Terrell Edmunds betting on himself after Steelers decline 2022 option

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The Steelers had a pair of decisions to make about picking up option years for 2018 first-round safeties this offseason and they went in different directions.

Minkah Fitzpatrick had his 2022 option exercised after a pair of All-Pro seasons in Pittsburgh, but Terrell Edmunds did not get his picked up. In a Tuesday press conference, Edmunds recalled getting the news from head coach Mike Tomlin and said “right now I just have to bet on myself.”

“He told me that doesn’t mean business is over, but to stay motivated and come out here and do what I can,” Edmunds said, via Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “My emotions were, ‘Man, this is my contract year now.’ It’s on a whole new level. This year every game is like an interview, so you have to better yourself and you have to double down on yourself and put in the hard work.”

Edmunds has started 43 of the 47 games he’s played in Pittsburgh and has 251 tackles, two sacks, three interceptions, and a fumble recovery. That wasn’t enough for the Steelers to guarantee him a spot on the roster next season and he’ll either change their mind or find himself on the move based on his work this fall.

5 responses to “Terrell Edmunds betting on himself after Steelers decline 2022 option

  1. That NE defense has no chance in 2021. Offenses will embarrass them. Double digits in the loss column, no doubt.

  2. How he and Tomlin remain is anyone’s guess.

    It’s not really a guess. Any simpleton can goggle their record together and see sustained success and a lack of cheating and subsequent League penalties. Not every team can say that….especially the Pats…..right?

  3. Edmunds isn’t a bad player by any stretch. I think fans are too hard on him. He still needs some of the rough edges trimmed, but he’s also still a young player. He also has improved with each year. I don’t count his first year because he was just thrown in to the mix, but he has definitely not regressed. Makes it worse for him because his partner in the backfield is a two time pro bowler, so everybody faults him for not being as good. Not every player can be a pro bowler. Most aren’t.

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