The Steelers roster continued to evolve after the team agreed to a trade with the Seattle Seahawks for cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon, pending a physical. The Steelers will send the Seahawks their 5th round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.
Witherspoon signed with the Seahawks as an unrestricted free agent during the 2021 offseason, after spending the previous four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers.
Witherspoon was drafted by the 49ers in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the 66th selection overall.
While with the 49ers, Witherspoon played in 47 games, starting 33. He has 116 career tackles, 98 of them solo stops, four interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown in 2019, and 24 passes defensed.
He went to the University of Colorado where he played in 37 games, starting 21. As a senior he played in all 14 games, starting 12, leading the nation in pass breakups with 23, the most in single-season school history. His efforts earned him second-team All-Pac-12 honors from both the Associated Press and the league coaches.
In three seasons at Colorado, Witherspoon registered 76 tackles, 65 of them solo stops, three interceptions and 30 passes defensed.
To make room on the 53-man roster, the team released defensive lineman Henry Mondeaux.