Brooke PryorESPN staff writer2 minute chapter
The Pittsburgh Steelers bolstered their offensive line on Saturday night, signing a full-time starter from across the state.
Former Philadelphia Eagles guard Isaac Seumalo signed a three-year contract with Pittsburgh, sources told ESPN.
Seumalo is the Steelers’ second offensive lineman to sign in free agency, joining Nate Herbig, who spent three years with the Eagles before a one-year stint with the New York Jets. Both Herbig and Seumalo have ties to first-year Steelers assistant general manager Andy Weidl, who spent six seasons in the Eagles’ front office, including three as vice president of player personnel.
A left guard for most of his career, Seumalo switched to right guard for the 2022 season and offers the Steelers flexibility on the interior of the line. His addition also creates additional competition for third-year lineman Kevin Dotson for the starting left guard spot or even James Daniels for the right guard spot.
Seumalo missed 2020 and 2021 with injuries, but played in all 17 regular season games for the Eagles in 2022 and was part of a unit that ranked second in ESPN’s run block percentage (75%) and fifth in rushing. yards per game (147.6).
He has the foot speed to maneuver defenders and the body control to wrestle back against power forwards and create a solid base in the pocket. His pass block win percentage of 93.6% ranked 15th among all guards this season, while his run block win percentage ranked 20th.
Seumalo, 29, was the Eagles’ third-round draft pick in 2016 out of Oregon State. He has started 60 games in seven seasons in Philadelphia, helping form one of the best offensive lines in football in this area.
He is credited with helping shape the game plan in the offensive line room along with coach Jeff Stoutland and center Jason Kelce.
ESPN staff writers Tim McManus and Matt Bowen contributed to this report.