Former Steelers linebacker L.J. Fort got a surprise payday on Friday, signing a two-year extension with the Baltimore Ravens.
Fort was given a contract that will pay him as much as $5.5 million and has $3.25 million fully guaranteed through the 2021 season.
It’s been a quick turnaround for Fort, who was released by the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 27, 2019 after signing a three-year contract in the offseason.
The 29-year-old spent three seasons with the Steelers from 2015-18, establishing himself as an NFL regular after spending time with five teams over three years before arriving in Pittsburgh.
His departure to Philadelphia seemed to have the Steelers in line for a compensatory draft pick, but his subsequent release was likely a factor in the Steelers deciding to move on from wide receiver Donte Moncrief.
The Steelers will face Fort and the Ravens during Week 17 on Sunday, Dec. 29 at 1 p.m. in Baltimore.