Grimble signed a one-year, $540,000 contract with the Steelers, Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. The contract represents the NFL minimum for a player with one year of service time. An exclusive rights free agent, Grimble caught 11 passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns in 12 games this season, and will likely be competing for a backup tight end spot next season.
Grimble failed to receive any targets in the Steelers' 30-12 wild-card win against the Dolphins on Sunday. Grimble missed Week 17 against Cleveland due to a rib injury, but his absence from the passing game against Miami was more likely the result of the offense running on two-of-three plays (66 percent). Playing 12 games in his rookie season, Grimble totaled 11 receptions on 21 targets for 118 yards and two touchdowns.
Grimble (ribs) will play in Sunday's wild-card playoff game against the Dolphins, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Grimble didn't play in the regular season finale versus the Browns after injuring his ribs in the week prior against the Ravens. He caught a 20-yard touchdown in that game against Baltimore, though, and could make for a sneaky, low-cost fantasy play this weekend if starter Ladarius Green (concussion) doesn't clear concussion protocol in time.
Grimble (ribs) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Browns. Though Ladarius Green (concussion) is out Sunday, Grimble remains a speculative play in Week 17, with Jesse James also in the team's TE mix.
Grimble (ribs) is listed as questionable for the Steelers' Week 17 matchup with the Browns on Sunday. Grimble was limited in all three of the Steelers' practices during the week, so the team may wait until Sunday before determining his status. Even with Ladarius Green (concussion) already ruled out for the regular-season finale, Grimble would only be the Steelers' third tight end if active Sunday, so there's little to no fantasy upside to be had here.
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