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Steelers Re-Sign WR Rico Bussey to Future Contract



The Pittsburgh Steelers have re-signed wide receiver Rico Bussey to a future contract for the 2022 season, the team announced on Tuesday.

Bussey, 23, spent most of his rookie season on the Steelers’ practice squad injured list after a preseason injury. He was activated to the practice squad on Dec. 29, but released in a roster crunch on Jan. 8.

A rookie out of Hawaii, Bussey joined the Steelers this spring as an undrafted free agent and had a promising training camp and preseason. He caught five passes for 49 yards this preseason, and seemed to develop a rapport with third-string quarterback Dwayne Haskins.

The 6-foot, 186-pound receiver product started his college career at North Texas, where he was eighth in the country in touchdown catches (12) in 2018. However, he suffered a torn ACL in 2019 and joined Hawaii in 2020, when he started all eight games for the Rainbow Warriors and caught 31 passes for 274 yards and a touchdown.

The Steelers also signed defensive tackle Daniel Archibong, defensive tackle Khalil Davis, guard Nate Gilliam, guard Malcolm Pridgeon, outside linebacker Delontae Scott, kicker Sam Sloman, defensive back Linden Stephens, tight end Jace Sternberger, safety Donovan Stiner, long snapper Rex Sunahara and wide receiver Tyler Vaughns to reserve/future contracts on Tuesday.

The 12 signings, plus nine players from the injured reserve and COVID-19 reserve lists and the 53-man roster puts the Steelers’ offseason roster at 74 of the maximum 90.

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