The Pittsburgh Steelers season ended with a loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game but that has not stopped the team for getting ready for another run next year. Like most teams not involved in Super Bowl LI, Houston the Steelers have begun to look to rebuilding their roster by resigning their own players. While some are offering Super Bowl betting tips, most Steelers fans are waiting to see who the team will bring back next season and who they will let walk. Will they resign Le’Veon Bell and Lawrence Timmons and renegotiate Antonio Brown’s contract? Who will be in and who will be forced to find a new team is the question on everyone’s mind. For some though that answer has already be give as the team had made multiple transactions over the last couple of days.
Steelers kicker Chris Boswell will be back for a third season with the Steelers.
Boswell was set to be an exclusive rights free agent this offseason, which is a designation that is a lot more about the exclusive rights than the free agent as a player can’t leave for another team unless their current one fails to offer them a contract. The Steelers wanted Boswell back and a picture on Boswell’s Instagram shows that the kicker has already put his name on a new deal with the team.
Boswell made 21-of-25 field goals and all 36 extra points he tried during the regular season. He set an NFL playoff record with six field goals in Pittsburgh’s divisional round victory over the Chiefs and hit all eight of his postseason field goal attempts.
The Steelers also re-signed long snapper Greg Warren on Thursday and punter Jordan Berry is under contract for 2017, so the Steelers have all of their kicking specialists in the fold for another year.
Warren will prepare for his 13th season as the Steelers’ long snapper. He made the team as an undrafted free agent in 2005 and has held the job when healthy ever since.
He played in all 16 games last year, marking the seventh straight season he’s played in every game. He’s played in 181 career games and also has played in 15 postseason games.
“First off, I certainly appreciate the Steelers wanting me back,” Warren told the team’s official website. “And second, I appreciate them taking the uncertainty out of where I stand with the team in the future and letting me know I am in the plans for next season. Coach (Mike Tomlin) said he appreciates what I have done, was happy with the performance and would like to continue the relationship. That’s all I need to hear in order for me to know they appreciate what I do and I want to come back.
“This is home. It’s the only place I want to play. When my time comes for me to retire like players before me, I am grateful for the time I have had and it will end here. With that being said, I hope it doesn’t end any time soon and I continue to play for this wonderful organization for a while.”
Fitzgerald Toussaint signed a one-year exclusive rights contract with the Steelers on Tuesday, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reports.
Toussaint played in just 4.2 percent of Pittsburgh’s offensive snaps in 2016, as Le’Veon Bell and DeAngelo Williams handled the vast majority of the running back duties. Toussaint did see significant time on special teams, occasionally seeing return opportunities on kickoffs. He’ll look to continue his role on special teams and possibly earn some added reps on offense in 2017.