While it may not be the splash move some Steelers fans are looking for, the Steelers officially announced on Friday they have re-signed Ahkello Witherspoon to a two-year deal.
Witherspoon played in the final eight games of the season, starting in two of them, after being acquired for a fifth-round pick in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks.
His end to the season was one that perked Pittsburgh’s ears up. He broke up nine passes, did not allow a single touchdown, allowed only a 50.2 passer rating when targeted and even picked off three passes over the final eight games of the 2021 season. Witherspoon has now parlayed that into an extension.
“I enjoyed my time here,” Witherspoon told Steelers.com at the end of the season. “I think the biggest thing was just the familiarity with the defense, just get an understanding in those weeks that I wasn’t playing, and the environment and simplicity of the approach to the game and just minimizing the other teams targets, winning in those important moments.”
Before eventually being traded to Pittsburgh, Witherspoon signed with the Seahawks as an unrestricted free agent during the 2021 offseason. He previously spent four years with the the San Francisco 49ers, the team who drafted him in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Witherspoon owns 132 total tackles and 7 interceptions overall so far in his career.