Steelers Sign Veteran CB Anthony Averett to Bolster Secondary

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed former Baltimore Ravens cornerback Anthony Averett to a one-year contract after a successful tryout at rookie minicamp. Averett, a six-year veteran, brings valuable experience and depth to the Steelers' secondary.

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Steelers Sign Veteran CB Anthony Averett to Bolster Secondary

Steelers Sign Veteran CB Anthony Averett to Bolster Secondary

The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed, rookie former Baltimore Ravens cornerback Anthony Averett to a one, year, contract following his successful tryout at the team's rookie minicamp. Averett, a six-year veteran, brings valuable experience and depth to the Steelers' secondary as they look to strengthen their defense for the upcoming season.

Averett, 29, was originally drafted by the Ravens in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft out of the University of Alabama. During his time in Baltimore from 2018 to 2021, he appeared in 44 games, starting 21 of them. Averett recorded 101 tackles, 22 passes defensed, and three interceptions as a Raven. His best season came in 2021 when he started all 14 games he played in, tallying 54 total tackles and all three of his career interceptions.

Over the past two seasons, Averett has struggled with injuries, limiting his playing time. In 2022, he played seven games for the Las Vegas Raiders. Last season, he was signed, former by the San Francisco 49ers but was cut before the start of the regular season. Averett then landed on the Detroit Lions' practice squad.

Despite the recent setbacks, Averett is confident he can contribute to the Steelers' defense. "I had a couple of injuries my last two years," Averett said during rookie minicamp. "I'm finally fully healthy and I'm definitely in shape. I've got plenty of juice left."

Averett's signing addresses a significant need for the Steelers at the cornerback position. The team recently traded away starting wide receiver Diontae Johnson to acquire Donte Jackson from the Carolina Panthers. With Averett's addition, the Steelers now have a proven veteran to compete for the slot cornerback role alongside undrafted rookie Beanie Bishop Jr.

The Steelers' signing of Averett marks another former Raven added to their roster this offseason, as they look to bolster their defense. Averett's familiarity with the AFC North and the Steelers-Ravens rivalry will be valuable assets to the team. "I definitely know this division, been around four years," Averett told reporters. "I know when they play Renegade, the stadium goes wild. It's a good rivalry, love the tradition here."

As the Steelers continue with their offseason activities and prepare for training camp in July, Averett will have the opportunity to compete for a roster spot and potentially earn a starting role in the secondary. His experience, skills, and hunger to prove himself make him an intriguing addition to the team's defense.

Key Takeaways

  • Steelers sign CB Anthony Averett to 1-year contract after rookie minicamp tryout.
  • Averett, 29, brings 6 years of experience and 101 tackles, 22 PDs, and 3 INTs from Ravens and Raiders.
  • He struggled with injuries in 2022 and 2023, but claims to be fully healthy and in shape.
  • Averett's signing addresses Steelers' need at cornerback, competing for slot role with Beanie Bishop Jr.
  • He's the second former Raven added to the Steelers' roster this offseason, bringing AFC North familiarity.