Disclaimer: The author realizes that the 2021 Steelers are probably not going to have much salary cap room to pony up much money for free agents. However, you never know what they have planned and it’s the author’s responsibility to highlight the free agent options.
The Steelers tried to replace Jordan Berry last year with Dustin Colquitt, That did not work and the team went back down under to re-sign No. 4. With Berry a free agent, do the Steelers look elsewhere for a new leg. Should the Steelers decide that they need to address the position in free agency, this is who is looking for a deal at the position.
ONCE AGAIN. THE AUTHOR REALIZES THAT THE STEELERS DO NOT HAVE THE FUNDS FOR MANY OF THESE PLAYERS. HOWEVER, THIS IS THE LIST OF WHO IS AVAILABLE TO THE ENTIRE LEAGUE AND THE STEELERS. YOU CAN CRITICIZE THE IDIOT AUTHOR ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER OR BLEACHER REPORT COMMENTS SECTION FOR WASTING YOUR TIME AND NOT KNOWING ANYTHING AT ALL, AGAIN AND AGAIN. HOWEVER, THESE WILL CONTINUE TO APPEAR.
Most Notable Free Agent Inside Punters
Cameron Johnston (RFA) - Philadelphia Eagles
Age 29, 5’11”/194 lbs.
Games: 16, Punts: 71, Average Yards Per Punt: 46.7, Longest: 66, Punts Inside-the-20: 29, Punts Blocked: 1, Return %: 57.7, Yards Per Return: 6.7
No. 23 PFF Position Ranking
PFF Punting Grade: 63.0 (Average)
Johnston averaged a top 10 ranking in net punting yards in 2019 and 2020. The restricted free agent is likely to stay in Philly due to teams less likely to give up a pick for his position.
Matt Haack - Miami Dolphins
Age 26, 6’0”/205 lbs.
Games: 16, Punts: 68, Average Yards Per Punt: 44.7, Longest: 63, Punts Inside-the-20: 30, Punts Blocked: 0, Return %: 35.3 Yards Per Return: 12.4
No. 17 PFF Position Ranking
PFF Punting Grade: 66.8 (Above Average)
The Dolphins seem to have moved on from Haack after signing Michael Palardy. Haack has been averaging right in the middle of the punting curve in the past couple of seasons.
Kevin Huber - Cincinnati Bengals
Age 36, 6’1”/210 lbs.
Games: 16, Punts: 71, Average Yards Per Punt: 47.3, Longest: 72, Punts Inside-the-20: 21, Punts Blocked: 0, Return %: 40.8, Yards Per Return: 5.9
PFF Punting Grade: 58.0 (Average)
No. 31 PFF Position Ranking
Huber had a rebound season in 2020 and ranked seventh in net punting. Despite being 36, the veteran of 12 seasons, all in Cincy, still seems to have a lot of leg left.
Andy Lee - Arizona Cardinals
Age 39, 6’1”/185 lbs.
Games: 16, Punts: 58, Average Yards Per Punt: 44.8, Longest: 61, Punts Inside-the-20: 23, Punts Blocked: 0, Return %: 37.7, Yards Per Return: 9.1
PFF Punting Grade: 59.7 (Average)
No. 28 PFF Position Ranking
Andy Lee has been more than a very good punter in the NFL for quite a long time. Lee was second in net punting as recent as 2019, but dropped considerably in 2020. But closing in on the age of 40, General Managers need to decide whether his age precipitated his decline. age 40, General Managers need to decide whether his age precipitated his decline.
Pat O’Donnell - Chicago Bears (Re-signed)
Age 30, 6’4”/212 lbs.
Games: 16, Punts: 64, Average Yards Per Punt: 45.7, Longest: 64, Punts Inside-the-20: 28, Punts Blocked: 0, Return %: 39.1, Yards Per Return: 11.8
PFF Punting Grade: 56.0 (Average)
No. 33 PFF Position Ranking
O’Donnell re-signed with the Bears on a one-year deal.
Steelers Free Agent Punters
Age 30, 6’5”/195 lbs.
Games: 11, Punts: 57, Average Yards Per Punt: 45.8, Longest: 57, Punts Inside-the-20: 25, Punts Blocked: 0, Return %: 38.6, Yards Per Return: 11.0
No. 19 PFF Position Ranking
PFF Punting Grade: 66.1 (Above Average)
Berry has spent a lot of time with the Steelers, but his performance has been spotty over his tenure. They moved on from him before and could again.
Other Free Agent Punters
Michael Palardy - Carolina Panthers (Signed with the Miami Dolphins)
Dustin Colquitt - Jacksonville Jaguars
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