The Pittsburgh Steelers are signing former Seattle Seahawks and Las Vegas Raiders linebacker Tanner Muse, according to NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero.
Muse was a third-round pick by the Raiders out of Clemson in 2020, but he was released before ever playing a down for the Raiders.
He spent the last two seasons with the Seahawks, mostly functioning as a core special teamer. He has 20 tackles over the past two years. Muse has just 80 defensive snaps in his two seasons in the NFL but has 425 snaps on special teams.
Prior to making the jump to the NFL, Muse was a standout safety for the Clemson Tigers under head coach Dabo Swinney. He put on some weight and made the switch to linebacker in the NFL to try to help cover up some of his deficiencies in coverage.
Muse, who missed his 2020 rookie season with a toe injury, started to really catch on at linebacker during training camp in 2021 with the Raiders and was a core special teamer. Muse was waived by the Raiders that summer though, before latching on with the Seahawks, becoming a standout special-teams player under Pete Carroll.
Muse is an extremely athletic player, one who tested off the charts during the 2020 pre-draft process. He had a fantastic 2020 NFL Scouting Combine after measuring in at 6020, 227 pounds. He ran his 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds, did 20 reps on the bench, posted a vertical jump of 34.5 inches, and a broad jump of 10’4″. At his Clemson Pro Day, Muse posted a short-shuttle time of 4.12 seconds and a three-cone time of 6.84 seconds.
Prior to his Pro Day at Clemson, the Steelers showed heavy interest in the defensive captain, as head coach Mike Tomlin and then-GM Kevin Colbert reportedly dined with the Clemson product ahead of his Pro Day.
Now, that interest has reportedly culminated in Muse becoming a Steeler, filling a major need on special teams under coordinator Danny Smith.