Former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Madre Harper is landing with the Birmingham Stallions of the UFL, the league announced. He was with the Steelers back in training camp, but did not make the final team.
Harper played several snaps with the Steelers across their three preseason games but fell out of favor with the team across more games. Players such as Chris Wilcox and Luq Barcoo played more, earning the coaches’ trust over time.
Harper also comes to the Steelers from the Carolina Panthers, where he spent the entire season on the practice squad without playing in a game. The 6-foot-1, 196-pound Oklahoma State and Southern Illinois alum first signed with the Las Vegas Raiders as an undrafted free agent in 2020 and also had a stop with the New York Giants.
Harper played nine games with the Giants in 2020 and three with the Panthers in 2021. He has five career tackles and one fumble recovery. With Carolina, he played exclusively on special teams.
Now, he will join a talented Birmingham Stallions squad that comes off a USFL Championship. Despite the consolidation of the USFL and XFL into the UFL, the Stallions should be near the top of the league in talent once again. It’s a team that boasts several former Steelers throughout its roster.