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Steelers acquire linebacker Malik Reed from Broncos

Jun 6, 2022; Englewood, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos outside linebacker Malik Reed (59) speaks to the media following OTA workouts at the UC Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers beefed up their depth at outside linebacker on Tuesday with the acquisition of Malik Reed from the Denver Broncos.

Mike McCartney, the agent for Reed, announced the move on Twitter.

The Broncos are sending a 2023 sixth-round pick to the Broncos in exchange for Reed and also acquired Denver’s seventh-rounder in 2023, per reports.

Reed, 26, has 15 career sacks in 45 games (34 starts) since joining the Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2019. He signed a one-year tender at $2.433 million with the Broncos in March, per Spotrac.

Reed will slot in behind T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith on the Steelers’ depth chart. Highsmith continues to deal with a rib injury.

Reed filled a similar role in Denver playing behind Von Miller and Bradley Chubb in recent seasons. He was squeezed out after the Broncos signed Randy Gregory and moved Baron Browning to outside linebacker in the offseason.

The Steelers also announced a number of cuts ahead of Tuesday’s 4 p.m. deadline to get their roster down to 53, including defensive lineman Henry Mondeaux and linebacker Buddy Johnson. The rest of the cuts:

Defensive backs Carlins Platel, Elijah Riley, Chris Steele and Linden Stephens; linebackers Ron’Dell Carter, Hamilcar Rashed, Delontae Scott and James Vaughters; defensive linemen Carlos Davis, Khalil Davis and Donovan Jeter; offensive linemen William Dunkle, Adrian Ealy, Chaz Green, John Leglue and Ryan McCollum; running back Max Borghi; tight ends Kevin Rader and Jace Sternberger; and wide receivers Tyler Snead, Tyler Vaughns and Cody White.

–Field Level Media