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Steelers sign punter Jordan Berry to a one-year deal

The Pittsburgh Steelers are bringing back a familiar face for the 2021 season.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers continue to add to their 2021 offseason roster as they have signed unrestricted free agent punter Jordan Berry to a one-year contract.

Berry all won the punting job with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2015 season and had been the Steelers punter for five seasons before being replaced by Dustin Colquitt to start the 2020 season. After Colquitt was not overly effective through the Steelers first five games, the Steelers re-signed Berry, who in turn had his highest yard per punt average of his career of 45.8 yards.

Throughout Berry’s career, he has 385 regular season punts and 25 postseason punts all with the Steelers. Berry’s career average is 44.4 yards per punt in the regular season and 40.1 yards per punt in the postseason. In his years in Pittsburgh, Berry has 154 punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line with only 18 touchbacks.

Berry has also served as the holder for Chris Boswell on field goals and PATs.

The financials of Berry’s one-year deal have not been disclosed at this time. It is possible Berry signed a deal which could qualify under the veterans salary benefit. Last season, Berry’s contract with the Steelers was $910k where under $600k was paid due to his games on the roster.

While it seems wise for the Steelers to bring back Barry for 2021, the amount of his contract will ultimately be the deciding factor. With no other teams even picking up Berry on the practice squad in 2020, his demand does not seem to be something which would cause a large jump in salary.

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