The Pittsburgh Steelers signed 9 of the 10 players that ended the season on their practice squad to Reserve/Future contracts. Their lone unsigned player, quarterback turned wide receiver Tyler Murphy, has now signed a Reserve/Future contract with the Miami Dolphins.
Murphy, who signed with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent out of Boston College in 2015, initially made the 53-man roster out of training camp as a fifth wide receiver. After dressing for the Steelers first two regular season games, Murphy was waived from the roster to make room for running back Le’Veon Bell, who had finished serving his two game suspension.
After clearing waivers, Murphy was signed to the Steelers practice squad and he remained there for the next four weeks. The team, however, promoted Murphy back to their 53-man roster prior to their Week 7 game against the Kansas City Chiefs only this time to serve as the No. 2 quarterback behind Landry Jones as both Ben Roethlisberger and Mike Vick missed the game due to injuries.
In Week 9 of the regular season, the Steelers again waived Murphy in order to make room on their 53-man roster for cornerback Doran Grant, who was promoted from the practice squad. After clearing waivers once again, Murphy was signed back to the team’s practice squad where he remained the rest of the season.
It’s unknown as to whether or not the Steelers attempted to sign Murphy to a Reserve/Future contract after the season ended. In all likelihood they did but Murphy probably decided to explore other options.