Steelers Bringing Back Veteran Defensive Starter
By Jason Hall
April 14, 2021
The Pittsburgh are bringing back Vince Williams after all.
ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports Williams has re-signed with the Steelers one month after being released by the franchise.
Fowler reported Williams "had other offers but wanted to stay in Pittsburgh" in a tweet shared on Wednesday (April 14.)
The Steelers initially announced Williams was cut on March 16 in a news release on their official website.
"The Steelers have terminated the contract of linebacker Vince Williams," the news release stated.
Williams appeared in 121 games and made 69 starts after being drafted by Pittsburgh in the sixth-round of the 2013 NFL Draft at No. 206 overall.
The former Florida State standout recorded 444 career tackles, 48 tackles for loss, 43 quarterback hits, 20.5 sacks, five pass defenses, five fumble recoveries and two interceptions during his first eight NFL seasons.
The Steelers are re-signing linebacker Vince Williams, per sources. He had other offers but wanted to stay in Pittsburgh.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) April 14, 2021
Williams shared a cryptic tweet on Monday (March 15) hours before news of his release, which simply stated "I can hear the streets calling," leading Steelers fans to speculate on his future with the team.
Williams played 65% of defensive snaps, which was an increase from 37% the previous year, in the absence of departing linebacker Mark Barron last season and was a full-time starter during three of the past four seasons.
The Steelers have made several other moves to increase cap space since Williams' initial departure, which likely played a factor in his return to the organization on Wednesday.
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