The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed defensive lineman Abdullah Anderson, the team announced on Monday.
Anderson, 25, is entering his fourth season of pro football. He spent his first two seasons and the 2020 offseason with the Chicago Bears after signing with the team as an undrafted free agent out of Bucknell following the 2018 NFL Draft.
He spent the 2018 season on the Bears’ practice squad and played in six games in 2019, recording four tackles, one for a loss, a sack and a quarterback hit.
Anderson was released by the Bears in September 2020 and signed to the Minnesota Vikings’ practice squad. He was promoted to the Vikings’ active roster for one game and played 10 snaps vs. Detroit on Nov. 8, without recording any statistics.
The 6-foot-3, 297-pound Anderson played defensive tackle in 4-3 schemes, but will be listed by the Steelers as a defensive end, where he should be able to provide depth behind starters Cam Heyward and Stephon Tuitt.
2019 sixth-rounder Isaiah Buggs and former undrafted free agent Henry Mondeaux served as the Steelers’ primary depth at defensive end in 2020, though nose tackles Tyson Alualu and Chris Wormley can both play outside.