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Ex-Steelers lineman on Larry Ogunjobi: “He had a headache”

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On June 22, 2022, the Pittsburgh Steelers announced the signing of former Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals defenseman Larry Ogunjobi to a one-year contract.

Ogunjobi, 28, played for the Bengals in 2021, starting 16 games and recording 49 tackles before suffering a season-ending Lisfranc injury to his right foot when his team secured the wild-card win over the Las Vegas Raiders in mid-January won.

Had it not been for the injury, he would have had a huge payday in free agency as he produced seven sacks, 12 tackles for loss and 16 quarterback hits last season. In fact, Ogunjobi signed a $40 million, three-year deal with the Chicago Bears in mid-March, but a failed investigation nullified the deal and returned him to the free-agent pool, where the Steelers snapped him up for a remaining term. be disclosed.

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On Wednesday, former Steelers offensive guard Ramon Foster — now a Sports Talk radio host in Nashville — appeared on DK Sports’ Ramon Foster Steelers Show and revealed what fans can expect from the team’s latest free-agent acquisition.

Not only did Foster play against Ogunjobi on various occasions, he was on the field for the now infamous incident in November 2019 in which Browns Edge rusher Myles Garrett hit Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph over the head with his own helmet. You may recall that Ogunjobi was the Browns player who came in late and took down Rudolph from behind after Garrett hit the Steelers quarterback.

“I know he had that one situation with Mason,” Foster told DK Sports’ Dejan Kovacevic, “but even after that he apologized for it and kind of pushed his career forward.”

Adding to what Ogunjobi does in Pittsburgh, Foster said the former third-round pick is equally adept at defending the run and reaching the quarterback.

“It was a headache to deal with; I give him that exact respect,” Foster said, before adding, “He’s very seedy, good from side to side (and) has really good hips,” and he seems confident that Ogunjobi is very good at Pittsburgh’s defensive system will fit. Except that he already knows the other teams in the AFC North.

Foster said he plans to reach out to Ogunjobi to welcome him to Pittsburgh.

“I’ve always liked him, I respected him, and he’d tell you exactly the same thing about me,” Foster said. “Every time the game was over I found him (and) shook his hand because that was the respect factor,” after noting that you “couldn’t make a playoff” when you played him.

“I was most nervous when I was one on one with him and I knew I had no help from left or right because he was just so clumsy where if he didn’t get a sack he at least got a squeeze,” concluded Foster.

The signing also reunites Ogunjobi with Steelers outside linebacker Alex Highsmith, since both played for the Charlotte 49ers in 2016.

As noted by Steelers.com, Ogunjobi appeared in 46 games for Charlotte between 2012 and 2016. He finished his 49ers career with 217 tackles (127 solo), 49 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, six passes defended and one fumble recovery. Cleveland drafted him 65th overall in the 2017 NFL Draft and he played four seasons for the Browns before signing a one-year, $6.2 million contract with the Bengals for 2021, according to Sportrac.com.

Overall, Ogunjobi has played in 76 career games (with 63 starts). He was credited with 229 total tackles (137 solo), including 21.5 sacks, 41 tackles for loss, 53 quarterback hits and two forced fumbles, according to the Pro Football Reference.

“I feel a lot better now than when (Stephon) Tuitt retired because you have another well-known man,” Foster said before saying goodbye to Kovacevic.

“Now (the Steelers) have options,” he concluded after adding to a defensive line led by All-Pro Cameron Heyward, which also consists of Tyson Alualu, Chris Wormley, Montravius ​​Adams, Isaiahh Loudermilk, Henry Mondeaux and Rookie Third . Round pick DeMarvin Leal, not to mention twin brothers Carlos & Khalil Davis.

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“I feel a lot better now than when (Stephon) Tuitt retired because you have another well-known man,” Foster said before saying goodbye to Kovacevic.

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