Steelers And NT Steve McLendon Agree On Three-Year Deal

Steve McLendon

The worries over losing RFA NT Steve McLendon are over, as today the Steelers and the 27-year-old came to terms on a three-year deal.

McLendon originally signed with the Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Troy University on April 27, 2009. He has played in 37 career games and one career postseason contest.

McLendon saw action in all 16 games during the 2012 season, recording a career-high two sacks and forcing his first career fumble.

The signing comes a day after it was announced that McLendon had taken a meeting with the Green Bay Packers, and there was obvious concern they may offer him an offer sheet.

If the Packers would have given him an offer and the Steelers would have let him go, they would have gotten no compensation, since the Steelers tendered him at the lowest level ($1.3 million) and he was undrafted.

The move makes sense more so since Casey Hampton isn’t expected back in 2013.

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Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association and of course, the National Football League. On NFL Sunday’s you can hear Matt on National networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and other stations around the country. Matt also joined The Washington Post in 2009 as a guest columnist on league hot topics. Born and raised in Cleveland, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.


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