Steelers expected to sign CB off Chiefs practice squad
In professional sports, cryptic tweets can be difficult to decipher. Sometimes the tweets mean what most believe they do, other times it isn’t even related to the game they play. Tuesday evening, Desmond King put the following tweet out:
WELP ON TO THE NEXT‼️
— Desmond E. King II (@blaqbadger14) October 18, 2023
Fans speculated this could be a multitude of things. Maybe King was looking forward to a new chance to play vs. the Los Angeles Rams. Maybe it meant he was looking forward to the challenge of the season after the bye week. Or maybe it meant he was no longer with the Steelers.
Turns out, it was the latter.
According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, the Steelers told King they plan on moving him one way or another. In other words, they plan on either trading him or releasing him. Why would they make such a move? To create room on the roster for Diontae Johnson or Anthony McFarland Jr. coming off Injured Reserve (IR)?
Pelissero suggests is to sign another cornerback, Darius Rush who is currently on the Kansas City Chiefs’ practice squad.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 18, 2023
When an NFL team signs a player off another team’s practice squad, they have to place them on the 53-man roster. This would be the corresponding move to add Rush to their roster. As for what Rush brings to the team, here is a little background on him.
Rush played his college football at South Carolina, and was drafted in the 5th Round in the 2023 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. He was cut by the Colts and signed off waivers by the Chiefs. He was waived by the Chiefs and signed to their practice squad after clearing waivers.
The 6’1″ 198 pound cornerback will come to the Steelers looking to find a more permanent NFL home. Be sure to stay tuned to SCN for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for the Los Angeles Rams in Week 7.