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.
Steelers Sign another from XFL, DE/LB Dewayne Hendrix
The Steelers have signed former Pitt defensive end Dewayne Hendrix, Steelers Now has confirmed. The news of Hendrix’s signing was first reported by NFL Draft Diamonds.
Hendrix, 24, was most recently with the St. Louis Battlehawks of the XFL. He also spent time on the practice squad of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins last season.
In five games with St. Louis, Hendrix made four tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack and one quarterback hurry.
A two-year starter at Pitt after transferring from Tennessee, Hendrix finished his Panthers career with 50 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss and 7.5 sacks. He played in 25 games total for Pitt from 2016-18 and made 24 starts.
Hendrix missed the 2016 season with a season-ending ankle injury suffered on the first series of the game. He sat out 2015 at Pitt after playing in seven games with the Volunteers as a true freshman.
At 6-foot-3 and 275 pounds, Hendrix played defensive end at Pitt, but could be more suited to be an outside linebacker in the Steelers’ 3-4 scheme. He’s essentially the same height and weight as starting outside linebacker Bud Dupree.
Steelers Re-Sign Linebacker, Long Snapper Christian Kuntz
The Steelers have re-signed long snapper and linebacker Christian Kuntz, Steelers Now has confirmed.
Kuntz, a Chartiers Valley and Duquesne alum, was with the Steelers in training camp and during the preseason in 2019 and spent the spring with the Dallas Renegades of the XFL. The news of his singing was first reported by Mark Kaboly of The Athletic.
A 6-foot-2, 237-pound linebacker, Kuntz was a three-time FCS All-American at Duquesne and was a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award as FCS Defensive Player of the Year.
After leaving Duquesne, Kuntz added long snapping to his repertoire. Since finishing up with the Dukes in 2016, he has also spent time with the Denver Broncos and Jacksonville Jaguars.
In 2019, he played in three preseason games with the Steelers recording five tackles and a sack in the finale against Carolina on Aug. 29.
Steelers Sign Two More from XFL in T Jarron Jones and S Tyree Kinnel
The Steelers signed their second and third XFL players of the offseason yesterday, inking tackle Jarron Jones and safety Tyree Kinnel to deals according to various sources.
Jones, who played at Notre Dame was taken in the first round of the XFL’s lineman draft in 2019 by the New York Guardians. Rich Cimini was the first with the signing.
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) March 25, 2020
The Steelers also added some more safety help, picking up Tyree Kinnel. Kinnel went undrafted out of Michigan and signed briefly with the Cincinnati Bengals last season. Kinnel had 17 tackles in five games for the DC Defenders before their season was cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak.
The news of the signing was first reported by Kinnel’s representative Vince Calo on Twitter.
— Vince Calo (@vjcalo) March 26, 2020
The two players will join another former-XFL player in NY Guardians defensive tackle Cavon Walker on the Steelers roster. The team inked the XFL’s season sack leader to a deal Wednesday morning.