|Offense||7th||110.0 (14th)||262.6 (5th)|
|Defense||12th||100.0 (13th)||242.6 (16th)|
|26||Bell, Le'Veon||RB||6-1||225||2/18/1992||4||Michigan State|
|4||Berry, Jordan||P||6-5||195||3/18/1991||2||Eastern Kentucky|
|Blount, Akil||LB||6-2||249||7/2/1994||R||Florida A&M|
|84||Brown, Antonio||WR||5-10||181||7/10/1988||7||Central Michigan|
|25||Burns, Artie||CB||6-0||197||5/1/1995||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|Canaday, Kameron||LS||6-4||245||8/20/1993||R||Portland State|
|56||Chickillo, Anthony||DE||6-3||255||12/10/1992||2||Miami (Fla.)|
|Dixon, Brandon||DB||5-11||203||4/26/1990||2||Northwest Missouri State|
|67||Finney, B.J.||C||6-4||318||10/26/1991||1||Kansas State|
|Fort, L.J.||LB||6-0||232||1/3/1990||2||Northern Iowa|
|79||Hargrave, Javon||DT||6-1||305||2/7/1993||R||South Carolina State|
|68||Harris, Ryan||T||6-5||302||3/11/1985||9||Notre Dame|
|92||Harrison, James||LB||6-0||242||5/4/1978||14||Kent State|
|65||Hawkins, Jerald||T||6-6||305||10/16/1993||R||Louisiana State|
|97||Heyward, Cameron||DE||6-5||295||5/6/1989||6||Ohio State|
|Hughes, A.J.||P||6-0||198||12/7/1993||R||Virginia Tech|
|81||James, Jesse||TE||6-7||261||6/4/1994||2||Penn State|
|82||Johnson, David||TE||6-2||260||8/26/1987||8||Arkansas State|
|Johnson, Gus||RB||5-10||215||8/10/1993||1||Stephen F. Austin St.|
|Johnson, Devonte||DB||5-10||180||1/3/1993||R||Weber State|
|Malleck, Ryan||TE||6-4||249||7/22/1993||R||Virginia Tech|
|Matthews, Mike||C||6-2||300||1/27/1994||R||Texas A&M|
|62||Maxey, Johnny||DT||6-5||303||10/19/1993||R||Mars Hill|
|18||Mettenberger, Zach||QB||6-5||224||7/16/1991||3||Louisiana State|
|69||Mihalik, Brian||DE||6-9||302||8/21/1992||R||Boston College|
|23||Mitchell, Mike||DB||6-1||221||6/10/1987||8||Ohio U.|
|55||Moats, Arthur||LB||6-0||246||3/14/1988||7||James Madison|
|45||Nix-Jones, Roosevelt||FB||5-11||248||3/30/1992||2||Kent State|
|7||Roethlisberger, Ben||QB||6-5||240||3/2/1982||13||Miami (Ohio)|
|20||Shabazz, Al-Hajj||DB||6-0||200||8/2/1992||R||West Chester|
|50||Shazier, Ryan||LB||6-1||230||9/6/1992||3||Ohio State|
|Smith, Dreamius||RB||5-11||225||9/8/1992||1||West Virginia|
|Stewart, Dez||WR||6-2||200||4/18/1993||R||Ohio Dominican|
|94||Timmons, Lawrence||LB||6-1||234||5/14/1986||10||Florida State|
|Tucker, Marcus||WR||5-10||190||6/24/1992||R||Northern Michigan|
|91||Tuitt, Stephon||DT||6-6||303||5/23/1993||3||Notre Dame|
|61||Ume-Ezeoke, Valerian||C||6-3||295||2/14/1993||R||New Mexico State|
|72||Wallace, Cody||C||6-4||296||11/26/1984||7||Texas A&M|
|96||Walton, L.T.||DT||6-5||305||3/31/1992||2||Central Michigan|
|60||Warren, Greg||C||6-3||252||10/18/1981||12||North Carolina|
|11||Wheaton, Markus||WR||5-11||189||2/7/1991||4||Oregon State|
|Williams, Trey||RB||5-7||200||12/11/1992||2||Texas A&M|
|98||Williams, Vince||LB||6-1||233||12/27/1989||4||Florida State|
|Williams, Karlos||RB||6-1||230||5/4/1993||2||Florida State|
|28||Allen, Cortez (IR)||DB||6-1||197||10/29/1988||5||The Citadel|
|Blanchflower, Rob (IR)||TE||6-4||256||6/8/1990||1||Massachusetts|
|39||Johnson, Brandon (IR)||RB||6-2||228||4/2/1993||R||Penn State|
|McCord, Tyriq (IR)||LB||6-3||236||11/6/1993||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|15||Nelson, David (IR)||WR||6-5||215||11/7/1986||6||Florida|
|Rome, Jay (IR)||TE||6-6||254||12/12/1992||R||Georgia|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Hooks, an undrafted player out of Ole Miss entering his third season in the league, participated in the Steelers' training camp last summer but didn't make it past the final roster cuts. He likely won't compete for anything more than a depth role along the defensive line.
