The Pittsburgh Steelers made a big move in free agency on Friday afternoon, agreeing to a two-year, $12 million deal with former Indianapolis Colts tight end Eric Ebron. One of the main priorities for the team this offseason was adding more offensive weapons and Ebron fits that bill.
Soon after his decision to sign with the Steelers, Ebron spoke to ESPN NFL reporter Josina Anderson about the move. He included some interesting information about what head coach Mike Tomlin told him.
Ebron will be joining a Steelers’ offense that already includes playmakers in James Conner and JuJu Smith-Schuster. Ben Roethlisberger is set to make a comeback from an elbow injury that ended his 2019 season prematurely. He is throwing again and looking good in his recovery.
Last season with the Colts, Ebron struggled to put up the production that was expected from him. He caught just 31 passes for 375 yards and three touchdowns. However, the Steelers made the right decision to not be scared away because of those numbers.
Back in 2018, Ebron was one of the best tight ends in the entire NFL. He caught 66 passes for 750 yards and 13 touchdowns. The Steelers are banking on him getting back to that production.
Part of the issues for Ebron in 2019 were Jack Doyle’s return from injury and Andrew Luck’s surprising retirement. Any player would struggled under those circumstances. Ebron is joining a team in the Steelers that can provide a comfortable and consistent environment.
It will be interesting to see what kind of impact Ebron makes for the Steelers in 2020. He has huge talent and Pittsburgh should be excited about getting him. More importantly, they were able to get him to sign a team-friendly contract that will motivate him to produce for an even bigger deal in a couple of years.