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Steelers add veteran corner Coty Sensabaugh

Posted Mar 20, 2017

Secondary gets a boost with the addition of Coty Sensabaugh.

The Steelers added depth at cornerback with the signing of free agent Coty Sensabaugh to a two-year contract.

Sensabaugh said he had a good feeling about the team as soon as he arrived at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex.

“Just coming to something special,” said Sensabaugh. “I wanted to be part of a family here. The Steelers organization is top-notch. It’s a family atmosphere. I was talking to everybody that has been in the building. I have been a part of a couple of other organizations and this is one of the top-notch organizations. When you walk around the building and see how things are run, you see why the Steelers are in it year-in and year-out.

“I have played here a couple of years and the fans are ridiculous. I am excited to play for them.”

Sensabaugh was selected by the Tennessee Titans in the fourth-round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He saw immediate action his rookie season, playing in all 16 games on special teams and in the nickel defense.  

Sensabaugh played four seasons in Tennessee, playing in 59 total games. He tallied 169 tackles, one sack, 23 passes defensed, and two interceptions with the Titans. He had a career-best 60 tackles in 2015, when he also added eight passes defensed and both interceptions. In his five seasons in the NFL, Sensabaugh has played in 72 games with 194 tackles, one sack, 23 passes defensed, and two interceptions.

He played under Dick LeBeau and Ray Horton in Tennessee, both in the nickel and outside, and said that will help his transition.

"I was watching some film with Coach (Keith) Butler from my Tennessee days and the film is pretty much exactly the same, just different terminology," said Sensabaugh. "I’m looking forward to being in a system that I’m comfortable and familiar with. And hopefully, it can bring out the best in me.

"(I played) a lot of nickel and a little bit of outside my last couple of years. So I’m comfortable doing both. Whatever this team, this organization, this city needs me to do, I’m here.

“I came here to help the team get two games better. This team made it to the AFC Championship last year and hopefully we can get over the hump this year. That’s the goal.” 

The 2016 season was interesting for Sensabaugh, who signed a three-year deal with the Los Angeles Rams in the offseason as a free agent. He played in three games, with 10 tackles, before being released by the Rams after Week 4. Sensabaugh was signed by the New York Giants three days after he was waived, playing in 10 games, including against the Rams in London a few weeks after being waived.

"I would just say God works things out for certain reasons and we don’t understand them when we go through them," he said. "But after it’s all said and done, it all makes sense. And I’m happy I went through what I went through in L.A. It made me a better person and a better man. I feel like I’m a better person from it and I’m just excited to be with the Steelers now."

Transactions

Date Transaction
11/21/2017 Activated CB Cameron Sutton from Reserve/Injured List to the Active roster.
11/20/2017 OT Marcus Gilbert suspended four games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances
11/20/2017 Signed OT Jake Rodgers to the Practice Squad; Released WR Justin Thomas from the Practice Squad.