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Report: Steelers signing Eric Ebron

Can Eric Ebron be an upgrade from Vance McDonald for the Steelers in 2020?

Indianapolis Colts tight end Eric Ebron leaves the field against the Pittsburgh Steelers at the end of the second quarter at Heinz Field. Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers are adding a tight end to their team. They are signing former Indianapolis Colts tight end Eric Ebron to a two-year, $12 million deal ahead of the 2020 season, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Ebron had a down year in 2019, notching 31 receptions for 375 yards and three scores. But he also recorded career highs in receptions (66), receiving yards (750), and touchdowns (13) last season. He’ll have a chance to get back on track with a Steelers team that missed the playoff after losing Ben Roethlisberger to a season-ending elbow injury last year.

Ebron won’t be the only tight end Pittsburgh utilizes in 2020, as he’ll join the Steelers’ Vance McDonald. Ebron has the sturdier hands of the two though, so it’s seems likely that McDonald will take a backseat to the newcomer this upcoming season. McDonald averaged a career-low 7.2 yards per reception in 2019, and now Pittsburgh appears to have found an upgrade.