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Steelers Make Desmond King Signing Official



Steelers Desmond King

The Pittsburgh Steelers officially announced the signing of cornerback Desmond King to a one-year contract on Thursday.

Terms of the contract have still not been reported. The news of King’s signing broke on Wednesday, just one day after he was unexpectedly cut by the Houston Texans.

King, 28, played over 900 snaps for the Houston Texans in each of the last two seasons, and did it relatively well, especially in 2022, when he had an 89.2 passer rating when targeted per Pro Football Focus.

He played most of his time in the slot, where he’s also a relatively solid run defender and at 5-foot-10, 200 pounds, is a somewhat thicker body than the Steelers have in Patrick Peterson and Chandon Sullivan.

A fifth-round pick of the Los Angeles Chargers in 2017, King was a contributor right away as a rookie and has played at least 15 games in each of his five NFL seasons. King became a part-time starter in his second season and continued that role until he was traded to the Tennessee Titans mid-season in 2020. 

A free agent in 2021, he signed a one-year deal with Houston, which made him the Texans’ starting slot cornerback. Before last season, he signed a two-year contract extension and played well, setting a career high in total snaps played, adding 103 snaps of special teams to his 918 of defense. He finished fourth on the Houston defense with 89 tackles and had two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

This training camp, with a changeover in coaching staff in Houston, he lost his slot cornerback job to free agent Tavierre Thomas.

The Steelers made room on their 53-man roster for King by releasing punter Braden Mann on Wednesday, after the team was unable to find a trading parter for Mann, who lost the starting job to incumbent Pressley Harvin III.