This move is a necessity now that left tackle Ryan Clady is likely lost for the season due to a torn ACL that he sustained in practice on Wednesday.
This move brings Harris back to the organization he started his NFL career with as he played with the Broncos, which drafted him in the third round, from 2007-2010.
Harris was with the Chiefs a year ago and started 15 of the 16 games he appeared in.
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.
The Patriots followed their proven method of focusing on limiting the opponent's No. 1 receiving threat, a task that became even easier when Le'Veon Bell was lost to a groin injury after only six carries. Brown was able to shake loose for some receptions in the short-to-intermediate passing game, but his game-long reception was a modest 18 yards. The sixth-year pro was actually second in targets to Eli Rogers on the night and shared the team lead in receptions with him and DeAngelo Williams. Despite the disappointing conclusion to the season, Brown posted a fourth consecutive 100-reception campaign, while also posting the second-highest amount of touchdowns (12) in his career.
The 24-year-old has had stints with the Patriots, Colts, and Cowboys, but has never been able to find his footing in the league. He'll now hope to secure a reserve spot on the Steelers roster as they head into the offseason.
Jones finishes this regular season with 41 tackles (29 solo), including the one sack. He also had two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and an interception. Pittsburgh will next face the Dolphins in the playoffs for the first time since the 1984 AFC championship game.
Chickillo's resigning helps Pittsburgh fortify it's linebacker depth. The 24-year old linebacker played in 30.2 percent of the team's defensive snaps in 2016 and recorded 29 tackles, including 2.5 sacks, on the season. He'll look to see a slightly increased role in 2017.
Tackle Marcus Gilbert and safety Mike Mitchell had tweaks made to their contracts that won't affect their income for the 2015 season. However, the money they were slated to make from their salaries and roster bonuses are being applied as signing bonuses to free up cap space for the upcoming league year.
The restructured signing bonuses will be prorated and affect their cap number for future seasons.
The restructured deals were likely done to help free up money to re-sign linebacker Jason Worilds, linebacker Arthur Moats and cornerback Brice McCain.
Pittsburgh's defense held Miami to 159 total yards in the first half to take a 20-6 lead, before Cockrell left to be evaluated for a concussion. He later returned to second-half action, recording three of his eight tackles.
Mathews was held out of Sunday's win over the Chiefs due to his ankle injury but he appears to be recovered now. He'll likely be able to play in Sunday's AFC championship game, barring any further setbacks.
Smith spent much of the season on the Steelers' practice squad after being waived with an injury designation from the Chargers in September. He'll look to land a spot at the bottom of Pittsburgh's running back depth chart in 2017.
Wheaton only played in three games this season, as he never returned from the shoulder aliment he suffered after Week 5's win over the Jets. He'll now be out of commission for at least three months, but could return in time for offseason workouts in April and May. Wheaton is an unrestricted free agent, so it's uncertain where he'll wind up next season, but this injury could deter teams from taking a chance on the wideout.
After recording four sacks in his rookie season, Dupree totaled 4.5 sacks in 2016, despite playing in just seven games. He also recorded 24 tackles (19 solo). He missed Pittsburgh's Week 6 game against Miami, who they'll face in the playoffs for the fourth time in franchise history.
Harrison will be 39 when the 2017 season begins. Despite his age, the veteran linebacker has continued to be productive, racking up 73 tackles, 7.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and an interception while playing in 18 games (including playoffs) in 2016. Harrison could see a slight reduction in play time as the team looks to keep him fresh and impactful at his age, but he's given no indications of slowing down and figures to be quality defender for Pittsburgh once again next year.
Going without a touch is not unusual for Johnson. He played in all 16 games this season, recording just seven catches on 11 targets for 80 yards. An unrestricted free agent, his role is unlikely to change regardless of whether he returns to Pittsburgh or move on to another team next season.
Allen missed all of last season after suffering a knee injury in Week 1, but his release also comes after he signed a lucrative four-year extension with Pittsburgh in 2014. Now a free agent, Allen's absence further ensures the Steelers will address the cornerback position through the draft.
