There’s been a lot of speculation this offseason about defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt and his future with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

On Wednesday, the speculation ended. Tuitt announced his retirement from the NFL at the age of 29.

Tuitt didn’t play in 2021 after the death of his brother in a hit-and-run accident.

The former Notre Dame standout, however, was an extremely productive player for the Steelers in 2020. Tuitt totaled 45 tackles and 11 sacks during his last season in the NFL.

That’s a lot of production that Pittsburgh won’t have in 2022.

The Steelers will likely look to add another defensive lineman to the roster. Pittsburgh actually worked out a couple of depth options earlier this week. But now that Tuitt’s retirement is official, I think the Steelers should look to add a starting-caliber defensive lineman to the roster.

One option that could provide a lot of value would be former Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Larry Ogunjobi.

Ogunjobi agreed to a deal with the Chicago Bears earlier this offseason, but the deal was rescinded due to a failed physical. The New Jersey native has lingering foot issues that won’t necessarily prevent him from playing, but it’s an issue that can’t be ignored when offering a contract. The Bears were going to sign Ogunjobi to a three-year deal worth $40.5 million, but they weren’t comfortable giving him that big of a contract after seeing the results of his physical.

Pittsburgh would be wise to consider signing Ogunjobi to a cheaper deal. He’s a high-risk high-reward type player that could instantly make an impact with the Steelers.

Ogunjobi struggled in run defense last season, but he graded well as a run defender earlier in his career. Run defense is an area where some of the Steelers’ backups — such as Chris Wormley — struggled at times.

I don’t think Ogunjobi is going to be a player that carries a defense, but that’s not what Pittsburgh needs. They have plenty of talent already in Cam Heyward and Tyson Alualu, but Ogunjobi would give the team some high-quality depth.

Let’s also not gloss over the fact that Ogunjobi is a former Bengal. I’m sure he’d be highly motivated to play against his former team a couple of times a year.

The Steelers will almost certainly make a move to add another defensive lineman. They’d be wise to give Ogunjobi a serious look. He might be the best value remaining on the free-agent market.

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