Gradkowski, 33, served as the backup to Roethlisberger in 2013 and 2014 but spent the 2015 season on injured reserve.
But the Steelers made no move to exercise the fifth-year option for 2017 on linebacker Jarvis Jones’ contract.
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Travis Feeney and Tyler Matakevich now join a list of linebackers the Steelers have chosen late in the draft — a rather acclaimed list.
Coach, general manager acknowledge openings are there for newcomers to fill and that they will get chance to do just that.
Penn State’s Anthony Zettel and Jordan Lucas were also selected, while three Pitt players agreed to free agent contracts.
Javon Hargrave impressed Steelers defensive line coach John Mitchell at the combine and his pro day.
The Steelers did not have a fifth-round pick today, which they traded to Philly for Brandon Boykin. They had two picks in the seventh round.
Bethel Park alum Nick Kwiatkoski and Woodland Hills alum Quinton Jefferson joined the list of former WPIAL players picked in the NFL Draft.
A brief description of the Steelers’ second- and third-round picks.
The Steelers chose defensive back with their first two picks for the first time in 29 years when they chose Artie Burns and Sean Davis
The team has used all of its first three NFL draft picks on defensive players.
The first Pitt player off the board goes to the Steelers’ AFC North rivals.
The cornerback is no stranger to Heinz Field; while at Miami, Burns played two games there against Pitt.
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There’s a chance Steelers select a skill player for one of their two picks tomorrow, but they’re likely to add more defense.
It’s the Steeler first drafted cornerback since 1997.
The Steelers should take a bit more time before gushing over their new cornerback.
Burns, who also runs track, led the ACC with six interceptions last season as a junior and was impressive in all of his post-season drills.
The first round of the NFL draft is tonight in Chicago.
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Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin are recognized as among the top duos in the NFL when it comes to drafting college players and keeping talent.
Assistant Managing Editor/Sports Michael Sanserino answers questions about sports of all sorts in his weekly chat.
Gerry Dulac answers all of your burning Steelers questions leading up to the NFL draft.
The former Bethel Park standout is projected as a middle-round pick
A visit to an NFL team in advance of the draft can make a break a college prospect.
Steelers reporter Ed Bouchette fields football questions from readers.
The Steelers beat writer says it’s a toss-up at the top between quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Jared Goff.
Jared Goff goes No. 1 overall in mock draft with the Steelers getting the cornerback they covet in Houston’s William Jackson III.
The Steelers return two starters in the secondary — safety Mike Mitchell and cornerback William Gay.
On a night for recreating famous dances, Kevin Bacon’s iconic ”Footloose” number would be Mr. Brown’s finest to date, and yet, there it was.
The appeals ruling follows a September decision by Manhattan Judge Richard Berman that went against the NFL.
Ray Fittipaldo takes your questions on the Steelers and the NFL draft.
The Steelers have had some huge, talented NTs in their 3-4 defense, but does it make sense to pick a guy who might play 25 percent of game.
A detailed list of the top players in each position entering this year’s draft.
Scouts say the NFL Draft has an impressive and talented crop of prospects, especially in the trenches.
Of the 30 prospects the Steelers can bring to team headquarters, 19 were safeties or cornerbacks.
First-year place kicker Chris Boswell had a 92.3 success rate, but other facets of the special teams struggled in 2015.
Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders, Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant have been selected in the third round or lower in the past seven years.
Several teams have drafted QBs late in drafts; could Cardale Jones or Jacoby Brissett be the Steelers’ ticket down the road?
If you want to know where new free agent cornerback Josh Norman will land all you have to do is follow the money.
Curtis Brown, Cortez Allen … the list of failed defensive backs for the Steelers goes on and on.
Beat reporter Gerry Dulac fields questions from Steelers fans in his weekly chat.
Ed Bouchette checks in with his weekly Q&A session with Steelers fans.
The Steeler and dance partner Karina Smirnoff zipped through a cha cha to “Son of a Preacher Man” on ”Dancing With the Stars.”
Steelers beat writer Ray Fittipaldo answers your questions in his weekly chat.
Critics appealing the settlement argued that any deal include future payments for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
The Aug. 12 game will be played 30 minutes earlier than originally scheduled, with kickoff now set at 7 p.m.
But two experienced backups at the position left via free agency — Sean Spence signed with Tennessee and Terence Garvin joined Washington.
The move, which was anticipated, comes not even 18 months after they signed Allen to a five-year, $26 million contract.