(Photo of Cassius Marsh via Steelers.com)
With the Steelers' depth at outside linebacker really thin, the team announced today that they've re-signed edge rusher Cassius Marsh to a one-year contract. Marsh was signed by the Steelers off the Colts practice squad this past December and played in one game for Pittsburgh.
Marsh was a fourth-round pick out of UCLA by the Seahawks in 2014. In 92 career games, he has recorded 175 total tackles, 128 of them being solos, 14 sacks, 25 tackles for losses, 29 quarterback hits, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Marsh was with the Seahawks from 2014-2016 and then had another stint with Seattle in 2019. In addition to playing for the Seahawks and Colts, Marsh has spent time with the Patriots, 49ers, Cardinals and Jaguars in his career.
Before re-signing Marsh, all the Steelers had on their roster at outside linebacker behind T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith was Christian Kunitz, who signed a futures contract in January and whose first position is actually long snapper.
Marsh is an aggressive player who plays with a high motor and should be solid on special teams. However, the Steelers should still address the outside linebacker position at some point in the draft to add more depth.
Marsh surpassed Ola Adeniyi, who signed a one-year deal with the Titans two days ago, on the depth chart last season in the wild-card playoff loss to the Browns. Highsmith suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter and was out for the rest of the game. Instead of playing Adeniyi, Marsh played 46 snaps at outside linebacker. Adeniyi received just nine defensive snaps.
With Marsh getting playing time over Adeniyi in a playoff game, it didn't make it surprising when the Steelers didn't tender Adeniyi as a restricted free agent and let him test the market in free agency, in which he landed with Tennessee.
Along with Marsh signing a one-year contract, the Steelers also officially announced the signings of safety/linebacker Miles Killebrew and guard/tackle Joe Haag. Killebrew signed for a one-year deal, while Haag received a two-year, $4.6 million contract.