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Steelers ink Vince Williams to new four-year deal

Along with kicker Chris Boswell, the Pittsburgh Steelers also signed Vince Williams to a new deal, as the linebacker put ink on a four-year extension Thursday, per Teresa Varley of the Steelers.com.

Although the financial details of the contract were not mentioned in Varley’s report, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette says that the deal is worth $20.6 million.

This is a clear sign of how much the Steelers appreciated the work done last year and in this offseason by Williams, who played in all 16 games in 2017 and recorded 8.0 sacks and 88 tackles. Williams has been a productive and effective replacement for Ryan Shazier, whose football career has been derailed by a serious back injury that may prevent him from ever returning to action on the professional level.

Vince Williams has always preached his love for Pittsburgh, which, aside from his on-field performance, is also why he’s become some sort of a fan favorite. During the training camp, the former Florida State Seminole said that he “wants to die a Pittsburgh Steeler,” per Varley’s report. “I feel like the people here are no nonsense, hard-working individuals. They are proud people too. I love this place,” Williams adds.

Williams was taken in the sixth round (206th overall) by Pittsburgh back in the 2013 NFL Draft. He’s never been selected to the Pro Bowl thus far in his career, but the 2018 season presents a grand opportunity for him to put up his best campaign yet and help the Steelers get over the hump and win a seventh Lombardi Trophy.