Mike Hilton signs one-year extension; Heyward to Pro Bowl

Posted on Jan 16 2018 - 5:22pm by Rachael McKriger
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Photo of Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Mike Hilton (left) against the Cleveland Browns in Week 17 courtesy of Keith Srakocic/Associated Press.

After falling to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday afternoon, the Pittsburgh Steelers have announced their first roster move regarding next season.

The team announced Tuesday evening that Mike Hilton signed a one-year contract extension.

Hilton originally joined the Steelers back on Dec. 13, 2016, joining the practice squad. He spent time on the practice squads of the New England Patriots and Jaguars before coming to Pittsburgh.

On Jan. 24, 2017, Hilton signed a Reserve/Future contract with the team.

 

In the 2017 season, Hilton appeared in all 16 games, starting four. He recorded 64 total tackles (48 solo), six pass deflections, one forced fumble and two interceptions.

Hilton also recorded four sacks, with three occurring against the Houston Texans in Week 16.

The three sacks — along with six tackles and one forced fumble — against the Texans earned Hilton the AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors by the NFL.

Hilton attended college at Mississippi, where he played cornerback, safety and every position the secondary offers. He was a four-year letterman at Mississippi.

The Steelers organization also announced that four players have been signed to Reserve/Future contracts, including wide receivers Justin Thomas and Marcus Tucker, linebacker Keith Kelsey and defensive end Lavon Hooks.

Heyward heading to Pro Bowl

Steelers fans are getting their wish for Cameron Heyward after all.

The team announced that Heyward will join Maurkice Pouncey, Alejandro Villanueva, David DeCastro, Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell, Ben Roethlisberger and Chris Boswell in Orlando for the 2018 Pro Bowl.

The decision came after Khalil Mack of the Oakland Raiders announced that he could not attend.

According to the Steelers website, the AFC team will be coached by the Steelers coaching staff.

Mike Tomlin commented on the coaching decision.

“I’m really excited about it,” said Tomlin. “To get an opportunity to work with guys who are honored as the best in the business, to spend some intimate moments with them, to enjoy them – it’s awesome. I haven’t been to the Pro Bowl in a lot of years. It’s a great environment to be in.”

“To spend time with the best in the world at what they do, to watch that comradery, to be a part of that is a special thing and an honor.”

The Pro Bowl will be held a week before Super Bowl LI, on Jan. 28. The game will air on ESPN at 3 p.m.

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