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Steelers Sign Texas Safety P.J. Locke III

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The Steelers signed undrafted free agent safety P.J. Locke III on Monday, making 11 UDFA players to sign with the team since the close of the 2019 NFL Draft over the weekend.

Locke, a 5-foot-11, 210-pound safety from the University of Texas, played in 47 games and made 31 starts for the Longhorns over the last four seasons.

“God is good,” Locke said in a video on his Twitter account. “It’s been the longest three days of my life. I just want to thank the Steelers for welcoming me into this organization and believing in me.”

The Beaumont, Texas native finished his senior season third on the team with 77 tackles and had 5.5 tackles for loss, one-half sack, two forced fumbles, three passes defended and an interception in Texas’ Sugar Bowl victory over Georgia. Locke was named an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection after his senior year.

The Steelers did not select a safety in the draft and picked just one defensive back: Michigan State cornerback Justin Layne in the third round.

Aliquippa and West Virginia alum Dravon Askew-Henry was also signed as an undrafted safety. They’ll join Marcus Allen, Marcellis Branch, Jordan Dangerfield, Sean Davis, Terrell Edmunds and Jack Tocho on the Steelers’ roster in 2019.

Davis and Edmunds are the returning starters while Dangerfield played in all 16 games and made one start. Allen played in two games after a hamstring injury limited him throughout the offseason.

Branch and Tocho are new to the team. Branch was signed to a reserve/futures contract in January and is a Robert Morris alum. He spent training camp in 2018 with Atlanta. Tocho was signed from the roster of the Birmingham Iron after the AAF folded.

This story has been updated.

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Report: Mike Hilton Signs Second-Round Tender

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Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Mike Hilton has signed his 2nd-round tender, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The 26-year-old cornerback started eight games and appeared in all 16, recording 62 tackles, 11 passes defensed, 1.5 sacks and one interception, an improvement in most categories from his first two years in Pittsburgh. Undrafted out of Mississippi, Hilton was signed by the Steelers in December of 2016 after being cut by the Jaguars and Patriots.

The Steelers placed second-round tenders on both Hilton and tackle Matt Feiler, who reportedly signed his earlier in the day. The tenders were worth $3.259 million in 2020.

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Report: Steelers Re-Signing RFA OT Matt Feiler

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Restricted free agent offensive tackle is signing his second-round restricted free agent tender with the Steelers, according to a report by ESPN’s Dan Graziano.

The tender contract, offered to Feiler back in March, is worth $3.259 million.

Bringing back Feiler — who started all 16 games in 2019 — adds much needed depth and experience to an older Steelers offensive line that is also trying to replace the recently retired Ramon Foster. Pittsburgh also added former Kansas City Chiefs guard Stefen Wisniewski this offseason in free agency.

Feiler was ranked as the 20th-best tackle in the league for his performance last season.

Had another club signed Feiler to an offer sheet and the Steeler chose not to match, they would have received that team’s 2021 second round pick as compensation.

Undrafted out of Bloomsburg University in 2014, Feiler has realistically spent his entire career in Pittsburgh, aside from a short stint with the Texans.

With Feiler locked up, the Steelers now await starting slot cornerback Mike Hilton’s decision, who they also placed the second-round tender on.

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Report: Steelers to Hold Training Camp at Team Facility, Not at Saint Vincent College

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It looks like the Steelers will be staying home for training camp this August.

According to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday, the league has informed teams that they must hold training camp at their facilities later this summer in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Steelers will now be conducting training camp on the South Side, instead of their traditional summer home of Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, snapping a 54-year streak.

The league still plans for training camp to begin on time, but has made no announcement on changes to the season or whether games will have fans.

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