After five seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, fullback Roosevelt Nix has decided to take on a new adventure and join the Indianapolis Colts.
Running the football certainly was not a strength of the Pittsburgh Steelers offense last season. However, Pittsburgh only had the services of their fullback, Roosevelt Nix, for three games in 2019, so his absence definitely didn’t help.
For next season, the Steelers will have to attempt to improve their rushing offense without Nix even being on their roster. The veteran fullback, who was released earlier this year, has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts according to ESPN’s Jordan Schultz.
With this decision, 2020 will be the first season in the NFL for Nix that won’t see him suit up in a black and gold uniform.
He had been a member of Pittsburgh’s roster since 2015 after the team signed him to a reserve/futures contract. Interestingly enough, the Steelers actually signed Nix as a linebacker before he was eventually converted into a fullback.
During his time with Pittsburgh, he spent the majority of his snaps on special teams. The 2017 season was the only time during his five years with the Steelers that saw him appear in more than 15 percent of the team’s offensive snaps in a single season. Conveniently, this also happened to be the only year that resulted in Nix earning a trip to the Pro Bowl.
His time in Pittsburgh, unfortunately, came to an end back in March though, shortly after the team decided to sign fullback Derek Watt to a three-year contract. With the Steelers bringing in Watt, there was no reason for them to keep two fullbacks on their roster for 2020.
So now, Nix will turn his attention to finding a role for himself with the Colts. After missing the majority of last season with a knee injury, he’s going to have to prove to Indianapolis that he’s worth keeping around.
At the very least, Nix can just become a top contributor on special teams with the Colts as he was with the Steelers.