|Offense||4th||104.2 (19th)||273.8 (3rd)|
|Defense||5th||105.8 (9th)||201.1 (7th)|
|99||Adams, Keion||LB||6-2||245||6/8/1995||2||Western Michigan|
|27||Allen, Marcus||DB||6-2||215||8/8/1996||R||Penn State|
|26||Bell, Le'Veon||RB||6-1||225||2/18/1992||6||Michigan State|
|31||Berhe, Nat||DB||5-11||195||7/6/1991||5||San Diego State|
|4||Berry, Jordan||P||6-5||195||3/18/1991||4||Eastern Kentucky|
|84||Brown, Antonio||WR||5-10||181||7/10/1988||9||Central Michigan|
|42||Burnett, Morgan||DB||6-1||209||1/13/1989||9||Georgia Tech|
|25||Burns, Artie||CB||6-0||197||5/1/1995||3||Miami (Fla.)|
|57||Canaday, Kameron||LS||6-4||245||8/20/1992||2||Portland State|
|62||Cheek, Joseph||T||6-7||311||12/2/1992||1||Texas A&M|
|56||Chickillo, Anthony||LB||6-3||255||12/10/1992||4||Miami (Fla.)|
|60||Collins, Parker||C||6-3||295||5/19/1994||R||Appalachian State|
|34||Edmunds, Terrell||SAF||6-1||217||1/20/1997||R||Virginia Tech|
|67||Finney, B.J.||C||6-4||318||10/26/1991||3||Kansas State|
|54||Fort, L.J.||LB||6-0||232||1/3/1990||4||Northern Iowa|
|40||Franklin, Jarvion||RB||6-0||239||//||R||Western Michigan|
|39||Golden, Malik||DB||6-0||205||4/27/1993||1||Penn State|
|85||Grimble, Xavier||TE||6-4||261||9/22/1992||3||Southern California|
|79||Hargrave, Javon||DT||6-2||305||2/7/1993||3||South Carolina State|
|97||Heyward, Cameron||DT||6-5||295||5/6/1989||8||Ohio State|
|28||Hilton, Mike||CB||5-9||184||3/9/1994||2||Ole Miss|
|95||Hooks, Lavon||DE||6-3||312||1/23/1992||1||Ole Miss|
|81||James, Jesse||TE||6-7||261||6/4/1994||4||Penn State|
|49||Leslie, Darnell||DE||6-2||235||5/16/1994||R||Monmouth (N.J.)|
|87||McKever, Pharoah||TE||6-6||248||//||R||Florida International|
|23||Mitchell, Mike (FA)||DB||6-1||221||6/10/1987||10||Ohio|
|55||Moats, Arthur (FA)||LB||6-0||246||3/14/1988||9||James Madison|
|45||Nix-Jones, Roosevelt||FB||5-11||248||3/30/1992||4||Kent State|
|76||Okorafor, Chuks||T||6-6||320||//||R||Western Michigan|
|Patterson, Damoun||WR||6-2||190||//||R||Youngstown State|
|35||Phillips, Dashaun||CB||5-11||186||1/3/1991||3||Tarleton State|
|Prince, R.J.||G||6-6||311||4/19/1995||R||North Carolina|
|7||Roethlisberger, Ben||QB||6-5||240||3/2/1982||15||Miami (Ohio)|
|17||Rogers, Eli (FA)||WR||5-10||187||12/23/1992||4||Louisville|
|2||Rudolph, Mason||QB||6-5||235||7/17/1995||R||Oklahoma State|
|38||Samuels, Jaylen||RB||6-0||225||//||R||NC State|
|49||Scotland-Williamson, Christian||TE||6-9||274||7/5/1993||R||No College|
|50||Shazier, Ryan||LB||6-1||230||9/6/1992||5||Ohio State|
|19||Smith-Schuster, JuJu||WR||6-1||215||11/22/1996||2||Southern California|
|51||Spence, Sean (FA)||LB||5-11||231||6/7/1990||7||Miami (Fla.)|
|39||Summers, James||RB||6-3||210||6/12/1994||1||East Carolina|
|18||Thomas, Justin||WR||5-11||185||3/15/1994||1||Georgia Tech|
|46||Thomas, Matthew||LB||6-3||232||7/21/1995||R||Florida State|
|16||Tucker, Marcus||WR||5-10||190||6/24/1992||1||Northern Michigan|
|91||Tuitt, Stephon||DT||6-6||303||5/23/1993||5||Notre Dame|
|78||Villanueva, Alejandro||T||6-9||320||9/22/1988||4||Army West Point|
|96||Walton, L.T.||DT||6-5||305||3/31/1992||4||Central Michigan|
|13||Washington, James||WR||5-11||213||4/2/1996||R||Oklahoma State|
|98||Williams, Vince||LB||6-1||233||12/27/1989||6||Florida State|
|28||Allen, Cortez (IR)||DB||6-1||197||10/29/1988||5||The Citadel|
|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.)|
|Rome, Jay (IR)||TE||6-6||254||12/12/1992||R||Georgia|
Conner spent the final three games of the 2017 season on injured reserve due to a damaged MCL in his right knee. It isn't clear if he'll be operating under any physical limitations when offseason workouts commence in April, but he at least seems to be on track to be available in some capacity.
