The Steelers have signed inside linebacker Robert Spillane to a one-year contract for the 2021 season, the team announced on Wednesday.
The terms of the contract were not announced. As an exclusive-rights free agent, Spillane has minimal bargaining leverage with the team. The Steelers had reportedly tendered Spillane a contract on March. 14. He will be a restricted free agent following the 2021 season.
Filling for an inside linebacker unit that was decimated by injuries, Spillane started seven games in 2020, tallying 45 total tackles, four tackles for loss, four passes defensed, two sacks, a fumble recovery and an interception that he returned for a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens on Nov. 1.
Robert Spillane intercepta a Lamar Jackson y anota el primer touchdown del partido
— FOX Impacto NFL (@FOXImpactoNFL) November 1, 2020
Spillane originally 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 is the last of the Steelers’ exclusive rights free agents to sign with the team this offseason, joining fellow inside linebacker Marcus Allen and center J.C. Hassenauer.