After spending five years with the Lions, versatile defender Miles Killebrew will join the Steelers. The special-teamer committed to Pittsburgh on a one-year deal Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets.
This signing would seemingly be for a special teams role, with Killebrew playing less than 90 snaps on defense over the past three seasons. Last year, the former safety played just one defensive snap.
A former fourth-round Lions pick, Killebrew has missed just two games throughout his career. While the Southern Utah alum has only started four games in five seasons, the Lions valued him for his special teams acumen. Even after his role on Detroit’s defense evaporated following his second season, Killebrew continued to make 53-man rosters as a niche player.
Detroit re-signed Killebrew on a one-year, $2MM contract in 2020, but with a new regime having arrived, the soon-to-be 28-year-old safety/linebacker will depart.