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.
Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert announced months ago that Shazier wouldn't play during the 2018 season, so this is merely confirmation of that previous report. Shazier will continue to go through his rehabilitation after a severe spinal injury cut his 2017 campaign short. He seemingly hopes to eventually return to the field, though it's unclear if he'll ever receive medical clearance to do so.
Brown opted for the standard base-to-bonus restructure that teams use to push the cap charges for their top players into future years. The move frees up some room for the team to cover Le'Veon Bell's franchise tag, but it won't make negotiations on a long-term deal with the running back any easier. Even with the restructure, Brown still owns the top contract among NFL wideouts in terms of average annual value, a deserved reward after a 2017 campaign in which he caught 101 of 162 targets for a league-leading 1,533 yards and nine touchdowns in 14 games. His late-season calf injury is a non-concern after Brown caught seven passes for 132 yards and two scores in the Steelers' lone playoff game before taking part in the Pro Bowl on Jan. 28. Injuries to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger are the only thing that has been able to slow Brown's production at any point during the past five seasons.
Bostic has missed 26 games since entering the NFL as a second-round pick in 2013, limited by a mixture of hip, ankle and knee injuries. He spent the final two weeks of last season on injured reserve with a knee sprain, but he believes he could've played in Week 17 if the Colts had allowed it. Bostic finished the year with a career-high 97 tackles in 14 games, though his stat line otherwise consisted of just one sack, one fumble recovery and three pass breakups. He's had a hand in only three turnovers and three sacks throughout his career, displaying little in the way of playmaking ability. He figures to compete with Tyler Matakevich (shoulder) for a starting inside linebacker job next to Vince Williams, as the Steelers already have ruled Ryan Shazier (neck) out for the season. The team hopes to have both Bostic and Matakevich healthy for the start of the offseason program in mid-April.
The best deal available was with Pittsburgh, the team that drafted him in the sixth round in 2015. Chickillo spent the last two seasons in a reserve role, compiling 48 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 31 games. With T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree still in the lineup, Chickillo will likely work in the same role in 2018.
Gilbert will remain subject to the league's concussion protocol, while his status for the AFC championship may be in question if the Steelers were to advance past the divisional round.
The sack was Fort's first of the season, and his first since 2012 when he was, ironically, with the Browns. Fort played less than eight percent of Pittsburgh's defensive snaps, and is seen primarily as a special teams player, limiting his fantasy value.
Selected 22nd overall in the 2015 draft, Dupree hasn't quite lived up to expectations through three seasons, but he did at least post career-high marks for tackles (40), sacks (six) and tackles for loss (12) in 15 games last year. The fifth-year option isn't a huge risk, as it's only guaranteed for injury and should cost less than $10 million. Dupree and 2017 first-round pick T.J. Watt figure to serve as Pittsburgh's starting outside linebackers in 2018, though it won't come as any surprise if the team brings in an early draft pick to push Dupree for snaps. The Steelers probably don't have any intention of signing Dupree to an extension before the season.
