Steelers Re-Sign Stevenson Sylvester, Release Kion Wilson

Jun 11, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Kion Wilson (48) participates in drills during minicamp at the UPMC Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Jun 11, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Kion Wilson (48) participates in drills during minicamp at the UPMC Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

 

The Pittsburgh Steelers shook up their depth chart at inside linebacker earlier today when they released Kion Wilson and re-signed Stevenson Sylvester according to the team’s Twitter feed.

 

 

The release of Wilson did not come as a surprise to me. The veteran was actually demoted to second-string at the “buck” inside linebacker position earlier this week after he was the team’s “co-starter” with rookie Vince Williams for much of September.

With Williams now the starter, Pittsburgh’s coaching staff elected to go in a different direction for depth at the position and re-signed their fifth round pick from the 2010 NFL Draft in the form of Sylvester.

The former Utah Ute should provide the Steelers with some much-needed help on special teams. In addition, Sylvester should give the team some emergency depth at a position which he is at least familiar with since he spent the first three seasons of his professional career with Pittsburgh.

Released during the preseason after he was beaten out by Williams, Wilson, Larry Foote, and Terence Garvin, the next 12 games will be an important audition for the fourth-year inside linebacker. Sylvester has a golden opportunity to prove to the franchise that he is worth re-signing after the 2013 campaign to a new contract, so it will be interesting to see if he can take advantage of this recent turn of events.

 

 

 

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  • Craig

    I don’t know. Not good enough to make the team during camp – what makes him good enough now……?

  • scott sinclair

    This signing is garbage. Nobody wanted him during free agency and he couldn’t even win the job in camp. This was the best Colbert could do? More evidence he needs to go

    • Dom DiTolla

      I honestly don’t see how this is an upgrade other than on special teams. I can guarantee that teams will mercilessly exploit Williams in pass-coverage when he is on the field though.

      • scott sinclair

        Of all their picks, I felt Williams and Jones would have the most impact. I liked Williams coming out of FSU, I think he brings an intensity they have been missing. I think once he gains more experience, the pass coverage won’t be a liability.

        • Dom DiTolla

          Intensity is nice, but he’s still got to prove that he’s capable of staying on the field for three downs. I think the tools are there as well, but he’d better be ready to get picked on by opposing offenses.

          Remember though, Williams wouldn’t even be on the field on defense this year had the calcifying Larry Foote not been injured in week one.

  • bk

    Sigh… yeah, this will turn the whole D around… way to find a scapegoat.

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