Steelers Re-Sign TE Zach Gentry
The Pittsburgh Steelers have re-signed free agent tight end Zach Gentry, according to a report by Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. The length and terms of the contract were not immediately reported.
Gentry, 26, was the Steelers’ fifth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Michigan and has played his entire NFL career in Pittsburgh.
The 6-foot-8, 265-pound Gentry blossomed as a blocker and all-around tight end over the last two seasons, when he became a regular for the first time. After playing in six games in his first two seasons, Gentry played in all 34 between 2021 and 2022 and made 25 starts.
He was targeted 25 times, catching 19 passes for 167 yards in 2021 and had 25 targets with 19 catches for 132 yards in 2022.
Gentry formed the blocking half of the Steelers tight end duo, along with Pat Freiermuth, and the two also are close friends off the field. Along with 2022 rookie Connor Heyward, the Steelers now have all three of their tight ends from last season back for 2023.
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A high school quarterback in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Gentry made the switch to the tight end position at Michigan and has continued that development with the Steelers.
“Zach’s been here with me for a little bit and is a guy that we trust and knows the offense,” Ben Roethlisberger said in 2021. “He might not be the most explosive guy but he’s a guy you can trust that’s going to make the plays.”
Gentry is the seventh Steelers free agent from 2022 to re-sign with the team.