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Steelers Host Pro Bowl Center Mitch Morse on Free Agent Visit



Steelers possible free agent target center Mitch Morse
Buffalo Bills center Mitch Morse against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Jan. 15, 2024. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

The Pittsburgh Steelers are set to meet with former Buffalo Bills center Mitch Morse before the official start of free agency, according to a report by Joe Rutter of the Tribune-Review. Morse was released by the Bills on Wednesday in a salary cap-saving move.

Morse, 31, spent five seasons in Buffalo and earned a Pro Bowl selection in 2022. A 6-foot-6, 305-pound Missouri alum, he was the primary starter at center for the last five seasons for the Bills. Before that, he spent four seasons as the center for the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Steelers are in the market for a center after releasing starter Mason Cole earlier this offseason. They have just one natural center on their roster, in practice squad player Ryan McCollum.

Steelers general manager Omar Khan said during the 2024 NFL Combine that the team has faith in the ability of guards James Daniels and Nate Herbig to play center if necessary, but it seems clear that center is one of the team’s top needs of the offseason.

“We have position-flexible guys that are starters in the league as it is, but we’re always going to try to improve the team,” Khan said. “We cut our starting center from last year. We feel good about Nate Herbig. But if there’s an opportunity to bring in some good competition, we’re going to do it.”

As such, the Steelers have been repeatedly linked to the top center options in the 2024 NFL Draft class, including potential first-round pick Jackson Powers-Johnson of Oregon and potential second-round pick Zach Frazier of West Virginia.

But the Steelers do not like to go into the draft absolutely needing to make a selection at a specific position, and Morse could shore up the spot for the short-term, leaving a draft pick to develop under the Pro Bowler.

Morse earned $6.6 million in base salary, a $6 million signing bonus and a $510,000 per-game roster bonus with the Bills in 2023. They absorbed a $3 million dead cap charge for his singing bonus in 2024. It’s not clear what type of salary range or contract he will be seeking moving forward.

Morse has not had any reported meetings with any other teams so far in his free agency.