The Steelers are releasing cornerback Linden Stephens, according to a report by Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network.
Stephens was on the Steelers practice squad for the majority of last season. Throughout the past few months in training camp, Stephens worked as both cornerback and safety for the Steelers. Prior to joining Pittsburgh, Stephens had made stops with seven other NFL teams, including the Seattle Seahawks for two seasons. Stephens played in 13 games for the Seahawks in 2020, making three tackles. He was an undrafted free agent out of Cincinnati in the 2018 NFL Draft.
The Steelers re-signed Stephens in January to a futures contract after their loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. With the injury to Carlins Platel at the end of the Steelers game against the Lions, there is a chance that Stephens circles back around and joins the practice squad.
Stephens is the first player to have been reportedly released as the Steelers chop down their roster to 53 players on Tuesday. There will be plenty of tough cuts and hard decisions for Pittsburgh over the next few days. Stephens is the first of those tough decisions for the Steelers to make as they comb through the resumes of players as a whole.