The veteran back joined the Steelers for the final two games of the season last year, rushing for 108 yards and one score on 26 carries -- he did not see any action during the postseason. He'll now have an opportunity to compete with James Conner and Fitzgerald Toussaint for a backup role behind Le'Veon Bell this offseason.
Canaday is now signed through the 2018 season to continue being the Steelers' long snapper. Kicker Chris Boswell hit 35 of 38 field goals and 37 of 39 extra points this season with Canaday snapping the ball.
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.
McDonald played in 10 games during his first season with the Steelers in 2017, hauling in just 14 catches for 188 yards and a touchdown on the year. However, he showed out in the playoffs against Jacksonville, recording 10 catches for 112 yards in the game. McDonald has never been a consistent fantasy option at tight end, but he could be worth backup or spot start consideration in most formats if he sees an increased role as the top tight end with the Steelers.
This looks like a nice pick for Pittsburgh. A huge corner at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds with 34-inch arms, Allen ran a 4.48-second 40 at the Combine while logging a superb 6.64-second three-cone drill. If he can't stick at corner, Allen should make a worthwhile safety project for Pittsburgh.
Tuitt injured his right elbow during Wednesday's practice and was subsequently held out of Thursday's session. However, he returned as a full participant Friday and is now fully on track to suit up for Sunday's game.
DeCastro is being held out due to the Steelers having clinched a bye and facing long odds to overcome the Patriots as the top seed in the playoffs. Expect Matt Feiler to start while DeCastro rests for the playoffs.
Sensabaugh split his time between defense and special teams this season, although he didn't see his first action on defense until Week 10 when Joe Haden suffered a fractured leg that caused him to miss five games. Sensabaugh will get an extra week to rest before Pittsburgh's Week 19 AFC divisional round game.
Mitchell celebrates his 31st birthday in June and carries a $5 million base salary for 2018. The Steelers may try to bring him back at a lower figure, as he's made 60 starts in his four seasons with the team. Mitchell landed between 4.1 and 5.0 tackles per game each of the past five years, highlighted by a 2015 campaign with 80 tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. J.J. Wilcox and Robert Golden would be the top in-house options to replace Mitchell in the starting lineup.
Cheek spent the beginning of the 2017 season on Kansas City's practice squad but was released in late September due to an undisclosed injury. Now healthy again, the Texas A&M product will look to carve out a role on the interior of the Browns' offensive line.
Thomas spent time on the Steelers' practice squad throughout the year after failing to make the 53-man roster heading into the regular season. The 23-year-old will now get an opportunity to further his development in the team's offense this offseason.
Moats failed to record a sack this season, the first time he has done so since joining the Steelers in 2014, and his eight tackles were his fewest in his eight-year career. An unrestricted free agent, Moats be looking for a new team next season, as the Steelers are deep at the linebacker position.
Matakevich underwent surgery in January to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Even with Ryan Shazier (spine) ruled out for the entire 2018 season, a healthy Matakevich isn't considered a realistic candidate to step into the first-string lineup following the Steelers' signing of Jon Bostic to step in next to incumbent starter Vince Williams.
Sutton was placed on injured reserve in early September after suffering a hamstring injury in the Steelers' final preseason game. The team will now have three weeks to decide if it wants Sutton to be one of its two players it can active off of IR. If the Steelers elect not to, Sutton will remain on injured reserve for the remainder of the season.
Jones is a 6-foot-2, 225-pound receiver who impressed in the preseason with the Chiefs. The Steelers don't have many roster spots at receiver available behind Antonio Brown, Juju Smith-Schuster, Martavis Bryant and Darrius Heyward-Bey, but the Memphis product has a shot to crack the 53-man roster ahead of the 2018 season with a strong showing in offseason workouts.
Nix, who was named to the 2018 Pro Bowl, will no longer have to worry about his immediate future. The fullback has logged 45 career games (nine starts) with the Steelers. He logged just one rushing and one receiving touchdown this past season, but his primary role is leading the way for star running back Le'Veon Bell.
