The Pittsburgh Steelers are off on Tuesday, but they still made a few changes to their roster.
Burt Lauten reports via Twitter that cornerback Ryan Steed and tight end/fullback John Rabe were signed on Tuesday and that nose tackle Omar Hunter and cornerback Nigel Malone were waived to make room on the roster.
Steed was originally signed by the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent following the 2012 draft but ultimately released just prior to the start of the 2012 season. The Furman product caught on with the New Orleans Saints as a member of their practice squad in December, but the team waived him just recently. Steed, who worked out at the 2012 NFL Combine, measures in at 5\’10. He posted his best forty-time, 4.55, at his Pro Day in March of 2012.
In his 45 games played at Furman, Steed registered 14 interceptions and returned three of those for touchdowns. He also registered 179 total tackles during his college career and forced four fumbles.
Rabe, a 6\’4 undrafted free agent out of Minnesota, caught 14 passes for 143 yards in 2012. During his Pro Day back in March, he did 21 reps on the bench and ran a 4.70 forty-yard dash. He received a try-out with the Green Bay Packers following the draft but was not signed.
Hunter was originally signed by the Steelers as an undrafted free agent out of Florida following the draft in April, while Malone wasn\’t signed until early June when cornerback Justin King was placed on injured reserve.