The Pittsburgh Steelers made a much-needed roster move on Friday.
According to multiple reports, the Steelers are re-signing safety Terrell Edmunds.
It’ll be a one-year deal for Edmunds.
The #Steelers are bringing back S Terrell Edmunds on a 1-year deal, source said.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 22, 2022
There were some rumblings that the Steelers could be interested in signing free-agent safety Tyrann Mathieu, but Pittsburgh was waiting for his price to fall a bit. Signing Edmunds, which was always a backup plan for the Steelers, is a sign that Mathieu’s pricepoint never got to a level that Pittsburgh was comfortable with.
The former Virginia Tech standout had a Pro Football Focus grade of 60.1 last season, while Mathieu graded out at 67.3. Neither safety graded particularly well in run defense.
Mathieu is obviously the better player, but Pittsburgh just couldn’t justify giving Mathieu $10 to $15 million a year for only slightly better production. It’s a tough decision to make, but it’s the right fiscal decision by the Steelers.
Terrell Edmunds back for a fifth season with the Steelers
Edmunds was originally drafted by the Steelers in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft
He’s been a solid option for Pittsburgh, even though the Steelers declined his fifth-year option before the 2021 season.
Edmunds has totaled 340 tackles, five interceptions, and three sacks during his first four years in the NFL.
He’ll rejoin fellow safety Minkah Fitzpatrick at the top of the Steelers’ safety depth chart.
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