Shazier's fifth-year option, worth $8.7 million, was picked up by the Steelers on Monday, Ray Fittipaldo of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Shazier has been a consistent playmaker for the Steelers since being selected in the first round of the 2014 draft. He recorded 87 tackles, including 3.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and nine passes defensed, including three interceptions, while playing in 13 games in 2016. His fifth-year option will keep him under contract with Pittsburgh through the 2018 season.
Shazier recorded five tackles (all solo) and an interception in Pittsburgh's 18-16 playoff win over Kansas City. Pittsburgh's defense forced two turnovers and held Kansas City to 106 yards of offense in the first half, led by Shazier's fourth interception in as many games. He'll look to keep the streak going against Tom Brady, who threw only two interceptions during the regular season, but was picked off twice in New England's playoff win this week.
Shazier totaled eight tackles (seven solo) and an interception in Pittsburgh's 27-24 overtime win against Cleveland on Sunday. The Steelers next face Miami, against whom they failed to record a sack or a turnover earlier this season, in the Wild Card round. Shazier, who missed that Week 6 game, finished the season with 87 tackles (55 solo), including 3.5 sacks. He also had three interceptions, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
Shazier (illness) was removed from the Steelers' injury report after fully participating in Friday's practice and is set to play Sunday versus the Browns. Shazier was out sick Wednesday and Thursday, but his ability to practice without any limitations Friday implies the linebacker has returned to full health.
Shazier was held out of Thursday's practice with an illness. Shazier appears to have come down with an illness and was given the day off Thursday for further rest and recovery. He still has three days before Sunday's Week 17 matchup with the Browns, so there's a good chance he's able to shake the ailment prior to kickoff. That said, we should see his status updated again over the next few days, which will shed further light on his availability for Sunday.