Steelers stick to XFL, sign hometown kid Kuntz

Christian Kuntz is coming home ... again.

Per multiple reports, the Steelers are signing the Chartiers Valley and Duquesne grad Kuntz for the second year in a row, once again giving him a shot to make a splash and work his way toward a spot on the Steelers' roster or practice squad:

A linebacker and long snapper, Kuntz most recently played for the XFL's Dallas Renegades, joining safety Tyree Kinnel, defensive tackle Cavon Walker and offensive tackle Jarron Jones as recent imports from the XFL to the Steel City.

The XFL's season was suspended on March 12 due to the coronavirus outbreak, putting many players up for grabs.

Last season in Steelers training camp, Kuntz provided depth at outside linebacker, recording five tackles and a sack in limited reps. At Duquesne, Kuntz was a three-time All-American and the 2016 Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

He also has pro experience beyond the Steelers and beyond the XFL. He's bounced around among the Patriots, Jaguars and Broncos, never appearing in regular-season action.

While the Steelers will need depth at outside linebacker after cutting Anthony Chickillo, they do still have Ola Adeniyi and Tuzar Skipper behind starters Bud Dupree and T.J. Watt, creating a bit of a logjam for Kuntz if he wants to elevate his stock to the active roster. The Steelers also recently re-signed long snapper Kameron Canaday, making Kuntz's journey that much more difficult.

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