Steelers puts second-round tender on offensive lineman B.J. Finney
The Pittsburgh Steelers have made it so if they lose offensive lineman B.J. Finney to another team, they are at least going to get their money’s worth.
According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the Steelers have placed a second-round tender on Finney, which means that if another team signs him, Pittsburgh will receive a second-round draft pick.
The tender will cost the Steelers $3.095 million if Finney signs it.
Finney played in all 16 games this past season, making two starts at right guard. Overall, he played 164 snaps on offense and 73 on special teams.
The 27-year-old, who played his collegiate football at Kansas State University, went undrafted but landed with the Steelers in 2016.
While he has never been a full-time starter for Pittsburgh, his versatility and readiness has certainly been impressive, as he has made nine starts between both guard positions and center since entering the league.
Finney earned three starts during his rookie campaign and started four times in 2017.
Last year, he returned to the Steelers on an exclusive rights contract.
Pittsburgh is coming off of a disappointing 2018 campaign in which it went 9-6-1, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2013. The Steelers actually entered Week 16 in first place in the AFC North division and in control of their own destiny, but they suffered a devastating loss to the New Orleans Saints, opening the door for the Baltimore Ravens to snatch the division title.