Perhaps you can file this under “Didn’t even know he was still around,” but the Pittsburgh Steelers lost another free-agent on Monday when reserve offensive tackle Byron Stingily signed with the Giants.
Stingily, who played four years with the Titans before being cut prior to the start of the 2015 regular season, was signed by Pittsburgh last October following the season-ending ACL tear suffered by starting left tackle Kelvin Beachum in a Week 6 victory over the Cardinals at Heinz Field.
However, after starting five games for Tennessee in 2014, Stingily didn’t appear in any action for the Steelers upon his arrival. Instead, Alejandro Villanueva, a bit of a project who was originally signed by the Eagles to play defensive end after playing tight end in college, stepped in for Beachum and never missed a beat. Villanueva started 10 games down the stretch and helped the Steelers make the playoffs and win their first postseason game in five years.
Villanueva’s emergence coupled with the signing of veteran Broncos swing-tackle Ryan Harris in March made Stingily expendable.
The details of Stingily’s contract with the Giants were not disclosed.