As the Pittsburgh Steelers hit the practice field for the first time of 2021 training camp, an additional roster move has been made to get the team to 90 players. With the announcement of the retirement of Vince Williams yesterday, the Steelers have re-signed linebacker Calvin Bundage.
Bundage was released on Tuesday when the Steelers officially announced the signing of Melvin Ingram. But now that there is a spot open on the roster, the Steelers have brought back the 2021 undrafted free agent.
Missing all of the 2019 college season due to injury, Calvin Bundage received recommendations from doctors to not return to football. Overcoming his back injury, Bundage played 10 games his senior year at Oklahoma State where he notched 20 tackles, 8.5 of which were for loss, 7.5 sacks, and one pass defensed. In his four years with the Cowboys, Bundage appeared in 40 games with 149 tackles with 23 being for loss, 12.0 sacks, and two passes defensed.
Listed simply as a linebacker by the Steelers, it is unsure which position the Steelers were going to have Bundage settle in as he played both inside and outside linebacker for the Oklahoma State Cowboys at various times in his collegiate career. During minicamp, Bundage was seen in drills with inside linebacker coach Jerry Olsavsky, so it appears the Steelers were at least giving him a run at that position. Now that Bundage has been released and re-signed, perhaps he will be tested at the other linebacker position.
With many of these players at the bottom of the 90-man roster, they could be moving in and out throughout training camp as the Steelers make other roster moves. Whether or not this is the final transaction involving Bundage will be answered over time.
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