Steelers could trade Larry Ogunjobi
Larry Ogunjobi has been a weird addition for the Steelers. Added to the roster shortly after Stephon Tuitt retired, the expectation was for Ogunjobi to be an impact playmaker on the defensive line as he had been before his injury. He wasn’t really that though last year, as it seemed like he was still recovering from an injury and late to pick up on some aspects for the team.
Surprisingly, the Steelers inked Ogunjobi to a sizable deal despite these issues in the offseason in the hopes that he would return to form. While his play has certainly improved, he still hasn’t gotten back to his pre-injury form quite yet. To be frank, he hasn’t been the replacement for Tuitt that this team seemingly envisioned him being.
That isn’t to say that Ogunjobi is playing poorly, he isn’t, but it may be the fact that he isn’t in the best scheme for this defense. Ogunjobi played his best football as a defensive tackle in a 4-3. He used his athleticism to slip by interior linemen and apply pressure. He has seen more matchups with tackles in the Steelers defense though, and the results haven’t been as strong.
If Pittsburgh decides to sell at the deadline, Ogunjobi makes a lot of sense to be moved. His contract would be easy for another team to take on and in the right situation, he could return to his impactful form. It would be another blow to the defensive line depth, but trading Ogunjobi makes sense for an out-of-it Steelers team.