Pittsburgh Steelers sign OT Jake Rodgers
PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers inked former Eastern Washington offensive tackle Jake Rodgers to a one-year contract on Friday.
Rodgers spent his first two years in the league with a combination of three teams. He has never appeared in a regular season game or made a 53-man roster.
The 25 year old joins a roster that includes veteran Marcus Gilbert at right tackle, but is still missing 2016 starter Alejandro Villanueva, who has not signed his exclusive rights “free agent” tender. General manager Kevin Colbert said at the NFL Combine that the team would try and work out a multi-year deal with Villanueva.
- Estimating the Steelers’ post-draft depth chart
After getting picked by the Atlanta Falcons in the seventh round of the the 2015 draft, Rodgers was a late cut. He was signed by the New York Giants in December of the same year and re-signed on a futures deal before being waived-injured at the end of the 2016 preseason.
Rodgers spent two weeks in the middle of last season on the Carolina Panthers’ practice squad. They cut him in Week 15, but signed him to a futures contract. Following the selection of fellow offensive tackle Taylor Moton in the second round of this year’s draft, Carolina cut Rodgers on Tuesday.
Beyond Gilbert, the Steelers have 2015 fourth-round pick Jerald Hawkins, Brian Mihalik and Matt Feiler at the position. None has played in a regular season game.
Chris Hubbard can play offensive tackle as well as center, guard and blocking tight end. It’s his preferred position, he said.
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