Offensive lineman B.J. Finney wants to stay a Steeler.
Speaking with the Steelers’ Missi Matthews, Finney expressed his desire to remain in Pittsburgh as he looks towards free agency this off-season.
“Absolutely, we’d love to stay,” Finney said. “My wife and I love it here. The amount of people we’ve got to meet. The city, we love the city. And just the people in the organization, we really love it.”
"We truly embody Coach's next man up mentality."@missi_matthews sits down with B.J. Finney to talk about the next man up mentality, his desire to stay in Pittsburgh and more. pic.twitter.com/ZgGx773xfF
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) February 22, 2020
Finney is set to become an unrestricted free agent after four years with the Steelers. He signed a one-year, $3.095 million contract last off-season to stay with the team in 2019.
With the injuries and suspensions that plagued the offensive line last year, Finney’s versatility was invaluable as a plug-and-play option for the Steelers. He has seen time at center and both guard positions over his career.
With his future with the team uncertain, Finney said that it is hard to explain his emotions about potentially leaving.
“It’s not bittersweet for me, it’s just sweet,” Finney said. “Being a childhood fan of this franchise and then getting the opportunity to play for them, you can’t say anything bitter about it. It’s just sweet.”
Clubs and free agents can begin negotiating deals on March 16th, with free agency beginning in earnest on March 18th at 4:00 PM.