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While the 2013 NFL draft was going on, Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler said Stevenson Sylvester has one more chance to impress, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Sylvester has made an impression on special teams but has had little impact on plays from scrimmage. He has just one defensive start and has made just five defensive tackles in his three-year career, according to Steel City Insider (subscription required).
The Steelers didn't think enough of Sylvester to tender him as a restricted free agent at $1.3 million during the offseason. Instead, they signed him to a one-year deal worth $630,000, according to Spotrac, basically keeping him for half-price.
To win a spot behind Lawrence Timmons and Larry Foote at inside linebacker, Sylvester likely will have to win a game of musical chairs with Marshall McFadden and 2013 sixth-round draft pick Vince Williams.
While he's primarily an inside linebacker, Sylvester has had reps on the outside.
"I am the linebacker that plays all four positions," Sylvester told me in an interview on Black N Gold Central. "I'm still an inside linebacker, but I'm able to take reps on the outside."
If the Steelers think Sylvester is serviceable both inside and outside, that versatility could help him stick around.