Pittsburgh Steelers Hire Larry Ogunjobi, Who Got Suspension After Mason Rudolf-Miles Garrett Fight

Published 06/22/2022, 5:30 AM EDT

The offseason signings don’t appear to be slowing down. Despite the draft having passed, different franchises are still trying to bolster their numbers. The Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t hesitate to get a little media coverage this season. With the addition of defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi, they keep doing so.

On the roster’s defensive side, the Pittsburgh Steelers made a lot of adjustments. The Steelers front office extended the contracts of T.J. Watt, Minkah Fitzpatrick, and Cam Heyward. After picking up DeMarvin Leal from the draft, the team signed Levi Wallace and Myles Jack as free agents.

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Larry Ogunjobi has been looming in the free agency market for the past three months. He finally got his new touchdown home and is staying in the AFC East. According to Adam Schefter, the ex-Bengals defensive tackle is heading to Pittsburgh Steelers after signing a one-year deal.

Alongside the Cincinnati Bengals; who put on a thwacking efficiency the year before, Larry was a piece of one of the NFL’s greatest franchise comebacks. Ogunjobi played in 16 games in 2021, making 49 overall tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and seven sacks.

As per ESPN, before signing with the Steelers, DT Larry also visited the New York Jets after his $40.5 million contract with the Chicago Bears was voided for failing a physical. Ogunjobi suffered a foot injury against the Raiders in the postseason last year, and it needed surgery for repairs. If he’s fit to play, the DT will play a leading role in the defensive depth after Stephon Tuitt retired during the offseason.

Larry Ogunjobi held in a serious Steelers-Bears brawl

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Bears-Steelers fans vividly remember the Myles Garrett-Mason Rudolph on-field back and forth. It involves Garrett pulling off Rudolph’s helmet and then whacking it on his head. The confrontation became one of the most notorious situations among the AFC rivals. Oddly enough, Rudolph and Larry Ogunjobi are now colleagues. They would probably just put everything in the rearview mirror and work together for the success of the franchise.

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The scenario also involved Larry Ogunjobi, who was playing for the Bears. When the situation arose, he sacked Rudolph to the ground. The league suspended Ogunjobi for one game because of his involvement in the brawl. Additionally, he claimed that after the altercation began, Garrett alerted Ogunjobi that Rudolph had referred to him in an inappropriate slur. QB Rudolph, however, has refuted using any.

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Pavitra Shome

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Pavitra Shome is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his M.A.

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