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Steelers to Sign Pass Rusher Taco Charlton to Practice Squad

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Taco Charlton before the 2017 NFL Draft (Maize & Blue Nation / CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=64097539)

The Pittsburgh Steelers are nearing a deal to sign pass rusher Taco Charlton to the practice squad, pending a physical, according to Aditi Kinkhabwala of the NFL Network.

Selected 28th overall in the 2017 draft by the Dallas Cowboys, Charlton spent his first two NFL seasons in Dallas before being released a few weeks into the 2018 season after the team failed to trade the former Michigan product. 

Charlton was claimed off waivers by the Miami Dolphins and finished the 2018 season in Miami before once again being released. The 26-year-old from Pickerington, Ohio played sparingly for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2020 before hitting the market for the third time. 

Charlton has been underwhelming in relation to his draft position, registering 11 sacks and 12 tackles for loss in 44 games (12 starts) over four seasons. The signing adds additional defensive line and pass-rushing depth to a unit with Tyson Alualu injured and currently without Stephon Tuitt.

The Steelers, in need of pass rushers entering the 2017 draft, selected T.J. Watt two picks after Charlton.

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