signed RB Stevan Ridley.

Ridley ran the ball 26 times for 108 yards (4.2 YPC) and one touchdown for Pittsburgh last season, earning himself another look in camp this summer.
Apr 4 - 10:01 AM

Free agent S Nat Berhe is visiting the Steelers.

Berhe made two starts in four seasons with the Giants, primarily operating as a sub-package safety and special teamer. The Steelers are in the market for safety help after parting with Mike Mitchell and Robert Golden.
Apr 2 - 3:46 PM

The Steelers' contract talks with franchise player Le'Veon Bell are on hold.

"We're not intentionally ignoring that," said GM Kevin Colbert. "I anticipate us continuing that process once we get through the free agency period and maybe even through the draft." Colbert does not anticipate the team rescinding the franchise tag and remains optimistic that Bell will attend training camp in July. The deadline for reaching a long-term deal is July 16.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 25 - 12:29 PM

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert said the team is still deciding whether to exercise LB Bud Dupree's fifth-year option for 2019.

The option would be worth more than $9 million, a hefty price for a player who has mostly underachieved since arriving as a first-round pick in 2015. Dupree did set a career-high with six sacks last season but accomplished it while earning PFF's third-worst grade among 3-4 outside linebackers. The deadline to pick up his option is May 3.
Mar 25 - 11:04 AM

Steelers re-signed NT Daniel McCullers to a one-year contract.

McCullers, 25, was a lightly used reserve for last year's Steelers, playing limited snaps in just five appearances. He is a massive man at 6-foot-7, 352. McCullers will compete for playing time behind starting NT Javon Hargrave.
Mar 22 - 2:30 PM

Steelers signed S Morgan Burnett, formerly of the Packers.

Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the deal carries a total value of $14.5 million. Pittsburgh needed help at safety after cutting both Mike Mitchell and Robert Golden, and Burnett was arguably the best available option in what has been an extremely slow moving market. Burnett should settle in as the starter opposite Sean Davis.
Mar 20 - 8:46 AM

Steelers signed LB Jon Bostic, formerly of the Colts, to a two-year contract.

Bostic started 14 games for Indy last year while earning PFF's No. 12 run-stopping grade among inside linebackers. He'll be tasked with replacing Ryan Shazier, who is still recovering from a serious spinal injury.
Mar 18 - 9:50 AM


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