Golden went undrafted out of Penn State in 2017 and spent time with both the 49ers and Steelers last summer. However, he wound up on Pittsburgh's injured reserve list prior to the season opener with a groin injury and was released with an injury settlement shortly thereafter. It seems Golden showed promise before going down, though, and he'll now compete for a spot on a roster with questionable cornerback depth.
Bell has already suggested -- barring a contract extension -- he'll follow a route similar to the one he took last year, when he first reported to team facilities in early September after the final exhibition game. He got off to a slow start with 37 carries for 119 yards and seven catches for 19 yards the first two weeks of the season, yet still managed to finish the year with 1,946 scrimmage yards and 11 touchdowns in 15 games. The Steelers have until July 16 to sign Bell to a long-term contract, or else he'll play under the franchise tag for $14.54 million, then presumably find a new home next offseason. The team was reported to have interest in some of the top running backs in April's draft, but ultimately didn't address the position until selecting hybrid RB/FB/TE Jaylen Samuel in the fifth round. This could be taken as a sign that there's still some hope of extending Bell, though prior negotiations don't seem to have come close to an agreement.
When Burnett signed with Pittsburgh in March, most assumed he would slot in as the starting strong safety and push Sean Davis over to free safety. However, it seems like the Steelers -- at least momentarily -- may have something else in mind. While it appears likely that the team will experiment with a number of secondary arrangements as the offseason continues to unfold, IDP owners should take note of Burnett's possible position change, as free safeties naturally play further from the line of scrimmage than strong safeties and consequently tend to post inferior tackle numbers.
Hilton played in all 16 regular season games for the Steelers this season, logging four starts. He recorded 64 tackles (48 solo), six passes defensed, four sacks, two interceptions and one forced fumble on the year. Hilton sits behind Joe Haden and Artie Burns on the depth chart, but only 23, the young cornerback could potentially fly up the ranks in his second season with Pittsburgh.
Expectations were high for Watt, who was selected in the first round (30th overall) of the 2017 draft, and he delivered, even outperforming older brother J.J., who missed much of his season due to injury. The eight tackles were a game-high for the rookie, who also set a franchise record for most sacks by a rookie.
Toussaint will reprise his role as a depth option behind star back Le'Veon Bell and 2017 third-rounder James Conner. In limited work with the Steelers last season, Toussaint carried six times for 25 yards and added two catches for nine yards, while suiting up for six games.
Hunter has bounced around a bit since being drafted by the Titans in 2013 and ultimately made his way to Pittsburgh for the 2017 season, recording just four receptions for 23 yards and one touchdown in seven games. He'll likely reinsert himself on the back end of the depth chart at receiver in 2018.
Selected in the fourth round last year, Dobbs spent his entire rookie season as the No. 3 quarterback, never quite making a push to overtake Jones. The Tennessee product thus finds himself on the roster bubble entering his second season, though the Steelers have incentive from a salary cap perspective to release Jones instead of Dobbs if they decide that rookie third-round pick Mason Rudolph is ready for the No. 2 role. It might also make sense to see if they can trade Dobbs for a late-round pick.
The two receptions were the fewest in a season during DHB's nine-year career, and only the second time in his career without a touchdown reception, while the rushing touchdown was his second in two seasons. Although he is under contract until 2019, Heyward-Bey is only guaranteed $400,000, so his future with the Steelers may be in question.
After seven seasons with Cleveland, Haden joined Pittsburgh, and will finally have an opportunity to take the field in a playoff game. That possibility was almost foiled by a fractured leg suffered in Week 10 that cost Haden five games this season, but he recovered in time for the final regular-season game and appears to be fully recovered. Under contract until 2020, this could be the first of many playoff games for Haden, who should return next season to start opposite Artie Burns in Pittsburgh's defensive backfield.
Grimble snagged just five receptions for 32 yards and one touchdown in 2017, and he was used mainly for his run-blocking abilities. As long as Jesse James and Vance McDonald are ahead of him in the depth chart, Grimble isn't expected to produce much more than that. This contract will take Grimble through the 2018 season.
