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The Steelers Did Some Black Friday Shopping

After some injuries in consecutive games, the Steelers had some holes in the roster that needed to be filled. Last week, the Steelers front office went out and got some veterans to bolster the defense down the stretch. A familiar face, and two guys that have been around the block a few times.

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Once A Steeler, Always A Steeler?

After being released by the Steelers last offseason, Linebacker Myles Jack took his talents to the opposite end of Pennsylvania to play with the Eagles. It was short lived though, as Jack decided to retire on August 6th. Since then, he has spent time doing a bunch of wild stuff that you wouldn’t expect to hear. Jack contemplated being a plumber, bought a hockey team with his mother, and was training to become a pilot, even saying he was planning to do a cross-country flight before the Steelers called.

Jack seemed to get sort of crapped on for his play last year, while the whole inside linebacker core was weak. In fact, Jack led the Steelers in tackles last year with 104, with 62 of them being solo. He appeared in 15 games for the Steelers last season, also making three tackles for loss. Jack claims to have stayed in shape over his hiatus and can hopefully help fill the void left behind by the Cole Holcomb and Kwon Alexander season-ending injuries.

From Pokemon Card Seller To Pittsburgh Steeler

Another linebacker was added to the squad. 29-year-old Blake Martinez signed this week after some time away from football, just like Myles Jack. After being banned from an online marketplace amid a Pokemon card scam, Martinez said he couldn’t turn down the opportunity to be a part of the Steelers.

Martinez spent four years with the Packers, two seasons with the Giants, and one with the Raiders before ending up in Pittsburgh. He led the NFL in tackles in 2017. Most recently with the Raiders in 2022, Martinez made 20 tackles, 14 being solo, and appeared in 39% of defensive snaps. In his 84 career games, he has posted four interceptions, 706 total tackles, 442 solo tackles, 39 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

Steelers Add Safety Help

A guy who was linked to the Steelers in his pre-draft process makes his way to Pittsburgh by free agency, shocker. Two-time Super Bowl Champion Eric Rowe is now a Steeler, and can hopefully make an impact in a weird room. Rowe is 31 years old, spending time in Philadelphia, New England where he won two Super Bowls, and most recently Miami. Rowe has played 100 games in his career, posting 56 starts, five interceptions, one pick-six, six forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, two sacks, and 381 total tackles.

With Minkah Fitzpatrick still nursing his hamstring injury and Keanu Neal on the injured reserve, Rowe could get a chance to see the field, especially until Fitzpatrick is ready to come back, as the Steelers defense has missed him so dearly.

Unusual Activity For Steelers

This doesn’t feel like the normal Steelers, it’s a lot of moves. Mostly due to injuries of course, but the Steelers are trying to find a way to patch up holes on their “Bend Don’t Break” defense that is already full of wiley veterans like Patrick Peterson, Elandon Roberts, Damontae Kazee, and Chandon Sullivan to name a few. It’s always next man up for the Steelers.

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