The Pittsburgh Steelers have announced their official 15-man practice squad for the 2021 season, including a veteran safety with local ties to the area. Former West Virginia safety Karl Joseph has agreed to join the Steelers after being cut by the Las Vegas Raiders on Tuesday.
A 2016 first-round pick, Joseph spent the first four seasons of his career in Oakland, compiling four interceptions and 236 total tackles in 49 games (41 starts).
The 27-year-old signed a one-year $2.5 million deal with the Cleveland Browns in April 2020, playing in 14 games with eight starts for Cleveland. Joseph scored the first points of the Browns-Steelers Wild Card Game on Jan. 10, recovering Maurkice Pouncey’s bad snap in the end zone less than 15 seconds into action.
While at West Virginia, Joseph was a two-time captain his junior and senior seasons, recording nine interceptions, two sacks, six fumble recoveries, and a school-record eight career forced fumbles in 42 games.
The Steelers also signed defensive end Daniel Archibong, wide receiver Rico Bussey, running back Trey Edmunds, cornerback Mark Gilbert, tackle Chaz Green, offensive lineman John Leglue, outside linebacker Christian Miller, guard Malcolm Pridgeon, tight end Kevin Rader, running back Jaylen Samuels, wide receiver Steven Sims, safety Donovan Stiner, outside linebacker Derrek Teszka and wide receiver Cody White to their practice squad. The team has one open spot remaining on the 16-player squad.