The Pittsburgh Steelers have made some moves over the past week and the recap below will get you updated.
Yesterday, former Los Angeles Rams linebacker, Mark Barron, was added into the competitive mix on Tomlin’s team. The 2019 season will be his 8th season and is coming into the locker room with Super Bowl experience. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Barron joins the Steelers on a two-year, $12 million contract.
The Steelers really picked up a versatile player. Barron was picked up by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft. He was originally picked as a safety but quickly showed his ability to transition into his full-time position, a linebacker.
Barron started all 37 games with the Buccaneers in which he totaled 225 tackles. He also tallied two sacks, three interceptions, and one forced fumble.
Ryan Shazier is also still obviously out for the 2019 season after he is recovering from a career-threatening spinal injury. While the rehabilitation is still in process, Barron joins the Steelers’ linebacker corps.
So far, the Steelers have $94.5 million invested in their defense and $82 million in their offense. Most are still waiting on Ben Roethlisberger’s contract extension details but even if the offensive numbers go up because of that, the defense will still have more invested in it.
Four of the top 6 highest paid players on the Pittsburgh Steelers are defenders. Those four don’t even count the two free agents that signed deals in the prior weeks. Steve Nelson, a cornerback, is worth more than $25 million for a three-year deal. The other free agent is Barron.
The coming weeks will show more of what kind of moves the Steelers are trying to make. Stay connected with BIGPLAY for all the latest updates.