The Steelers signed free-agent defensive end Tyson Alualu to a two-year contract. Alualu spent his first seven seasons with Jacksonville after the Jags drafted him 10th overall in 2010.
The Steelers signed free agent running back Knile Davis to a one-year deal. Davis played three-plus seasons with Kansas City before being traded to Green Bay last year. Pittsburgh also signed veteran cornerback Coty Sensabaugh to a two-year contract. Sensabaugh played four seasons for the Titans.
The Steelers signed James Harrison to a new two-year deal that will keep the linebacker in Pittsburgh through the 2018 season. Harrison is the Steelers’ all-time sack leader with 79.5 for the Black & Gold. He has 81.5 for his career.
The Steelers have placed the franchise tag on running back Le’Veon Bell. Bell can negotiate only with the Steelers and isn’t able to sign an offer sheet with another team. The sides have until July 15 to agree to a long-term contract. If no deal is reached, Bell would have to play the 2017 season under the franchise tender.
The Steelers and Antonio Brown have agreed on a four-year, $68 million extension that makes him the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL. Brown will make $18.5 million in the first three years of the contract and $12.5 in the fourth. He also received a $19 million signing bonus.
Linebacker James Harrison would like a two-year contract, indicating he wants to play to the age of 40. Harrison is in talks with the Steelers, who are on record as wanting him back. Free agency kicks off March 9, but the Steelers can sign Harrison before then.
The Steelers have begun negotiating a contract with wide receiver Antonio Brown that would keep him in Pittsburgh for the rest of his career. Pittsburgh GM Kevin Colbert said “We want Antonio to retire a Steeler for life.” Brown has one year left on a five-year, $42 million contract he signed in 2012.
The Steelers released cornerback Justin Gilbert, who has failed to match the expectations of a top-10 pick in three seasons. The Browns selected Gilbert eighth overall in the 2014 draft.
Asked this week on “The Dan Patrick Show” about the contract, Brown said both sides are “beginning to get it rolling” and that he wants to finish his career as a Steeler.
“That’s my plan,” said Brown, who will be 29 in July.
Steelers’ president Art Rooney II said he expects Ben Roethlisberger to return for a 14th NFL season because of the quarterback’s desire to win a third Super Bowl. Rooney said he believes winning is Roethlisberger’s “No. 1 motivation,” and that the QB has grown into more of a leader in recent years.