Steelers add Walton

The Steelers continued to scour the waiver wire looking for cornerback help, grabbing second-year corner Shane Walton Tuesday after he was released by the St. Louis Rams.

The 5-11, 190-pound Walton, a fifth-round pick out of Notre Dame in 2003, was waived by the St. Louis Rams June 17. He saw action on special teams in St. Louis' first four games in 2003 before being placed on the reserve/injured list Oct. 9 with a back injury.

Walton was a three-year starter at Notre Dame, finishing his college career with 148 tackles (102 solo) and 11 interceptions. Walton became the school's first consensus All-America selection since 1993 when he set career marks with 65 tackles and seven interceptions as a senior in 2002.

Though he has good ball and coverage skills, Walton was a little slow at the 2003 draft combine, running in the 4.6-second range, which caused him to fall.

Walton joins an already crowded Steelers cornerback situation. The team selected Ricardo Colclough in the second round of this year's draft and also returns starters Chad Scott and Deshea Townsend. No. 3 corner Ike Taylor is also entrenched as is special teams ace Chidi Iwuoma. Walton, who is eligible for the practice squad, would seem to be fighting for a spot on the team with veterans Terry Fair and Willie Williams, both of whom were added to the team's roster during this offseason.

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