Of the 32 NFL teams that Larry Ogunjobi could sign with, this is probably the last one anyone can guess.
The former Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals guard signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday. the team announced on Tuesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Why should this be a surprise? Well, you may remember one game in the 2019 season that ended with Browns quarterback Miles Garrett infamously hitting Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph in the head with his own helmet.
Garrett’s helmet strike, suspension for the remainder of the season, and Rudolph’s unsubstantiated accusations of using racial slurs dominated headlines after the brawl, but Ogunjobi was also heavily involved. When one member of the Steelers knocked Garrett to the ground and another hit him, Ogunjobi intervened, giving Rudolph, who was looking the other way, strong push to the ground.
You can see how it all played out here, where Ogunjobi wears number 65 for the Browns:
Ogunjobi defended his behavior after the game saying that he was trying to help Garrettbut was eventually suspended for one game for his efforts.
Despite all the deformities, Garrett and Rudolph recovered in about a year. Rudolph remains a member of the Steelers on a quarterback team that also includes free agent signing Mitch Trubisky and first-round pick Kenny Pickett, so you can imagine Ogunjobi burying the hatchet with him too.
Larry Ogunjobi previously had a three-year contract with the Bears.
Infamous fights aside, Ogunjobi has built up an impressive resume as a running stopper and is expected to help fill the void left by Stephon Twitt’s retirement.
The 28-year-old previously had a three-year, $40.5 million deal with the Chicago Bears that fell through after Ogunjobi failed his physical. Now he will move to a new team at a lower price, but he should enjoy playing alongside TJ Watt and Cameron Hayward of the All-Pros.
Ogunjobi was part of the AFC Champions Cincinnati Bengals last season but missed most of the playoffs with a season-ending foot injury in the wild-card round. In the regular season, he had 49 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, and a career-high seven sacks.