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Adam Schefter of ESPN reports thats Steelers first-round pick Najee Harris has signed his rookie contract. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Harris is slotted to make $13.1 Million over four-seasons. He will be the bell-cow RB for the Mike Tomlin-led Steelers. Harris is a dynamic RB who has a great shot at totaling 300 touches in his rookie campaign. His ADP will start creeping up towards August, but he is a great target in the 2nd and 3rd rounds of all fantasy drafts.

Category: Transactions

Former Steelers and current free-agent LT Alejandro Villanueva has reportedly signed a two-year, $14 million deal with the Baltimore Ravens, per Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Villanueva opts to stay within the AFC North, earning eight million fully guaranteed on a two-year, $14 million contract with the Ravens. The hulking 6'9", 320-pound Villanueva will likely be used to fill the hole at right tackle after Baltimore traded Orlando Brown Jr. to the Kansas City Chiefs just over a week ago. Villanueva was the only Steelers lineman to rank above a 60 in run-blocking during the 2020 season, as graded by Pro Football Focus. He has shown dominance in pass protection throughout his six-year career in Pittsburgh and will help strengthen Baltimore's offensive line in 2021, which the team heavily relies upon in its run-centric, RPO-styled offense under OC Greg Roman.

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Pittsburgh Steelers S Terrell Edmunds will not have his fifth-year option picked up by the team, per Tom Pelissero. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Edmunds was outplayed in the secondary by fellow teammate and Steelers' S Minkah Fitzpatrick in 2020 but finished the season with 68 tackles, eight pass deflections, and two interceptions across 15 games. He enters his fourth season with the Steelers declining to pick up his fifth-year option, which could motivate the 24-year old to ball out with a chip on his shoulder. The Steelers' pass defense took some heat for their performance in 2020 but ranked top-three in yards allowed per game (305.8) by the end of the season, a good sign for the current state of its defensive unit.

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Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network is reporting that the Steelers are closing in on a one-year contract extension with QB Mason Rudolph. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rudolph is expected to sign a one-year extension with the Steelers, which will keep him in Pittsburgh through 2022. He is expected to serve as the Steelers’ backup quarterback in 2021 behind veteran starting QB Ben Roethlisberger. Rudolph completed 58.1 percent of his passes for 324 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in 2020.

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The Steelers have exercised the fifth-year option on Pro Bowl safety Minkah Fitzpatrick. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This move was a no brainer for the Steelers front office. Minkah is currently one of the best safeties in the NFL and getting one last cheap year on his contract before they have to pay up was the obvious choice.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers announced on Twitter that they have signed HC Mike Tomlin to a three-year extension. (Source: Steelers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Tomlin will be entering his 15th season with the Steelers. He has amassed 145 wins and 78 losses and one tie. He also won a Super Bowl in 2008 during his 2nd year as Head Coach. Tomlin has the 11th highest winning percentage in NFL history of coaches that have coached at least 100+ games. Steelers have also never had a losing season with Tomlin as Head Coach.

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Jay Glazer of FOX NFL reports that James Conner has signed a deal with the Arizona Cardinals. (Source: Jay Glazer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The signing comes a day after Conner flew in for a visit. The Cardinals were looking to add another RB via free agency or NFL Draft. Conner rushed for 721 yards and six touchdowns while catching 35 passes for 215 yards. Since coming into the league in 2017, Conner has had trouble staying healthy. He only appeared in 13 games last season, missed six games in 2019 and another three games in 2018. He recently had offseason surgery for a minor turf-toe but is expected to make a full recovery by the start of the season. It's hard to imagine Conner getting a full workload due to his injury history while also splitting time with Chase Edmonds. Conner will be a middling RB3 who shouldn't be prioritized in drafts.

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Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Sean Davis is signing a one-year deal with the Colts. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Davis played five seasons with the Steelers. He had one fumbled recovery and 11 tackles in 2020 for the Steelers. The Steelers keep losing defensive players but their defense is still set to be one of the best next season. Davis will look to improve next season with the Colts.

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Per Field Yates of ESPN, the Steelers have released CB Steven Nelson after failing to trade him. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After publicly asking the Steelers to "not hold him hostage" Nelson has gotten his wish as he has been cut by Pittsburgh. Nelson, 28-years old, and the Steelers seemingly could not agree to a long-term extension which is what lead to the two sides parting ways. The release of Nelson clears up $8.25M in cap space for the Steelers. In 2020, Nelson had 15 starts during which he totaled 68 tackles and two interceptions. The veteran CB will likely find a new home relatively quickly.

