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Steelers Sign Ex-WVU Long Snapper Rex Sunahara to Future Contract

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed free agent long snapper Rex Sunahara to a future contract for the 2022 season, the team announced on Tuesday.

Sunahara is a West Virginia alum that spent a short stint on the team’s practice squad this season. He was signed by the team on Dec. 8 and released on Dec. 10.

The 6-foot-6, 242-pound Sunahara was a basketball player at Rhode Island before transferring to West Virginia to become a long snapper. He was the team’s primary long snapper in 2018 and 2019. 

After that season he was a semifinalist for the Patrick Mannelly Award and participated in the 2020 NFLPA Collegiate All-Star Game and 2020 Hula Bowl.

Sunahara signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent, but was released. He re-signed with the Dolphins in January on a reserve/future contract for the 2021 season. He was released in July, re-signed in August, and then released again on Aug. 10.

He will join Christian Kuntz as long snappers on the Steelers’ roster.

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, defensive back Linden Stephens, tight end Jace Sternberger, safety Donovan Stiner and wide receiver Tyler Vaughns to reserve/future contracts on Tuesday.

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