Pittsburgh Steelers Depth Chart
- AFC North
- Heinz Field
- Head Coach
- Mike Tomlin
- Offensive Coordinator
- Matt Canada
- Defensive Coordinator
- Teryl Austin
- Special Teams Coach
- Danny Smith
- Defensive Scheme
The Pittsburgh Steelers signed first-round quarterback Kenny Pickett to a four-year rookie deal on Thursday, according to a source. Pickett came into this year's draft as the most pro-ready signal-caller, but he'll have to beat out Mitchell Trubisky in training camp for the starting gig in his rookie season. The most likely scenario is that Trubisky is starting in Week 1, with Pickett getting his first shot if Trubisky falls flat early on. The 24-year-old threw for 4,319 yards, 42 touchdowns and seven interceptions in his final year in college, and he can also be a threat running the football. The Steelers are hoping he's the long-term solution after Ben Roethlisberger retired last year.
Former Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi signed an undisclosed one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday, according to a source. Ogunjobi will have now played for the Cleveland Browns, the Bengals and the Steelers in the AFC North. The 28-year-old pass-rusher had a career-high seven sacks while adding 49 tackles (29 solo), 12 tackles for loss and 16 QB hits in 16 starts for Cincinnati last year, and he'll be a starting-caliber run defender in the middle for the Steelers this year. Ogunjobi signed a three-year, $40.5 million deal with the Chicago Bears in free agency, but the deal was nullified after he failed a physical.
Former Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi, who recorded seven sacks last year, is visiting with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday, according to a source. Ogunjobi recently visited with the New York Jets in early May. The 28-year-old signed a three-year, $40.5 million deal with the Chicago Bears this offseason, but it fell apart after a failed physical. Ogunjobi had surgery on his right foot, so he'll need to prove that he's past that in order for another team to take a chance on him. When he's healthy, he's a starting-caliber run-stopper who also had 49 tackles (29 solo), 12 tackles for loss and 16 QB hits to go along with his career-high seven sacks in 16 starts for the Bengals in the regular season in 2021.
The Pittsburgh Steelers and All-Pro safety Minkah Fitzpatrick agreed to a massive four-year contract extension on Wednesday worth over $18.4 million per year with $36 million guaranteed at signing, according to a source. The deal makes Fitzpatrick the highest-paid safety in NFL history. The former first-rounder in 2018 cashes in after posting a career-high 124 tackles (84 solo), two interceptions, seven passes defensed, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery in 16 starts last year for Pittsburgh. Fitzpatrick was an All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection in both 2019 and 2020 and finished last season as the No. 5 fantasy defensive back in IDP leagues. He will once again be highly valuable in those formats in 2022.
Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth finished with 60 catches and seven touchdowns on only 79 targets in his rookie season while playing 62% of the offensive snaps in a sometimes limited offense. With Eric Ebron gone and the Steelers expected to attack the middle of the field more with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, Freiermuth's numbers could skyrocket in his sophomore season. Zach Gentry has also become a solid complementary piece with a penchant for blocking, and Connor Heyward could be a versatile depth weapon because of his athletic abilities. Freiermuth could return excellent value this year, as he's being drafted as a low-end TE1, at best.