According to a Friday morning report, the Pittsburgh Steelers are about to lose one of their 2016 draft picks to the New Orleans Saints.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network is reporting that the Saints are planning on signing linebacker Travis Feeney off the Steelers’ practice squad pending a physical.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 9, 2016
Feeney, who was drafted by the Steelers in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Washington, has spent his entire rookie season on the Steelers practice squad.
During his college career, Freeney recorded 248 tackles, 15.5 sacks, four interceptions, four forced fumbles, two recoveries and 11 pass defenses over the course of four seasons.
during the preseason, Feeney recorded 3 total tackles in the three games that he appeared in.
According to Rapoport, the Saints are signing Feeney in order to add depth on the defensive side of the football in addition to hoping he’ll help them on special teams.
This late in the season it’s not unusual to see teams start pilfering the practice squads of other teams.
With Bud Dupree now back after starting the season on the Steelers’ Reserve/Injured list, the team now has five outside linebackers on their 53-man roster.
Per NFL rules, the Saints must keep Feeney on their 53-man roster for three weeks after signing him off the Steelers practice squad.