The Pittsburgh Steelers like to sit back and watch the fireworks of NFL Free Agency as if it were the 4th of July. While some thought the team might deviate from their usual course regarding the official beginning of a new league year, they were wrong.
How did the Steelers kick off their 2017 Free Agency experience? You guessed it — re-sign TE David Johnson.
If bringing back the predominantly blocking tight end wasn’t enough to give you your football fix in early March, the team went out and re-signed quarterback Landry Jones as well.
#Steelers sign backup QB Landry Jones to two-year, $4.4 million deal. Guarantee? Just the $600,000 signing bonus.— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) March 9, 2017
While a good portion of social media will be abuzz with the signing of Jones, one of the biggest punching bags for the team’s global fan base, the move was a good one for the quarterback position, and likely means Ben Roethlisberger will be back next season and possibly beyond.
These moves don’t shake the ground, but they are typical Pittsburgh Steelers moves. Low profile, especially early in free agency, but moves which make sense from a team standpoint.
On top of the two signings, the team also announced they released running back Karlos Williams, brother of ILB Vince Williams.
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