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Steelers Add Guard Nate Herbig on 2-Year Deal



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New York Jets guard Nate Herbig (65) blocks during an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, in Pittsburgh, PA. (AP Photo/Matt Durisko)

The Pittsburgh Steelers addressed their offensive line Tuesday afternoon, as the has agreed to sign guard Nate Herbig to a two-year deal worth $8 million, with half of that being guaranteed, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.

Herbig spent last season with the New York Jets, making 11 starts in place of an injured Alijah Vera-Tucker. Prior to that, he was part of the Philadelphia Eagles for three seasons. The familiarity between him and Steelers assistant general manager Andy Weidl is likely a reason for the signing.

Herbig played in 33 games for Philly from 2019-21, starting in just over half of them. He’ll provide a 6-foot-4, 334-pound frame on the interior of the offensive line. It will remain to be seen whether he’ll be a depth piece or if he’ll challenge Kevin Dotson or James Daniels for a starting spot. The Steelers used Jesse Davis as their top backup at guard through much of 2022, but he is a free agent and may not be retained.

Daniels, a former Chicago Bears second-round pick, joined Pittsburgh on a three-year pact last off-season and proved to be one of the team’s better pickups in recent years. Dotson was a highly-touted run blocker coming out of college as the Steelers’ fourth-round pick in 2020. He has played in 39 games as a Steeler.

The Steelers also roster Kendrick Green and William Dunkle at the position. It was expected that the team would try to improve what’s in front of quarterback Kenny Pickett this off-season, especially as Weidl helped build the trenches for the Eagles, who made the Super Bowl this past season. Evidently, signing Nate Herbig is the first step in doing so.