The Steelers signed two players on Friday, including center J.C. Hassanauer and defensive back Jack Tocho. Both had been playing in the Alliance of American Football (AAF), but the league ceased operations earlier this week. They each signed a one-year contract.
Hassenauer, who played for the Birmingham Iron of the AAF, signed with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted rookie free agent following the 2018 NFL Draft. He was released by the Falcons prior to the start of the regular season, but was added to the practice squad where he spent part of the season.
Hassenauer played college ball at the University of Alabama where he provided depth at both center and guard. He played in eight games his senior season, starting three, including the National Championship Game.
Tocho, who also played for the Birmingham Iron, was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Tocho spent most of the 2017 season on the Vikings practice squad. He was released by the Vikings at the start of the 2018 season, and was signed to the Washington Redskins practice squad late in the year.
Tocho played college football at North Carolina State where he played in 49 games, with 36 starts. He finished with 122 tackles, 98 of them solo stops, 26 pass breakups and six interceptions.