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Steelers move Justin Kin to IR, sign undrafted rookie Nigel Malone

6/7/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

The Pittsburgh Steelers replaced one cornerback with another by moving veteran Justin King to the injured reserve and signing rookie free agent Nigel Malone to the offseason roster on Thursday. The Pittsburgh Steelers could move Justin King straight to the IR, without the sixth-year cornerback jumping hoops on the waivers since he is a vested veteran.
 
Justin King was brought-in by the Pittsburgh Steelers last December after their secondary suffered a slew of injuries late in the season. But Justin King remained inactive for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ final two games in the 2012 season. However, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ re-signed him to a one-year contract in January, to keep him around for the 2013 offseason.
 
The 26-year-old Justin King was originally signed as a fourth-round pick out of Penn State by the St. Louis Rams in the 2008 NFL draft. Justin King also had a brief stint with the Indianapolis Colts during 2012, before being released five games into the season.
 
Justin King carries with him a $715,000 cap hit, which will be an overbearing burden for the cap-strapped Pittsburgh Steelers, who will be forced to keep him on the books this fall, since he has been place on the IR.
 
Nigel Malone was initially signed by the Indianapolis Colts this offseason after going selected in the 2013 NFL draft. But the Indianapolis Colts released Nigel Malone shortly afterwards, in favor of a player they brought over for try out earlier this offseason.
 
The 22-year-old Nigel Malone started 26 games at Kansas State over the past two seasons, following a stint at San Francisco City College earlier in his collegiate career. Nigel Malone led the NCAA with seven interceptions in 2011, and earned the All-American honors as well as a place on the All Big 12 first team. He made 12 interceptions and recorded 19 passes defensed during his two year-career at the FBS-level over a two-year career at FBS-level.
 
While the a 5-foot-10, 185-pound Nigel Malone doesn’t possess elite level size or athletic prowess and is considered a long shot to make the roster, he will provide some competition at the cornerback position during training camp this offseason. The Pittsburgh Steelers currently have six other cornerbacks listed on their official roster. But the cornerback depth behind Pittsburgh Steelers’ projected starters and William Gray is largely untested. So, Nigel Malone will be competing against guys like Josh Victorian, DeMarcus Van Dyke, Curtis Brown and rookie Terry Hawthrone to secure a spot on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ roster in the 2013 season.
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