Steelers 2-a-days: Can Chris Boswell regain Pro Bowl form? Marcelis Branch make RMU proud? |
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Editor’s note: From now until the first practice of training camp at Saint Vincent College, the Trib will be running through the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 90-man roster, assessing each player’s outlook for the 2019 season. The breakdown will go through the roster in alphabetical order, (at least) two per day, between June 14 and July 26.

K Chris Boswell

Experience: 5th season

Contract status: $4.2 million cap hit in 2019, signed through 2022

2019 outlook: Boswell is one of the Steelers’ 10 highest-paid players (per salary-cap hit) this season — and (via bonuses) he’s already earned the majority of the money that will be paid to him in 2019. Throw in a $4.8 million “dead cap” hit that applies to the Steelers’ bottom line in 2019 if he’s cut, and it’s easy to see the financial difficulties in giving up on him. But the risk, perhaps, is worse in sticking with Boswell if his 2018 struggles (12 missed kicks) persist. He’ll be challenged in camp by undrafted rookie Matthew Wright.

DB Marcelis Branch

Experience: Nothing in the regular season, but spent 2017 rookie season on Falcons practice squad

Contract status: $495,000 cap hit in 2019

2019 outlook: A Robert Morris graduate, Branch is bigger and stronger than his 5-foot-11, 180-pound roster bio suggests. He also embraces special teams, a necessary requirement for someone in his situation to have a shot at sticking with the team after training camp. It might be a longshot, but Branch fit in during summer workouts.


June 14: OLB Ola Adeniyi, CB Brian Allen

June 15: S Marcus Allen, DL Tyson Alualu

June 16: S Dravon Askew-Henry, OT Zach Banner

June 17: P Jordan Berry, P Ian Berryman

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