Former Steelers inside linebacker Mark Barron is on waivers after being released by his new team, the Denver Broncos, on Tuesday, while the Steelers continue to deal with significant personnel issues at inside linebacker.
Barron, 30, played the 2019 season with the Steelers after joining the club as an unrestricted free agent, but slowly yielded playing to first-round rookie Devin Bush Jr. throughout the season and was released by the team in March in a salary cap motivated move.
Since then, the team has lost Bush for the season to knee injury, fellow starter Vince Williams has missed the last two games while on the COVID-19 reserve list, backup Robert Spillane has spent the last two weeks on the injured reserve with an ankle injury and backup Ulysees Gilbert III missed six weeks with a back injury before recently returning.
That roster crunch prompted the Steelers to acquire Avery Williamson in an in-season trade with the New York Jets. Williamson started each of the last two games, alongside converted safety Marcus Allen.
Practice squad linebacker Tegray Scales has been promoted to the active roster in each of the last two weeks.
Barron spent the entire season on the injured reserve list in Denver with hamstring and pectoral injuries and has not played a game this season. He was activated from the injured reserve, meaning he has been cleared to return to play, before his release.
If Barron is claimed from waivers, he will be owed the remainder of his $1.75 million base salary for the season. He is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.