The Pittsburgh Steelers, along with three other NFL teams, unsuccessfully attempted to add another tight end to their rosters on Tuesday. In the end, however, it was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that were awarded former New York Jets tight end Jordan Leggett off waivers on Tuesday as they had the highest waiver claim priority, according to Field Yates of ESPN.
The Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers, and the Tennessee Titans also put in failed waivers claims for Leggett in addition to the Steelers, according to Yates.
Source: the Buccaneers, Bills, Packers, Steelers and Titans all placed a claim on former Jets TE Jordan Leggett. Tampa Bay landed Leggett because it had highest waiver wire order priority.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) May 22, 2019
The Steelers putting in a waiver claim for Leggett shouldn’t be a big surprise as our very own Alex Kozora immediately wrote following the Jets cutting ties with their former fifth-round draft pick out of Clemson that such a transaction was likely to happen due to reported past pre-draft interest from Pittsburgh in the player.
While Leggett certainly won’t be confused for Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, he is an above average blocking tight end with some receiving ability that can also play on special teams. Right now, that is exactly the kind of tight end the Steelers could use on their roster to help push backups Xavier Grimble, Kevin Rader, Christian Scotland-Williamson, Trevor Wood, and Zach Gentry, the team’s fifth-round draft pick this year out of Michigan.
While the Steelers did miss out on Leggett, at least we know the team is indeed still looking to bolster their tight end depth chart way ahead of training camp getting underway. In short, we should expect that another experienced tight end will eventually be signed or claimed off waivers in the coming months.