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Mark Barron chose Steelers because he wants to play for Mike Tomlin

Mark Barron

Mike Tomlin has come under more scrutiny than ever before of late after superstar playmakers Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell both departed the Pittsburgh Steelers under less than amicable circumstances.

Don’t confuse either player’s real or perceived displeasure with Tomlin, though, as evidence of his diminished standing throughout the league.

During his introductory press conference at team headquarters on Tuesday, new Steelers linebacker Mark Barron singled out the two-time Super Bowl winning coach as one of the biggest reasons he signed in Pittsburgh.

“I’ve always had a lot of respect for Mike Tomlin,” he said, per 247 Sports. ” The opportunity to play for him, and just the things I have heard about him, I feel like it might be a good fit for me, so I’m here.

“Just the way he goes about things, and how straight up and down he is about his work and how he handles his players and communicates with his players,” Barron continued. “I feel like I’m a similar type of person. I’m straight up and down. I like things to be on the table and clear cut, and I operate in that fashion. To work with someone and play for someone that operates in that same fashion, I feel like it will be a good fit for me.”

Barron signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Steelers over the weekend. The seven-year veteran spent the last four and-a-half seasons with the Los Angeles Rams, who moved him from safety to linebacker upon his trade from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Appearing and starting in 12 games last season, Barron finished with 60 tackles, three tackles for loss, and one sack.