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Pittsburgh Steelers re-signing Eli Rogers to 1-year deal

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When you trade away Antonio Brown, you need to make sure that you at least hold on to your other receivers. As reported by Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed to a one-year deal with wideout Eli Rogers.

Rogers suffered a torn ACL in the team’s final game of 2017 which forced him to miss all but three games in 2018. The 26-year-old Miami native signed with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2015, but missed his entire rookie season with a foot injury.

He enjoyed a solid campaign with 48 catches for 594 yards and three touchdowns in 2016, but since then he’s tallied just 30 receptions and a single score in 17 games over the last two years.

JuJu Smith-Schuster will take over as Pittsburgh’s unquestioned top target for 37-year-old quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, but the 5’10”, 187-pounder should have an opportunity to compete with the likes of  the recently-signed Donte Moncrief, James Washington and Ryan Switzer for a starting role. However, being on a one-year deal, Rogers could find his roster spot in jeopardy with a poor training camp and preseason.

The departures of Antonio Brown for a third-round and a fifth-round pick, and Le’Veon Bell in free agency leave Pittsburgh with major holes to fill on draft night. Brown, a former sixth-round pick, was shipped off to Oakland. He and Roethlisberger had clashed numerous times, and Brown had gone as far as to skip practices before the team’s week 17 match up this season.

Bell sat out last season after being franchise tagged by the Steelers for the second time. He agreed to a $52.5 million contact across a max of four years. There’s a max value of $61 million, and guarantees totaling $35 million. Pittsburgh is in better shape however, as 2017 third-round pick James Conner ran for 973 yards and caught 55 passes for 497 yards in just 13 games.