The Steelers signed offensive tackle Zach Banner to a two-year contract.
Banner won the starting right tackle spot in 2020, but he suffered a season-ending knee injury in the season opener against the New York Giants, missing the remainder of the season.
Banner, who would have become an unrestricted free agent, indicated all along that he wanted to remain in Pittsburgh, and he got his wish.
"I wanted to be the first to tell you guys that Pittsburgh is going to be my home," said Banner in a video he posted on social media. "Really, really excited and grateful for the opportunity from Kevin Colbert, Coach (Mike) Tomlin and especially Mr. (Art) Rooney. I am really happy to be in Pittsburgh."
Banner, who signed a one-year contract heading into the 2020 season, was originally drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the 137th overall. He was released by the Colts in 2017, and signed with the Cleveland Browns, playing in eight games in 2017.He signed with the Steelers as a free agent in 2018 and was inactive all season.
In 2019 a lot changed for him when he played in 14 games, starting one. He became a cult hero with the 'No. 72 has reported as an eligible receiver' announcement on a regular basis during the season, but set his goal to become a starter, a role he earned before his injury.