The Pittsburgh Steelers added yet another new name to the 2019 roster on Wednesday with the signing of safety Marcelis Branch to a reserve/future contract, according to the NFL’s transaction database. They first brought him in to Pittsburgh for a tryout just over a week ago.
Steelers tryouts reported Friday: LBs Zaire Anderson, Cory James, Tegray Scales (signed to future contract), Robert Spillane; S Marcelis Branch; CB Sojourn Shelton.— Howard Balzer (@HBalzer721) January 8, 2019
Originally signed by the Atlanta Falcons and as undrafted free agent in 2017, Branch was released at the end of training camp before being re-signed to their practice squad. After rejoining the Falcons on a reserve/future contract in 2018, he was once again released at the end of preseason, but was unable to find a place on a practice squad last year.
As per DraftScout.com, Branch finished his career at Robert Morris University with 251 tackles, seven interceptions and 21 pass break ups. Named North Eastern Conference Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2012, Branch joined the team as a cornerback and moved to safety in his senior season.
Branch is the 16th player signed to a reserve/future contract by the Steelers so far this offseason.