The fumble recovery off a James Harrison strip sack inside Pittsburgh's red zone preserved a 20-6 halftime lead from which Miami never recovered. This season, Tuitt was on the field for 73 percent of all defensive snaps (more than any other Steelers' defensive lineman), despite spending the last two games of the regular season on the sideline nursing a sprained knee. He recorded 37 tackles (28 solo), including four sacks this season, which was a bit of a step backwards after totaling 54 tackles (39 solo), including 6.5 sacks in 2015.
Mettenberger was released by the Chargers on Tuesday, but it took all of just one day for him to find a new home in Pittsburgh. The 25-year-old will likely have most of the team's final preseason game Thursday to make a case for the backup quarterback gig. Mettenberger will only have a few days to prove his worth over the likes of Bruce Gradkowski and Landry Jones as Saturday's 53-man roster deadline looms large.
Mitchell is a consistent and reliable defensive presence, playing in every game since joining the Steelers three years ago. He finishes his 2016 campaign with 78 tackles (55 solo), with an interception and a fumble recovery.
Moffitt was a third-round draft pick in 2011 and played two years for Seattle. He was traded to Denver and retired early in the 2013 season.
He was arrested in 2014 on assault and drug charges, which were later dropped.
To make room, the Eagles released undrafted rookie free agent Cole Manhart.
Moats played in all 16 regular season games for the fourth consecutive season, finishing with 21 tackles (nine solo), including 3.5 sacks.
The other players on their injury report submitted Friday are probable. They are wide receivers Martavis Bryant (illness) and Markus Wheaton (groin), linebacker James Harrison (illness), guard Ramon Foster (ankle) and tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle).
The veteran wideout finished the season on IR and did not play a single snap for the Steelers prior to his release. It's unclear at this point if a team will take a flier on the oft-injured Nelson given that he's played in all of 18 games over the past three seasons, but his 6-foot-5 frame could be intriguing enough for a team to give him a shot in training camp.
The rookie linebacker played in all 16 regular season games, totaling 20 tackles (16 solo). He recorded a career-best nine tackles against Miami, who he'll face in the wild-card game, earlier this season.
Targeted twice, Nix had his first receptions this season, matching his 2015 total. He still has no rushing attempts in his two NFL seasons, a trend that should continue when Pittsburgh hosts Miami in the Wild Card round.
The combination of losing Le'Veon Bell (groin) and trailing early forced Pittsburgh to become one-dimensional on offense. As a result, Williams was more of a factor in the passing game. Injuries and suspensions to Bell have required the Steelers to call upon Williams often during his tenure with the team. He'll turn 34 before next season, but the unrestricted free agent may seek a starting role elsewhere next season.
Gilliam caught a fake field goal touchdown during the NFC Championship Game for Seattle.
The game is currently pick'em between Seattle and New England.
Severin was waived by the Steelers with an injury designation in August and was placed on IR after he cleared waivers. He'll look to stay healthy and catch on with Pittsburgh as a depth receiver in 2017.
After dominating opponents their past nine games, Pittsburgh's defense looked inept against Tom Brady, who led New England to four touchdowns and 411 yards of offense without a turnover. If the Steelers hope to overtake the Patriots next season, resigning Timmons, who is an unrestricted free agent, will be a priority.
Wallace's designation will almost certainly end his season, during which he did not step on the field.
Per Rapoport, a procedure would have been performed at this point, if specialists deemed it crucial to Bell's long-term health. Instead, Bell will focus on rehabilitating the groin injury that forced him to sit out all but 11 of the Steelers' 69 offensive snaps in the AFC championship game. In the coming days, the organization must choose whether to apply its franchise tag to Bell by March 1, work out a long-term deal by March 9, or risk losing him as an unrestricted free agent after 4 PM ET on the latter date. The 25-year-old has recorded at least 1,800 total yards, 75 receptions, and nine touchdowns in two of the last three seasons, but multiple suspensions and ailments have wiped away 20 of a possible 70 games in his four-year career, so the front office may be reticent to allocate significant money to the All-Pro.
Hilton missed the first three days of practice with a non-football injury but returned to the field on Sunday. He'll now look to compete for a spot on the 53-man roster as a reserve cornerback.
Toussaint played in just 4.2 percent of Pittsburgh's offensive snaps in 2016, as Le'Veon Bell and Deangelo Williams handled the vast majority of the running back duties. Toussaint did see significant time on special teams, occasionally seeing return opportunities on kickoffs. He'll look to continue his role on special teams and possibly earn some added reps on offense in 2017.
