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Steelers tender exclusive rights free agents Mike Hilton and Matt Feiler

The Steelers have made moves to keep two of their ERFAs off the open market after issuing tenders worth $645,000 to both players.

NFL: Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers continue to work their way through the contracts of their impending free agents this week, with news emerging of two more players receiving tenders on Thursday. Exclusive rights free agents Mike Hilton and Matt Feiler will both be with the Steelers for at least one more season after they were tendered the one-year minimum salary contract required to keep them, as per the rules of the CBA.

This last news coming from Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, as per his latest report.

“They tendered minimum-wage one-year contracts to cornerback Mike Hilton and tackle/guard Matt Feiler, who were exclusive-rights free agents unable to look elsewhere once tendered.”

As EFRAs, neither Hilton or Feiler are now eligible to receive contract offers from other teams and must sign the tender the Steelers have presented them. Both players will earn $645,000 in 2019 and will be restricted free agents in 2020.

It is perhaps worth noting that Bouchette made no mention in his piece of the four other ERFAs on the roster who are eligible to receive a tender this offseason in tight end Jack McGee, tackle Joseph Cheek, linebacker Keith Kelsey and safety Malik Golden. If Pittsburgh does not submit a tender to these player before 4 p.m. ET on March 13, they will become unrestricted free agents this year.