The Steelers have re-signed long snapper Christian Kuntz to a one-year deal, the team announced Wednesday.
Kuntz, a Duquense and Steel Valley graduate, beat out Kameron Canaday for the starting long snapper spot in the preseason. He was a model of consistency and played in all 18 games. A linebacker before becoming a long snapper, Kuntz registered two tackles on the season.
Kuntz’s contract expired after the 2021 season, but he was set to become an exclusive-rights free agent, which means he did not have the ability to sign with a team other than the Steelers, as long as they offered him a contract. Kuntz will again be an exclusive rights free agent after his one-year contract expires next offseason.
In his first season as the Steelers’ primary long snapper, Kuntz’s snaps were consistent and their placement was often precise. The unit of Kuntz, kicker Chris Boswell, and punter/holder Pressley Harvin III are all under contract for the 2022 season.