The Pittsburgh Steelers were looking for more weapons offensively to help support Ben Roethlisberger. A new addition of a tight end will hopefully help.
NFL Network Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Eric Ebron agreed to a two-year, $12 million deal.
Ebron was drafted by the Detroit Lions back in 2014 where he spent four seasons there. In 2018, he joined the Indianapolis Colts where he had a career year in his first season. Last season didn’t go as well as he suffered a season-ending ankle injury.
Can Ebron sustain success in Pittsburgh?
In his career, Ebron has shown the ability of being a great pass catching tight end. He has great speed for the position and can help quarterbacks escaping trouble. Ebron probably should be one of the top five tight ends in the league. His number of issues have held him back from that.
He’s known for his inconsistent play on the field. 2016 and 2018 are prime examples of times where he can be a threat in the passing game. Last season proved to be a wash for the tight end. He has trouble blocking in the run game which has also held him back from being one of the best tight ends. Not to mention the ankle injury is a concern as he gets older with age.
Ebron is joining a good tight end group in Pittsburgh with Vance McDonald and Zach Gentry. The combo of Ebron and McDonald should make life for Big Ben easier heading into 2020. Ebron has plenty of talent the Steelers can benefit from, but he has to step up in his biggest season.