Steelers WR Option Re-Signs With 49ers

The Pittsburgh Steelers are running out of options at wide receiver.
Dec 3, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jauan Jennings (15) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 3, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jauan Jennings (15) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports / Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
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PITTSBURGH -- Another wide receiver option has come off the table for the Pittsburgh Steelers as they get into their second week of Organized Team Activities.

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jauan Jennings was being considered a candidate to join the Steelers, and help them fill the void left behind by the Diontae Johnson trade. Instead, Jennings will return to San Francisco on a two-year deal worth $15.4 million and leave the Steelers searching for a different pass-catcher.

Jennings has only accounted for 78 receptions, 963 yards and 7 touchdowns over three seasons, including 19 receptions during the 2023 season. But he came up with multiple clutch plays during the 49ers' Super Bowl run, becoming a reliable set of hands for Brock Purdy.

Outside of George Pickens, the Steelers' receivers room looks thin. They're counting on big things from 2024 draft pick Roman Wilson and 2023 pick Calvin Austin III. Outside of that, there's Van Jefferson, Quez Watkins, Scottie Miller and a smattering of options on reserve/futures contracts. But the Steelers have been pursuing a proven wide receiver and Jennings could have given them just that, but now Pittsburgh will have to look elsewhere.

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Stephen Thompson

STEPHEN THOMPSON

Stephen Thompson graduated with a bachelor's degree in communications and political science from Pitt in April 2022 after spending four years as a sports writer and editor at The Pitt News, the University of Pittsburgh's independent, student-run newspaper. He primarily worked the Pitt men's basketball beat, and filled in on coverage of football, volleyball, softball, gymnastics and lacrosse, in addition to other sports as needed. His work at The Pitt News has won awards from the Pennsylvania News Media Association and Associated College Press. During the spring and summer of 2021, Stephen interned for Pittsburgh Sports Now, covering baseball in western Pennsylvania. Hailing from Washington D.C., family ties have cultivated a love of Boston's professional teams and Pitt athletics, and a fascination with sports in general.