4 Steelers veterans in danger of losing their jobs following NFL Draft

Mason Rudolph #2 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
Mason Rudolph #2 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images) /
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Diontae Johnson #18 of the Pittsburgh Steelers catches a pass against Karl Joseph #42 of the Cleveland Browns. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

2. Steelers S Karl Joseph

Pittsburgh’s defensive backfield is much deeper than it was at this point last season. While Joe Haden was not brought back,  Pittsburgh signed former Bills cornerback Levi Wallace, and they also brought back Ahkello Witherspoon after he had a phenomenal second half of 2021.

The Steelers also seemed to have found a seventh-round gem in Tre Norwood, who was a big part of the defensive back rotation last season. Pittsburgh also re-signed safety Terrell Edmunds to a one-year contract, as well as former Cowboys safety Damontae Kazee in a depth role.

The Steelers already had a large number of defensive backs prior to the addition of Kazee and Edmunds’ re-signing. Joseph has been used solely as a practice squad player since signing with Pittsburgh in 2021. Aside from appearing in two games last season, Joseph has largely gone unheard.

With the likes of Miles Killebrew certainly getting a roster spot for his special teams work, it will be hard for Joseph to find his place on the final 53-man roster. If he plays well in the pre-season, expect him to be scooped up by another team for the chance at getting more of a depth safety role.