Just hours after the conclusion of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers have released inside linebacker Jon Bostic.
Bostic, who joined the team before the 2018 season, started alongside MLB Vince Williams and primarily provided run-stuffing abilities. Pro Football Focus graded Bostic as the second-most efficient tackler in the NFL last season.
The Steelers selected three linebackers in the 2019 NFL Draft, most notably Devin Bush, the team’s first round selection. The release of Bostic will leave the team in $700,000 in dead cap, while saving $1.8 million for 2019.
Bostic was only considered a temporary fix for the Steelers hole at the middle linebacker position while GM Kevin Colbert found his replacement for Ryan Shazier. Now that Bush (along with the other two linebackers Sutton Smith and Ulysses Gilbert) have arrived, the need for Bostic was no more.
The path for Bush to earn the starting position next to Williams has now been paved completely clear with the release of Bostic.
Report: Mike Hilton Signs Second-Round Tender
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Mike Hilton has signed his 2nd-round tender, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Steelers’ CB Mike Hilton signed his 2nd-round tender, per @RosenhausSports, though he still is hoping to get a contract extension done with the team before the season.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 11, 2020
The 26-year-old cornerback started eight games and appeared in all 16, recording 62 tackles, 11 passes defensed, 1.5 sacks and one interception, an improvement in most categories from his first two years in Pittsburgh. Undrafted out of Mississippi, Hilton was signed by the Steelers in December of 2016 after being cut by the Jaguars and Patriots.
The Steelers placed second-round tenders on both Hilton and tackle Matt Feiler, who reportedly signed his earlier in the day. The tenders were worth $3.259 million in 2020.
Report: Steelers Re-Signing RFA OT Matt Feiler
Restricted free agent offensive tackle is signing his second-round restricted free agent tender with the Steelers, according to a report by ESPN’s Dan Graziano.
Source says Steelers right tackle Matt Feiler is signing his second-round restricted free-agent tender.— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) June 11, 2020
The tender contract, offered to Feiler back in March, is worth $3.259 million.
Bringing back Feiler — who started all 16 games in 2019 — adds much needed depth and experience to an older Steelers offensive line that is also trying to replace the recently retired Ramon Foster. Pittsburgh also added former Kansas City Chiefs guard Stefen Wisniewski this offseason in free agency.
Feiler was ranked as the 20th-best tackle in the league for his performance last season.
Had another club signed Feiler to an offer sheet and the Steeler chose not to match, they would have received that team’s 2021 second round pick as compensation.
Undrafted out of Bloomsburg University in 2014, Feiler has realistically spent his entire career in Pittsburgh, aside from a short stint with the Texans.
With Feiler locked up, the Steelers now await starting slot cornerback Mike Hilton’s decision, who they also placed the second-round tender on.
Report: Steelers to Hold Training Camp at Team Facility, Not at Saint Vincent College
It looks like the Steelers will be staying home for training camp this August.
According to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday, the league has informed teams that they must hold training camp at their facilities later this summer in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
And so the NFL has told all its teams that they must stay at their team facilities for this summer's training camps.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 2, 2020
The Steelers will now be conducting training camp on the South Side, instead of their traditional summer home of Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, snapping a 54-year streak.
The league still plans for training camp to begin on time, but has made no announcement on changes to the season or whether games will have fans.