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Pittsburgh Steelers Re-Sign Restricted Free Agent Steve McLendon to a Three-Year Contract

April 18th, 2013 at 10:09 PM
By Mark Mihalko

Just one day after news broke that restricted free agent nose tackle Steve McLendon took a visit to Wisconsin to spend time with the Green Bay Packers, the Pittsburgh Steelers took a proactive stance. Potentially fearing a replay of the Emmanuel Sanders situation, the team reached an agreement for a multi-year contract with their potential starting nose tackle.

'Audible to Thomas, Broncos vs Steelers 2012' photo (c) 2012, Craig Hawkins - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/
According to Adam Schefter, this three-year contract is potentially worth $7.25 million and includes a $1.675 million signing bonus. This move almost totally guarantees that veteran free agent nose tackle Casey Hampton has played his last game with the Steelers.

The 27-year old McLendon looks to be the nose tackle for the present and the immediate future, and he should add a different dimension to the defense. Not be as big as Hampton, he is more athletic and can add more of a pass rush element. More importantly, he has limited wear, making only one start and seeing only 139 snaps in 2012.

With McLendon under contract for the next three years, the Steelers should not see a need to look at this position in the draft. They also have second-year players Alameda Ta’amu and Hebron Fangupo, who will be battling for back-up reps on the roster.

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