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General manager Kevin Colbert indicated that Boswell (groin) will have competition for his position ahead of the upcoming season, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports.
Boswell is due a $2 million roster bonus in March, so if he sticks around through the offseason to actually "have competition," he'd probably still have a long leash entering the preseason. The hope is that Boswell can return to his 2017 Pro Bowl form.
Boswell (groin) is expected to be on the roster entering training camp, but he may have competition in 2019, Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Boswell ended the 2018 season on injured reserve after appearing in 15 games. He had the worst year of his career this year, going 13-for-20 on field goals this season after hitting on 89 percent of his kicks during his first three seasons. He'll look to bounce back as he enters his age-28 season in 2019.
A groin injury was at the root of Boswell's placement on injured reserve prior to Sunday's 16-13 win over the Bengals, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
The legitimacy of Boswell's groin issue is somewhat questionable, as the 27-year-old had displayed uncharacteristically poor accuracy through the Steelers' first 15 games but was never regular featured on the team's injury reports prior to being shut down. In any case, after signing a four-year extension in August, Boswell is in danger of losing his roster spot for good in 2019 after converting only 13 of his 20 field-goal attempts and 43 of 48 extra-point tries before landing on IR. Further hurting Boswell's future within the organization was the fact that the replacement kicker the Steelers signed for the game against Cincinnati, Matt McCrane, nailed all of his kicks, including one from 49 yards out. Pittsburgh is expected to decide on Boswell's fate within the next several weeks, as he'll be due a $2 million roster bonus in March.
Boswell, who was placed on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury prior to Pittsburgh's 16-13 Week 17 win over Cincinnati, finished the season having made 13 of 20 field-goals and 43 of 45 PATs.
His 65 percent success rate on field-goals was the lowest in the league among kickers with 20 or more attempts, and well below his career average of 89.5 percent entering the season. Boswell was signed to a hefty long-term contact after last season -- with over $7 million guaranteed -- so despite his awful season there is a strong chance he will be back kicking for Pittsburgh in 2019.
Boswell was placed on injured reserve Friday with an undisclosed injury.
Boswell was nearly replaced following Week 15 after missing his seventh field-goal attempt of the season, but he responded by not missing a kick last week against the Saints. The 27-year-old was never listed on the injury report, so what he's actually dealing with is currently unclear. Pittsburgh signed Matt McCrane to handle kicking duties as the team heads into the final game of the regular season.