The Pittsburgh Steelers have reportedly tendered restricted free agent linebacker Robert Spillane, according to ESPN’s Brooke Pryor.
Originally an exclusive rights free agent, Spillane is expected to sign the tender and remain in Pittsburgh for this coming season.
The Steelers have tendered RFA Robert Spillane and he plans to sign, per league source. Spillane (aka Mick) was crucial depth last season and the Steelers were really impressed with his toughness. Had a pick-six, 2 sacks, 3 QBH and 45 combined tackles.— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) March 13, 2021
Spillane has grown a cult-like following since stepping into the starting lineup for injured inside linebacker Devin Bush last year.
While unheralded, Spillane’s toughness and playmaking ability endeared him to Steeler fans rather quickly.
Spillane started seven games in 2020, tallying 45 total tackles, four tackles-for-loss, four passes defensed, two sacks, a fumble recovery and a pick-six.
Spillane signed with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent out of Western Michigan in 2018, but spent the majority of his rookie campaign on the practice squad.
He signed with the Steelers ahead of the 2019 season and served in a similar role before breaking out in 2020.
Spillane was twice selected Second-Team All-MAC at Western Michigan.