Steelers To Sign S Curtis Riley

The Steelers will add to their secondary. They are signing former Giants starter Curtis Riley, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets.

Riley spent 2019 with the Raiders, starting three games, but his most notable NFL work came with the Giants. He started 16 games for Big Blue in 2018. Riley, 28, began his career with the Titans in 2016.

This addition is likely for depth purposes. The Steelers return starters Minkah Fitzpatrick and Terrell Edmunds. They also have 2018 fifth-round pick Marcus Allen on their roster and drafted Antoine Brooks in this year’s sixth round.

A Fresno State product, Riley played in 16 Raider games last season. Pro Football Focus tabbed 2019 as Riley’s best work, though he played only 275 defensive snaps. Teams will be eyeing increased veteran depth for what will be an unusual season, making Riley a sensible addition. He will become the most experienced member of Pittsburgh’s safety group.

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Nobody wants to imagine a fall without football. 

But the complications of safely conducting a season — professional or collegiate — as the COVID-19 pandemic continues may prove too difficult, leaving the NFL and NCAA with difficult decisions to make in the coming weeks and months. 

Over the last week, USA TODAY Sports ran a series examining what would happen if those tough choices prevented football from being played: the risk involved, the economic impact, whether a spring season would change anything, the effect on the nation’s psyche and why European countries brought back their major sports more successfully than the United States. 

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