The Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed to re-sign cornerback Arthur Maulet to a two-year contract extension, according to a report by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Terms of the contract were not released.
Maulet, 28, joined the Steelers as a free agent on a one-year contract for the 2021 season and performed well as one of the team’s primary slot cornerbacks. He was also a regular special teamer.
He played in 16 games and made two starts, recording 47 tackles, five tackles for loss, two quarterback hits, one pass defended and one forced fumble. He played in 35% of the team’s defensive snaps, behind Cameron Sutton, Joe Haden, James Pierre and Tre Norwood amongst cornerbacks.
Before his time with the Steelers, Maulet played two seasons with the New York Jets, one with the Indianapolis Colts and two with the New Orleans Saints, who he joined as an underfed free agent out of Memphis in 2017.
Though he played the vast majority of his time with the Steelers as a slot corner, Maulet has also worked as a free safety and outside cornerback in his NFL career.
Maulet joins safety Miles Killebrew as potential Steelers free agents that have re-signed with the team instead of testing the market.
Cornerbacks Joe Haden and Ahkello Witherspoon and strong safety Terrell Edmunds were all set to enter free agency next week as unrestricted free agents, so the Steelers have taken steps to shore up their depth at both of those positions before free agency hits.
The team could have had Edmunds on a fifth-year option for the 2022 season, but declined last spring. Talks with Haden on a contract extension broke down before the start of the 2021 season, and he is expected to at least test the market. There has been little word about Witherspoon’s future. He came over in an early-season trade and played sparingly early in the season, but came on late and could be re-signed as a starting option alongside Sutton.