The Pittsburgh Steelers have made a pair of moves on Thursday but unfortunately those moves has left one of their players without current employment.
According to a breaking news report from NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk, the Pittsburgh Steelers have signed cornerback Malik Reaves to a one year contract. At this time the financial details of that deal have not been released to the public, but given that this is his first deal in the National Football League, outside of a similar contract with Kansas City earlier this summer, I suspect it will come in somewhere near the league minimum.
Reaves made a name for himself playing college football at Villanova during his time in the National Collegiate Athletic Association but was not drafted and was not offered a new contract coming out of college. Furthermore he damaged his reputation considerably due to his alleged involvement in an attack on another student at Villanova, an incident that will see Reaves appear in court in October of this year. You have to wonder if a conviction in that case could result in any difficulties for the Steelers moving forward.
The addition of Reaves has also forced the Steelers to clear a spot on their roster to make the move, and somewhat unsurprisingly the player to be cut will be Steelers' offensive lineman Bryce Harris. Harris, a long time member of the New Orleans Saints organization, was signed by the Steelers earlier this summer in an effort to create some competition for the swing tackle position, but Harris has largely failed to live up to expectations.
Harris failed to complete the Steelers' annual conditioning run at the start of training camp and for many the writing was already on the wall for him once the news broke. Harris was the only player to fail the run and it raised serious questions about his current conditioning as well as concerns about his potential health moving forward. It's no surprise to see him getting the axe here when you consider that he was the only Steeler under contract who failed to meet the high standards of the organization.
No word yet on how much we may get to see Malik Reaves in the preseason.
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