The veteran speedster was targeted deep on the two passes he saw -- including one in the end zone -- but Ben Roethlisberger misfired on both occasions. In relatively desperate need of offense after Le'Veon Bell exited early with a groin injury and with Tom Brady and his receivers hitting on all cylinders, the Steelers still curiously opted to primarily rely on the young and inexperienced trio of Eli Rogers, Cobi Hamilton and Sammie Coates alongside Antonio Brown as the principal wideout options. Heyward-Bey appeared to only receive a handful of snaps despite his play-making ability, a strangely fitting end to a disappointing 2016 campaign. The former first-round pick tallied the second-lowest reception (six) and yardage (114) totals of his career while appearing in a career-low 10 games. Although he has two seasons remaining on his current contract at a modest yearly cap hit of approximately $1.3 million, Heyward-Bey's status for next season likely hinges on the continued development of Rogers, Hamilton, Coates and DeMarcus Ayers, as well as the potential return of Martavis Bryant (suspension).
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.
This was another solid effort by the rookie safety, helping to lead Pittsburgh to their seventh straight victory after a 4-5 start. Davis finished the season with 70 tackles (55 solo), including 1.5 sacks and two interceptions.
Despite trailing all game, all but one of James' receptions came before halftime, including what appeared to be a 19-yard touchdown that, upon review, was ruled down by contact at the one-yard line. The Steelers ultimately settled for a Chris Boswell field-goal, and never reached the end zone again until the final minutes of the game.
Heyward, arguably the Steelers' best defensive player up front, was placed on injured reserve Saturday. His six-month recovery time places his expected return near the beginning of 2017's training camp. In the meantime, look for Ricardo Mathews to take over for Heyward at defensive end in Pittsburgh 3-4 scheme.
Shabazz was added to the roster prior to last week's game against the Colts, but he was taken off it this week to open up a spot for linebacker Brennan Scarlett.
Hamilton is set to rejoin the Steelers after beginning the season as a free agent. He finished the regular season with 17 receptions for 234 yards and two touchdowns and added another score in the AFC Championship loss to the Patriots. Although he made the most of his limited opportunities, Hamilton is far from a lock to have a significant role in the upcoming season as he'll have to battle Darrius Heyward-Bey, Eli Rogers, and Sammie Coates for targets behind Antonio Brown. There's also the potential added competition should the Steelers add a wide receiver in the draft.
Williams finished the regular season with 47 tackles (37 solo). He has been the model of consistency over his four-year career, averaging 47 tackles per season, but he stepped-up his game slightly, recording two sacks after having just a half sack in his previous three seasons.
Mathews is nursing an ankle injury, while Allen is suffering from an ankle and shoulder injury.
A lengthy recovery from offseason ankle surgery pushed back Green's debut as a Steeler to Week 10, but he was only active for six games before a concussion reared its head in Week 15, keeping him sidelined during the team's run to the AFC championship game. Beset by concussions in the past, there's no telling when he'll rid himself of symptoms. For Green's sake, general manager Kevin Colbert expects the tight end to be a part of the Steelers' roster next season, per Dale Lolley of the Observer-Reporter. Having said that, Green's recovery will likely determine Colbert's course of action in upcoming months.
Warren joined the Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2005 and has snapped in 149 regular-season games and 10 postseason games for the team. He appeared in every game for the Steelers in 2014.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
Golson hasn't appeared in a single game since being picked by the Steelers in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He had Lisfranc surgery on his foot in August and ended the 2016 season on injured reserve. He'll continue to work on rehabbing his injury in the hopes of making his debut at some point during the 2017 campaign.
Malleck spent training camp with the Giants in 2016 before suffering a neck injury and being released just prior to the start of the regular season. He'll have an opportunity to compete for a depth role as a tight end and a special teams player in Pittsburgh in 2017.
The Steelers' defense has allowed an average of just 14 points in two playoff wins, but will face a Patriots' offense that scored 34 points in their win over the Texans. New England, which averaged 27.5 points per game this season, has won four of their last five games against the Steelers, including a 27-16 win in Week 7, and Pittsburgh has never beaten Tom Brady at home; their one win in New England came in 2008 against Matt Cassel.
It would of course be a stunner if Roethlisberger, who turns 35 in March, elected to retire, but it's a scenario that the QB has declined to rule out 100 percent, at least for now. "I'm not by any means saying I'm not coming back or anything like that," Roethlisberger noted Tuesday on his weekly radio segment on 93.7 FM. "I'm saying at this point of my career that it's prudent...to evaluate, to make sure." Meanwhile, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler relays that two Steelers team sources indicated they would be surprised if Roethlisberger retired, but added that they are respecting the signal-caller's process. Zach Mettenberger is currently the only other quarterback the team has under contract for 2017.
