The Pittsburgh Steelers have moved on from their 2015 season, and now turn their attention to the 2016 season. They got started earlier this week when the organization signed rookie FB Roosevelt Nix and offensive lineman Chris Hubbard to new one-year contracts.
The two players were Exclusive Rights Free Agents, and their new contracts will keep them in the black and gold for at least one more season. Their signing will likely have a ripple effect on the roster as well. Nix had moved above Will Johnson on the depth chart, and was a force on special teams. With Johnson being an unrestricted free agent when the 2016 NFL season begins, he will likely be viewed as expendable due to Nix's progression throughout his first season in the league.
Hubbard's signing will help add depth along the offensive line, and could mean Doug Legursky's second stint with the team could be over. With Hubbard, Cody Wallace and Maurkice Pouncey all on the roster, Legursky's role as interior line depth very well could be nullified.
Those weren't the only signings the Steelers had this week. The team also signed several players to "Reserve/Future" signings, giving them a chance to further their career within the Steelers organization.
Here is the list of players who were brought in for a shot at making the 2016 Steelers roster:
Safety Jordan Dangerfield
Offensive linemen Matt Feiler and B.J Finney
Cornerback Isaiah Frey
Tight end Xavier Grimble
Defensive end Caushaud Lyons
Running back Rajion Neal
Receiver Shakim Phillips
Running back Abou Toure
Safety Ray Vinopal
Running back Daryl Richardson
Safety Jacob Hagen
Tackle Brian Mihalik
Kicker Ty Long