By: Zach Metkler, GZ Sports Report Writer
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Shortly after signing running back Knile Davis to a 1-year deal, the Steelers quickly turned around and signed another player to a 2-year deal, cornerback Coty Sensabaugh.
Sensabaugh spent his first four seasons in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans after being their 4th-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft out of Clemson. Since then, the 28-year old corner has played in 10 games with the New York Giants and 4 with the Los Angeles Rams, all coming last season. Heading into the 2016 season, Sensabaugh signed a 3-year, $15 million deal with the Rams with $6.5 million guaranteed. However, after losing his starting spot after just 2 games, he was released after the 4th game of the season. Once he was cut by the Rams, he was scooped up by the Giants, where he served as a backup to Janoris Jenkins, Eli Apple, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and Trevin Wade.
During his career, Sensabaugh has made 29 starts out of a total 72 career games, where he has totaled 195 tackles with 2 interceptions, 24 pass breakups, and a touchdown. Sensabaugh’s best season came in 2015, when he picked his only 2 interceptions and recorded 58 tackles in 15 starts.
The 5’11”, 189 lbs. cornerback will likely come into the Steelers defense as a slot corner, where he spent most of last season with the Giants once injuries forced him into action. While he is far from a star cornerback, he will provide the Steelers with additional depth in the secondary and give them a player who has proven to be a solid special teams player and effective slot corner. At the very least, it gives the Steelers more options at the position, especially if Senquez Golson goes down with another injury. Expect Sensabaugh to fill in behind Artie Burns, Ross Cockrell, and William Gay while competing for playing time in the slot.
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