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Gerry Dulac: Will Steelers risk losing Terrell Edmunds again after standout season?

Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on

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The Steelers will not be in the market to add another brother tandem to their locker room, not with the money amounts they have already tossed around on their defense.

But they will be in the market to bring back some, if not most, of the five unrestricted free agents who were either starters or full-time contributors on defense — cornerback Cam Sutton, defensive end Larry Ogunjobi, strong safety Terrell Edmunds, inside linebacker Robert Spillane and free safety Damontae Kazee.

Some will be designated more important than others. And it remains to be seen if they change how they handle the situation with Edmunds, a former first-round draft choice.

This will be the second go-round through free agency for Edmunds, who became an unrestricted free agent after the 2021 season when the Steelers elected not to pick up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract.

But when Edmunds received little attention in free agency and was still sitting on the market in April, the Steelers brought him back on a one-year, $2.54 million deal three days before the draft.

It turned out to be one of their best offseason moves.

 

Will the same thing happen again? Or, based on how he played in 2022, will the Steelers not wait to re-sign him?

“I’m going to talk to them and go from there and take it slow,” Edmunds said. “I’ve been through the process before. I really understand everything and we’ll take it slow and figure out what’s next.”

Edmunds’ preference is to remain with the Steelers and maintain the partnership he had with All-Pro free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick. He started 15 games in 2022, was seventh on the team in tackles (70) and fourth in passes defensed (5), and probably had his best season since he was the 28th overall pick in the 2018 draft.

Edmunds said he did not view 2022 as a show-me season or an audition for a future contract. But he said, “I feel I put my best foot forward. I feel like I put everything out there.”

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