Pittsburgh Steelers Sign Former 1st-Round Pick Safety

The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed Keanu Neal, a veteran safety who previously played for the Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Atlanta Falcons, to a two-year contract.

The versatile player, who has also seen some time at linebacker, will join the team in 2023 for his eighth year in the NFL.

He is a former first-round pick (17th overall) by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Neal has been somewhat of a journeyman in recent years, having played for four different teams in the last four years. However, his skills as a hybrid safety/linebacker have kept him in demand, and he split time between starting and playing as a rotational player in his last two seasons.

With the Steelers, Neal will have the opportunity to compete with Damontae Kazee during the offseason for the starting safety position alongside Minkah Fitzpatrick. However, it is likely that Neal's skill set will secure him a spot on the team's 53-man roster.

This past season, the 27-year-old recorded 63 total tackles, 0.5 sacks, one interception and four passes defended across 17 games played,

The signing could bolster the Steelers' defense, adding depth and versatility to the safety position. Photo Credit:  Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports