Steelers to Sign Washington Linebacker Cole Holcomb
The Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed to terms on a three-year contract with Washington Commanders linebacker Cole Holcomb, according to a report by Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. Terms of the contract were not immediately reported.
Holcomb, 26, was a four-year starter in Washington, but his 2022 season was cut short by foot surgery in December. The deal will not be official until he signs it sometime after 4 p.m., the start of the new league year. The Steelers will undoubtedly want to do their due diligence on Holcomb’s foot injury, as well.
Washington originally drafted Holcomb in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft out of North Carolina. The 6-foot-1, 240-pound linebacker immediately showed aptitude in defending the run, and had 105 tackles in his rookie season.
In four seasons in D.C., Holcomb played in 50 games and recorded 388 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, three interceptions, forced five fumbles and defended 10 passes.
Instead of re-signing Holcomb, the Commanders chose to bring Cody Barton from Seattle on a one-year deal.
With the Steelers, Holcomb will likely replace Robert Spillane and play alongside Myles Jack as a run-stopping linebacker. He also has the coverage ability to be a three-down player at the position.
Holcomb joins cornerback Patrick Peterson and guard Nate Herbig as free agent additions for the Steelers so far. The team has re-signed safety Damontae Kazee and defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi.
Spillane agreed to a deal with the Las Vegas Raiders and Cam Sutton left for the Detroit Lions, the only two departures so far.