The Pittsburgh Steelers are re-signing inside linebacker Vince Williams, according to a report by Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.
Williams, 31, was released by the team in a cap-saving move on March 16. Williams had been set to enter the final season of a four-year contract that he signed with the team back in 2018. His release saved the team $4 million in salary cap space while creating a $3.03 million dead cap hit.
The financial terms and length of Williams’ new deal have not been reported. According to Fowler, he had other offers, but wanted to return to Pittsburgh.
Williams has spent his entire eight-year career with the Steelers since they drafted him out of Florida State in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Williams started 69 games in his eight seasons with the club, and was the team’s primary starter at inside linebacker for the last four seasons. He has 479 tackles, 50 tackles for loss, 45 quarterbacks hits, 20.5 sacks, six fumble recoveries and two interceptions in his Steelers career.
In 2020, he was second on the team with 70 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and tied for fifth with three sacks while making 14 starts. Williams was a key cog in a unit that dealt with injuries to fellow starter Devin Bush and backups Ulysees Gilbert III and Robert Spillane.