When the Steelers signed former San Diego Chargers fullback Derek Watt to a 3-year, $9 million deal yesterday, that likely meant longtime fullback Roosevelt Nix’s roster spot was in jeopardy and that was confirmed today.
According to NFL Insider Jordan Schultz, the Steelers have released the 27-year old Nix. By releasing Nix, the Steelers are able to create $1,012,500 in cap space but also took on $875,000 in dead money with the move.
Nix’s worked hard to earn a spot in the NFL after originally signing with the Atlanta Falcons as a undrafted free agent back in 2014. After getting cut, Nix signed on with the Steelers and eventually signed a 4-year deal with Pittsburgh after getting selected to the Pro Bowl in 2017.
When healthy, Nix was also an effective special teams player for Mike Tomlin’s team as last year he was voted the teams Special Teams captain. Earlier in the week, the Steelers lost another special team’s ace in Tyler Matakevich, who signed a 2-year deal with the Buffalo Bills.