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Elliott signed to two-year contract

The Steelers signed safety DeShon Elliott to a two-year contract.

Elliott, who was originally selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the sixth-round of the 2018 NFL Draft, has appeared in 57 career games, starting 50 of them. He has record 283 tackles, 198 of them solo stops, 17 passes defensed, three and a half sacks, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Elliott said he is excited to wear black and gold and play for a team he is familiar with, knowing the Steelers tradition after spending time on the other side of the rivalry in Baltimore. 

"That logo. It's championship football," said Elliott. "This is the culture. This is real smash mouth, real gritty, cold-weather-game football. Why else would you not want to play here? 

"Growing up watching Troy Polamalu play, the Steel Curtain, like this is real football. I'm excited to be here.

"When you play on either side of it, if you haven't made a play in that game or haven't won in that game, then you aren't officially a part of that team. I feel like I've made plays for the other team. It's time for me to make plays for this team. That's what I'm excited to do. Yeah, that's about it." 

Elliott shares the same enthusiasm as the other players who were signed, quarterback Russell Wilson and linebacker Patrick Queen, to play for Coach Mike Tomlin.

"He wants to develop a great culture in his locker room and organization," said Elliott. "He's a great man. He's a very spiritual man. Cares a lot about his family and brings that into the building." 

"Like everyone around the league, there is not one guy in the NFL who says they wouldn't want to play for Coach." 

He spent the 2023 season with the Miami Dolphins where he started 15 games, finishing with 82 tackles, seven passes defensed, an interception and a fumble recovery.

Elliott spent the 2022 season with the Detroit Lions where he appeared in 14 games, starting 13 of them. He finished the season with 95 tackles, 72 of them solo stops, three passes defensed, as well as an interception, forced fumble and fumble recovery.

Elliott spent his first four seasons in Baltimore, where he appeared in 28 games, starting 22 of them.

Elliott had his best season in 2020 when he started all 16 games. He finished the year with 80 tackles, 51 of them solo stops, four passes defensed and two and a half sacks. He also had two forced fumbles.

Elliott spent the 2018 season on the Reserve/Injured List.

He played college football at Texas where he played in 31 games, starting 13. He finished with 106 tackles, 85 of them solo stops, nine interceptions, 23 passes defensed, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and two and a half sacks. His final season he was a first-team All-American selection and first-team All-Big 12 selection.

Steelers sign S DeShon Elliott on a two-year contract