The Pittsburgh Steelers bolstered their offensive line Saturday night, getting a full-time starter from across the state.
used to Philadelphia Eagles watchman Isaac Seumalo signed a three-year deal with Pittsburgh, sources told ESPN.
Seumalo is the second Steelers offensive lineman to sign in free agency, joining Nate Herbigwho spent three years with the Eagles before a one-year stint at New York Jets. Both Herbig and Seumalo have ties to first-year Steelers assistant general manager Andy Weidl, who spent six seasons in the Eagles’ front office, including three as vice president of player personnel.
A left guard for most of his career, Seumalo moved to right guard for the 2022 season and offers the Steelers flexibility inside the line. His addition also creates more competition for the third-year lineman Kevin Dotson for the starting left guard spot, or even James Daniels on the right guard.
Seumalo missed significant time due to injuries in the 2020 and 2021 seasons but rebounded to play all 17 regular-season games for the Eagles in 2022 and was part of a unit that ranked second in ESPN’s run block win rate ( 75%) and fifth in rushing yards per game (147.6).
He has the foot speed to redirect defenders and the body control to wrestle back against power rushers and create a solid base in the pocket. His pass block win rate of 93.6% ranks 15th among all guards this season, while his run block win rate ranks 20th.
Seumalo, 29, was a third-round draft pick of the Eagles in 2016 out of Oregon State. He started 60 games over seven seasons in Philadelphia, helping build one of the better offensive lines in football over that stretch.
He is credited with helping shape the game plan in the offensive line room with position coach Jeff Stoutland at center. Jason Kelce.
ESPN staff writers Tim McManus and Matt Bowen contributed to this report.