Smith-Schuster and Bryant essentially operated as co-No. 2 receivers last season, with the former producing far more efficiently while the latter actually held an 84-80 advantage in targets. The 2017 second-round pick's quick development made Bryant expendable, with the Steelers ultimately trading him for a third-round pick in the recently completed draft. The team did use a second-round selection on wideout James Washington, but he shouldn't be an immediate threat to Smith-Schuster's playing time or target volume. Coming off a rookie season in which he caught 58 of 80 targets for 917 yards and seven touchdowns, the USC product is a strong bet to reach triple digits in the target column during his sophomore campaign, potentially even threatening Le'Veon Bell's status as the No. 2 pass-game option in Pittsburgh. Bell finished second on the team in receptions and targets in 2014, 2016 and 2017, trailing Antonio Brown each time.
The Steelers have now mentioned that both Davis and Morgan Burnett have been experimenting at free safety, so it appears one of the two will be playing out of their normal position. Either way, Davis is going to prepare for both positions, which should give Pittsburgh some added flexibility in the secondary. Davis started all 16 games he played in last year, tallying 92 tackles, three interceptions, a forced fumble and a sack. He should remain with the top unit in 2018, though there could be a slight adjustment period if he transitions to free safety as expected.
The Steelers are still looking to solidify their CB depth chart. Phillips, a third-year corner out of Tarleton State, should step in and compete for a depth role behind Artie Burns and Ross Cockrell.
Starting for Cam Heyward (inactive, coach's decision), Alualu got to DeShone Kizer on Cleveland's first offensive possession of the game and was a dominant force on defense the entire game. Pittsburgh recorded six sacks, giving them 56 on the season, only the third time they've notched 50 or more sacks in the past 16 years (2002, 2008).
James came out of the gate strong, scoring two touchdowns on six catches in Week 1, but only managed to score or have more receptions just once more all season. The tight end position has taken a backseat role in Pittsburgh's juggernaut offense, and James will likely still be in a timeshare with Vance McDonald, limiting the fantasy value of both next season.
Griffey went undrafted out of Arizona last spring and has since spent time with both the Colts and Dolphins, but didn't appear in a regular-season game for any team in 2017. He'll be competing for one of two or three roster spots at receiver in Pittsburgh, and will likely need to impress on special teams in order to stick with the team into the 2018 campaign.
Hargrave now has two sacks through his first three games this season, matching his total for all of 2016. He could add to that total in Week 4 against the Ravens, who allowed the Steelers to record five sacks in their two games last season.
Berhe was a key special teams player for the Giants since being selected in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, one who led the unit in tackles last season. He'll likely serve Pittsburgh in a similar capacity, though he does have two career defensive starts to his name and certainly adds depth to the Steelers' secondary, as well.
With 12 sacks entering their Week 17 game against the Browns, Heyward continues to have the best season of his career. The Pittsburgh defense compiled seven sacks against Houston, matching their total from the season opener against Cleveland.
Williams, who posted a career-best 89 tackles during the 2017 regular season, was escorted to the locker room in the first half of Sunday's contest after suffering a head injury. Williams may be able to return to the game if he clears the league's concussion protocol, but L.J. Fort and Tyler Matakevich could see increased roles at inside linebacker.
After leaving Pittsburgh to play for Tennessee last season, Spence was re-signed after Ryan Shazier (spine) was lost for the final four games. He did an admirable job down the stretch and, though he is an unrestricted free agent, could return in 2018 depending on Shazier's recovery.
Burns hyperextended his right knee during Wednesday's practice and wasn't available for Thursday's session. However, it seems the injury proved to be relatively minor in severity, as he was then a full participant Friday and has been cleared to play in Sunday's playoff game.
