Steelers Sign All-XFL Cornerback
The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed cornerback Luq Barcoo to a contract, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.
Most recently, Barcoo played for the San Antonio Brahmas of the XFL and now will have another chance in the NFL. Barcoo did not attend any rookie minicamps but was invited to multiple, including the Steelers, Browns, and Cowboys.
Barcoo went undrafted out of San Diego State in 2020 before signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The 6-foot-1 cornerback led all of college football in interceptions, passes defended, and pass breakups in 2019. After a stint with the Jaguars, Barcoo bounced around to a few other team’s practice squads that included the Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs and the New York Jets. Barcoo recorded 10 career tackles and zero interceptions in the NFL.
The San Antonio Brahmas made Barcoo the team’s first defensive selection in the franchise’s history in the 2023 XFL Draft. The 24-year-old earned a spot on the All-XFL team after his first season in the league.
The Steelers have retooled the secondary as a whole during the offseason. To start, Pittsburgh signed future Hall of Fame cornerback Patrick Peterson. Then, the Steeler parted ways with starting safety Terrell Edmunds. To cap off the initial stage of free agency, the team re-signed Damonte Kazee and added Keanu Neal.
In the 2023 NFL Draft, the Steelers added cornerbacks Joey Porter Jr. and Cory Trice Jr. and then signed slot cornerback Chandon Sullivan. Then just last week, the team decided to cut starting slot cornerback Arthur Maulet, citing it was a mutual decision.
The secondary will feature a multitude of new faces including Barcoo. The only notable players that are returning are Minkah Fitzapatrick, Kazee, Wallace and Ahkello Witherspoon.