The Pittsburgh Steelers have a wealth of talent at the wide receiver position, so naturally other teams will look for opportunities to bring in former black-and-gold pass catchers to help their own receiving corps.
When Pittsburgh chose not to tender Eli Rogers, the former Louisville receiver, he was set to hit the free agent market. The only caveat in this situation is how he is coming off a torn ACL in his knee during the loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars last postseason.
Rogers is now healthy, and stated this week he is ready to choose his next team. A report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter suggests the first stop on his comeback tour might just be in Kansas City with the Chiefs.
Former Steelers’ WR Eli Rogers, who tore his ACL in January during the postseason and has made a strong and quicker-than-expected comeback from his injury, is scheduled to work out Sunday for the KC Chiefs, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 21, 2018
Many Steelers fans were hoping Rogers would return to Pittsburgh to compete for the spot as the slot receiver, a job he held for the past two seasons, but Rogers might be looking at it differently. The Steelers’ receiving depth chart is already pretty full, and there would be no guarantee Rogers would play while behind Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster and rookie James Washington.
In Kansas City, he might view it as a chance to actually play, and not just wait for an opportunity. While this is just a workout, likely to determine how healthy his knee is, if he decides to sign with the Chiefs he will be catching passes from Patrick Mahomes, which certainly won’t be the same as Ben Roethlisberger from his time in Pittsburgh.
Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest on this developing story, as well as other news as the team heads to training camp on the 25th.