Roethlisberger has spent the latter portion of his career playing with a strong offensive line, not to mention the best RB-WR duo in recent NFL history. The complementary weapons haven't been so consistent, though the Steelers seem to have solved that problem when they drafted JuJu Smith-Schuster at No. 62 overall last year. The team did trade Martavis Bryant to Oakland during last week's draft, but then replaced him with another wideout late in the second round, James Washington out of Oklahoma State. Pittsburgh then took Washington's college teammate, Mason Rudolph, in the middle of Round 3, but Roethlisberger said it probably will be a while before the rookie QB gets his shot to start. With a playoff-caliber roster that includes all five starters returning on the offensive line, it's easy to see why the 36-year-old is optimistic about extending his career into his late 30s of early 40s. Roethlisberger has played all 16 games just three times in 14 pro seasons, despite playing at least 12 games each year.
The Steelers applied a second-round tender on the kicker before the March 14 deadline, all but assuring he'd be back in Pittsburgh for a fourth season. Putting pen to paper makes the transaction official. On the heels of a career-best 142-point campaign, Boswell is a candidate to put up a similar number behind an offense led by Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and likely Le'Veon Bell, who received the franchise tag for a second straight year.
Dangerfield was waived an reached an injury settlement with the Steelers in early September as he battled an undisclosed injury. The 27-year-old totaled 16 tackles in 14 games with the Steelers in 2016, and also earned a pair of starts.
Pittsburgh's decision to draft Mason Rudolph in the third round hints at disappointment with Dobbs as a developmental project more so than any issue with Jones, who has served as Ben Roethlisberger's top backup since midway through the 2015 season. However, the Steelers could clear up some cap space by keeping Dobbs instead of Jones as their No. 3 quarterback, if they deem Rudolph ready to handle the No. 2 role. The team can save $1.9 million by releasing Jones, compared to only $275,438 for Dobbs, per OverTheCap. Jones may thus need to beat out Rudolph in order to stick on the roster ahead of Dobbs.
Pouncey sat out Week 17 as he nursed a hip injury, but Pittsburgh was likely just exercising caution as they geared up for the playoffs. The 28-year-old should return to his usual starting spot at center for Sunday's divisional round matchup with Jacksonville.
The second-year defensive end did not see much playing time this season, splitting snaps on defense and special teams. With Cameron Heyward, Stephon Tuitt and Tyson Alualu ahead of him on the depth chart, Walton is limited in the fantasy impact he can make, though he should return to play for Pittsburgh in 2018.
The Cardinals cut Wile in favor of veteran punter Andy Lee. He will now look for a new opportunity elsewhere.
Hawkins did not play against the Bears on Sunday after participating fully in practice early last week and eventually being listed questionable. The 23-year-old seems to be healthy, but with Alejandro Villanueva (illness) also not listed on the report, Hawkins will likely resume a reserve role.
Villanueva missed some snaps in Sunday's victory over the Vikings while he was slowed down by heat-related issues. Now fully rested and hydrated, the veteran left tackle should resume his role protecting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's blind side in the Steelers' Week 3 tilt with the Bears.
Feiler was set to become an exclusive rights free agent at the outset of free agency, but secured his spot in Pittsburgh for 2018. The 25-year-old earned his first NFL start in Week 17 as the Steelers geared up for the playoffs and is likely to serve in a reserve role again next season.
McCullers will remain in Pittsburgh, where he was drafted in the sixth-round of the 2014 draft. The nose tackle has been more of a depth lineman so far in his career, registering just one start in 42 career games. The Steelers now have all six defensive linemen who saw action last season under contract for the 2018 season as well.
It's interesting that Tomlin is talking about Rogers as if he's still on the team, considering the wideout became an unrestricted free agent when the Steelers failed to tender him a contract in March. While it's clearly an overstatement to call Rogers a "critical" part of the offense, he does at least seem to remain in the team's plans as a depth option for work from the slot. Recovering from Jan. 17 surgery to repair the ACL and meniscus in his right knee, Rogers said he only expects to be sidelined for four-to-six months. He caught 48 of 66 targets for 594 yards (9.0 YPT) and three touchdowns in 2016 but then dropped off to 18 receptions in 14 games last season as Martavis Bryant and JuJu Smith-Schuster got most of the snaps alongside Antonio Brown. Rogers likely would enter camp as the favorite for the No. 4 receiver job if he were to re-sign with the Steelers and make a full recovery. That's admittedly a lot to ask, given the timing of last season's injury.