Eric Ebron signs 2-year, $12 million deal with Steelers
The Steelers have been relatively quiet throughout free agency. However, they could not pass up on the opportunity to shore up another weapon for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to throw to.
Ebron came into the league as the No. 10 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. Unfortunately, he struggled to fit the billing of being a former first-rounder. The Lions ultimately opted to part ways after four seasons and he signed with the Indianapolis Colts.
Ebron enjoyed quite the resurgence in Indianapolis as the favorite red zone target for quarterback Andrew Luck. He finished the 2018 campaign with career highs in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. However, his role in the offense decreased dramatically in the 2019 NFL season following the retirement of Luck. He wound up registering only 31 receptions for 375 yards and three touchdowns.
Although Hebron may be coming off a disappointing season, he is still widely considered to be one of the better pass-catching tight ends in the league. His size and route-running make him a difficult matchup for opposing defenders. Especially when it comes to covering him in the red zone.
It is no secret that the Steelers have lost some significant firepower in recent years. As a result, wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and running back James Conner have struggled to serve as the focal points of the offense. Ebron’s skill set could allow him to make an immediate impact as a potential safety net for Roethlisberger in the passing game.