The Tennessee Titans have agreed to re-sign former Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Ola Adeniyi to a one-year deal, the team announced Friday.
Not only was Adeniyi a key contributor for Tennessee on special teams last season earning Pro Bowl alternate honors, he also accounted for 2.5 sacks, 20 pressures and two tackles-for-loss as a reserve pass rusher.
Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Adeniyi spent his first three years in Pittsburgh after signing as an undrafted free agent out of Toledo in 2018. He played in just one game as a rookie due to injury, but came on strong in his second and third seasons with the Steelers. Adeniyi played in 31 of 32 games in 2019 and 2020 and made one start. He recorded 24 tackles and forced two fumbles while playing over half of the team’s special teams snaps.
Adeniyi signed with the Titans as a free agent in 2021 after being non-tendered by the Steelers, and set a career high in tackles while playing in 16 of 17 games with Tennessee, where he backed up fellow former Steelers outside linebacker Bud Dupree, who also joined the Titans last offseason.
The Steelers are still lacking in outside linebacker depth behind starters T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith from the departures of Adeniyi and Dupree. The team attempted to sign Melvin Ingram last year, but the veteran was traded midseason after being disgruntled about his playing time. Derrek Tuszka, John Simon and Delontae Scott remain on the team’s offseason roster as depth, while Taco Charlton is still an unrestricted free agent.