|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||OLB||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.||G||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||NT||6-1||305||2/7/1993||R||South Carolina State|
|92||Harrison, James||OLB||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|
|90||Mathews, Ricardo (FA)||DE||6-3||300||7/30/1987||7||Cincinnati|
|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||T||6-9||302||8/21/1992||R||Boston College|
|23||Mitchell, Mike||FS||6-1||221||6/10/1987||8||Ohio U.|
|55||Moats, Arthur||OLB||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||ILB||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|
|29||Thomas, Shamarko (FA)||SS||5-9||205||2/23/1991||4||Syracuse|
|Tucker, Marcus||WR||5-10||190||6/24/1992||R||Northern Michigan|
|91||Tuitt, Stephon||DE||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 (FA)||C||6-4||296||11/26/1984||7||Texas A&M|
|96||Walton, L.T.||DE||6-5||305||3/31/1992||2||Central Michigan|
|60||Warren, Greg (FA)||LS||6-3||252||10/18/1981||12||North Carolina|
|Williams, Trey||RB||5-7||200||12/11/1992||2||Texas A&M|
|34||Williams, DeAngelo (FA)||RB||5-9||207||4/25/1983||11||Memphis|
|98||Williams, Vince||ILB||6-1||233||12/27/1989||4||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.
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.
Brown's deal will keep him with the Steelers through the 2021 campaign and includes a four-year extension worth $68 million, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. The timing of the agreement comes as Brown was set to enter the final year of his old contract in 2017. Now secured in Pittsburgh for the long haul, the 28-year-old will aim to remain among the league's elite wide receivers and build on his four straight seasons of at least 105 catches, 1,280 yards, and eight touchdowns this year.
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.
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.
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 turn 39 in May, but the veteran pass rusher hasn't shown many signs of slowing down. He had 50 tackles, including 5.0 sacks, two forced fumbles, and an interception in 2016. He may see a slightly reduced role on defense to keep him fresh, but will likely still be one of the team's starting outside linebackers.
As a backup tight end in Pittsburgh last season, Johnson played in all 16 games and made five starts. He finished the regular season with seven receptions for 80 yards. He'll figure to be a backup once again in 2017 and shouldn't be expected to have much fantasy value.
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.
Sensabaugh averaged about 42 tackles while making 27 starts for the Titans over his first four seasons, but then split time between the Rams and Giants last year. In joining the Steelers, the 28-year-old Sensabaugh figures to compete for the team's nickel cornerback job.
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 33-year-old unrestricted free agent hasn't commented on whether he plans to continue playing, but he also hasn't hinted toward any intention of retiring. Coming off an injury-plagued season in which he averaged only 3.5 yards per carry in nine games, Williams doesn't seem to be drawing much attention from other teams. The Steelers recently signed Knile Davis to boost their backfield depth, but the new addition doesn't necessarily preclude Williams from returning, as Davis owns a career YPC of just 3.2 and has done his best work as a kick returner. Should he ultimately return to Pittsburgh for another season, Williams would mostly have value as a handcuff for Le'Veon Bell owners. However, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette believes Williams is unlikely to re-sign.
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.
Wallace's designation will almost certainly end his season, during which he did not step on the field.
Bell was previously anticipated to avoid going under the knife, but after a groin injury kept him sidelined for the majority of Pittsburgh's AFC championship loss, surgery was apparently deemed the best course of action to help him long-term. While Bell, who has missed 20 of 70 possible games since entering the league, will now be forced to come back from another injury, the procedure's six-week timetable doesn't figure to keep him out of action very long.
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.
A 2013 second-round selection, Hunter never emerged as a consistent threat in Tennessee, ultimately getting released at the end of last preseason. He then caught on with a receiver-needy Buffalo squad, yet caught only 10 passes for 189 yards and four touchdowns in 12 games. Hunter's size (6-4, 203 pounds) could make him an occasional deep-ball/red-zone target, but he'll probably have to fight for a roster spot as a depth receiver in Pittsburgh.
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).
Davis joins Pittsburgh after a season in which he was traded from the Chiefs to the Packers, then rejoined Kansas City after being waived by both Green Bay and the Jets. A third-round pick in 2013, Davis has long drawn intrigue for his combination of size and speed, but his career average of 3.2 yards on 250 carries tells the real story of his ability. Although DeAngelo Williams' status as a free agent leaves an opening behind Le'Veon Bell (groin) in the Steelers' high-powered offense, Davis' lack of recent production is something fantasy owners shouldn't overlook.
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.
Alualu, who the Jaguars made the 10th pick overall in the 2010 NFL draft, bolsters the Steelers' defensive line depth, with his ability to play both tackle and end an asset in that regard. In 14 games last season, the 6-foot-3, 304-pound Alualu -- who turns 30 in May -- recorded 37 tackles and 2.5 sacks.
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.
Green's debut with the Steelers didn't take place until Week 10 last season due to an elongated recovery from offseason ankle surgery. Boasting three catches for 30 yards after two games, he came to life over the next four outings, recording one 100-yard performance and averaging a whopping 18.3 YPC on his 15 receptions. However, yet another concussion kept him on the sideline for the final five contests, including the entirety of Pittsburgh's three-game postseason push. Considering his recent comments, Green is confident that he'll be a participant in the offseason program, but his progression through the NFL's protocol for head injuries will determine his upcoming workload.
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.
Shortly after Pittsburgh was eliminated from the playoffs, Roethlisberger said it was prudent to make sure he really wants to continue playing. It would still be a huge surprise if the 35-year-old retired, as he was seemingly just trying to say that he's at the point of his career when it makes sense to at least start thinking about the end. Considering he has a sizable contract and a strong supporting cast, Roethlisberger has ample reason to stick around for at least another year or two. He does take more of a beating than the typical quarterback, which could ultimately lead to retirement before the quality of his play drastically declines..
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 has proven to be a quality backup for Pittsburgh the past few years, starting two games in place of Ben Roethlisberger in 2015 and 2016. Jones is a decent fantasy option if Roethlisberger is forced to miss any games due to injury in 2017.
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.
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.
Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of Bryant's season-long suspension for repeated violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy. He applied for reinstatement in January, and while there's no reason to think his request will be denied, the NFL often takes a few weeks to finalize these matters while ensuring the player has met all the agreed upon terms. The Steelers have stood by Bryant throughout this process, hoping he can re-emerge as an ideal No. 2 receiver next to the smaller Antonio Brown. The 25-year-old has 76 receptions for 1,314 yards (17.3 YPR) and 14 touchdowns in only 21 career regular-season games, with 10 of his catches (13.2 percent) going for 40 or more yards. Bryant reportedly put on 15 pounds while working out in Nevada during the 2016 season. It sounds like it's mostly good weight, but if not, he'll have plenty of time to shed some pounds before training camp.
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.