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Steelers sign fifth-rounder Shaquille Richardson

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The Steelers haven’t signed any of their picks from the first four rounds, but they’ve completed contracts for the five players selected in the final three rounds of the draft.

The last to agree to his four-year deal was cornerback Shaquille Richardson. The team announced that Richardson signed on Thursday, leaving them with four players left to sign before the entire rookie class is under contract.

Richardson started 34 games at Arizona over the last three seasons, picking up eight interceptions and catching the eye of Steelers defensive backs coach Carnell Lake for the second time. Lake first came in contact with Richardson when Lake was at UCLA and Richardson was a recruit headed to Los Angeles. He wound up in Arizona after being released from the UCLA program after being arrested as an incoming freshman.

Richardson is 6-0 and showed good athletic ability during both his collegiate career and pre-draft workouts, which works well for his chances of earning a sizable role in the Pittsburgh secondary at some point. This season may be too soon, but Ike Taylor’s near the end of the line and Richardson could put himself in position to take over if he progresses well in the Steeler system.

The Steelers also announced that they have signed rookie free agent offensive lineman Emmanuel McCray and claimed cornerback Deion Belue off waivers from the Dolphins. They released offensive linemen Nik Embernate and Kaycee Ike.

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9 Responses to “Steelers sign fifth-rounder Shaquille Richardson”
  1. kremis says: May 29, 2014 11:14 AM

    I feel it is my calling to remind everyone the Steelers have not had a winning record since being tebowed out of the playoffs years ago! hahaha!

  2. jtbsteeler says: May 29, 2014 11:25 AM

    That will change this season, and your frustration will help me sleep.

  3. aceakking says: May 29, 2014 11:36 AM

    I still don’t see the names of the Bill Leavy’s crew on the Steelers’ roster. I’m disappointed.

  4. bengalguy says: May 29, 2014 12:07 PM

    Crown??? Need I ask?

  5. clashpoint says: May 29, 2014 12:17 PM

    They’ll sign the top picks next week after getting their Woodley money, and hopefully get started on a couple extensions. It’s easy to get picks signed these days though, everyone is slotted by round drafted according to the rookie scale in the cba. Richardson is the guy Carnell Lake liked the most and he has all the physical tools to be a very good outside cb. If Dick LeBeau and Carnell Lake can’t teach you, then you just can’t be taught. I am a bit biased on him since he went to my alma mater; with Robert Golden already there, and now Richardson there, it’s like a college reunion. Go AZ Wildcats!

  6. citizenstrange says: May 29, 2014 12:21 PM

    GO STEELERS!

  7. troy43mvp says: May 29, 2014 12:24 PM

    Nice Andy Daltons leading receiver signed with the Steelers today. Richardson ….welcome aboard.

  8. tinytoolalldrool says: May 29, 2014 12:29 PM

    we will win the Super Bowl this year

  9. coachbeck says: May 29, 2014 10:28 PM

    The steelers lol. Ben is the only thing keeping them relevant

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