The Green Bay Packers flirted with Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free agent nose tackle Steve McLendon earlier this week, but it looks like McClendon and his agent were just using the Packers interest as leverage to get a deal done with Pittsburgh. Apparently, it worked. Pittsburgh re-signed McClendon to a new deal that will keep him with the team for three more seasons.
The Steelers announced the move early Thursday afternoon on Twitter:
We have signed restricted free agent nose tackle Steve McLendon to a three-year contract today.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 18, 2013
McClendon’s production in the Steel City has been limited throughout his career, but the Steelers coveted his services for some much needed depth along the defensive line. He could even provide more with a larger role in Pittsburgh this season.
The 27-year-old is penciled in as the replacement for longtime nose tackle Casey Hampton.
If McClendon would have left for Green Bay, the Steelers would not have received any compensation because of the low tender they placed on him.
Now, the Steelers have their 2013 starting nose tackle and avoided losing another restricted free agent.