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Report: Steelers OLB Anthony Chickillo signs RFA tender

The Pittsburgh Steelers will retain the services of Anthony Chickillo for the 2018 season.

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

The date which Restricted Free Agents (RFAs) had to sign their tender was quickly approaching, and Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Anthony Chickillo followed teammate Chris Boswell’s lead by signing his original round tender, per a source close to ProFootballTalk.

The news means Chickillo will spend the 2018 season with the Steelers before hitting the free agent market after this season, barring a new contract being agreed upon between the two parties.

Last year Chickillo played in all 16 games, and notched two starts to his record. He finished the season with 14 tackles, three sacks and a touchdown — scoring the team’s first touchdown of the 2017 season after a Tyler Matakevich blocked punt was recovered by Chickillo vs. the Browns in Week 1 of last season.

The tender Chickillo signed is an original round tender worth $1.907 million for the 2018 season. He was a sixth-round pick in 2015 NFL Draft.

With Chickillo under contract, the Steelers outside linebacker group is certainly up-in-the-air. Take a look at the current depth chart:

Bud Dupree
T.J. Watt
Anthony Chickillo
Keion Adams

Arthur Moats, who is an unrestricted free agent, could be signed again if the team doesn’t find an outside linebacker they like in the upcoming Draft, but any addition won’t be until after the draft which starts next Thursday.

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