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The Steelers were hoping to re-sign guard/tackle Matt Feiler, but he's taking his talents to the West Coast. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Feiler reached an agreement on a three-year, $21 million deal with the Chargers.
That's a nice payday for Feiler, as he'll make $7 million per year. That's just way too much than what I'm sure the Steelers were willing to offer the Bloomsburg product. The fact that Feiler brings versatility in being able to play both guard and tackle is why he got $7 million per year from the Chargers. There are just not many offensive linemen out there that can do that.
As we saw last year, Feiler is much better suited for right tackle than left guard, and I'd expect the Chargers to have him as a tackle to help quarterback Justin Herbert, who won Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2020.
Feiler, who turns 29 in July, has been with the Steelers since 2015 after being undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft out of Bloomsburg. Feiler originally signed with the Texans and was claimed off waivers by the Steelers in September of 2015 and was signed to the practice squad where he spent the entire season. Feiler started 40 of 46 games with the Steelers since 2016 and was a starter the last three years.
Feiler joins former Steelers offensive line coach Shaun Sarrett in Los Angeles, who is now the assistant offensive line coach for the Chargers. The Steelers play the Chargers in Los Angeles in 2021.