The Steelers have acquired Seattle Seahawks tight end Nick Vannett, the team announced on Wednesday.
Vannett is a 6-foot-6, 261-pound tight end from the Columbus suburb of Westerville, Ohio. He played at Ohio State before being selected by the Seahawks in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
The acquisition of Vannett is the second move the Steelers made on Tuesday to shore up their tight end position that was already thin and made even further so by a potentially serious injury to starter Vance McDonald at San Francisco in Week 3.
The Steelers have traded a fifth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to Seattle in exchange for Vannett. The Steelers originally acquired that draft pick from the Jacksonville Jaguars for backup quarterback Josh Dobbs three weeks ago.
Besides McDonald, the Steelers have Xavier Grimble and rookie Zach Gentry on their roster and added Alize Mack on Tuesday to go along with Kevin Rader and Christian Scotland-Williamson on their practice squad.
Vannett is in his fourth NFL season and has played in 42 career games with 16 starts. He has 48 catches on 67 targets for 463 yards and four touchdowns. This season, he has four catches for 38 yards, one of which came against the Steelers in Week 2.
Vannett is in the final season of his rookie contract and will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2019 season. He’s scheduled to make $736,000 in salary this season and will leave Seattle with a dead cap singing bonus hit of $164,220.
Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/18/20
James Conner tested out his injured ankle and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw passes to JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington and Chase Claypool during practice on Friday, September 18, 2020.
This practice was in preparation for the Steelers week 2 game on Sunday against the Denver Broncos.
Cam Heyward Named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward has been named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1.
Heyward was honored for installing his first Little Free Library, a book-sharing box placed in underserved communities around the Pittsburgh area.
Congrats to @camheyward on being named Week 1 #CommunityMVP for installing his first Little Free Library. The book-sharing boxes provide 24-7 access to literacy for underserved Pittsburgh communities while honoring the legacy in education of his late grandfather. pic.twitter.com/uKwbnz28A1— NFLPA (@NFLPA) September 18, 2020
Little Free Library is a non-profit organization that “inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.”
The installation of the book-sharing boxes marks the launch of the Rufus and Judy Jordan Literacy Project, a new initiative of the Cameron Heyward Foundation that will work to promote children’s literacy and honor his late grandparents, both of whom were lifelong educators in Pittsburgh.
Drafted in first round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, Heyward has spend his entire career in Pittsburgh. He is a three-time Pro Bowler, and has twice received First-Team All-Pro honors.
Heyward and the Steelers agreed to a four-year, $71.4 million contract extension on Sept. 6 that will allow him to retire in Pittsburgh and make him the highest-paid defense player over the age of 30 in NFL history.
Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/17/20
The Steelers finally experienced a practice with almost everyone on the roster able to take the field. Only two players did not take part in practice before their week 2 game against Denver.
Alex Highsmith and Minkah Fitzpatrick stood out from the rest on Thursday, September 17, 2020.