Steelers talking long-term deal with kicker Chris Boswell
Kicker Chris Boswell and the Pittsburgh Steelers have opened up talks on a long-term extension earlier this week according to the veteran kicker.
“They probably started at the beginning of the week,” Boswell said via the Pittsbrugh Post-Gazette. “And they’ve kind of been ongoing since then.”’
Boswell signed a $2.9 million restricted free agent tender this offseason, and unless the two sides can come to an agreement before the regular season, he will play on that this season and become an unrestricted free agent next offseason. Last season Boswell was 35-of-38 on field goals and 37-of-39 on extra points. His long was from 53, and he made four field goals of 50 yards or longer.
As much as Boswell deserves an extension he has made it clear that he wants he wants his agent to focus on the contract, and he is going continue to focus on playing football and being the best player he can be for the Steelers.
“I’m just going to let it play out,” he said. “I told my agent I don’t really want to hear about it. Just kind of let me kick, and if we get something done, we get something done.”
If the Steelers and Boswell were not able to agree on an extension, it would be quite shocking although it might not happen before the season. Boswell has proven he is one of the best young kickers in the league and if the Steelers were to let him walk it would probably be something they would come to regret.