The Pittsburgh Steelers have some holes on their roster, even after the 2021 NFL Draft, and one of those areas which could be deemed as a hole would be the secondary. Most would point to the cornerback position as the biggest need, considering the team will be without Mike Hilton and Steven Nelson this season, but the Steelers have reportedly gone out and added a safety to their depth chart.
This report from Goal Line Football states the Steelers have signed safety Arthur Maulet.
Radio station 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh also had the rumor on their verified Twitter page Friday:
The Steelers have reportedly signed free agent cornerback Arthur Maulet. He started in 5 games for the Jets last year. https://t.co/oVCe8oiG0G— 93.7 The Fan (@937theFan) May 7, 2021
If the reports are true, and the Steelers did add Maulet to their offseason roster, what could they expect from him? What will he bring to the Steelers’ secondary?
Maulet played his college football at Memphis, and was signed by the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2017. He spent time with the Indianapolis Colts before another stint with the Saints. However, he spent the past two seasons on the New York Jets’ roster. Maulet played in 11 games last season, with the following stat line: 5 starts, 1 INT, 29 combined tackles, 5 pass defenses and 1 QB hit. In 2019 he put up the following numbers: 12 games, 6 starts, 1 INT, 2 pass defenses, 1 fumble recovery, 38 combined tackles and 5 tackles for loss.
The value Maulet provides to the Steelers is experience at the safety position. The Steelers did add Miles Killebrew to their roster in free agency this offseason, but without Jordan Dangerfield back on the roster, the team was in need of another warm body to provide depth and play special teams. This seems to be what Maulet has done well throughout hsi career in the NFL.
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UPDATE: The Steelers have made the move official.