The Pittsburgh Steelers are an organization that looks out for their own. Whether it is in the public light, like they were in the handling of Ryan Shazier’s tragic injury last season, or behind closed doors, they take care of their own.
This fact was reiterated recently in a report from ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler regarding team punter Jordan Berry. Berry, who is a native of Australia, was facing the expiration of his work visa before the team stepped in and granted him a one-year contract extension, keeping him in the United States with current employment.
Not a big deal, right? Well, if Berry wouldn’t have been granted this contract extension he would have been forced to go back to Australia. While returning to the United States wouldn’t have been a problem, who knows how long it would have taken to process the paperwork for his return.
What was the worst-case scenario for Berry? Try missing his May 10th wedding date.
“Worst-case scenario, you miss your wedding,” said Berry, set to marry his wife May 10. “So I wanted to get [a deal] done and avoid all of that. We spoke with the guys with the Steelers to see what they could do.”
This also from Fowler’s report:
On Feb. 1, the Steelers announced the re-signing of Berry to a one-year deal, which was worth $1.887 million. This month, his salary changed to $1.907 million, the amount for a low restricted tender. Berry said his contract included a clause that his salary would increase to meet the tender he was originally set to receive.
With his new contract, and time, Berry plans on staying in Pittsburgh to train, this coming off a very up-and-down season with the team. Berry’s inconsistencies on the field have had people wondering if/when the Steelers will be bringing in another punter to compete with him in training camp. While the team hopes Berry rebounds on the field, their ability to help their own off the field remains a standard few other organizations can live up to.