Steelers reportedly tender ERFA linebacker Robert Spillane

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have tendered exclusive rights free agent Robert Spillane and he intends to sign, according to a league source of ESPN’s Brooke Pryor. The outside linebacker was an exclusive rights free agent, so his tender amount should be an estimated $2.133 million.

This is a critical move for the Steelers as they relied heavily on Spillane last season with the injury to Devin Bush and Vince Williams on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. His contributions were impressive.

In the first minute of the Steelers-Ravens Week 8 matchup, Spillane intercepted quarterback Lamar Jackson and took it 33-yards to the house. It was an early game-changer as Pittsburgh defeated Baltimore by only four points, 28-24.

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Spillane also logged four defended passes, a fumble recovery, two sacks, three QB hits and 45 tackles (four for loss) in 12 appearances.

A knee injury had Spillane on injured reserve at the end of the Steelers 2020 season.

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Spillane was signed by Pittsburgh in February 2019. He spent his rookie season with the Tennessee Titans.

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