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Steelers coach Mike Tomlin excited about the addition of Mark Barron

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are typically known for the team’s defensive prowess while the AFC North franchise added yet another name to the fold this offseason. Pittsburgh managed to sign defensive back turned linebacker Mark Barron while Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin couldn’t be happier about the notable addition to his defense.

“It’s been awesome to watch the maturation in terms of the position transition for Mark Barron,” Tomlin recently told team reporter Missi Matthews, via 247 Sports. “He came into the league as a top-10 safety and really has evolved into an every situation or all situations linebacker. To see that growth and development from afar has been exciting and we are excited about potentially benefitting from that maturation process.”

Barron, who used to play safety for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and linebacker for the Los Angeles Rams, will now apparently remain at the linebacker position upon suiting up in black and yellow.

“I’m playing linebacker,” Barron said during his introductory press conference, via 247 Sports. “As far as all they asked me to do, I’m not sure. I’m a versatile guy, I feel like I can do whatever is needed, and I’m here to do whatever is needed to help this team win…I don’t feel like I’ll be coming off the field.”

Of course, the Steelers are coming off of a disappointing and forgettable 2018 campaign that did not end with a postseason appearance. Not only that, but the Steelers are looking to immediately rebound in the absence of both wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le’Veon Bell.