When the Pittsburgh Steelers placed injured CB Cortez Allen on injured reserve, it opened up a roster spot for them to promote WR/QB Tyler Murphy from their practice squad to their active 53-man roster. Allen's season-ending demotion not only opened up a spot on the team's practice squad, but also had the team looking for a defensive back to add to the organization's depth.
On Tuesday the Steelers announced the signing of CB Isaiah Frey to the team's practice squad. Frey played his college football at Nevada before being drafted in the 6th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. Upon his drafting, the following was said about the Bears' sixth round selection.
"Frey gives the Bears an athletic corner with athleticism and quickness. He is ideally suited to play in a two-deep scheme and will have a chance to make the roster as a sub defender."
— NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks
Frey spent the majority of the 2012 and 2013 seasons on the Bears' practice squad before being released. He spent the 2014 preseason with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before also being released. Pittsburgh is his third NFL home, and on a team in need of talented depth at defensive back, if Frey shows he is capable he could find a spot on this roster in the future.