The Steelers added a strong veteran presence to the offensive line on Friday when they announced the signing of guard Trai Turner.
Turner, a seven-year veteran, has been voted to five Pro Bowls since being drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played six seasons for the Panthers before being traded to the Los Angeles Chargers before the 2020 season.
He has played in 93 games in his career, starting 89 of those games.
Turner was hampered by injuries in 2020, missing seven of the first eight games of the season. He then returned to the lineup, playing nine games for the Chargers, starting all of them.
"I'm back at 100 percent," Turner recently told SiriusXM NFL Radio. "Last year was a rough season for me with injuries. But hey, you go through things and situations arise, but you work it, and you get through it. So, I'm feeling good. I'm just ready to come back and have a phenomenal season."
While with the Panthers, Turner played in 84 games, starting 80 of them, and was voted to the Pro Bowl in each season from 2015-19. He is tied for second-most Pro Bowl selections by a player in Panthers history.
Turner has blocked for a pair of 1,000-yard rushing seasons (Christian McCaffrey; 2018, 2019) and 19 100-yard rushing performances. He has also protected signal callers that have thrown for at least 3,000 yards in seven straight seasons, including three campaigns with 3,500 yards or more, and 21 300-yard passing games.
Turner played college football at LSU, where he was a second-team All-SEC selection in 2013.
The signing comes one day after the team released guard David DeCastro, who was a key part of the Steelers offensive line for nearly a decade.
Steelers agreed to terms with G Trai Turner on a one-year contract