The Steelers special teams unit a got a boost and depth was added on defense with the signing of free agent safety Nat Berhe to a one-year contract.
Berhe, a fifth-round pick of the New York Giants in the 2014 NFL Draft out of San Diego State, played in 38 games during his four seasons, starting two. He missed the 2015 season with a calf injury that was suffered during the team's OTAs that spring.
Nicknamed 'The Missile' his rookie season because of his tackling, Berhe was a special teams ace for the Giants, including leading that unit in tackles in 2017. He has a total of 24 tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble on defense, plus 24 more tackles and a fumble recovery on special teams.
Berhe is the first Eritrean-American to play in the NFL, as his father, Berhe Asfaha, immigrated to the United States from the East African country in 1970. His parents have inspired him to give back, and he is a strong supporter of the Berhe Group Homes in San Bernardino, California, founded by his mother Judy to provide quality residential care to at risk young boys in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.
Berhe is the third unrestricted free agent the team has added this offseason. They previously added safety Morgan Burnett and linebacker Jon Bostic.