After entertaining several free agents, the Pittsburgh Steelers have finally landed an offensive tackle. The Steelers have signed Ryan Harris, according to The Denver Post’s Troy Renck.
— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) March 15, 2016
Harris met with the team today and obviously, was able to ink a deal before he left the building.
As Renck points out, it’s a two year deal worth $3.9 million. Certainly a figure that won’t break the bank and much less than say, what Russell Okung would’ve cost.
Drafted in the third round of the 2007 draft, Harris has started 70 career games. He spent the first four with thr Denver Broncos, two years in Houston, 2014 with Kansas City, before coming back to Denver last year to start all 16 games after Ryan Clady was lost to injury. He has starting experience at both tackle spots.
It’s fair to assume he and Alejandro Villanueva will battle it out for the starting left tackle gig with the loser giving the Steelers much better depth than the team had post-Beachum injury last season.
Speaking of Beachum, he is likely off the Steelers’ radar and will sign elsewhere. Marcus Gilbert posted a “salute” that now can be interpreted as a farewell message on Instagram earlier today.
We’ll have a full scouting report on Harris within the next 24 hours.
— Ryan Harris (@salaams_from_68) March 15, 2016