Just one week removed from setting an NFL playoff record with six field-goals, Boswell was a non-factor, going the entire second half of the game without an opportunity to put points on the board.
Jones made his second start of the season as Pittsburgh rested several key regulars on the offensive side of the ball and connected for scores with three different receivers, including a 26-yard strike to Cobi Hamilton that won the game in overtime. Despite this performance, Jones will merely serve as a backup to Ben Roethlisberger as the team begins its postseason run.
Mihalik was signed by Detroit just two days ago. Mihalik has yet to make his NFL debut.
Pouncey sustained a dislocated thumb in last week's loss to the Ravens that required surgery on Tuesday. However, he remarkably won't miss any time and will instantly slot back in as the Steelers' starting center.
Thomas will be shut down after missing the past three games with a concussion. The Steelers promoted CB Al-Hajj Shabazz from the practice squad to take his place on the active roster.
Johnson ended his 2016 campaign on injured reserve with an ankle injury. He'll be looking to secure a depth linebacker position in 2017.
The ankle injury that forced Ricardo Mathews from the game resulted in increased defensive snaps for Walton, allowing him to have a personal-best three tackles against Cleveland. He finished with eight tackles (six solo) in 10 games this season.
Coates' well-documented hand surgery has been the focus of his offseason activity thus far, but it appears he's been dealing with a lower-body ailment as well. It isn't clear when he went under the knife, but this latest procedure only complicates the receiver's timeline for a return. At this point, Coates appears truly questionable to be ready for the start of team workouts in April.
Williams impressed on the field as a rookie in 2015, spelling the Bills' LeSean McCoy to the tune of 517 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground in 11 games. Furthermore, Williams displayed some pass-catching acumen with 11 catches (on 14 targets) for 96 yards and two touchdowns. However, his first full offseason didn't go as swimmingly, as he showed up to spring workouts significantly overweight before he was handed a four-game ban for a violation of the substance abuse policy. After landing on the non-football illness list at the outset of training camp, he made a brief foray in drills after passing a physical but was cut loose a short time later on Aug. 20. Eventually landing on the Steelers' practice squad on Oct. 12, Williams was tabbed with a lengthier suspension in late November for another violation of the policy on substances of abuse. Although his career seemed to be hanging on by a thread entering the offseason, Thursday's development could be the jump start he requires to find his way in the NFL.
Among those waived are: wide receivers Kadron Boone and B.J. Cunningham; tight ends Emil Igwenagu and Blake Annen; offensive lineman Michael Bamiro, Karim Barton and Donald Hawkins; linebacker Jake Knott; defensive backs Daytawion Lowe and Davon Morgan; defensive linemen Joe Kruger, Frances Mays and Alejandro Villanueva; and kicker Carey Spear.
The team still has to make one more cut before Tuesday.
Anderson signed with the Steelers as an undrafted rookie in the offseason. He was waived with an injury designation in July and placed on IR after clearing waivers. He'll look to make the team as a depth player in 2017.
Playing in just his second game of the season, Maxey saw a slight increase in snaps when Ricardo Mathews sustained an ankle injury that forced him out of the game. The tackle was the first of his NFL career.
Feiler is expected to add depth along one of the best offensive lines in the league. Feiler has yet to make his NFL debut.
McCullers had the best game of his three-year career, finishing the season with 17 tackles (10 solo), including the one sack. Pittsburgh hosts Miami, against whom they lost 3015 in Week 6, in the Wild Card round next week.
Rogers led all Pittsburgh receivers with 10 targets, but also lost a fumble after a five-yard catch, leading to a New England touchdown. Still, he should enter camp next season as the favorite to start opposite Antonio Brown.
Philon was in Pittsburgh for training camp last summer but was waived after sustaining an unspecified ankle injury. However, he avoided placement on injured reserve after reaching an injury settlement with the team. Given the abundance of defensive lineman still under contract with the Steelers in 2017, Philon likely won't compete for anything more than a reserve role this summer.
This news is unsurprising, as Bryant just became eligible to apply for his reinstatement. The 25-year-old has not played in a regular season game since 2015, but has demonstrated excellent play-making when he has been able to take the field. In 21 career games the 6-foot-4 211-pounder has reached paydirt 14 times, while averaging 17.3 yards per reception.
The procedure, which was performed on both sides of his legs, is more commonly known as sports-hernia surgery, and has an estimated recovery time of two months. After spending most of the 2016 season on the practice squad, Ayers will compete for a spot on the 53-man roster next season.