— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) December 26, 2019
Both players can start practicing with the team now. Pittsburgh would normally have three weeks to make a decision on activating Nix and Switzer to the roster, but Pittsburgh’s final game of the regular season is Sunday.
Switzer, 25, is a former fourth-round pick of the Cowboys back in 2017. He spent just over a year in Dallas before being traded to the Raiders.
Oakland traded Switzer to the Steelers just a few months later. He’s currently in the third year of his four-year, $2.96 million contract and stands to make a base salary of $735,000 for the 2020 season.
In 2019, Switzer appeared in nine games for the Steelers and caught eight passes for 27 yards receiving and no touchdowns. He also totaled 166 kick return yards and 29 punt return yards.
Nix, 27, originally signed on with the Falcons as an undrafted free agent out of Kent State back in 2014. He was unable to make the 53-man roster and sat out the entire 2014 season before signing a future/reserve contract with the Steelers in January of 2015.
The Steelers elected to sign him to a one-year exclusive rights deals in 2016 and 2017. He signed a four-year, $6.975 million extension after making the Pro Bowl in 2017.
In 2019, Nix has appeared in three games for the Steelers and caught two passes for four yards receiving.