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Steelers make the one-year deal with Terrell Edmunds official

No longer just a report, the Steelers make the Terrell Edmunds signing official.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers entered the offseason knowing they were in need of safety help. This help could have come in a myriad of ways, both in free agency and/or the 2022 NFL Draft. One of the players who remained an option for the team was one of their own, Terrell Edmunds.

Edmunds, the former first round pick in the 2018 draft, remained unsigned as of last Friday. Many assumed he would be following Tyrann Mathieu’s lead and waiting till after the draft before deciding which team he would sign with for the 2022 regular season.

Nonetheless, for some reason he decided to stay with Pittsburgh. It was reported Friday evening he was staying on a one-year contract, and the team made it official Monday.

Starting 60 games in his first four seasons, Terrell Edmunds did not get his fifth-year option picked up by the Steelers as they opted to pick up free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick’s, who was acquired via trade in 2019, instead. With 340 tackles, five interceptions, and 21 passes defensed, Terrell Edmunds has been a player who is constantly available as he has only missed one game, Week 17 in the 2020 season, in his entire career.

As for how much it will cost the Steelers to bring back Edmunds, the answer is not much. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the one-year deal is just $2.5 million dollars. Quite the bargain, even if just for one season.

The Steelers weren’t the only team who was hoping to bring Edmunds in via free agency. According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, the Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals both were interested in Edmunds’ services. Nonetheless, he decided to stay in Pittsburgh.

With Edmonds back in the mix for the Steelers in 2022, their options at the top of the upcoming NFL Draft are much wider. Not having to address a specific need, the Steelers may once again be in a situation where they can take the best player available. This doesn’t mean they won’t address safety in the draft, but it no longer becomes a high priority as the draft begins next Thursday.

Stay tuned to Behind The Steel Curtain for breaking news, player updates, and continued draft coverage for the Pittsburgh Steelers as they prepare for the rest of free agency and the 2022 NFL Draft.