The Pittsburgh Steelers will sign free agent kicker Sam Sloman, according to a report by Tom Pelissero of NFL.com
Sloman, 23, was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft out of Miami University in Ohio. He started the season as the Rams’ primary kicker, and played in seven games, making 8 of 11 field goals and 18 of 21 extra points.
Sloman was waived on Oct. 27 and was signed to the Tennessee Titans’ practice squad on Nov. 24. The Titans elevated him to the active roster for their final regular season game, and he made two field goals and five extra points.
The Steelers have incumbent starter Chris Boswell returning for his seventh season, and he’s coming off a 2020 season that saw him hit a new career high in field goal percentage while setting the team’s record for longest made field goal.
The Steelers have traditionally had two kickers on the roster for training camp, and 2020 backup Matthew Wright signed with the Detroit Lions over the offseason. With the expansion of the league’s practice squads to 16 players in 2020, and COVID-19 protocols having the ability to exclude a player at a moment’s notice, many teams kept an extra kicker around all season, including the Steelers.
The team is at the 90-man offseason roster limit and will need to release a player in order to officially sign Sloman.