Steelers urged to sign 4-Time Pro Bowler Justin Houston

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Head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks from the side of the field during a game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Heinz Field on September 19, 2021.

Wednesday, June 22, Pittsburgh Steelers Signature announced From defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi to a one-year contract, a deal praised by former Steelers offensive lineman Ramon Foster, who battled with the former Browns’ third-round pick on several different occasions during his career. Thursday, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network revealed That Ogunjobi’s contract is worth “up to $8 million including incentives.”

This leaves plenty of room for the Steelers to tackle other need situations, as the team had $23,106,733 in cover space. Before For the Ogunjobi deal, According to overthecap.com.

Thursday, Tim Benz of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review He urged the Steelers to use some of that money to sign four-time Pro Bowler Justin Houston to “press” for a third year outside linebacker Alex Highsmith. Notably, Highsmith only scored eight sacks, one interception and a forced tumble in his first two seasons, despite playing the opposite of the intimidating pass TJ Watt.

More importantly, still, the outside quarterback depth behind Watt and Highsmith can be considered nonexistent. Derek Tosca is arguably the best reserve player in this position, but Tosca only contributed two bags, two quarterback strikes, and a forced stumble in 247 defensive shots last season, As per Pro Football reference (PFR).

In addition, the Steelers have former Eagles player Jennard Avery on a one-year contract, but Avery has only 7.5 sacks in five NFL seasons. New defensive coordinator Terrell Austin He also has Delontae Scott at his disposal; Scott got his chance to debut in the NFL against the Los Angeles Chargers in November 2021. Last but not least, the 2019 “camp phenomenon” Tozar Skipper is back in the fold, having signed a contract with the Steelers in early June.

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Justin Houston had a score of 77.8 PFF in 2021

By contrast, Houston – 6-foot-3, 258 pounds – has started 143 of the 149 NFL games he has appeared in. He has 102 career sacks, including 4.5 sacks – and 17 quarterback hits – he had played last season as a member of the Baltimore Ravens, According to PFR.

If the passing score of 2021 Pro Football Focus’s pass is any indication, it seems perfect to spell Watt (or Highsmith) when speeding up passes, as he posted an impressive ad 77.4 Passing Impulse Score (77.8 college scores) last year. And it won’t be particularly expensive; He played with the Ravens last year on a one-year contract worth $2.075 million, According to Spotrac.com.

The idea of ​​Houston signing with Pittsburgh isn’t pie in the sky either, as the Steelers sought it out last year before turning to Melvin Ingram. After Houston signed a deal with the Ravens last summer, the Chiefs’ previous third-round pick admitted that it came “very close“to sign with the Steelers but thinks Baltimore was a ‘better fit,’ in large part because he envisioned getting more individual opportunities to speed passers in the Ravens scheme.

If there is a possible fly in the ointment, it means that the crows have Rarely used UFA bidding app to Houston. as such Note from ESPN’s Yates fieldthe tag doesn’t prevent the Steelers from adding it, but the signature will affect the formula used to calculate the catch shots that will be awarded to the Ravens in the 2023 NFL Draft.

Houston is free to sign with any other team until July 22, 2022, after which the Ravens will have exclusive negotiating rights.


2 alternatives to Justin Houston

If Justin Houston is no longer fascinated by the Steelers, there are still other veterans on the market who can be signed at a reasonable price. As noted by Benz above, this includes: Ryan Kerrigan, former Washington first-round pick (33, 95.5 career sacks), who played for the Eagles in 2021. Another option is Alex Okafor (31, 31.5 sacks), former pick In the fourth round and played for three different teams, most recently the Kansas City Chiefs.

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