Moncrief reach 2-year with Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers, who don’t usually sign many free agents, have signed their second player in three days, wide receiver Donte Moncrief. The terms aren’t yet known but the length of the deal is for two years. This is per NFL reporter Adam Schefter.

Moncrief signed a one-year contract worth a guaranteed $9.6 million with the Jaguars last March. In 16 games, he caught 48 passes for 668 yards, which were his highest totals since he caught 64 passes for 733 yards in his second season in 2015 — the last time he played in all 16 games. Moncrief spent his first four seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, who drafted him in the third round (90th overall) in 2014.

Moncrief caught 152 passes for 1,875 yards and 18 touchdowns with the Colts. However, he missed seven games in 2016 and four games in 2017 because of injuries and struggled to make much of an impact despite playing opposite T.Y. Hilton.

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The Colts did not offer him a second contract, and the Jaguars signed him as a replacement for Allen Robinson, after Robinson opted to sign with the Chicago Bears last year.

The departure of Antonio Brown leaves a significant hole at wide receiver for the Steelers, and Moncrief looks to be their first move in filling his absence. JuJu Smith-Schuster is poised to step into the No. 1 role while Moncrief should serve as the second or third option at wide receiver for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. As usual, general manager Kevin Colbert and the organization doesn’t have a lot of cap room at their disposal. But Moncrief could prove to be a sneaky-good addition to a Pittsburgh offense that should strive for a little more balance in 2019.

The five-year pro has reached the end zone 21 times amongst his 200 career regular-season receptions. While he doesn’t figure to be a high-volume pass-catcher, he gives quarterback Ben Roethlisberger a proven and reliable option.

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