The seven players that have signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as undrafted free agents have had their uniform numbers assigned for the 2023 season, some of which may hint at a veteran free agents not returning this fall.
Rookie quarterback Tanner Morgan from Minnesota will wear No. 2, which was last worn by Mason Rudolph from 2018-22. It’s a small sign that the Steelers aren’t making plans to bring back Rudolph, who remains a free agent. Morgan wore No. 2 with Minnesota.
With only three quarterbacks on the active roster, Morgan is the current favorite to take over for Rudolph as the team’s No. 3 signal caller, a role that may be expanded in 2023 with a proposal to increase the number of quarterback active on game days up for vote at the next owner’s meetings.
Clemson kicker B.T. Potter will wear No. 3, which was last worn by quarterback Dwayne Haskins in 2021 before his death last spring. The Steelers wore No. 3 decals on their helmets in memory of Haskins throughout the 2022 season, but have decided to immediately re-issue his number this year.
San Diego State wide receiver and kick returner Jordan Byrd will wear No. 16, which was last donned by cornerback Josh Jackson in 2022.
Fresno State linebacker David Perales and Iowa fullback Monte Pottebaum will both wear No. 40 — at least for now. The last Steelers player to wear No. 40 in a regular season game was Jamir Jones for a short stint in 2021.
Iowa State Trevor Downing has been issued No. 60, last worn by J.C. Hassenauer last year.
Millersville defensive end James Nyamwaya will wear No. 66, which hasn’t been worn in a regular-season game since David DeCastro retired at the end of the 2021 season.
The uniform numbers had previously been assigned for the team’s seven rookie draft picks from the 2023 NFL Draft. Spring jersey numbers are issued provisionally, and players could change their number before the start of the season.