Monday, May 23, 2022

Steelers to sign former Cardinals and Vikings offensive lineman Mason Cole to three-year deal, per report

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A busy Monday for the Steelers included the signing of a veteran offensive linemen. The Steelers plan to sign former Cardinals and Vikings offensive lineman Mason Cole to a three-year deal, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. 

The 97th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Cole has seen time at both guard positions as well as at center during his four-year NFL career. He has 39 career starts under his belt that include seven starts during his only season with the Vikings. Cole spent his first three seasons with the Cardinals, where he made 32 starts that included 16 starts at center during his rookie season. 

Cole played collegiately at Michigan, where he was a four-year letterman and a three-time All-Big Ten honoree. Primarily a left tackle in college, Cole made 51 consecutive starts for the Wolverines that included 13 at center. In 2014, he became the first true freshman in program history to start a season opener. 

Cole is the second offensive lineman the Steelers reportedly came to terms with during the NFL’s first day of legal tampering. Pittsburgh reportedly re-signed veteran offensive tackle Chukwuma Okorafor to a three-year, $29.5 million deal that includes $20.5 million guaranteed. Okorafor re-signed with the Steelers despite reportedly receiving interest from other clubs. 

Pittsburgh’s biggest splash of the day was the news that they are signing former Bears Pro Bowl quarterback Mitchell Trubisky to a two-year deal. Trubisky, who spent the 2021 season as Josh Allen’s backup in Buffalo, will compete with Mason Rudolph to be the Steelers’ starting quarterback for the 2022 campaign. 

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