The contract details for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ new contract with tight end Zach Gentry have been revealed, and it appears that the Steelers re-signed the big man to a very reasonable deal.
According to a report by Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston, Gentry and the Steelers agreed to a one-year contract that has a $152,500 signing bonus and $1.247 million in salary.
That will represent a slight raise for Gentry, who made $965,000 in 2022, but will still be among the cheapest possible free agent contracts.
As part of an NFL program to reduce the cap hits of veteran players that sign contracts for their fifth season, Gentry will count for no more than $1.2325 against the Steelers’ salary cap in 2023.
Gentry’s signing will have a minimal impact on the team’s overall salary cap. The Steelers have approximately $10.2 million in current cap space, not counting the free agent contracts signed by safety Keanu Neal and nose tackle Breiden Fehoko, the full details of which have not been released.
The 6-foot-8, 265-pound Gentry blossomed as a blocker and all-around tight end over the last two seasons, when he became a regular for the first time. After playing in six games in his first two seasons, Gentry played in all 34 between 2021 and 2022 and made 25 starts.
He was targeted 25 times, catching 19 passes for 167 yards in 2021 and had 25 targets with 19 catches for 132 yards in 2022.
Gentry formed the blocking half of the Steelers tight end duo, along with Pat Freiermuth, and the two also are close friends off the field. Along with 2022 rookie Connor Heyward, the Steelers now have all three of their tight ends from last season back for 2023. Practice squad member Rodney Williams is also back in the fold, giving the Steelers four men at the position in advance of offseason work.