The Pittsburgh Steelers announced earlier today that they added linebacker Shayon Green to their offseason roster. Green was a defensive end as well as a linebacker in college for Miami.
The former Hurricane originally went undrafted last year. He had a verbal agreement to sign as a free agent with the Miami Dolphins, but never actually signed. The Dolphins later worked him out in November as well. Green worked out at Miami’s Pro Day yesterday before signing with the Steelers, who were represented at the event.
Collegiately, Green had to overcome multiple ACL tears during his playing career. In his final season for the Hurricanes in 2013, he started all 13 games, recording 68 tackles, including 10.5 for loss, to go along with three sacks. He also earned multiple awards for leadership.
Presumably brought in to play outside linebacker, Green joins a cast of minor characters hoping to vie for a spot on the 53-man roster, behind the three roster locks in Jarvis Jones, Arthur Moats, and James Harrison.
Last year’s undrafted free agent, Howard Jones, spent all of the past season with the Steelers on the practice squad. The team also signed CFL standout Shawn Lemon earlier this offseason. Between the three of them, they may all be competing for one job on the practice squad when all is said and done.