In a move which was only a matter of time until it was announced, the Steelers are reportedly releasing fullback Roosevelt Nix according to ESPN’s Jordan Schultz.
#Steelers are releasing FB Roosevelt Nix, per source. Comes on the heels of the team signing Derek Watt to a two-year deal.— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) March 18, 2020
It was an injury-plagued season for Nix in 2019 as he only appeared in three games. Elected the Steelers’ special teams captain, Nix just couldn’t stay healthy in order to contribute this past season. In his three games, Nix only played 34 offensive snaps and 42 special team snaps. He had two reception for four yards.
Joining the Steelers in 2015, Nix carved out a role for himself as both a fullback and special teams ace. In 2017 he earned Pro Bowl honors as a fullback.
As for the salary ramifications, the Steelers will save just over $1 million towards the 2020 salary cap as Nix contract carries $875,000 in dead money. Although the Steelers could differ half of the dead money until 2021 by designating Nix as a post-June 1 release, the Steelers are probably just as well off absorbing the hit all in 2020.
It is uncertain if Nix’s injury from 2019 is going to affect his future in the NFL. With the Steelers signing Derek Watt to a three-year deal this week, the writing was on the wall for Nix and his future in the Steel City.
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The Steelers made the release of Roosevelt Nix official, even it was just a blurb in a tweet...