Fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers should realize by now how they approach free agency. But for those who don’t, it usually goes like this:
- Strategic early moves
- Wait and see how signs for what
- Take advantage of the best of what’s left
With that said, the Steelers are approaching Step 3 of the aforementioned process. After watching players like Tyson Alualu, Bud Dupree and Mike Hilton leave, the Steelers have reportedly agreed on bringing back one of their defensive linemen to help soften the blow of the loss of Alualu.
According to Jordan Strack, the Steelers and Chris Wormley have agreed to a two-year contract.
Chris Wormley is re-signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers. It’s a 2-year deal, I’m told.— Jordan Strack (@JordanStrack) March 18, 2021
The signing of Wormley, who can potentially play all three positions along the defensive line, should be welcome news for the black and gold faithful. This even after Wormley put up mediocre numbers throughout an injury plagued first season in Pittsburgh.
Wormley appeared in 13 games in 2020 for the Steelers, and officially had one start. Playing 148 defensive snaps, Wormley had eight tackles, three quarterback hits, and 1.0 sack on the season.
With Alualu gone, it is safe to say Wormley’s role within the Steelers’ defense will increase in 2021. The Steelers will need him to not only be a rotational player with Cam Heyward and Stephon Tuitt, but to earn the snaps at nose tackle which made the loss of Alualu sting all the worse with the fan base.
Even with Wormley returning, expect more moves to be coming from the Pittsburgh Steelers in the coming hours/days of free agency. With that in mind, be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes on the Steelers as they prepare for the rest of free agency and the 2021 NFL Draft.