Steelers waive DB Bryce Watts with injury settlement

The Pittsburgh Steelers completed a trade on Monday and included a player removed from the reserve/injured list.

According to Monday’s NFL trade sheet, the Steelers waived defensive back Bryce Watts from the team’s reserve/injured roster with an injury settlement. The amount of compensation is not yet known.

Watts was one of 10 original undrafted free agents the Steelers signed this year. He received a signing bonus of $10,000 as part of his three-year contract which he signed.

A Massachusetts product, Watts apparently suffered an undisclosed injury during the Steelers rookie minicamp that took place more than a week ago. The team initially waived him as an injured, then returned to the reserve/injured roster after allowing waivers.

Watts played all 12 games for a UMass team that struggled mightily in 2021. A transfer who previously played at Virginia Tech and North Carolina, Watts made 43 tackles, broke up four passes and was responsible for half the interceptions of the Minutemen, with a. While Watts had an extra year of eligibility, he declared early to bring the draft closer to his dream and due to the fact that he is already 24 years old. Watts never played in North Carolina after transferring from Virginia Tech, but at Tech he had 29 tackles, seven deflections and one interception in his first two seasons at Blacksburg.

We should know the amount of Watts’ injury settlement in the coming weeks and its duration. The Steelers will have a dead money charge of $10,000 in 2022, with Watts waived by June 1.

With Watts now waived from injury, defensive back Isaiah Johnson is now the only player on the team’s reserve/injured roster as the team prepares for the start of its annual OTA workouts.

The Steelers apparently signed rookie defensive back Carlins Platel to the roster last Monday to take Watts’ place. Platel, a South Carolina product, was one of many players who attended the Steelers’ recent rookie minicamp on a trial basis.

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