The Pittsburgh Steelers have reportedly come to terms on a one-year contract with defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Former Bengals’ DT Larry Ogunjobi has signed a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers, per source. Ogunjobi now will have played for the Browns, Bengals and Steelers, leaving the Ravens as the lone Ogunjobi-less AFC North team.
Former Bengals’ DT Larry Ogunjobi has signed a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers, per source.
Ogunjobi now will have played for the Browns, Bengals and Steelers, leaving the Ravens as the lone Ogunjobi-less AFC North team.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 21, 2022
The Bears originally agreed to a three-year, $40.5 million deal with Ogunjobi on the first day of free agency, but the deal ended up falling through after he failed his physical. The 27-year old was drafted by the Browns in 2017 and moved downstate last offseason, signing with the Bengals on a one-year deal. He’s coming off a career year in his lone season with the AFC champion Bengals.
“As I said before, Larry Ogunjobi embodies everything we are looking for in a Bear. He is a special person and player,” Poles said at the time. “… Unfortunately, we are not signing him today. This is difficult and it is emotional for everyone involved, but ultimately is what is in the best interest of protecting the Chicago Bears.”
Ogunjobi underwent surgery to repair a right foot injury sustained in the third quarter of the Bengals’ wild-card win over the Las Vegas Raiders. He tweeted Jan. 20 that his surgery was “a success.” It’s believed that Ogunjobi has the rare lisfrac type of injury to the bones or ligaments, or both, in the middle part of your foot. In a Lisfranc joint injury, there is usually damage to the cartilage covering these bones. In the middle region of your foot (midfoot), a cluster of small bones form an arch.
Ogunjobi last worked out for the New York Jets but did not get offered a contract. The Steelers are reeling at defensive tackle, as they need a replacement for recently retired DT Stephon Tuitt. As SteelerNation predicted just a few days ago, the team could use someone like Ogunjobi on the defensive line to provide experienced interior presence. His signing will be a big boost for the Steelers defensive front.
Ogunjobi will figure to get playing time almost immediately as either a starter or key rotational piece alongside Cam Heyward, Tyson Alualu, Montravious Adams, and the rest of the defensive line unit
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