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Steelers trade for Phillips

Posted Aug 23, 2017

The Steelers traded for Washington Redskins cornerback Deshaun Phillips.

The Steelers completed what was a busy day of transactions when they traded for Washington Redskins cornerback Dashaun Phillips in exchange for center Lucas Crowley.

Phillips played in five games for the Redskins in 2016, starting two, in the nickel role. He had seven tackles and a fumble recovery. He has played in 11 games, with 14 tackles, nine of them solo stops, in two seasons.

Phillips originally was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2014. He was waived by the Cowboys before the start of the season, and later signed to the New York Jets practice squad in October, 2014.

He was signed to the Redskins practice squad in 2015, and then placed on the active roster later in the season.

Phillips played college ball at Tarleton State, a Division II school in Texas. He finished his career with 175 career tackles, 12 interceptions and three forced fumbles.

Earlier in the day the Steelers signed cornerback Antonio Crawford, and released running back Brandon Brown-Dukes. The Steelers also signed rookie wide receiver Justin Thomas. In a corresponding move the Steelers waived/injured third-year cornerback Greg Ducre.

Transactions

Date Transaction
09/20/2017 Signed OL Jake Rodgers to the practice squad; Released WR Justin Thomas from the practice squad.
09/13/2017 Signed LB L.J. Fort to the Practice Squad and released LB Matt Galambos from the Practice Squad.
09/12/2017 Signed LB Steven Johnson; Released LB L.J. Fort.