Steelers Waive LB Kion Wilson, Sign CB Lew Toler

The Pittsburgh Steelers made a roster move on Thursday prior to the team reporting to training camp.

Waived on Thursday was linebacker Kion Wilson, who started the 2013 season on the Steelers 53 man roster. He was originally signed by the Steelers in January of 2013 and recorded 12 total tackles in the seven games that played in.

To fill Wilson’s spot on the 90 man roster, the Steelers signed former Rutgers cornerback Lew Toler, who went undrafted back in May. He attended the Steelers rookie mini camp as an unsigned player.

Toler arrived at Rutgers as a graduate transfer from Western Michigan prior to the 2013 season and became a starting cornerback in the second game of the season. Toler’s 2013 season came to an end, however, after he suffered a broken left arm against Louisville on Oct. 10.

At his Pro Day back in March, Toler measured in at 5095 and weighed 190 pounds. He reportedly ran a 40-yard dash time of 4.6 seconds.

  • Aric Brown

    That settles the debate on him making the final 53

  • ApexSteel

    There was a debate?

  • 太阳

    I think Antwon Blake gon be nasty,

  • Alex Kozora

    I’m sure that guy on here who talked Toler up a few months ago is doing laps around his house.

  • Simon Cutts

    As NFL receivers get bigger the Steelers corners are getting smaller

  • Scot Hickerson

    Its a team sport and and the Steelers are good at creating a “whole” team and creating competition at every position. This guy is impressive and I am glad he is getting a shot. The Patriots have built a dynasty on finding out side of the box talent I think the Steelers are right up there in the ability to do that.

  • cencalsteeler

    I like the move. One, it shows how stacked we are at the lb position to let a good player like Kion walk. Two, we bolster the secondary with more competition and address a position we can all collectively agree needs a little attention.

  • Kurt Williams

    Thank you.

  • GoSteelerz

    I believe you are referring to me… Yes, I am quite pleased!!!!! LOL We’ll see whether or not he makes the team, or even the practice squad, but at least he gets a chance, a chance I feel he deserved! 😀

  • ApexSteel

    I feel like there’s a little too much optimism with him. He’s a camp body lol.

  • Aric Brown

    So Toler is neither big nor fast… what gives?

  • GoSteelerz

    Watch his film from Western Michigan… 13 minutes of how CB should be played… We’ll see if he can transition to the big stage, which will be a significant jump, but he looks like he has the mentality and heart to do it. Toler plays much faster than he times… To put 40 times into perspective, Jerry Rice had 4.69 40 time, it worked out pretty well for him. He also covered big receivers well inside the 20, even intercepting a few passes.

  • LucasY59

    Is this a courtesy to Wilson?

    give him a chance to sign with a different team (that he would have a chance of making the team with and play some meaningful defensive snaps) at the start of training camp instead of be one of the final cuts in August.

    He has almost 0% chance of making Steelers 53 roster and even then would only see ST snaps

  • ApexSteel

    That wasn’t “film” though. It was a highlight tape. Everyone looks great on their highlight tape.

  • steeltown

    I concur

  • steeltown

    Good. More bodies and more competition in the DB room. I’m sure there was some who had forgotten Wilson was even on this roster.

  • GoSteelerz

    True, true, everyone does look good on highlight films. I suppose I should have said highlight film, but the point was that most top prospects I’ve seen have only 4 or 5 minutes of highlights whereas this guy has 13 minutes of highlights from only three seasons, which he probably didn’t start early on at Western Michigan. The point I was making was that his highlights and good plays aren’t flukes or chance plays, but that he consistently produces. I’m glad he at least gets a chance to see whether or not he can make the jump to the pros. I’m looking forward to seeing if he can!

  • Aric Brown

    I promise you nobody runs faster with pads on