Steelers bringing back LB Stevenson Sylvester

4/4/13 in NFL   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

Earlier on this offseason, the Pittsburgh Steelers elected not to offer linebacker Steven Sylvester a restricted free agent tender. But now Steven Sylvester is returning as an unrestricted free agent with the team after the Pittsburgh Steelers re-signed him to a one-year deal on Wednesday.
It is believed the Pittsburgh Steelers re-signed Steven Sylvester for considerably less than the $1.3 million they would have to otherwise pay for an original round tender in March. But it seems to have worked out for Steven Sylvester too, who reportedly didn’t draw interest from other team in free agency and now has a chance to prove himself.
Entering training camp last year, Steven Sylvester looked poised for a bigger role on the team, after the Pittsburgh Steelers released former starting interior linebacker and 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year James Farrior in March 2012. At the least, Steven Sylvester emerged as a strong backup option during camp. But Steven Sylvester missed six early season games after suffering a torn MCL prior to the start of the season.
Steven Sylvester had a disappointing 2012 campaign, registering only one tackle in 10 games, while mostly serving on the special teams last season.
However, the Pittsburgh Steelers need depth at inside linebacker, and Steven Sylvester could help address the issue. Lawrence Timmons and recently signed incumbent Larry Foote are expected to be the San Diego Chargers’ starting linebackers into the 2013 season.
The move is a sort of indication towards second-year linebacker Sean Spence’s status. The 22-year-old Sean Spence is coming off a major knee injury he suffered in the San Diego Chargers’ final preseason game last year. The San Diego Chargers likely don’t expect Sean Spence to be ready anytime soon.
The former Utah Utes product and Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2010 draft fifth-round pick Steven Sylvester has 41 games with only one start, over the past three seasons with the team. Steven Sylvester has amassed 22 tackles and two forced fumbles over his entire NFL career.
However, the Pittsburgh Steelers are still expected to upgrade at the linebacker positions through NFL draft. This week, at least seven potential draft prospects who play at linebacker, visited the Pittsburgh Steelers, including Penn State’s Michael Mauti and Clemson’s Mallicaih Goodman.
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