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Steelers Re-Sign DB Linden Stephens to Future Contract



Linden Stephens

The Pittsburgh Steelers have re-signed defensive back Linden Stephens to a future contract for the 2022 season, the team announced on Tuesday.

Stephens had two stints with the Steelers’ practice squad in 2021, but was not elevated to the active roster.

Stephens, 26, has been with seven NFL teams, including two stints with the Steelers’ Week 6 opponents, the Seattle Seahawks. The 6-foot, 193-pound native of Euclid, Ohio first joined the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent out of Cincinnati in 2018.

He bounced from New Orleans the Los Angeles Rams, Denver Broncos, Seahawks and Miami Dolphins before getting to play in his first NFL game in 2019. He played in three games with the Dolphins that season and made three tackles.

In 2020, he re-joined the Seahawks via waivers, and was promoted to the active roster on Sept. 23 following two weeks on the practice squad. Stephens played in 13 games for Seattle, playing mostly on special teams.

Stephens was with Washington in the 2021 offseason, but was waived in August and joined the Baltimore Ravens practice squad. Baltimore released him on Oct. 4 and the Steelers signed him Oct. 13.

The Steelers also signed defensive tackle Daniel Archibong, wide receiver Rico Bussey, defensive tackle Khalil Davis, guard Nate Gilliam, guard Malcolm Pridgeon, outside linebacker Delontae Scott, kicker Sam Sloman, tight end Jace Sternberger, safety Donovan Stiner, long snapper Rex Sunahara and wide receiver Tyler Vaughns to reserve/future contracts on Tuesday.

The 12 signings, plus nine players from the injured reserve and COVID-19 reserve lists and the 53-man roster puts the Steelers’ offseason roster at 74 of the maximum 90.