McLendon will be back in Pittsburgh. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers Thankfully Hold on to Steve McLendon

Whew!  That was a close one.

Yesterday, the Packers made a shrewd and intelligent move and met with Pittsburgh’s RFA nose tackle Steve McLendon.  Since McLendon was signed to a UDFA RFA tender worth $1.323 million, Green Bay could have poached the soon to be 5th year nose tackle for almost nothing.

Thankfully, Colbert & Co. realized the limited depth the team had at nose tackle and inked the future starter to a 3-year deal earlier today.  Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that the deal included the following:


Steelers gave DT Steve McLendon signed a 3-yr deal with max value of $7.25 mil, including $1.675 million guaranteed. $5 mil in first two yrs


I for one am happy the move was made, and it appears that McLendon is primed to take over the starting nose tackle duties as early as this season.  The Steelers need an injection of youth and athleticism along their defensive line, and McLendon has the physical tools to be a solid replacement for longtime veteran Casey Hampton.

The “future is now” in Pittsburgh, and it is nice to see that the former Troy Trojan will get an extended chance to prove himself over the duration of his brand new contract.

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