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Steelers release ILB Kion Wilson, sign CB Lew Toler

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The Pittsburgh Steelers made a surprising roster move on the eve of training camp by releasing ILB Kion Wilson.


Apparently, the Pittsburgh Steelers have "inside linebackers out the butt". This according to linebackers coach Keith Butler.

Due to their large number of players at the inside linebacker position, the Steelers have parted ways with a player that made two starts for the team in 2013 in Kion Wilson. Wilson, 27, started in weeks two and three for injured Larry Foote before being replaced by Vince Williams. Wilson had 12 tackles on his resume in 2013.

By waiving Wilson, the Steelers added cornerback depth by adding Lew Toler to their roster. Toler played college football at Western Michigan, as well as Rutgers. Toler's size is the standard size for the average defensive back, standing at 5 feet 10 inches tall. At his pro day Toler ran a 4.6 second 40-yard dash and has 8 NCAA interceptions under his belt.

Toler now is set to compete with the likes of Brice McCain, Antwon Blake, Isaiah Green, Devin Smith, and Shaquille Richardson for a spot on the roster most likely through special teams play.

Although Wilson, and now Toler, will be stretches to make the active roster in 2014, the Steelers making a move this close to training camp is a bit surprising.