Today, K Chris Boswell and LB Vince Williams have signed lucrative contract extensions to remain with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Boswell has signed a new five-year deal through the 2022 season, and said deal is estimated to be worth nearly $20 million. Boswell was arguably the most accurate kicker last season making 35 out of 38 field goals attempted, which is a 92.1 success rate.
Boswell’s was signed to the Steelers as a free agent after former Steelers K Shaun Suisham missed the entire 2015 NFL season with a torn ACL. The Steelers ended up releasing Suisham after a failed physical in 2016, so Boswell was given the keys as starting kicker for the team. Boswell has been relatively consistent since signing in 2015, even making the NFL Pro Bowl in 2017. For the next five years Boswell is expected to be the starting kicker for the Steelers. He is now currently one of the highest paid kickers in the league.
Linebacker Vince Williams on the other hand signed a four year contract extension through the 2021 NFL season, and the deal is supposedly worth $20.6 million. Williams was a instrumental part of the Steelers defense for the last couple of seasons. Last year was unequivocally his best year defensively as he racked up 89 combined tackles, 8 sacks, and 1 interception.
Williams and LB Ryan Shazier were the anchors of the Steelers defense last season until Shaizer suffered a severe back injury during last year’s regular season game against the New England Patriots. Shazier’s season was over, but Williams stepped up and became one of the primary play callers on defense in Shazier’s absence. Williams performed applicable, which is why this contract extension is well deserved. His role in the defense is solidified, and for the next four years he’s expected to show why he earned a contract extension.
One player who didn’t receive a contract extension this offseason is RB Le’Veon Bell, which may be the reason Williams and Boswell received their extensions after negotiations between Bell and the Steelers dissolved. Bell is known around the league to be one of the best running backs in football, and most believed he deserved a blank check and a pen to write any numerical figure he wanted. Bell and the Steelers didn’t find a long term solution, which gave the Steelers a lot of money to work with, and it gave Bell an ultimatum at the end of the upcoming season.
While this may be Bell’s last season as a Steeler, Williams and Boswell will be in Pittsburgh for the next couple of years at least. With Bell likely gone and QB Ben Roethlisberger debating retirement, the Steelers at the beginning of the 2019 NFL season may look a lot different than they have in the past. As a result of these contract extensions, Williams and Boswell will be in Pittsburgh to help usher in a new era of Steelers football.