Free agency set to kick off

Posted Mar 9, 2017

The Steelers secured some of their own before free agency even began.

NFL free agency is just hours away, and when the clock strikes 4 p.m. it kicks into high gear.

It’s been a busy offseason for the Steelers so far, including making moves to keep several players from becoming unrestricted free agents. The team signed James Harrison to a two-year contract, and Steven Johnson and Greg Warren each to one-year deals, preventing all three from becoming free agents. In addition, the team placed the exclusive franchise tag on Le’Veon Bell, also preventing him from becoming a free agent.

For those already signed, not hitting the free agent market was something that they hoped for all along.

“It was easy,” said Harrison. “That is what both parties wanted and we were able to come to an agreement.

“It’s home. It’s the only place that I really wanted to be. It’s where my family is. It’s a great organization. I want to get a Lombardi. I want to get another Super Bowl. That is the biggest thing I want to accomplish. The other thing would be, I want to prove anybody wrong that doubts me.”

The team also signed Antonio Brown to a new five-year contract, even though he was not slated to become a free agent.
The following are slated to become unrestricted free agents today:

David Johnson - Updated - Johnson signed a two-year deal.
Jarvis Jones
Landry Jones - Updated - Jones signed a two-year deal.
Ricardo Mathews
Shamarko Thomas
Lawrence Timmons
Cody Wallace
Markus Wheaton
DeAngelo Williams

The Steelers also have two restricted free agents, Ross Cockrell and Chris Hubbard.  

All unrestricted free agents are free to negotiate and sign with any other team, without giving the Steelers the opportunity to re-sign them.