The Steelers lost one linebacker this offseason, so they’re making sure to hang onto another key part.
According to Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com, Pittsburgh’s picking up the fifth-year option on linebacker Ryan Shazier’s contract.
Shazier has become a key part of their defense, so it was #asexpected that they’d hang onto him.
But after losing Lawrence Timmons to the Dolphins in free agency, having another year of cost-certainty at the position was even more important.
Shazier had 3.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and three interceptions last season. He also played in a career-high 13 games last season, missing three with a knee problem.