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Ben Roethlisberger reacts to Steelers signing Eric Ebron

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The Pittsburgh Steelers added a much-needed weapon to their aerial attack last month, signing tight end Eric Ebron to a two-year deal in free agency.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is excited about the move, saying that he has liked Ebron for quite some time:

“I was a big fan of his coming out (of college),” Roethlisberger said, according to Ed Bouchette of The Athletic. “I was really impressed with him, thought he was a great football player. Ebron said to me, ‘When I was with (former Steelers wide receiver) Lance Moore in Detroit, he told me how much you wanted me when I was coming out or a free agent. I just wanted to thank you.’”

Ebron, who played his collegiate football at the University of North Carolina, was originally selected by the Lions with the 10th overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft.

He spent his first four seasons in Detroit before joining the Indianapolis Colts in 2018. That was when Ebron broke out, hauling in 66 receptions for 750 yards and 13 touchdowns en route to a Pro Bowl appearance.

The 26-year-old then saw his 2019 campaign come to a premature end due to ankle issues that required offseason surgery, but that isn’t stopping Roethlisberger from being thrilled about the idea of throwing to Ebron in 2020 with the Steelers:

“Now that he’s here, I’m excited to see what he can bring to this team,” said Roethlisberger. “We know he’s an incredible talent. Speaking to him, I can see his desire, and his passion to be great. I’m excited what he can bring to the table opposite Vance (McDonald).”

Roethlisberger played in just two games in 2019 due to an elbow injury. The Steelers proceeded to go 8-8, missing the playoffs for the second straight year.