Steelers Re-sign Exclusive Rights Free Agent OLB Anthony Chickillo

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now re-signed another one of their exclusive rights free agents.

According to Ian Rapoport on Twitter, linebacker Anthony Chickillo has signed his one-year exclusive rights tender.

Chickillo, who was drafted by the Steelers in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Miami, registered 29 total tackles during the 2016 regular season and that included 2.5 sacks. He also forced two fumbles in the 15 games that he played in.

Chickillo, who started seven games for the Steelers during his second season in the league, will earn $615,000 in 2017.

The signing of Chickillo on Tuesday now makes seven exclusive rights free agents that the Steelers have reportedly signed so far this offseason as tight end Xavier Grimble, kicker Chris Boswell, running back Fitzgerald Toussaint, safety Jordan Dangerfield, fullback Roosevelt Nix, and wide receiver Cobi Hamilton have all reportedly inked their one-year tenders as well.

The Steelers still have two exclusive rights free agents who are likely to sign one-year tenders soon if they haven’t already and they are center B.J. Finney and tackle Alejandro Villanueva.

With Chickillo now back in the fold, the Steelers currently have three outside linebackers that ended the 2016 season on the 53-man roster under contract for the 2017 league year. The team also signed free agent outside linebacker Farrington Huguenin to a futures contract a few weeks ago.

  • Spencer Krick

    Guess we can remove our tin-foil hats when it comes to Chick.

  • SteelersDepot

    Ha, yep!

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Looks like his apartment is for sale because he is upgrading to a house.

  • Nolrog

    I’m glad he signed. I like him. We still need to upgrade the position but he plays an important role.

  • Shane Mitchell

    I like him, but more importantly Mike Tomlin likes him and as such I dont expect edge to be as high of a priority with our coaching staff as it is with most fans, I predict he splits time as a starter next season. There are only a couple of edge players in this entire draft that are better prospects than Chickillo at edge. So going edge 1st round means you are giving up on Chickillo already. Not sure most are aware of how highly regarded he was as an edge player before Miami converted him inside, he was third on most recruiting lists as a 4 star prospect at the position behind Jadeveon Clowney and Stephon Tuitt. Physically I doubt any of the edge players everyone is mocking to us 1st round will be more physically talented than Chickillo. Bring in a real linebacker coach like Kevin Greene to work with Chickillo and watch what happens.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Yeah, but what about the apartment? Maybe a good pad for David T. Its a “good time to buy”, you know.

  • Spencer Krick

    I hope he called Craig Achtzehn

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  • Zarbor

    Well, I’m glad he signed but if he don’t stay healthy and start producing sacks, he will get the Jarvis Jones treatment. Chick you have one year, make it count. We are counting on it.