The Steelers have re-signed defensive back Arthur Maulet, the team announced on Wednesday.
Maulet was brought back to the team just one day after being released as part of the team’s cut down to 53 initial players on Tuesday. He was re-signed after tackle Zach Banner, running back Anthony McFarland Jr. and defensive end Stephon Tuitt were placed on injured reserve on Wednesday.
Maulet joined the team this spring as an unrestricted free agent after spending 2020 with the New York Jets. He had been part of the team’s plan to replace Mike Hilton as Nickel cornerback, working along with second-year defensive back Antoine Brooks Jr. in that role.
Both players suffered preseason injuries, and Brooks was waived from the injured reserve with an injury settlement on Tuesday. Maulet missed time with an ankle injury before his release on Tuesday.
With Brooks and Maulet off the roster, Cam Sutton moved from outside corner to the slot and was replaced by James Pierre on the outside. Maulet will now give the Steelers two experienced options in the slot this season.
Maulet played in 11 games with the New York Jets in 2020, making five starts and lining up all over the defensive secondary, with 247 snaps at slot corner, 109 at free safety, 27 as a box safety and 15 as an outside corner, per Pro Football Focus. He previously spent three seasons with the New Orleans Saints.