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Pittsburgh Steelers RB Benny Snell Jr., who is currently atop the Steelers depth chart at running back after the team chose not to re-sign James Conner, is unlikely to remain the top back once the season gets underway, per Mark Kaboly of The Athletic. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: The Steelers still have a chance to add another back via free agency or draft one in the first or second round of the upcoming draft, which is the more likely scenario of the two. "It’s hard to imagine they will go into the season with Benny Snell Jr. as their No. 1 back, even though he’s been successful when given the opportunity," Kaboly added when referencing Snell Jr. The 23-year-old University of Kentucky product totaled 368 rushing yard on 111 totes with four TD's while adding 10 receptions for 61 yards. He picked up some tough yards for the Steelers in December but the team struggled to get much push last season.

Tennessee Titans DE Bud Dupree (knee) said he will be ready to go for training camp after suffering a torn ACL in December. (Source: Michael Giardi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Dupree was an absolute force in the six years he spent with the Steelers, totaling 169 tackles, 54 TFL, 39.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and an interception alongside T.J. Watt. The Titans failed with their previous investments in Jadeveon Clowney and Vic Beasley but certainly upgraded with the signing of Dupree in free agency. With his health allegedly on track for a full recovery by training camp, it should be fun to watch the 27-year old dominate the AFC South in 2021.

Category: Injury Updates, Rumors

WR JuJu Smith-Schuster is re-signing with the Steelers on a one-year, $8M deal. (Source: Taylor Busciotti on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: According to sources, Smith-Schuster had better offers from the Chiefs and Ravens, but ultimately decided to stay in Pittsburgh. He tweeted shortly after the deal was reported, “This is my home, they’re gonna need a wrecking ball to take me outta here! PITTSBURGH I LOVE YOU, LET’S GO!!!!!” So the Steelers offense is all but set except for the running back position, with James Conner likely on the move.

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The Steelers have released linebacker Vince Williams. By cutting the 31-year-old, Pittsburgh creates $4 million in cap space. (Source: Jeremy Fowler on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Williams is a longtime Steeler who has spent all eight of his pro seasons in Pittsburgh. Over 121 career games, he has 479 tackles, 20.5 sacks, five fumbles forced, and six fumbles recovered. He also has two career interceptions, including one pick-six. His 14 starts in 2020 represent the second-highest single-season total of his career and serve as indication that Williams is still capable of being a starter. He should command significant interest in the open market.

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Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Steelers and Derek Watt have agreed to restructure his contract saving the team $880,000. (Source: Ian Rapoport of NFL Network)

Fantasy Impact: Restructures around the NFL continue as the Steelers managed to come to terms with Watt on a restructure. The Steelers are now reported to have about $4.5 million in cap space after the move.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers announced that Ben Roethlisberger has been signed to a new contract that will keep him in Pittsburgh through 2021. (Source: Pittsburgh Steelers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The details of the contract have yet to be released, but we will be sure to update you as more information becomes available. Having just turned 39 years old a couple of days ago, Roethlisberger is reaching the twilight of his career. The two-time Super Bowl champ will hope to make another run with the Steelers' possessing an elite defense and some of the best pass-catchers in the game.

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Steelers LB Devin Bush is on schedule in his recovery from a torn ACL. (Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Fantasy Impact: “I’m feeling stronger week by week, and I’m just trying to get ready physically for next year — especially for camp," he said. Bush tore his ACL back in Week 6 and it proved to be a significant blow to Pittsburgh's defense. The No. 10 overall pick from 2019 should be ready to go for training camp if he can avoid setbacks.

Category: Injury Updates

Steelers TE Vance McDonald has retired from the NFL after eight seasons. (Source: Pittsburgh Steelers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: McDonald was a second-round pick of the 49ers back in 2013. He has spent the past four seasons in Pittsburgh. His best season was 2018 where he caught 50 passes for 610 yards and four TDs. McDonald's retirement saves the Steelers $5.2 million in cap space.

Category: Transactions

The Steelers placed TE Eric Ebron on the reserve/COVID-19 list. (Source: Gerry Dulac on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ebron was on the reserve/COVID-19 list when he missed the Steelers' regular season finale, but that was only as a close contact. This time, he tested positive, and the Steelers' facilities have been shut down. Pittsburgh isn't tied to either Ebron or Vance McDonald next season (with easy outs in the contracts). Of course, Ebron's fantasy value would be intriguing if he stayed and McDonald left.

Category: Injury Updates

Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Chris Boswell made a 49-yard field goal and both of his extra points in a 48-37 playoff loss to the Browns on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Boswell had missed the previous two games with a hip issue but he appeared to be operating at 100% in the Wild Card loss. Boswell has two more years left on the five-year contract he signed in 2018.

Category: Game Recaps

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver James Washington caught 5-of-6 targets for 72 yards in a 48-37 playoff loss to the Browns on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Washington made a few big catches for the Steelers when they went into comeback mode. The veteran wideout is under contract for one more season and could see his role increase if unrestricted free-agent JuJu Smith-Schuster signs with another team this offseason.

Category: Game Recaps