Larry Ogunjobi’s tour of the AFC North has come to its third stop: Pittsburgh.
Ogunjobi is heading to Steel City after signing a one-year deal with the Steelers, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. The team has since announced the news.
Ogunjobi began his NFL career as a third-round pick for the Browns in 2017 and has developed into a quality inside defenseman, playing in 60 games (47 starts) for Cleveland between 2017 and 2020. loss) and two forced fumbles in that time before moving to Cincinnati as a free agent in 2021.
The former Charlotte 49ers standout quietly made an impact on the Bengals in his only season on the banks of the Ohio River, recording a career-high seven sacks and 49 tackles (12 in a loss) in 16 regular season games. His time with the Bengals came to an end in the postseason when he suffered a foot injury in Cincinnati’s win over Las Vegas. The illness required surgery at the end of the season and with his contract expiring after the 2021 campaign, he returned to free agency in 2022.
Ogunjobi initially agreed to a trade with the Chicago Bears at the start of free agency, but failed a physical, forcing the Bears to cancel their offer. About two months later, Ogunjobi found a matchup in a division he knows well, and the Steelers added to their D-line after the departure of Stephon Twitt three weeks ago.
Aside from a couple of annual meetings with the Steelers, Ogunjobi has another history with one current Steeler. Ogunjobi was involved in a melee between the Browns and the Steelers near the end of their Thursday night meeting in the 2019 season when Ogunjobi shoved Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and suspended a quarterback for one game.
With this incident long overdue, Ogunjobi will swap out his Bengals uniform for a black and gold Steelers uniform.