Steelers news: Pittsburgh signs Markus Golden, Day 2 of OTAs, and more

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There's never been a dull moment with Omar Khan now leading the front office. The new Steelers general manager has been incredibly active since the start of the 2023 free agency period, now Pittsburgh is in the midst of finalizing their 90-man roster after a recent addition that has fans excited.

While contracts are being signed behind the scenes, Steelers OTAs are in full swing and fans are getting a glimpse of what's going on at practice. The latest Steelers news revolves around the outside linebacker depth recently added and notes from organized team activities.

Steelers news:

On Wednesday afternoon, Adam Schefter of ESPN confirmed that Markus Golden has signed a one-year contract with the Steelers. Pittsburgh had recently brought Golden in for a visit, and many were wondering if he would leave the facility without a contract. Instead, the two parties agreed to terms on a contract.

Golden had an 11-sack season back in 2021 but recorded just 2.5 sacks in 14 starts last year. Regardless, this should be a sizeable upgrade over the edge defender depth the Steelers had a season ago with Malik Reed as their primary backup. The official contract details of the one-year deal have not yet been released.

More Steelers news:

Wednesday marked the second day of Steelers OTAs. The biggest news from the team's second practice is that T.J. Watt showed up and participated in drills. Many fans were quick to jump to conclusions when he wasn't there for Day 1, but Watt is back and ready to go.

In addition, fans on Twitter gushed over videos of Darnell Washington going through positional drills and catching passes from Kenny Pickett. His size and catch radius has been on full display. Likewise, a much smaller player in Calvin Austin III is drawing buzz for his visible quickness and speed during drills.

NFL news:

Recently, Cynthia Frelund of published a list of the most underappreciated players in the NFL. Pat Freiermuth made the cut as a representative from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Frelund pointed to Freiermuth's impressive production through two years on his rookie contract and the fact that he has earned 100 receiving yards over expected and 73 yards after the catch over expected, per Next Gen Stats.

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