The Pittsburgh Steelers officially announced a signing that should make fans of good special team play weep on Tuesday after they confirmed that punter Jordan Berry had been re-signed to new a two-year contract.
In a press release that also made the re-signing of Anthony Chickillo official, the Steelers appear to have surprisingly made retaining Berry something of a priority this offense.
We have agreed to terms with P Jordan Berry and LB Anthony Chickillo on new two-year deals.— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) March 13, 2019
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Berry was the league’s 29th ranked punter in terms of his average last year with 43.7 yards and was 27th in the league with a net average of 43.7 yards. A standard that fairly reflects his entire four-year career with the Steelers.
Of all the signings Pittsburgh will make in the coming weeks, this one may make the least sense to fans who have been frustrated with Berry in recent years and it is hard to imagine that there were not viable alternative on the open market that could have been worth considering.