The Steelers are extending their time with Larry Ogunjobi in the middle of their defensive front. The veteran defensive tackle is set to re-sign in Pittsburgh on a three-year, $28.75MM deal (Twitter link via ESPN’s Adam Schefter).
Schefter adds that the contract includes $21.75MM in compensation over its first two years. That makes this pact a lengthier, more lucrative one than the one-year accord Ogunjobi played on in 2022. The latter contract came after a agreement which would have sent him to Chicago fell through due to an issue with his physical.
Ogunjobi, 28, was able to quickly circle back into the AFC North with his Pittsburgh deal after that. His Steelers debut came after four years spent with the Browns, and one with the Bengals. He arrived in the Steel City with significant expectations, given his production as a pass rusher in particular during his time in Ohio. The former third-rounder was also thought to have a clear path to playing time with Stephon Tuitt having retired.
Ogunjobi did indeed start all 16 games he played in last season, logging a healthy snap share of 63%. He notched 48 tackles in that span, a figure on par with his totals from each of the past four campaigns. After recording a career-high seven sacks as a Bengal in 2021, however, his total in that department dropped to just 1.5, the lowest such figure since his rookie season.
As a whole, the Steelers struggled to generate as much pressure with their defensive front as they have in recent years. Missed time from edge rusher T.J. Watt played a major role in that, of course, but the team will still be looking for an uptick in production from Ogunjobi moving forward. His effectiveness as a run-stopper will, in any event, give him a high floor as a player for the short-term future, as the Steelers continue to invest considerably in their defensive line.
13 comments on “Steelers, DT Larry Ogunjobi Agree To Terms”
I like it. They still need to draft a DL, but this pushes that need down to a later round
Hoping for Keeanu Benton. Don’t know how well schematically he fits with this signing however.
Well now that Spillane signed with Vegas, another hole opens.
spillane was never the answer.
him and Bush were given every opportunity to win the job
he definitely outplayed his UDFA contract ,but not worth the level up in pay or playtime
Yeah, agree with that. Unlike Bush who never seemed to go all out after the ACL injury, even seeming disinterested at times, at least Spillane gave it his all
And for the money Spillane got, I’ll say happy trails and good luck.
Also, Steelers were reportedly in contention for Vander Esch (who I’m glad they didn’t end up with). So they’re apparently actively looking for ILB replacements. I just don’t want them in bidding wars for them,
I kind of thought that despite the nagging hamstring injury, David Long of the Titans was a good fit. Probably more expensive than what they would like and Miami is on a spending spree
Don’t know what’s left— Van Noy is an older guy—but here’s hoping Mark Robinson matures greatly this off season
the market is bleak at ilb.
anyone have any insight on Jarrad Davis?
I know they were interested in drafting him way back ,
haven’t really heard anything about him , but might be a guy to split time with a rookie next to Jack
EDIT: nvm Giants resigned Davis
They got a good one this morning in Holcomb, who I didn’t even know was available. Very good fit here, and very much a guy who is equally adept with handling the run and passing games
same lol.. dudes a beast, great pickup
very pleased with this re-up. he was really a standout towards the end of the season.
with Leal’s development , I’d actually move the needle to not needing much Dline now.
could still use a run clogger round 4 or 5 (or stopgap vet)
but the front-3 has its starters
Love it. He was good to excellent last year and he wasnt even fully healthy much if the season. I thought he made a world of difference when he was in there.