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Steelers make camp roster moves

Tuesday, August 15

Steelers sign Valladay: The Steelers signed running back Xazavian Valladay and waived running back John Lovett. 

Valladay originally signed with the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent following the 2023 NFL Draft and was released during camp.

Valladay played four seasons at Wyoming before transferring to Arizona State in 2022 for one season. While at Arizona State he had 1,481 yards from scrimmage and 18 total touchdowns. He had 215 carries for 1,192 yards and 16 rushing touchdowns in 2022, the most rushing touchdowns in the Pac-12 last season.

Steelers sign Clarke: The Steelers signed cornerback Nevelle Clarke.Steelers sign Clarke:

Clarke originally signed with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent following the 2020 NFL Draft but didn't make the final roster.

Clarke also sent time with the Generals of the XFL Spring League and New Orleans Breakers of the USFL.

He played college football at Central Florida where he finished his career with 29 pass breakups, tied for ninth in school history. His senior year he ranked second with 13 passes defensed, including two interceptions. Also added 22 tackles as he was an honorable mentioned All-AAC selection.

Monday, August 14

The moves continue: The Steelers signed cornerback Lavert Hill and waived/injured cornerback Duke Dawson and waived cornerback Isaiah Dunn.

Hill originally signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent following the 2020 NFL Draft. Hill spent the majority of his rookie season on the Chiefs' practice squad. He also had stints with the Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns.

Hill played for the St. Louis Battlehawks of the XFL in 2023, earning All-XFL honors. He recorded 25 tackles and two interceptions in 10 games.

Hill played at Michigan where he was a three-year starter and three time all-Big Ten selection. He finished his career with 57 tackles, seven for a loss, six interceptions, a fumble recovery and 29 pass breakups, sixth all-time in school history.

Sunday, August 13

Steelers sign Rhyne: The Steelers signed linebacker Forrest Rhyne.

Rhyne was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Indianapolis Colts following the 2022 NFL Draft. He spent time on the Colts active roster and practice squad in 2022, playing in three games and recording one special teams tackle.

Rhyne played college football at Villanova where he appeared in 45 career games. He recorded 310 tackles, 131 of them solo stops, 22.5 tackles for a loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

The Steelers also waived/injured Chapelle Russell.

Tuesday, August 8

Elliott signed: The Steelers signed safety Jalen Elliott. In a corresponding move, the team Waived/Injured receiver Ja'Marcus Bradley.

Elliott originally signed with the Detroit Lions as an undrafted rookie free agent following the 2020 NFL Draft out of Notre Dame.

He spent his rookie season on the Lions practice squad and was elevated to the active roster for two games, and later signed to the 53-man roster. He played in a total of eight games, starting one.

Elliott signed with the New England Patriots during training camp in 2022. He played in the preseason but was released prior to the start of the regular season. Elliott also spent time with the Las Vegas Raiders.

Elliott played in 51 games for the Fighting Irish, recording 173 tackles, 96 of them solo stops, six interceptions and a forced fumble.

Wednesday, August 2

Two signed, Trice to IR: The Steelers signed safety Trenton Thompson and cornerback Isaiah Dunn, and placed rookie Cory Trice Jr. on the Reserved/Injured List after he was injured in practice on Tuesday. In addition, the team Waived/Injured running back Alfonzo Graham.

Thompson, who played at San Diego State, signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted rookie free agent following the 2022 NFL Draft. He spent most of the 2022 season on the practice squad, playing in one game.

He played in 57 games at San Diego State, starting 31, and finished 191 tackles, 125 of them solo stops, 12 tackles for a loss, four interceptions, two forced fumbles and a sack.

Dunn, who played at Oregon State, signed with the New York Jet as an undrafted rookie free agent following the 2021 NFL Draft. He played in 12 games for the Jets, and also spent time with the Seattle Seahawks, where he dressed for five games before an injury finished his 2022 season.

At Oregon State he played in 33 games, recording 115 tackles and 18 passes defensed.

Trice was drafted by the Steelers in the seventh round of the 2023 NFL Draft out of Purdue, where he appeared in 34 games, starting 24. He was an All-Big Ten Honorable Mention selection in 2022 by the coaches and media. He was also a third-team All-Big Ten selection by Pro Football Focus.

Trice started 13 games in 2022, recording 34 tackles, two interceptions and a team-high 12 passes defensed.

Tuesday, August 1

Making moves: The Steelers signed former San Diego State running back Greg Bell and Penn State running back John Lovett.

Bell originally signed with the Detroit Lions as an undrafted rookie free agent following the 2022 NFL Draft.

Bell played two seasons at San Diego State after transferring from Nebraska. While at San Diego State he had 358 carries for 1,728 yards and 15 touchdowns in 21 games. In 2021 he carried the ball 245 times for 1,091 yards and nine touchdowns.

Lovett was originally signed by the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted rookie free agent following the 2022 NFL Draft.

Lovett played one season at Penn State after transferring from Baylor following the 2020 season. He played in nine games for Penn State in 2021, carrying the ball 52 times for 177 yards and adding nine receptions for 36 yards. While at Baylor he started 20 of 42 games and carried the ball 355 times for 1,803 yards and 17 touchdowns.

In a related move, the team released running back Jason Huntley.

Sunday, July 30

Alexander signed: The Steelers signed free agent linebacker Kwon Alexander to a one-year contract.

Alexander is entering his ninth season in the NFL after being drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Alexander has played in 95 career games, starting 86 of them. He has 12.5 career sacks, eight interceptions, 11 forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.

Alexander played for the New York Jets in 2022, seeing action in 17 games with 12 starts. He finished the season with 69 tackles, 42 of them solo stops, six tackles for a loss, one pass defense, one forced fumble and half a sack.

Before signing with the Jets, he spent the 2019 and part of the 2020 season with the San Francisco 49ers. He was traded by the 49ers to the New Orleans Saints mid-way through the 2020 season, spending the remainder of that season and the 2021 season with the Saints.

He spent his first four seasons with the Bucs, starting all 46 games he played in. He recorded seven sacks and six interceptions over the four years, adding 22 passes defensed, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

To make room for him on the roster the team released offensive tackle Jarrid Williams.

Stepping away: The Steelers have placed fullback Monte Pottebaum on the Reserve/Retired List, it was announced on Sunday.

Pottebaum was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent following the 2023 NFL Draft. He played in 45 games in four seasons at Iowa, starting 13. He had 20 carries for 82 yards and a touchdown. He also added 10 receptions for 85 yards. Pottebaum started out as a linebacker at Iowa but switched to fullback in 2019. He won the Coaches Appreciation Award for special teams in 2022 and the Team Hustle Award on offense in 2021 and 2022. Pottebaum grew up cheering for the Steelers.

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