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Mark Barron agrees to 2-year, $12 million deal with Steelers

Mark Barron, Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers had a tough 2018-19 campaign and then carried such tumultuousness into the offseason. However, there is finally some good news stemming from “The Steel City” as the Steelers have reportedly added free agent linebacker, Mark Barron.

According to a weekend report from Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Steelers have agreed to sign Barron to a two-year deal worth a total of $12 million.

The 29-year-old defensive back turned linebacker was originally selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Alabama. The former Crimson Tide standout was then traded to the St. Louis Rams midway through the 2014-15 regular season and remained with the NFC West franchise through the 2018-19 campaign. However, the Rams ultimately elected to release Barron earlier in the offseason en route to clearing some available salary cap space.

Barron notably appeared in 12 regular season games in what would become his final go-round as a member of the Rams in 2018-19. Helping Los Angeles win the NFC and reach Super Bowl LIII, Barron registered 60 total tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, and one pass defense during the most recent NFL regular season. For his NFL career as a whole, Barron has recorded 628 total tackles, nine sacks, six forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, eight interceptions and 38 pass defenses over the course of 104 regular season games.

Of course, the Steelers infamously traded All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown to the Oakland Raiders to begin the 2019 offseason. While Barron cannot replace Brown’s production on offense, the former Rams defender can help Pittsburgh prevent opposing offenses from scoring.