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Steelers sign former Penn State safety Malik Golden

With the absences of Le'veon Bell and Martavis Bryant at Steelers training camp making headlines, it was another absence which led to their latest signing. 

NCAA Football: Temple at Penn State Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

With all the excitement surrounding the first day of Steelers training camp activities, the Steelers made their newest signing of training camp by adding former Nittany Lions Safety Malik Golden. News of Golden’s signing was posted on his agent Ed Wasielewski’s Twitter page, and was confirmed by the Steelers a few hours ago.

After four seasons with the Nittany Lions, Golden was signed in May by the San Francisco 49ers and was waived in June after they signed offensive guard Andrew Landerdale.

In his senior year with the Nittany Lions, the 6-foot, 205 lbs safety started 13 games and had a career high 75 tackles to go with one interception, three passes defended and a fumble recovery.

Golden joins a group of fellow undrafted free agent safties battling for roster spot in training camp. This group includes Robert Golden, Terrish Webb, Jacob Hagen, and Jordan Dangerfield.

Golden’s signing comes the eve after fellow safety Daimion Stafford failed to report to camp Thursday, and was placed on “Did Not Report” status. At this point there is speculation surrounding the reason for his absence which was seemingly unexpected. A recent statement by Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin, revealed that Stafford was contemplating retirement, as first reported by Jacob Klinger of Penn Live

More is expected to be revealed concerning Stafford’s status in the upcoming days and weeks during Steelers training camp.