Steelers sign two more players to reserve contracts, including Trey Edmunds

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The Pittsburgh Steelers bring back Trey Edmunds just days after releasing him.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are in the process of getting their offseason roster solidified, and a critical part of that process is signing players to Reserve/Future contracts. The team recently added 13 players to reserve contracts, and Friday they added two more players to their growing roster.

Those players would be running back Trey Edmunds and offensive tackle Jarron Jones. This official statement is from the Steelers:

What might come as a shock to many fans of the black and gold is how the Steelers recently parted ways with Trey Edmunds. He was waived just days ago, most thinking it was to help the veteran running back/special teams player find a new home.

Nonetheless, he finds his way back to the Steelers alongside his brother, Terrell Edmunds, for at least another season.

Edmunds was active for the Steelers in four games in 2020, twice as a practice squad elevation and twice once signed to the active roster before landing on the Reserve/Injured List. After rushing for 92 yards on 22 attempts in the 2019 season, Edmunds did not have a rushing attempt this season and only saw seven snaps on offense.

As for Jaron Jones, he spent the entire 2020 season on the Steelers’ practice squad until he was placed on the injured list prior to the end of the season. A defensive lineman in college at Notre Dame, Jones made the change to offense and came to the Steelers in the 2020 offseason via the XFL.

Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and note surrounding the black and gold as they get ready for a busy offseason with a tremendous amount of turnover likely both within the coaching staff and the roster.

Will the Steelers organization learn from their latest playoff dud?

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The Pittsburgh Steelers were embarrassed, again, in the postseason. Will they learn, for once?

Losing sucks.

There is no better way to put it, and the Pittsburgh Steelers have experienced losing at the worst possible times too often the last few seasons. The playoff defeat to the Cleveland Browns in the Wild Card round of the AFC Playoffs wasn’t just the latest playoff loss, it was a disturbing trend within the organization.

Everyone says you can learn from losing, but at what point will the lessons sink in for the Steelers?

Here is what Minkah Fitzpatrick said in a recent media availability about this topic:

“Me personally, I try not to get too emotional about it, or too low about it, because it is part of the game.” Fitzpatrick said. “A loss like that is very hard to deal with. You hang low for a little bit, but you still have to learn from it.”

As for head coach Mike Tomlin, here were some of his opening remarks for his end of season press conference Wednesday regarding the latest playoff loss.

“In regards to football, still experiencing the disappointment associated with our last performance. It’s just tough to swallow, it’s tough to accept. Coming to grips with that, assessing what transpired. Going through or starting the process of going through the normal things you do unfortunately at this time of year, I start first and foremost saying obviously I didn’t anticipate being here in this position. Disappointed by it.

“Understand that we better make some changes in terms of the things we do. We better look at every aspect of it. Schematics, personnel, approach to business. I am committed to that. I am also committed to not sitting in this position and feeling the way we feel right now moving forward. Those are just the general thoughts and feelings.”

It all sounds great. Many fans will read/hear these comments and nod their head in agreement, assuming these players and coaches will indeed learn from the defeat and adjust accordingly. Hopeful to not feel this again.

Yet here we are.

The Steelers haven’t won a playoff game since the 2016 season, and their last two playoff games, 2017 and 2020, were embarrassing defeats at home to the Jacksonville Jaguars led by Blake Bortles and a depleted Cleveland Browns team due to COVID-19. If those last two playoff failures, or their inability to make the postseason in 2018 and 2019, haven’t taught them anything, what will?

As the 2020 offseason is just days old, maybe the Steelers are finally committed to making the necessary changes to show they have learned from previous failures. Changes which can equate to on-field change in the immediate future.

Not renewing the contracts of offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner, offensive line coach Shaun Sarrett and defensive backs coach Tom Bradley was a step in the right direction. But there are still a lot of pieces missing on this puzzle.

Will they have the ability to bring in the right offensive coordinator to lead this team in the future?

Will they have the guts to make another bold move before, or during, the 2021 NFL Draft to get a player who will impact their future for the next decade and more?

Will they be willing to cut ties with players not just for salary cap reasons, but due to not living up to their contract?

While Fichtner’s dismissal from the team was a positive, there are a lot of unknowns still lingering. How they handle those unknowns will tell me whether this team is committed to learning from previous mistakes, or if we are just part of the Standard is the Standard.

Oh, and in case you haven’t noticed, the recent standard for the Steelers isn’t winning, but experiencing late season collapses.

Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black and gold as they enter what could be the most tumultuous offseason in the Mike Tomlin era.

2021 Free Agent Tracker: Keeping tabs on players staying, and leaving

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have a long list of free agents this offseason, and we keep you up-to-date with the news and rumors surrounding these players.

With the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2020 season now over, it is time to start looking at what the team will do with some of their own free agents heading into the 2021 season. In a perfect world the team would have enough money to pay those they want to keep, and let the others walk in hopes of receiving a compensatory draft pick.

But not all free agents are created equal. There are many different types of free agents.

Check out the distinction between an Unrestricted Free Agent (UFA), Restricted Free Agent (RFA) and an Exclusive Rights Free Agent (ERFA). For a detailed explanation of each type of free agent, we have all that for you right HERE.

Below you will see the complete list of Steelers 2021 free agents, and this will be updated with players who are signed, released, sign with a new team and even rumors of players who might be landing in Pittsburgh for the 2021 season.

Be sure to check back for the latest news and notes on the Steelers’ free agency rumors and news!

2021 Pittsburgh Steelers Free Agents

Bud Dupree — EDGE — UFA
Alejandro Villanueva — LT — UFA
Avery Williamson — LB — UFA
Mike Hilton — CB — UFA
Matt Feiler — RT — UFA
Tyson Alualu — IDL — UFA
Zach Banner — RT — UFA
JuJu Smith-Schuster — WR — UFA
Jayrone Elliott — EDGE — UFA
Cassius Marsh — EDGE — UFA
Jordan Berry — P — UFA
Chris Wormley — IDL — UFA
Danny Isidora — RG — UFA
Trey Edmunds — RB — RFA (Released)
Sean Davis — S — UFA
Jordan Dangerfield — S — UFA
Cameron Sutton — CB — UFA
James Conner — RB — UFA
Jerald Hawkins — RT — UFA
Ray-Ray McCloud — WR — RFA
Joshua Dobbs — QB — UFA
Marcus Allen — S — ERFA
Olasunkanmi Adeniyi — EDGE — RFA
J.C. Hassenauer — C ERFA
Robert Spillane — LB — ERFA


None to date

Future/Reserve Contract

TE Kevin Rader,
WR Anthony Johnson
WR Cody White
OT Anthony Coyle
OT Brandon Walton
S John Battle
LB Tegray Scales
DT Demarcus Christmas
DE Calvin Taylor
P Waitman
LS Christian Kuntz
OT John Leglue
Cornerback Trevor Williams

Official Free Agent Signings

None to date