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Steelers Sign Ben Roethlisberger to Three-Year Extension Through 2021

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Ben Roethlisberger drops back versus the Cincinnati Bengals. -- ED THOMPSON
Ben Roethlisberger drops back versus the Cincinnati Bengals. -- ED THOMPSON

The Pittsburgh Steelers have extended the contract of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger through the 2021 season, securing the services of the team’s franchise quarterback for three more years.

“Ben is one of the most productive quarterbacks in NFL history, and he continued to climb the lists among the all-time passing leaders in the league last season,” Steelers president Art Rooney II said in a release. “But I know Ben’s focus is on only one goal – to bring another Lombardi trophy back to Pittsburgh. We are excited to finalize this new contract that will keep him as a Steeler through the 2021 season.”

The financial details of the contract have not yet been disclosed. Roethlisberger was set to make $6.2 million in 2019, which was the final season of a four-year, $87-million contract extension he signed in 2015.

Roethlisberger, 37, is coming off one of his most productive passing seasons. He threw for career highs in completions (452), attempts (675), yards (5,129) and touchdowns (34). He led the NFL in passing yards for the second time in his career.

“I am grateful to the Rooneys and the Steelers organization for continuing to believe in me,” Roethlisberger said. “It has always been a goal to play my entire career in Pittsburgh. This is home for me and my family, and we love this city. I am as excited to be a Steeler in year 16 as I was when they drafted me. They will get my absolute best.”

Drafted 15 years ago to the date of his extension signing, Roethlisberger is already the longest-tenured starting quarterback in Steelers history. He owns the franchise record for quarterback starts (214) and wins (144).

Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette first tweeted the news Wednesday morning.

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Steelers Sign another from XFL, DE/LB Dewayne Hendrix

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The Steelers have signed former Pitt defensive end Dewayne Hendrix, Steelers Now has confirmed. The news of Hendrix’s signing was first reported by NFL Draft Diamonds.

Hendrix, 24, was most recently with the St. Louis Battlehawks of the XFL. He also spent time on the practice squad of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins last season.

In five games with St. Louis, Hendrix made four tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack and one quarterback hurry.

A two-year starter at Pitt after transferring from Tennessee, Hendrix finished his Panthers career with 50 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss and 7.5 sacks. He played in 25 games total for Pitt from 2016-18 and made 24 starts.

Hendrix missed the 2016 season with a season-ending ankle injury suffered on the first series of the game. He sat out 2015 at Pitt after playing in seven games with the Volunteers as a true freshman.

At 6-foot-3 and 275 pounds, Hendrix played defensive end at Pitt, but could be more suited to be an outside linebacker in the Steelers’ 3-4 scheme. He’s essentially the same height and weight as starting outside linebacker Bud Dupree.

Hendrix is the fifth XFL alum the Steelers have signed, joining long snapper and linebacker Christian Kuntz, defensive end Cavon Walker, tackle Jarron Jones and safety Tyree Kinnel.

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Steelers Re-Sign Linebacker, Long Snapper Christian Kuntz

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The Steelers have re-signed long snapper and linebacker Christian Kuntz, Steelers Now has confirmed. 

Kuntz, a Chartiers Valley and Duquesne alum, was with the Steelers in training camp and during the preseason in 2019 and spent the spring with the Dallas Renegades of the XFL. The news of his singing was first reported by Mark Kaboly of The Athletic.

A 6-foot-2, 237-pound linebacker, Kuntz was a three-time FCS All-American at Duquesne and was a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award as FCS Defensive Player of the Year.

After leaving Duquesne, Kuntz added long snapping to his repertoire. Since finishing up with the Dukes in 2016, he has also spent time with the Denver Broncos and Jacksonville Jaguars.

In 2019, he played in three preseason games with the Steelers recording five tackles and a sack in the finale against Carolina on Aug. 29.

Kuntz is the fourth XFL veteran to join the Steelers this offseason. They have also signed tackle Jarron Jones, defensive end Cavon Walker (New York Guardians) and safety Tyree Kinnel (DC Defenders).

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Steelers Sign Two More from XFL in T Jarron Jones and S Tyree Kinnel

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The Steelers signed their second and third XFL players of the offseason yesterday, inking tackle Jarron Jones and safety Tyree Kinnel to deals according to various sources.

Jones, who played at Notre Dame was taken in the first round of the XFL’s lineman draft in 2019 by the New York Guardians. Rich Cimini was the first with the signing.

The Steelers also added some more safety help, picking up Tyree Kinnel. Kinnel went undrafted out of Michigan and signed briefly with the Cincinnati Bengals last season. Kinnel had 17 tackles in five games for the DC Defenders before their season was cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The news of the signing was first reported by Kinnel’s representative Vince Calo on Twitter.

The two players will join another former-XFL player in NY Guardians defensive tackle Cavon Walker on the Steelers roster. The team inked the XFL’s season sack leader to a deal Wednesday morning.

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