The Pittsburgh Steelers might have wanted to keep B.J. Finney around, but if they did they certainly didn’t offer him a fair deal. How do I know this? Because Finney signed a two-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks for just $8 million dollars.
This per Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network:
The #Seahawks are signing former #Steelers OL B.J. Finney to a two-year, $8 million deal, source said. Versatile interior player who has 13 career starts.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 18, 2020
The Steelers decided to bring in a fullback, a position which isn’t utilized much in the Steelers’ offense, rather than keep a lineman who doesn’t just know the offense but possesses a ridiculous amount of versatility. Finney’s ability to play guard and center make him extremely valuable to an offensive line, especially after the Steelers saw Ramon Foster retire just a day ago.
While Derek Watt will be a special teams demon for the black-and-gold, you have to wonder what the team’s plan is along the offensive line. Zach Banner signed a one-year contract to remain with the Steelers next year, but is it safe to assume the team is preparing to move Matt Feiler, who was their highest graded lineman last year and has yet to receive a tender, to guard and let Chukwuma Okorafor and Banner battle it out at right tackle?
Steelers fans were okay with losing Finney, but when they see the Seahawks grabbed him for just $4 million a year it makes it a tough pill to swallow. On the bright side, the Steelers lose another free agent, which could help them when compensatory draft picks are handed out after the 2020 season.
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