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Pittsburgh Steelers Free Agency Has Begun

With the NFL free agency period finally underway, there have been several major moves around the league.  The Pittsburgh Steelers free agency period has been jump started with some key moves.  These moves have come after the major signings of Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell, and James Harrison before the period began.  I will highlight and update those moves in this article as the free agency period progresses.

Landry Jones and David Johnson Resigned

To start off the free agency period, the Steelers resigned two key contributors on the offense. Both of these were two year contracts.  David Johnson has been a key rotational player at tight end for the Steelers.  In his 6 seasons with Pittsburgh, he has mainly been a blocking tight end and has also lined up at fullback before the addition of Roosevelt Nix. In the 2016-17 season, Johnson caught seven passes for 80 yards.   It will be interesting to see how Johnson is used this season as Pittsburgh still has three other tight ends on the roster.

With the resigning of Jones, the Steelers keep a trustworthy option as a back up, as well as a possible Quarterback of the future. His two year deal is worth $4.4 million.  It is important that they keep Jones on the roster as he knows the offense and Ben Roethlisberger has hinted at retirement in the near future.  Jones is 2-2 as a starter when filling in for Roethlisberger.  He threw for 558 yard with 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions in 2016.  Although Jones has showed promise at times, still look for the Steelers to draft a young quarterback to have in the mix for future purposes.

Lawrence Timmons Leaves For Miami

After ten seasons with the Steelers, inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons has decided to move on.  Timmons agreed to a two year deal with the Miami Dolphins worth $12 million, $11 million guaranteed. Drafted  out of Florida State in 2007 with the 15th overall pick, Timmons has been very productive for the Steelers.  In his ten seasons in  Pittsburgh, Timmons accounted for 981 tackles and 12 interceptions (one for a touchdown).  With Timmons leaving, this frees up more playing time for young linebackers that have been used mainly for special teams purposes such as Tyler Matakevich and Anthony Chickillo.  Also look for the Steelers to draft a young linebacker to add to the mix to play alongside Ryan Shazier.

Markus Wheaton Signs With Bears

In a less surprising move, wide receiver Markus Wheaton decided to move on from the Steelers.  Wheaton agreed to a contract with the Chicago Bears.  In his four years in Pittsburgh, Wheaton accumulated 107 receptions for 1,508 yards and 8 touchdowns.  Wheaton showed promise for the Steelers but got lost in the rotation in the 2016 season due to injury problems.  With the Bears losing Alshon Jeffery, Wheaton will look to compete for a starting job in Chicago.

Jarvis Jones Headed To Arizona

After four seasons in Pittsburgh, outside linebacker Jarvis Jones has moved on.  Jones has decided to sign with the Arizona Cardinals.  Drafted in the first round out of Georgia, Jones hasn’t quite lived up to some of his expectations as he put up very average numbers.  While playing for the Steelers, Jones accounted for 84 tackles and 6 sacks.  Jones will be getting a chance at more playing time in Arizona as he was behind Bud Dupree and James Harrison in Pittsburgh.

Steelers Sign Justin Hunter

The Steelers have finally made a new addition to their roster in the 2017 NFL free agency period.  Pittsburgh has agreed to a one-year contract with wide receiver Justin Hunter. Drafted in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans, Hunter has played four seasons in the league, most recently with the Buffalo Bills.  In his first four seasons, Hunter has accounted for 78 receptions for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns.  In the 2016 season, his only one with the Bills, Hunter finished with 10 receptions for 189 yards and 4 touchdowns in 12 games played.  With Martavis Bryant’s future still being shaky due to off-the-field issues, Hunter adds depth as a deep threat for Roethlisberger to throw to.

Steelers Add RB Depth With Signing Of Davis

The Steelers signed running back Knile Davis to a one-year deal worth $75K.  Davis has played in the NFL for four seasons, most recently with the Green Bay Packers.  However, most of his success has come through his years with the Kansas City Chiefs.  In his four seasons with the Chiefs, Davis accumulated 800 yards rushing for 11 touchdowns.  Davis has also made an impact on special teams as a returner.   In his career, Davis has 1,960 yards and two touchdowns on kick returns.  Davis will look to compete with Fitzgerald Touissant for the back up running back job behind Bell as DeAngelo Williams will most likely be moving on.  Also, Davis could see himself sliding into kick return duties for the Steelers.

Alualu Signing Adds Much Needed Help On The Defensive Line

Defensive end Tyson Alualu recently agreed to a two-year deal with the Steelers.  Alualu has played in the league for seven seasons, all with the Jacksonville Jaguars.  He has had a great impact in the rotation on the defensive line for the Jaguars.  In his seven seasons, Alualu has accounted for 258 tackles and 17.5 sacks.  For the Steelers, Alualu will be a key rotational player behind Cameron Heyward and Stephon Tuitt.  He could also come into a starting role eventually if the Steelers fail to resign Tuitt following the 2017 season.

Steelers Gain Help In The Secondary With Sensabaugh

The Steelers have recently signed cornerback Coty Sensabaugh to a two-year contract worth $2.6 million.  Sensabaugh has played in the NFL for five seaons, playing for the New York Giants and Los Angeles Rams.  In his five seasons in the league, Sensabaugh has accumulated 194 tackles, two interceptions, and 23 pass deflections.  With the addition of Sensabaugh, the Steelers add experience to a young secondary.  Sensabugh could play on the outside and also come in as the nickel for the Steelers.



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