As all teams in the NFL begin to form their roster for the 2021 season, there will certainly be players tied to the Pittsburgh Steelers who find themselves in the free agent market. As expected, the Cincinnati Bengals released former Steelers center / guard BJ Finney. The move saves the Bengalis $ 3.275 million in wage restraint and brings no dead money.
We released C BJ Finney.
– Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) March 5, 2021
The reason why the Bengalis can end their relationship with Feeney so easily without compromising their salary limits is that he did not initially sign a contract with the Bengalis when he left Pittsburgh. Feeney signed a two-year, $ 8 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks̵
The departure of Finney’s last off-season is on the Steelers in line for a compensatory project for the sixth round, according to overthecap.com. The fact that Feeney was traded during the season and released out of season has nothing to do with the compensatory formula.
In her five years at Pittsburgh as a free agent, Feeney spent 2015 on the Steelers coaching team before landing on the 53-member roster from 2016 to 2019. During her four years on the roster, Feeney started a total of 13 games. at both the center or security for the Steelers and registered over 1,000 offensive photos.
Feeney struggled to get away from Pittsburgh because she couldn’t find a starting job in Seattle. Appearing in only six games for the Seahawks, Feeney saw time only in special teams and did not register offensive photos. After trading with the Bengals, the only game in which Feeney stepped on the field was for two special clicks of the team in week 10 against the Steelers.
The Steelers are currently lacking depth in the center position following the retirement of Maurkice Pouncey, where they currently have only one player at JC Hassenauer, who signed his exclusive rights offer on Thursday. Even with a new offensive line coach, the knowledge that Feeney has in Pittsburgh could make a useful acquisition if the price is right.
Feeney is currently a Street Free Agent who needs to be released, he is free to sign a contract once the transaction is officially processed through the NFL office. While there is no guarantee that it will land back in Pittsburgh, Steelers at least considering the option is quite likely.
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